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New Non-commercial Nearmap Offer

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Nearmap appears not to offer personal accounts any longer. Your can check out their licence offerings at

If you are in Queensland then check out the post on Queensland Globe service.



Limited time offer for Nearmap

Check out their just announced offer for Australian personal users. Available over next 7 days (their email to me is dated Monday 15th September).

Option 1 is $99 for 1 year of 50MB per month.

Option 2 is $199 for 1 year of 250MB per month and for the first 2 months you get unlimited usage.

Now I cannot guarantee it still applies, but when I took out my $99 package a few months ago I got unlimited usage for 1 month. That was great for downloading all the areas I felt I would be most likely to want in the following year or so.

Watch your usage

50MB might seem a lot but ‘downloading’  includes what you view as you locate the area you want. That can drive up the MB very quickly. You need to use judicious searching to locate your target area and then select the area with minimum fuss.

My opinion

I love it. Even though I don’t use it each month, my $99 package is great value. Similar reports have been coming in from other orienteering users.

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World War 1 and Detailed Maps

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British Forces, aerial photography and more in WW1 …

“British surveyors made a crucial contribution during World War I—an accurate map of the battlefield”

writes Jeffrey S. Murray. His article highlights even more surprising advances in that short 4 year period. Continue reading World War 1 and Detailed Maps

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Australian National Map and VicMap 40th

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The Department of Communications has released the National Map, an Open Data initiative, as it moves to boost the number of publicly available datasets.

The project gives users access to a single platform for government geospatial datasets, including those from the Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and

The geospatial data is visually presented in a map format, enabling users to see the data that they extract.

Currently available datasets cover information on land, water, infrastructure, broadband access, boundaries and population, with more to come.

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Online Mapping Course Returns

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

This free online course is back again.

Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools.

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VicMap 1:25,000 Map Series as Georeferenced PDF

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VicMap Topographic Mapping Newsletter Feb 2014

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Newcastle 1913 – Australia’s 1st topo map

This issue of VicMap TopoNews advises that 1:25,000 maps are now available online as georeferenced PDF. These are A0 size and complement the 1:30,000 georeferenced PDFs at A4, A3 and custom sizes.

The A0 map physically is 841 x 1,189 mm which covers 24 x 14 km. At 1:25,000 scale this comfortably fits all editions of OCAD 11.

The 1:25,000 PDFs were last updated in 2012 while the 1:30,000 PDFs were 2013. The A3 size of the latter are as fresh as Dec 2013.

For how to access and more info, visit

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A reminder that the Avenza PDF Maps app for Android and iOS, will enable you to interact with the 1:30 000 and 1:25 000 PDF map series.