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
Archives for September 20, 2013
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.
Over the past week while the massive flood was occurring in Colorado you may have heard DigitalGlobe touting a service called FirstLook – given that the floods were basically taking place right in the backyard of DigitalGlobe HQ I have to say that I was quite curious as to what the company would be doing in response to the events – Enter FirstLook. Simply put, DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook is an online subscription service for emergency management that provides fast web-based access to pre- and post-event imagery of world disasters delivered to almost any desktop or web-based mapping platform. FirstLook Plus integrates an additional layer of information to identify key features to aid responders by making analysis more efficient.
For those interested in more details about FirstLook, the company will be hosting a webinar on Sept 26. Note, the company has also put together a slideshare of analytics and reports from flood ravaged areas in Colorado.
Yep, it’s iPhone 5S (and 5C) launch day and the consumers (and perhaps you) are waiting in long lines to get their shiny new iPhone.