A Sneak Peek at Taking Live Social Media Feeds into ArcGIS

Let me share with you a little bit of coolness under the topic of “coming soon”… this for those of you that are planning on hitting the annual ESRIUC in San Diego this June (yes June and not July like you might be used to!).  Thanks to the Echosec crew (an Esri small business startup program business) here in town for sharing with me a very slick, “coming soon” bit of functionality that really rocks! I can’t divulge everything but this example map produced very quickly (like in seconds in total) gives a look at some speedy analysis (a heat map in this case) that was run on social media activity taking place around the Fort McMurray, Alberta town that is currently under siege by a wildfire – Note: if interested, the Canadian Government is currently matching all Red Cross donations!

Social Media data layers from Echosec location-based search brought into the ArcGIS environment
Social Media data layers from Echosec location-based search brought into the ArcGIS environment

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Location History How to tip – Mashup your Flickr Photo history in ArcGIS Online

Sharing photos via Flickr is an awesome way to archive and share photos, I’ve been using the service almost since Day 1. The now free service provides a great way to easily upload photos over mobile while it is also to have a backup of your photos hosted in the cloud. Flickr makes it a little tricky to locate your feed, however, it really is there!

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Get up to speed with Python via this free cookbook!

Python was conceived in the late 1980s and its implementation was started in December 1989 by Guido van Rossum at CWI in the Netherlands as a successor to the ABC programming language capable of exception handling and interfacing with the Amoeba operating system. Python 2.0 was released on October 16, 2000, with many major new features including, a cycle-detecting garbage collector (in addition to reference counting) for memory management and support for Unicode. (Wikipedia)

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Census Infographic on Bike to Work Day

To commemorate Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) and Bike to Work Day (May 20), the U.S. Census Bureau presents a graphic showing the percentage of people biking to work in cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The percentages are derived from the 2014 American Community Survey .

bike to work day

Seems that areas near Berkeley, CA, Boulder, CO, Cambridge MA, and Portland OR led the nation in riding on two wheels!

Coloring for the GeoGeek! City Maps a Coloring Book for Adults

It seems that coloring books have become all the rage lately, I see adult coloring books on display in book stores, curio shops, even the grocery store. A nice idea for those who need practice staying inside the lines or for anyone needing a little mind relaxing chill out time. But what about a cool coloring book for the GeoGeek, I mean after all, most GeoGeeks were likely teased endlessly in college for spending so much time coloring all those maps and graphics that go along with the required courses to get that degree in Geography or GIS.

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NASA Wants More Women Involved in Hackathons

Have you been to a hackathon lately? If so, chances are pretty good that the room was likely dominated by male coders and hackers, and that’s a topic that NASA wants to address with their coming hackathon dev events. This according to a recent article in FastCo on the topic… While NASA has been able to attract participants from all corners of the globe, it has consistently struggled to get women involved. NASA is working very hard to change this. “The attendance is generally 80% male,” says Beth Beck, NASA’s open innovation project manager, who runs the Space Apps Hackathon. “It’s more everyman than everywoman.”

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Unlocking your Foursquare History and a Foursquare History Hack

A little something fun for you Foursquare / Swarm fanatics (like me). The foursquare checkin service makes available data feeds which can be handy for mashing up or sharing. Foursquare also notes that The iCal (ICS) and Google Calendar formats are especially nice for importing and displaying your entire Foursquare check-in history in your Calendar on your computer.  Feeds are made available in RSS, KML, ICS, and GCAL formats. To access from a web browser simply login to your account and jump to https://foursquare.com/feeds/

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Offline Mobile Navigation with HERE Maps – Save Your Data!

A recent visit to the HERE maps HQ in Berkeley, California reminded me just how awesome this in vehicle navigation experience really is. Best of all HERE maps functions equally well completely offline… and did I mention that HERE mobile is free?

 

HERE maps mobile app on android, offline mode

Why Offline?

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