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In early September, I had the opportunity to go on a lovely, if strenuous, hike to the Golden Lakes area in Mount Rainier National Park southeast of Seattle. Along the way I took a few photographs, including a few very nice looking (if I do say so myself) panoramic images. When I got back, I wanted to compare what we had done with the imagery and maps that Depiction brings in via Quickstart.
Using the new Depiction Reader, you can take a look at the result in this week’s “Depiction of the Week,” which includes the USGS topgraphic map and elevation data, NAIP aerial imagery, the aforementioned photographs, and a GPX track we took of the hike. The most interesting thing I found in the depiction was the significant disparity between the trails marked on the USGS map (which I had taken with me) and the reality of what we hiked as shown by GPS. This explained quite a few of the “why am I not at the top/bottom yet?” questions I asked while slogging up/down the many (many) switchbacks along the trail. Next year, I’ll be bringing a printed version of this depiction along!
This depiction is a great example of how you can use Depiction to merge multiple, very different data sources into a single scenario that others can easily explore. This depiction is a hike, but this could just as easily be a post-disaster damage assessment, an event plan, or a regional tour.
Each week we’ll feature a depiction that you can open with either the Reader or the full version of Depiction. Are you a Depiction user with a Depiction you’d like to see featured? Click here to submit it.
I recently returned from a trip to Japan and was uploading my photos to Picasa Web Albums. I had organized my photos by each day of the trip and thought it would be nice to show where we traveled that day. Deciding which mapping tool I should use was easy because I knew exactly what I had to do to accomplish what I wanted with Depiction. So I started a new depiction and chose Japan for my location. OpenStreetMap didn’t have the detail I wanted so I went to Google maps and took screen shots of the areas of interest and then brought them into Depiction and geo-aligned them. Then I created user drawn routes for each leg of the trip and then took screen shots of each and now I had my title slides for each of my days photos.