Kudos to The New Yorker for recently looking at the rise of the craft beer industry. The craft beer (micro-brew) industry is soaring in popularity and stats now show that these tasty little breweries are really starting to tap into the lucrative beer market. Heck, as an example, Costco sales reveal that over 1/3 of their beer sales are micro brew products (heck at about $25 for a 2 dozen pack of Fate Tire cans no wonder!!) The New Yorker has complemented their coverage with the release of a cool, interactive craft beer map (based on 2012 data) so you can see where the growth has spread, which States are drinking up, where the new breweries are located, and see all the fine breweries on the map – great stuff!
Archives for June 2013
Landsat-8 captures more than 400 scenes per day, and as of early June 2013 more than 20,000 scenes are already available. New from Geosage, free tools for working with Landsat 8 imagery.
GeoSage has released Spectral Transformer tool sets for Landsat-8 imagery to fill in this gap. The standalone tools are powerful and easy to use, and perform three steps of analyses:
- Step 1: Simple band combination to make three-band imagery composite
- Step 2: Adaptive linear and non-linear image stretching to make colorful imagery composite
- Step 3: Advanced and fast image pan-sharpening to make spatially sharper and colorful composite
The tools specifically target Landsat-8 imagery in GeoTIFF format directly downloaded from the USGS Landsat-8 distribution portals, e.g. GloVis.
Something interesting from the Earth Day Data Challenge as they are looking for creative uses of the public ocean data available on marinexplore.org. For example, the use of historical sea surface temperature data to investigate phenomenon like La Niña. You could explore the effects of salinity in ocean currents, the routes of mobile data platforms, or compare datasets measuring the same parameter in different time frames.
- 1st Place: $3000, 5 limited edition Marinexplore T-shirts and a Data Guru achievement.
- 2nd Place: receive 3 limited edition Marinexplore T-shirts.
- 3rd Place: will receive 1 Marinexplore T-shirt.
- All participants will receive an early adopter achievement badge.
Check it out at http://marinexplore.org/challenges/1-earth-day-data-challenge
Have you ever wanted to contribute to the National Map? Well, now that the USGS has embraced the crowd there’s an opportunity for you to do just that! If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating!
The USGS is recruiting volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. Similar to how OpenStreetMap allows anyone to collect, edit, and use geographic data through an online map editor, the USGS has developed an online editor customized to our data to allow volunteers to contribute data to The National Map (http://nationalmap.gov/) and The National Structures Dataset .
From the USGS… We are looking for people like you to work with us to collect structures for the USGS. The data you will collect during this project will be loaded into The National Map
I realize it’s been some time so once again I’m pleased to share a fun and hopefully useful 5 Things on Friday.. enjoy and sorry about the delay! ;0) This edition gets a little geeky for our developer friends… Some of the goodies shared in this one include special activities at ESRIUC for the devgeeks; some GeoJSON tips; foursquare mashing up your data; iOS 7 goodies; crowd-sourcing for the National Map, and a GeoServer book of interest
Foursquare has teamed up with Samsung to launch what they’ve called the Time Machine. Simply put, Time Machine accesses your foursquare history to build and mashup a very creative and fun history of your foursquare checkins. Watch the screen as you view your entire history animated over a map. You’ll fly around to all the places you checked in, see colorful icons and statistics update on the screen – it really is quite cool! When finished you’ll be presented with a chance to see the “next big thing” which appears to be a specially curated, local list of places that you should go visit – I suspect these are paid ads judging by the stuff that I was shown. Optionally, you can share your stats or build a history graph compiled from your statistics, for me this was based on some 2000+ checkins made over the past 5 years – very cool!
The Time Machine took several minutes to complete for yours truly (this will vary depending on your history size) with the slowest step being the finally production of my history chart – this was painstaking but I suspect my pig of a PC gasping for free memory may be to blame!
See https://foursquare.com/timemachine and give it a go
– See more at: http://www.lbszone.com/content/view/10171/45/#sthash.JuqRczNu.dpuf
Some interesting data being shared by the Denver Post as they track the devastation resulting from the wildfires near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Note, a KML file is available from HERE for use in Google Earth, Google maps, ArcGIS.com and other services that can ingest the data
There’s no arguing that the topic of drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV) are a huge topic, particularly when it comes to data collection. Naturally, UAVs are also of concern when it comes to privacy. But you gotta admit that any technology that you can mashup to play a them from a James Bond movie has to be considered way cool! Here’s just another use for those drones you have locked in up in storage until the government lets you take them outside to fly a mission! Thanks to the U of Pennsylvania engineers for this
Sadly, another wildfire season is upon us and already we’ve seen some tragic events in California and now in Colorado. A reminder that Esri has a useful news map that shares data and updates on wildfires including perimeter maps, social media reports, and other data fed through various government agencies (NIFC, GeoMAC, NHSS, MODIS, METAR/TAF, and the USDA Forest Service) .
The latest in the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites, Landsat 8, officially began its mission on May 30. The purpose is to extend an unparalleled four-decade record of Earth’s land surface as seen from space. NASA launched the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite on February 11. Since then, NASA mission engineers and scientists, with USGS collaboration, have been putting the satellite through its paces – steering it into its orbit, focusing the instruments, calibrating the detectors, and collecting test images. Now fully mission-certified, the satellite will be transferred to USGS operational control and renamed Landsat 8. The specs:
The technical capabilities of Landsat 8 move forward in three areas in comparison to Landsat 7: increased spectral coverage; higher data precision (the ultimate resolution is not changed); and increased quantity of data collection (60% more scenes per day).