Yes indeed, you can now download Mars Geology data in SHP files

Yes indeed, you can now start mapping Mars as the USGS and NASA have made available (in SHP format) Mars geology, structures, landing sites and more – Twitter user Larry Buchanan @larrybuch has taken the data and dropped em into QGIS and created/shared a visualization – nice!


County health ranking 2014 and health roadmaps – How Healthy is your county?

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This fabulous resource not only provides maps, tables and charts (very detailed reports as well), but you’ll also find that you can access a TON of data for use in your maps, reports, data visualizations and more – it really is a gold mine of data!

county health rankings 2014

county health rankings 2014

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

To use the resource, simply start by selectnig a state on the map. Then you can dig deeper by locating a county of interest and then start hunting for data! Detailed summary reports are available for each State (PDF) as well as the supporting data (XLS). More data resources are also provided for each State. These valuable pointers will help you locate more health data, like crates of cancer, education stats, crime stats, and other public data.

You can find more information on Twitter by following @CHRankings and the #HealthRankings hashtag
See also facebook

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Free Software Tip Friday… Tableau Public for Data Visualization

I love sharing and on Friday I really like to share… and so, here’s a tip off about a cool data viz tool that I learned about from the OpenDataBC gang who recently used tableau to create a cool infographic showing off the makeup of OpenData downloads by Ministries in B.C Canada.

Tableau Public is a free data storytelling application. Create and share interactive charts and graphs, stunning maps, live dashboards and fun applications in minutes, then publish anywhere on the web. Anyone can do it, it’s that easy—and it’s free.

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What Is Big Data?

Big Data… the buzz word is flying around all over the Internet, but have you ever asked yourself what the heck is big data exactly? Geospatial pros have worked with “big” data products forever it seems, however, all of a sudden data has apparently gotten very big! So, what is Big Data? Esri has tackled this question and has a special resource to provide an answer.

This from Esri… Big Data is popularly defined using the Three “V”s, defined by Gartner1as follows:

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Super Bowl Fun – NFL Fan Map (FandomMap) created from Facebook data

Super Bowl week is here so that means more cool data visualizations.. best BBQ, tail gate hot spots, and those awesome NFL fan maps! Here’s details of a cool fan map – I’m not sure I can agree that its the best fan map “ever”, however, given that its been created by mashing up data scraped from facebook it is pretty cool! So how was this one done? Well, they used data… LOTS of it! Details… Facebook’s Data Science team has combed the more than 35 million users who have “liked” a team’s fan page, and put it into graphic form, down to the county level.

Some interesting spatial patterns emerge once you look at the data.. for example, Patriots fans tend to spread out far and wide, as do fans of the Cowboys and Steelers. Overall the data indicates that geography plays a huge role in defining the fan. Thanks to Deadsping for the map, and to my FB friend Brad Shannon from NOCO for tipping me off!

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest