I love the cartoons on xkcd. This week one was larger-than-life, requiring its own “overview” map to find one’s way around. Frankly, after the first few moments of panning in its native environment, the amusement factor quickly faded and I lost interest. I know I *should* enjoy taking the time just to pan, wandering across digital space until I tumbled upon something pleasurable, but my Protestant work ethic (and spirit of capitalism?) keeps kicking in!
I wasn’t the only one who thought about how useful an overview map would be! What a great surprise to find that this one was built and hosted on Esri’s map services! Thank you, the zooming is just what we needed. I love it when we use our conventionally-geographic mapping interfaces for non-geographic topics, and I’ve written before about them. This is the first time I’ve seen an Esri-built one, quickly and reactively and in good humor, and I’m glad.
Wish I had the h/t for the blog that directed me to the Esri site. Will share it when I uncover it again.