Eric Theise

Megabytes at Kilofeet: The Telluride Ideas Festival and InfoZone

26 Nov 2016

I knew something was up when, in September 2014, some old friends contacted me about a period of time long past. Turned out they were both drafting contributions to a volume entitled Social Media Archeology and Poetics, edited by Judy Malloy, another old friend. The MIT Press brought it out in August 2016 and, being under the impression I get namechecked in...

Mapzen's OpenStreetMap Metro Extracts

30 Aug 2014

Knowing how to get started with your own copy of OpenStreetMap data has always been a bit of a challenge. Will Skora’s tweet of a few days ago indicates it’s still an issue. Eagerly downloading an entire planet file usually leads, literally, to a world of hurt for first timers. Selectively downloading an area of interest can be a good approach,...

Friends Don't Let Friends Use EarthExplorer

27 Aug 2014

Harsh? Fair enough. But it is a direct quote from what one friend said to another when the latter asked about incorporating aerial imagery from the USGS EarthExplorer site.

I’m not going to take EarthExplorer to task for their imagery, and I’m not even going to take them to task for requiring the use of their Bulk Download Application to download a...