Another fine video from the EsriTV crew as Jack Dangermond discusses ArcGIS the Platform at the 2013 Federal User Conference. For more on this topic see also this article in ArcUser
Archives for March 2013
Esri DevSummit is just around the corner and that means that tons of news and updates will be rolling out of Redlands. This means that its also a great time to poke around the ArcGIS Online resource Center, EDN, and the other community resources from Esri. A number of product updates and announcements have been rolling out from the project managers so I encourage you to spend some time looking around. FYI, those of you not headed to the Springs for DevSummit (no I won’t be there either) you’ll find comfort in knowing that word has it that videos will be released relatively fast from the event so you should have loads of goodies to view next week – be sure to also follow #Devsummit on Twitter!
For something new, check out the new ArcGIS for Developers resource from Esri. The portal promotes open source apps via the github, tools, tips, a blog, and more. See http://developers.arcgis.com/en/
Nominations for the Open Source for America Awards closes on Friday, March 22 so you better get your nominations in people! Each year, Open Source for America recognizes individuals, projects, and deployments that support its mission to encourage free and open source software adoption in the U.S. government.
1. Individual Award: a contributor who has made significant contributions in the promotion and use of open source solutions in the U.S. government during the past year. Past winners include Brian Behlendorf and David A. Wheeler.
2. Open Source Project: an open source project that has shown promise and benefit for U.S. government use. Past winners include the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation’s TrustTheVote Project and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s OpenLayers Project.
3. Open Source Deployment in Government: a U.S. government agency or body that has shown commitment to the use of open source, through policy and/or adoption. Past winners include WhiteHouse.gov, for its Drupal platform migration and the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program.
4. OSFA Contributor award: an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization. Past winners include Ean Schuessler of Brainfood and Melanie Chernoff of Red Hat.
Safe Software is hitting the road with their 2013 World Tour of meetups. A number of events are planned, including a few stops in Canada. Canadian stops include:
Apr 11 – Calgary
Apr 12 – Edmonton
Apr 9 – Ottawa
Apr 12 – Saskatoon
Apr 10 – Toronto
Apr 16 – Vancouver
Apr 4 – Victoria
Apr 11 – Winnipeg
According to the team, attendees can expect the following:
- Learn about the new FME 2013 release
- Get tips on data transformation
- Meet data experts from the community
- Enjoy breakfast and lunch (included)
LOL, make good maps, not Apple maps!! Open learning is HUGE, plain and simple and there’s a number of fine, open learning resources available to the public including Coursera. And so it’s great to see that the Geo EDU leaders at Penn State have added a new offering to the coursera lineup of open learning options – enter Maps and the Geospatial Revolution from Anthony Robinson at PSU. Some details of this 5 week course… This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level.
Woah, this is way cool.. too bad I didn’t notice it before it maxed out on KickStarter though! Given that I’m a photo nut, luv mobile technology and really dig birds this is a natural for yours truly… check out this clever photobooth for birders!
Setup the stand, add bird food, watch on your iPAd and snap away.. awesome! Some details… This new interactive window into everyday nature inspires both kids and adults to become, photographers and thinkers,while remotely capturing high-resolution video footage, sounds, and photos of birds at unprecedented close proximity. It transforms your iPhone/iTouch or GoPro into the ultimate secret recorder of your backyard world up close. Before you know it you will be naming the birds in your backyard and sharing with your friends
The already data-rich open resource in Oakland is even richer now thanks to the addition of some cool bicycle data… let the hacking and mashing begin! This platform is an open data catalog built by the OpenOakland Brigade as a community resource and this site uses the opensource CKAN platform- the same free software behind the UK government’s Data.Gov.UK resource. This site has been populated with data found on various Oakland Government websites and from the huge data warehouse operated by Urban Strategies Council and it’s public web mapping platform InfoAlamedaCounty.org. New data products include bikeways, signage, parking places and more.
See more at http://data.openoakland.org/en/dataset/bicycle-routes – do you have a favorite, local, opendata resource? Please tell me about it @gletham
Some candid insights on the annual Hexagon International Conference – Hear Ken Fronheiser from SSM Group, Inc., Reading, PA, USA. As part of HxGN LIVE, you can take part in informative sessions covering a variety of topics, including:
BIM, BIM, and more BIM, Mobile Scanning, Using ultra-high speed scanning for applications you never thought of, and much more!
Hexagon 2013 Conference, 3-6 June 2013, Las Vegas is the annual event that professionals who are into Laser Scanning/HDS – see the full agenda HERE [PDF] or see registration info at http://conference.hexagon.com/
Here’s a cool, eco-friendly online learning experience from National Geographic, GE and a few friends – Plan it Green. This interactive, eco friendly, online game is designed to introduce kids (and grown up kids) to city planning solutions that are greener and energy efficient… think a green version of SIM City in some ways. According to NGS, the game is part of Connect! Transform the Future, a new national initiative designed to engage, enlighten and educate the nation’s youth in a conversation about the future of energy. The game is part of a growing trend that employs digital gaming to engage players around important social issues… awesome! See more in this official announcement or play it for yourself (and with the kids) at http://www.planitgreenlive.com
Well, another Friday came and went and with it came another installment of 5 Things on Friday. In this latest edition I shared details of the latest device from Samsung, data from the OpenOakland OpenGov resource, some tips on story telling from Pixar, a coursera on Geotech from Penn State, and National Geographic pipes in on sequestration… some great stuff here, enjoy! See 5 Things on Friday #9