Summer Travel Tip – Find Lost Bags Faster with the TSA Lost & Found Map

Find Lost Bags Faster with Interactive Esri Map – A handy summer travel resource for those of you who get jacked around by the airlines! Worried you’ll lose something while traveling over the long holiday weekend? Use Esri’s TSA Lost & Found Map to easily find contact information for Lost & Found departments at each passenger airport in the US. Click any icon to access contact information, or search for an airport using the three-digit airport code. [Read more…]

Open Source Geotech and OpenGeo components Explained

Some great questions have been answered in a recent blog post from the OpenGeo crew. The meaty article takes a close look at the OpenGeo Suite as well as a look at the individual, OpenGeo Components. For the non-developer type like yours truly, this is an excellent and must read if you think there’s any chance you might be considering  a move to open source solutions in your mapping workflows.

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A few highlights on trending articles from the past week…

Is ESRI to Reschedule the 2016 #esriuc to Avoid Conflict with @MLB All Star Game?

I have to thank Twitter colleague, Craig Williams (@williamscraigm) for some tips and insight on this one! Those of you who are baseball fans may be aware that the 2016 MLB All Star game was recently awarded to the San Diego Padres! WAY COOL you might think, but sit back and think of years past and ask yourself, isn’t the All Star game usually the same week as the Annual ESRIUC which is also in San Diego? Bingo!! Indeed it is.

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Image Credit: UT San Diego

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Map Design Gone Wrong – Do People Even Care Anymore?

Cartographers take pride in their work, typically applying all the rules and principles of good cartographic design to their work, all in an effort to make people want to look at and appreciate their work (See Esri, Make Maps People Want to Look at).  However, in this new era of social sharing it seems that the map has been replaced by the Infographic and the data visualization, a mashup of data, graphics, and maps presented in an effort to tell a story.  Now us geographers are well aware of story telling via map, however, to this new breed of data visualists the focus has sadly been on quantity rather than quality. Bloggers, publishers, newspapers, etc… run to the web, download data and mashup the results in creative and not so creative ways, the end result is often a map but sadly, the product is also something your GEOG 101 Prof would likely slap you if you called it a map!

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The Ugly Map – Source: ObliviousAT

Yep, gone are the days of cartographic principles, map design standards, scale, composition, and elements of good map design.

Continue Reading -Have Infographics and Data Visualizations Ruined Good Map Design?

 

#JeSuisCharlie – Cartoonists show solidarity after Charlie Hebdo attack

An impressive showing of solidarity by journalists and cartoonists around the World in the wake of the latest, cowardly terrorist attack in Paris, France – Indeed a tragedy but these acts will never deter people from enjoying their freedoms and liberties… Great to see that journalists will not be silenced by this latest act.

http://www.charliehebdo.fr

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

See the telegraph for an impressive gallery

 

NASA Explains Holiday Lights from Space

Great stuff from NASA… remember Buddy in the Holiday movie trying to light up his house to be seen from space?? From NASA… It’s official — our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and the Holy Month of Ramadan. These new tools can provide new insights into how energy consumption behaviors vary across different cultural settings – Read More

 



Dev Tip – Learn Python in 24 Hours!

Python, all the geeks are learning Python, most employers are craving employees who have some grasp of the popular language… here’s a couple of resources that could help kick start you with some desirable skills:

Python: Learn Python in 24 hours or Less – Jargon Free & Refined With Examples and Assignments For Absolute Beginners. This guide can teach any new programmer how to efficiently create their first Python programs. By the end of the book, you will be able to program on your own, and create your own programs from scratch. Python is a versatile language that is an excellent choice for future web developers.

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Open Government Tour 2014 #OGT14 Hits Victoria BC to Stimulate OpenData Dialog #opengov

A topic that is hugely hot these days, particularly with the GeoTech crowd, is Open Data. I spent an evening in the meeting chambers at our local City Hall discussing OpenData with about 2 dozen other geeks with nothing better to do on a Monday night. The event was planned by and run by opendata enthusiast and co-founder of CitizenBridge, Richard Pietro and brought together about 10 very knowledgeable speakers and enthusiasts to share their stories and advice. The tour, which is supported by sponsorship from the Microsoft  backed Open Source project, Make Web not War, is designed to ignite the open government conversation in areas that may not have had the chance to experience the conversation – that may not be the case in Victoria BC but it is always a great idea to re-ignite the discussion.

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