The Brazilian state Minas Gerais has launched a new data visualization tool called DataViva, which is meant to help government officials, the private sector and Brazilian citizens understand big data. Although it is the product of a state government, DataViva covers the formal economy of all of Brazil. According to the a video introduction to DataViva, the tool contains more than 100 million interactive visualizations. (Ironically, a video is touted,however, the youtube video is private and not viewable at this time!)
The visualizations are divided into eight different apps. These include a “Tree Map,” a “Geo Map,” “Network,” “Scatter,” and “Occugrid.” Some of these are as general as they sound, and others have a more specific purpose.
Coin is an awesome, new, secure payment system that provides loads of flexibility and convenience for users – use one coin for all your cards! Now available (pre-sale) to users, Coin is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connected card – see The company is also announcing additional features and over 50 answers to the most popular consumer questions about the device. Those answers can be found here: https://onlycoin.com/support/faq/ and see also this PR announcement
Some of the first damage assessment maps from the Philippines have been released. According to e-GEOS, The Emergency Crisis Room was activated at 6:00 UTC on November 8, since when some 30 maps have been produced by the combined efforts of the e-GEOS Emergency Management Team, with others from GAF in Germany and ITHACA in Turin, with 25 people working day and night - e-GEOS is the Service Provider of the Emergency Management Service funded by DG Enterprise within the Copernicus Programme.
All map and vector products produced are accessible through the Copernicus Emergency Management Portal
See more details on this effort HERE in this official announcement
GISDay is here once again and for a little GISDay fun the cool team at BlueRaster has mashed up a very cool map that shares all the photos on Instagram tagged with the #GISDay hashtag. Have a look around the world to see some of the activities and map fun taking place on Nov 20, GISDay. Nice stuff BlueRaster – see the Instagram GISDay map HERE
GISDay Instagram Map
The crew at Spatial Networks has continued to work on the Fulcrum mobile app (Think mobile data collection), most recently releasing version 2.0 for iPad and iPhone (See more here) . Recently, the team described some of the very cool functionality that users can leverage by spatial filtering and searching data with Fulcrum’s web dashboard (where administrators or managers can login, create or edit their apps for deployment).
This from the team… In addition to the current data management dashboard features, allowing you to browse your data on a map, table, or split/combined view, we just added a few other big improvements to make data review, QA, and field service management tools even more powerful.
Continue reading more about Fulcrum’s web dashboard HERE
You can keep tabs on Fulcrum via Twitter @FulcrumApp
An update from the Heidelberg University describes more than 1.000 OpenStreet Map (OSM) Crisis Mapping Volunteers developing a CrisisMap for the Philippines. The map shows Elements at Risk, population distribution, damaged buildings and Instagram images for Philippines. This update from the team…For supporting the disaster management activities after the typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan a new Crisis Map: http://crisismap.geog.uni- heidelberg.de/ has been set up by GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University that visualizes map layers as the map layers showing population density and “elements at risk” for the Philipines. Credits for this voluntary effort go to Pascal Neis, Andreas Reimer, Maxim Rylow, Bernd Resch, Günter Sagl, Joao Porto and colleagues.
Note: A Mapathon to support crisis mapping with OpenStreetMap has been organized by Andreas Reimer and colleagues at Heidelberg University on Thursday Nov. 14th 2013.
See more on the University blog
Today Motorola unveiled a new, affordable Android smartphone. At sub $200 for an unlocked, high end, Android device that requires no contract, well, its a no-brainer for the price conscious! The kicker here is no contract… Those of you still “upgrading” to those $100 or $200 devices that require you to lock in to a more expensive data plan for 2 years you better take not of this! Moto G includes:
- A brilliant 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge-to-edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
- The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor featuring a quad-core CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
- Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014. No skins to clutter or slow the experience, and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
- Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.
- More details on the Motorola blog
Here’s the scenario… you frantically go into a pocket pat-down dance searching for your shiny, new smartphone. Sadly, the device is gone. What’s even worse is that you just got the device thanks to your once-every-two-years upgrade from your carrier and you still owe about $500 on your tab! Don’t panic though as I’m sure you likely had it protected thanks to some of the many services that protect smartphone users from accidental loss or theft. The following are some of the must-be-familiar with services that are available for Android and iOS mobile device users.
The Wildlife Conservation Society and geographic information system (GIS) software innovator Esri jointly developed and produced an online Story Map that combines spatial data, excellent cartography, and Web mapping tools to visually tell the story of the elephant poaching crisis. The release of the Story Map coincides with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ivory crush event in Denver, CO, at which six tons of illegal elephant ivory will be destroyed. More information may be found at 96elephants.org.
see more information on this effort and the news map HERE
It’s been one year since Sandy struck the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts with powerful winds, rain, and storm surges that caused unprecedented damages in some of the nation’s most populous areas.
I’m sure most of you have also been thinking of the people of the Philippines as they recover from an incredible disaster. Such a tragic scene and a reminder of how angry Mother Nature can become – our thoughts go out to the entire population of the Philippines, to those assisting in the recovery, and to those who have family and friends there. On the topic of the Philippines, we heard that On November 07, 2013 at 7 pm EST, several hours before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, DigitalGlobe activated FirstLook, an online subscription service for emergency managers and enterprise customers that provides fast, web-based access to pre- and post-event imagery of natural and man-made disasters. In the first few days, following the initial devastation, DigitalGlobe’s satellites collected and delivered over 19,000 square kilometers of imagery in the hardest hit areas, including Tacloban City and the surrounding areas. FirstLook’s frequent revisit times have enabled rapid delivery of quality imagery content during this time-critical event. More on this response from DG can be found in this blog post. Note, the UN is also assisting in the region as can be expected. Of interest, they were requesting help from people in tagging crisis tweets for disaster response – an interesting effort. Here’s more info on that project via Patrick Meier and the iRevolution blog.
And an update from Esri… As a member of the Digital Humanitarian Network, Esri has partnered with the Standby Task Force and GISCorps to create interactive maps documenting the impact of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Perspectives Map shows how the storm impacted various communities throughout the Philippines. Explore damage reports from social media for Tacloban City and see how the storm has further devastated the area of Bohol, which was struck by a magnitude 8.5 earthquake last month.
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