Coloring for adults gains popularity. A while ago I made a website which makes it possible to create coloring pages from a map of your neighbourhood. For now the database only contains maps from Belgium and the Netherlands. The website can be found at: https://coloring.michelstuyts.be.
Recently I found a website to make “tiny planets” from Streetview images. It’s called “Streetview Stereographic” and can be found at http://notlion.github.io/streetview-stereographic/.
I made 4 examples:
EDIT 8-18-2017: Apparently the black images in Streetview are offline now and the images from 2013 are shown again.
Google published some new images to Streetview in the city of Antwerp (Belgium) that are dated 2016, but all these images are black. Something must have gone wrong.
All these black 2016 images are situated around the Noorderlaan-Ijzerlaan part of the city.
The image above shows the world projected in the Belgian Lambert 1972 projection (EPSG:31370). This is the most used projection in Belgium, but of course it’s not suitable for a global map.
I released a script on Google Streetview to check from what years Google has the most recent Streetview images for Kontich, Belgium. Here’s the result. Previously I did the same for Edegem, Belgium and Antwerp, Belgium.
My method to create a map with the most recent dates Google captured Streetview images consists of some different steps. In short it comes down to querying Google for every point on the map if Streetview imagery exists and putting all the answers on a map. The technical explanation on how I did this, can be found below.
The streets layer
Because usually Streetview images are captured in public streets, I start with a layer of all streets in town. Luckily there are different data sources available who distribute this kind of data as open data.
I used the Road Connections Layer (Wvb) of the Grootschalig ReferentieBestand (GRB) from Informatie Vlaanderen. This layer can be downloaded free and legally from download.agiv.be. You could also use OpenStreetMap Data. More information about that you can find on wiki.openstreetmap.org.
From the download application of Informatie Vlaanderen (formerly known as AGIV) I only downloaded the data for the area I wanted to use, but with QGIS (qgis.org) you can als perform a clip on a larger data set.