In celebration of St Patrick’s day last week, I decided to dig up an old dataset from when I was living/working in Ireland on historical Irish populations by county, and have a play with D3js and cartograms. Click here to view it ‘live’. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I like cartograms as a useful and fun way to visualize data. The Great Famine was an important and significant event in Irish (and global) history, and cartograms provide a fun and informative way to explore the resultant population change in Ireland ...
- Fri 28 March 2014 cfarmer
- Tue 18 March 2014 cfarmer
There’s a discussion thread on the QGIS LinkedIn Group page about Python tutorials and resources. There were a few good suggestions, so I thought I’d share these with others. It starts with a very common question from a GIS (or any software that supports scripting) user:
I’m a real ‘end-user’ of qgis and I want to improve my skills a little… I’ve found many python tutorials online but I don’t know which are any good. Can anyone point me to some good resources?
The responses were useful, but not exhaustive:
- The PyQGIS Programmer’s Guide: http://locatepress.com/ppg
- PyQGIS developer cookbook: http://www.qgis.org/en/docs/pyqgis_developer_cookbook/
- Geoprocessing with Python using FOSS GIS: http://www.gis.usu.edu/~chrisg/python/2009/
- 10 Resources to Learn Python Programming Language: http://codecondo.com/10-ways-to-learn-python/
Do you have another suggestion? Please sound off in the comments below!
[UPDATE]: I’ve added a link to resources for learning Python in general, very useful and comprehensive list. Check it out!
- Sun 16 March 2014 cfarmer
Due to popular demand, the deadline for submitting talks, tutorials and posters has been extended to April 1, 2014 - no ‘foolin!’. We encourage submissions related to general scientific computing with Python, one of the two special themes for this year, or the domain-specific mini-symposia held during the conference. Take a look at a few talks from previous years, our guidelines for this year, and we look forward to reviewing submissions!
- Wed 12 March 2014 cfarmer
Here’s a blog post from ESRI about ESRI’s transition to open source, open development, and social coding.* It features GitHub pretty prominently, which continues to be an awesome resource for collaborative work — and not just for code. My colleagues and I have started using it for planning meetings and workshops, developing research papers, maintaining websites (this site is hosted on GitHub), and yes, even open source software projects. ESRI obviously also thinks GitHub is a useful resource, and their keynote for the ESRI DevSummit is GitHub CEO and Co-Founder Chris Wanstrath!
- Thu 06 March 2014 cfarmer
I have recently been asked to help out with the Geospatial Data in Science track for SciPy 2014 in Austin, Texas this coming July. The conference is being held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas from July 6th to 12th 2014. It promises to be an awesome gathering of scientific Python users, developers, and organizations. You can checkout the conference announcement on the SciPy 2014 website, where you can register to submit a proposal and/or abstract, and generally find out all about the SciPy community and conference.
- Wed 05 March 2014 cfarmer
We have two openings for undergraduate research assistants here at the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information. You can find the original announcement on Dr. Carsten Keßler‘s website. In short, we are looking for
- A student who can help us move our website over to WordPress (detailed description); and
- A student who can support us with Android app development in the enviroCar project (detailed description).
- Wed 05 March 2014 cfarmer
In case you missed Eric Brelsford’s talk last Wednesday on Free & Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications, I’ve embedded the recording below for your viewing pleasure (Eric’s slides are also available). This is the first in a series of talks organized within the department of Geography at Hunter College, CUNY around GIS and Technology (we’re calling them GTECH Experiments). Each talk is organized by a student (thanks go to Mara Gittleman this time), and features a member of the wider geo-technology community. Check out the video below:
Stay tuned for news and events around GTECH Experiments in the future!
- Sat 01 March 2014 cfarmer
Recently, on the betaNYC Meetup email list, John Krauss and Tom Swanson both posted Python code for accessing the NYC Geoclient REST API, which is an awesome resource developed by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications GIS/Mapping unit.
The Geoclient API is a RESTful web service interface to the NYC Department of City Planning’s Geosupport system developed by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications GIS/Mapping unit. Geosupport is a mainframe-based geocoding system used by NYC government. Geosupport provides coordinate and geographic attributes for supported input locations (address, intersection, blockface). Geoclient exposes the most widely ...
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