All the twitter chatter today from #FOSS4G and the hype surrounding CartoDB got me wanting to mashup some data with the awesome open Geo tools out there so I decided to go look for some data and see what I could come up with. It took me a few minutes by I managed to locate some opendata from the DataBC providing me with locations of beer, wine, and liquor outlets, both public and private within the Province. Using my free CartoDB account I could quickly drop in my data, geocode it (almost) and publish a nice map for simple visualization and sharing.. took me about 5 minutes in total and I haven’t used CartoDB in months! Pretty darned sweet… I guess I better go fix the stragglers in my dataset! Jump directly to the BC liquor store locator map here or see the live map below… [Read more…] about Mashing-up Opendata for a B.C Liquor Outlet Map with CartoDB
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.
The White House developed Project Open Data (See project OpenData on github) – this collection of code, tools, and case studies – to help agencies adopt the Open Data Policy and unlock the potential of government data. Project Open Data will evolve over time as a community resource to facilitate broader adoption of open data practices in government. Anyone – government employees, contractors, developers, the general public – can view and contribute.
Recently, the project has released a implementation guide, designed to help agencies and orgs manage their information and data as an asset. The document focuses on near-term efforts agencies must take to meet the following five initial requirements of M-13-13, which are due November 1 – see the Implementation Guide
Some cool news from the GRASS GIS development team as GRASS turns 30!
Today the Free Software community celebrates the 30th birthday of GRASS GIS! GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is a free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and map production, spatial modeling, and 3D visualization. GRASS GIS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies. GRASS GIS can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and can be freely downloaded at http://grass.osgeo.org/download/software/.
You may have heard or read recently that Canada has announced new/enhanced efforts in their position on Open government. This came in the form of a newly revised position and policy on OpenGov (see details) and an enhanced open government portal. The Open Data Portal is a one-stop shop for federal government data that can be downloaded free of charge by citizens, researchers, voluntary organizations, and the private sector.
Just in time for the 2013 SOTMUS event taking place June 8-9 in San Fran, The 2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report – some stunning and interactive data visualizations that show how active the OpenStreetMap community is, how fast it continues to grow, and how competitive the open data community is becoming.
There’s no doubt that the spread of love about OSM is hitting and epidemic scale! At this year’s SOTMUS event, the Mapbox team will be presenting details of the 2013 OSM report, a comprehensive look at the explosive growth of the OpenStreetMap movement.
Find out how much water you could capture in a year– An innovative app from a fellow B.C GeoGeek, Mark Laudon @mapsRus can be found entered in the Apps4Ottawa OpenData Challenge competition. Simply put, the app uses a clever map UI (and some opendata) enabling users to calculate the amount of rain water that can be saved by some clever recycling methods. The Save the Rain app facilitates the rainwater harvesting design process by calculating annually how much rain can be captured from any rooftop. The app also displays the Ottawa communal well locations and associated water quality reports, using drinking water data along with well water data records to calculate a score for an area defined by the user.
A fine mainstream media report on a new OpenData resource from Alberta, Canada has surfaced on the CTV (Alberta) web portal. What I like really like about this report is that it is quite accurate and truthful, getting right to the point and describing exactly why opendata is important to users and the business community. The report interviews a local consultant who describes several projects he’s accomplished thanks to the use of new opendata products. Users have already created a couple of apps (nice to see the featured product is a map) and there’s no doubt that many apps and products will follow.
A Government rep admits the data will be difficult to interpret for the average user and that there are about 250 datasets currently available. They do point out that within a year the amount of data available should swell to over 1,000 products. The government focus is to make information public so that developers and the public can innovate and create value from the data after all, that’s really what opendata is meant for!
The cool crew from Seattle-based Socrata are providing government users, opendata enthusiasts, developers, and others with a very cool OpenData resource in the form of a “hackathon in a box” – a toolbox of resources, documents, tools and other handy items of interest to anyone getting involved in an opendata hackathon or similar event. Need help running a hackthaon? Need some ideas? Need pointers on tools, APIs, and other developer resources? See the hackathon in a box http://hackathon-in-a-box.org/
Note: all resources are licensed under Creative Commons License
There’s no arguing that OpenStreetMap (OSM) has exploded in use and popularity, heck, just look at the basemap layer options in any online web mapping services and you’ll see OSM as an option. Often considered the wikipedia of the mapping world, OSM is a fabulous basemap option for anyone and perhaps coolest of all, OSM has been built and maintained by you – the crowd!
I’m sure that many (if not most) of you have often wanted to mess around with OSM and add/edit some features but were a little lazy – I’m guilty! But now we have no excuse thanks to the new OpenStreetMap in-browser map editing tools available from the iD Editor (think HTML5)
Once completed you can share your edits via Twitter or facebook