Github is all the rage and becoming quite common (and useful) for many agencies, orgs and companies – just mention gihub or forking some data next time you walk past a Geo-Hipster and you’ll see them quickly get all excited! The City of Chicago is using github to host open data and I’m sure many others will follow suit. The resource is geeky and jargon heavy, likely not appealing to the public and the masses, however, for geeky developer types it will be appreciated. Here’s a useful how to get started forking video that should be helpful
Archives for March 2013
Here’s details of another webinar coming from the Seattle-based crew at LizardTech – “Effortless: Serving Geospatial Imagery Doesn’t Have to be so Hard”. This free event is scheduled to run live online Tuesday April 2 starting at 11 AM PDF and last just a half hour.
Event details – Do you have a need for a fast, reliable, standards-based image delivery? Then join our webinar to learn how with Express Server, users on any device access imagery faster, even in bandwidth-starved environments. Support for MrSID, JPEG 2000, NITF and Geospatial PDF formats ensures the highest visual quality regardless of connection speed.
Yes indeed, just like any good GeoGeek I’m a HUGE beer fan (and lover of craft beer). And so it really shouldn’t be any huge surprise that perhaps THE most active discussion and picture hitting Twitter today from #DevSummit in Palm Springs is Esri Developer Evangelist Allan Lafromboise (@Al_Lafromboise) sporting a fashionable APIs and APIs T-shirt on stage! You marketing gurus and developers take note… if you want to generate buzz make maps and apps about beer and be sure to wear your passion also! Great stuff via #DevSummit… (Source)
The crowd, community based mapping, citizen participation, and crowd-sourcing… all are hot topics and being considered as valuable resources for many governments and non profits. Not so surprising that a number of community-based platforms and resources are popping up. One such effort is Cura H2O, billed as a Community based water monitoring and management resource. Organizations, governments, and research agencies are partnering up with Cura H2O and leveraging their solution to help manage their resources better. Explorus Data Solutions (a non profit), specializes in open spatial data web solutions and recently built a citizen science water quality data collection app for CURA H20 (http://curah20.com)
The project team is composed of an alliance of partners representing academia, community stewardship organizations, non-governmental environmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, First Nations communities, public schools, the agricultural community, and the private sector. This project is run out of the Saint Mary’s University Geography Department in Halifax Nova Scotia
Here’s details of an interesting mobile app for Android called Field Trip (I heard about this from Marc Prolieau on a recent James Fee Google hangout). Some details… Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places. Field Trip is developed by Niantic Labs
How can a press release land you a sweet job or consulting gig? When you see a PR / press release you may simply be thinking to yourself, “oh, another news announcement”… whatever! But have you ever considered that a PR release could be much more valuable to you than simply informing you about a new product release, a new hire, a project win or other announcement. The reality is that a PR release can be a very valuable tool for the job seeker or professional looking to score a sweet job or consulting gig.
No doubt some of you are in Palm Springs this week for the annual Esri BP Summit and the Dev Summit where team Esri will be showcasing their latest solution offerings and sharing their roadmap for the future… those of you not there you will also hear more on this in July at ESRIUC. Recall you can stay informed of updates from the Springs by following @esridevsummit on Twitter as well as the #devsummit hashtag – keep an eye open for links to videos from Esri and updates from this morning’s plenary! Some interesting updates on the twitter stream today as the GeoGeeks have been sharing loads of goodies… here’s a few interesting tweets:
- @JimBarry New site for developers in time for #Esri #DevSummit http://developers.arcgis.com
- @SterlingGIS You’ll be able to “federate” your ArcGIS server with Portal for ArcGIS, allowing shared identity store and hosting of services
- @chrisjepps Scott Morehouse onstage – lots of mentions of Apps and even an App marketplace (18 months away?) #DevSummit
- @RichRuh ArcGIS platform is “what we used to call ArcGIS Online” – Scott Morehouse #DevSummit
- @DaleLoberger “#GIS has always been more than pins in a map or driving from here to there.” Scott Morehouse #DevSummit << its a platform for analytics!
- @dafkobyte Reminder: ArcGIS Viewer 3.2 for Flex source is now on GitHub
- @DaleLoberger “Fork your code.”on http//esri.github.com or better yet “pool it back.” Euan Cameron #DevSummit – Developers are a community (or “platform”)
- @skendrot World Geocode service and World Routing service fully documented for developers to use in http://arcgis.com apps #DevSummit
- @SethPatrich “We are sending the program to the data, rather than sending the data to the program” –Mansour Raad on Big Data with Hadoop. #devsummit
- NOTE – Esri #DevSummit Plenary Videos and The Adventures of Dev Dude now online
How do you show a country just exactly where little known NCAA phenom, Florida Gulf Coast University (aka. Eagles) is found? Well, naturally you have to slap a map on a T-shirt! That’s exactly what the Eagles have done and you know that these units are selling like hot cakes! Nice stuff Eagles, although you killed my bracket!! See also http://www.fgcu.edu/
Some of the first images released from the USGS from Landsat 8 gives us a look at the Colorado Front Range as well as an amazing view of last summer’s wildfire burn just west of Fort Collins, CO. About the first images… The natural-color images show the intersection of the United States Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. In the images, green coniferous forests in the mountains stretch down to the brown plains with Denver and other cities strung south to north. LDCM acquired the images at about 1:40 p.m. EDT March 18. The satellite’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instruments observed the scene simultaneously. The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., processed the data.
The cities of Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder and Denver string out from north to south. Popcorn clouds dot the plains while more complete cloud cover obscures the mountains.
This awesome story comes from Jerrod Hogan, a Land Surveyor in Joplin, MO and the co-founder and un-paid exec director of a nonprofit called Rebuild Joplin. Hogan shared his story with Marc Cheves of American Surveyor Magazine and described as follows:
We started a few days after the May 22, 2011 EF-5 tornado that destroyed 7500 homes. Nearly two years later, our organization has rebuilt 60 homes in Joplin and partnered with a New Orleans nonprofit called the St. Bernard Project. We found synergy in two common values: 1. To rebuild our own communities and 2. To document our lessons and pay forward best practices with the hope that future communities impacted by storms have access to a more efficient recovery model. Today we are on the ground in New York partnering with Tunnel 2 Towers, Friends of Rockaway and We Build New York. Together, we are hosting a bicycle tour fundraiser called JOMONOLA. We will have 40 riders on the seat of a bike for 10 days and 800 miles beginning in Joplin on June 20 and ending in New Orleans on June 30. The ride will raise funds and awareness for three disaster impacted communities of New York, New Orleans and Joplin and will fund the construction of one home in each community. We still have openings for riders and always in need of sponsors…