The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Model: Mapping Lord Of The Rings!

The fascination for Lord of the Rings among cartographers and geo-visualization geeks is a phenomenon that is simply beyond analysis. I cannot recollect any other Novel getting the same attention as JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. JRR Tolkien would have hardly imagined that his work would become the “The Lord of all Mapping Projects” as well 🙂


There have been numerous maps and visualizations of Middle-Earth, the most famous among them – Google’s Middle-Earth visualization, which was more about exploring individual places on Middle-Earth and of course, the games! Now it is time for Outerra, a 3D planetary engine to bring to life the world of Middle Earth using data from the Middle-Earth DEM Project . Here’s a glimpse of how detailed the DEM of Middle-Earth looks like.

Here’s the link to the Outerra Forum with instructions on how to download and install the Outerra 3D Engine to render the DEM of Middle-Earth. The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Model by Outerra may not be as interesting as Google’s project but it is amazing to note how many geo-visualizations come up year after year for Middle-Earth and Lord of the Rings. I’m darn sure that we’ll feature more geoawesome projects that visualize the “Middle-Earth”! 

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Free GIS Apps on the Google Play Store

I was amazed recently when I did a quick search on the Google Play Store for the keyword “GIS”. Over 250 apps area listed, some generic apps and some very specific apps. So I thought it would make a great article to highlight some of these more popular apps free apps that you can download to your device.

Mappt is an agile data capture and management tool used on Android tablet devices providing you flexibility and interoperability for your core Geodata. Using Mappt allows you to be in the field working with your information in a matter of hours. Its friendly user interface and smart functionality allows you to create, edit, store and share spatial information while disconnected from your corporate systems.


2GIS: maps & business listings

2GIS provides 3D-maps of 180+ cities, contacts of 1.5 million companies, car routing and public transport routes and and more! 2GIS is a complete and up-to-date directory of organizations with detailed cities’ maps. 2GIS provides verified information only.


GIS is an application that allows you to simple tasks such as:

-The navigation through Google Maps or OpenStreetMap cartography.
-Calculation of azimuth and distance between various points.
-Positioning in a particular place, either through GPS or mobile device, or through a user-entered coordinates.

GIS Mobile – Imperious

‘GIS Mobile’ is GIS data viewer developed using Flex & ArcGIS. It has all basic functionality that an GIS user needs. We keep enhance the application and will add new tools. Please subscribe to our email list and send bug, enhancement request emails to improve the product.


ArcGIS is a great way to discover and use maps. Maps come to life in ArcGIS. Tap on the map or use your current location and discover information about what you see. You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distances and areas of interest and share maps with others.


DataPoint GIS

DataPoint GIS allows a team of one or more people to collect GIS data and store/manage that data in the cloud. It also allows you to export the data from the cloud via KML, Shapefile, or CSV into report generation software or GIS systems like ESRI ArcView or Google Earth. You can collect GPS coordinates for points, lines and areas and collect attribute data along with the GPS information (attribute data like bar codes, lists, text, time stamps, images, etc.).

GIS Survey

Topobridge helps you in surveying the data and viewing it online

MapWithUs GIS

MapWithUs GIS is the mobile counterpart to the online mapping service available at www.mapwith.us. Geolocate and upload photos, videos, audio, and text in real-time to your maps and map layers on the web. Collect and edit data in the field using custom data collection templates. Business customers will find MapWithUs GIS to be a versatile tool for field data collection and analysis. Once your data has been uploaded, you will be able to use the MapWithUs web interface to analyze, edit, and share your information using the extensive toolset.


With Wolf-GIS, you’ll have access to detailed land information and GIS functionality anytime, anywhere. Wolf-GIS is useful to those working in timber management, mining, real estate, utility companies, farming, construction, government land agencies, recreational purposes and more. In any field big or small, Wolf-GIS helps to provide geographical information where you need it when you need it.

Mobile GIS

Mobile GIS is Android application for saving your favorite locations where ever you are (on Earth 🙂 ).. It is simple app for everyone and for any use( default purpose is holiday and unknown places). You can go and save places which you wish to record with some basic description and picture for full experience.

Anywhere GIS Free

This app uses free Google Forms to store location and attribute data in the cloud. Don’t spend hundreds on GPS devices, just set up a free Google form and use your phone. You can map your recorded points in Google Maps, Google Fusion Maps, ArcGIS Online, or even download the data to use in ESRI GIS software. So whether you just want to record your favourite fishing spots or GPS collect an entire tree inventory, this app gets the job done much cheaper than expensive GPS units.

GIS View

This is a great 3D GIS (Geographic Information System) data file viewer. It supports the most popular spatial data formats including ESRI shapefile (shp and shx) and AutoDesk dxf. They are native formats for ArcGIS (ArcEdit, ArcView, etc.) and AutoCAD. Even if you are using GIS systems which don’t directly use SHP or DXF file, for instance, MapInfo, it is not difficult to convert your data model into either shp or dxf format. With help of this app, you can take your GIS data files with you no matter where you are, at home or traveling abroad, and view them with your phone (or tablet) in any way you want. The app provides many 3D features including rotating model with finger movement, zooming in/out, changing color, etc. You can also load multiple files together.

There are literally hundreds more apps on the play store so head on over and check them out for your android device.

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