Web Maps for WordPress is easy to use, affordable (how about free!) and the best way to add professional looking maps to your blog posts. You don’t have to be a geographer, GeoGeek, or GIS pro to use this, although if you happen to be one of those, you may really dig the Pro version which allows you to connect your ArcGIS Online with your WordPress blog. [Read more…] about Add Awesome Web Maps to your Blogs Quickly and Easily with Web Maps WordPress plug-in
This time of year in Western Canada the crows start getting a little aggressive. As a result, a University Professor at Langara College has developed a webmap using nothing but open source software to share a real world use for a community webmap. Crowtrax identifies locations where crow attacks and aggressive crow behavior has been spotted and reported. The maps are available for Vancouver and Victoria, B.C and appear to reveal patterns such as increased activity near areas with restaurants and public parks, likely where there’s plenty of food to be scooped up!
Langara College offers classes in GIS and even have an Open Source GIS Certificate program
Yes indeed, just in the nick of time, our friends Martha and Jim have shared details of the latest update to the wonderful and useful GaslampMap.com. Use this handy resource while in San Diego attending ESRIUC, Comic Con, or ??? and have access any time any place to all the latest and greatest restaurants, bars, and night spots in the famous Gaslamp District.
It was a beautiful Sunday here in the PacNW so what better way to kill the morning than by walking around the beautiful downtown core in Victoria BC while testing out a little data collection using FulcrumApp.
A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.
Mapping rats… why not? Did you know that the Big Apple has a rat information portal? Oh, and its nothing new, the resource has been around for more than 5 years now thanks to the Dept. of Health. Details from a recent article in itWorld …
This interesting webmap tip comes via the LA Times… The toll of the anti-vaccination movement. From the Times – Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of “vaccine-preventable outbreaks” worldwide 2008-2014. A couple of manifestations stand out. One is the prevalence of measles in Europe — especially Britain — and the U.S. Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. But in the developed world it’s an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. Source: LA Times
No huge surprise here as much of the story t esriuc2012 was indeed, ArcGIS online (AGO), or as Jack Dangermond might describe it, The mapping platform for your organization! We heard how ago is a ready to use, simple, cloud solution and is the ideal way to reach your users and potential users. AGO provides users and web administrators with effortless sharing via the web, mobile Internet, and even social media. So, why ArcGIS Online? We heard many compelling reasons while at conference this year, some of the main reasons as outlined by the AGO development team and other Esri experts includes:
- Allows you to easily go mobile
- Free downloadable ArcGIS apps
- Collaboration made easy
- Easily add data and put your data in the cloud … Think web enabled services from your data.
- Feature or tile services provide a fast, smooth user experience
- ArcGIS Online provides users and publishers with tools that help maintain ownership
- Data publishers have the option of private or public data sharing via a robust environment to manage security and data ownership
- Publishers and webmap administrators have access to a wealth (understatement) of data and content
- Various levels of administration is enabled for users and content publishers enabling the definition of users as Administrator, publisher, or users
- Your published web service is scalable and can easily support unexpected spikes in traffic that could otherwise crash your system – see billing/license model for more information on this.
In the words of Esri founder and president, Jack Dangermond, from the UC opening plenary, ArcGIS online will amplify geography and with it Esri is Providing geography as a platform.
See more at https://www.arcgis.com/about/
and explore at http://www.arcgis.com/explorer/
An interesting mapping application is now available from LA County at http://lacounty.solarmap.org/ – powered by Virtual Earth, the app reveals solar energy installations and also provides information about potential energy savings… impressive! There’s also a handy tool where users can get an estimate of their potential savings fom solar energy. The map enables the county to accurately estimate the solar potential of government facility rooftops and for all residents to view existing solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the city, including those on residential, commercial and government buildings. It also shows the amount of solar that has been installed per zip code. See more info here