Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Esri, Google and if the shoe fits...

[Here is a further update based on input from other people on what is surely a timely topic. Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse as The (Geo) Internet of Things, it's posted there for a wider audience.]

Here is my take on this sleeper news, that Google will deprecate its Map Engine and Esri offers significant help for Google Geo customers to transition over. If the shoe fits....

First I noticed that my Google Earth Pro subscription did not lapse, then I hear it is now free, finally come the news that Google Maps Engine (GME) will be deprecated. I'm still looking for a buzz in the Googlesphere on this change that cannot be insignificant.

Then Esri offers on it landing page Google & Esri  significant help and resources to welcome Google Enterprise customers into their fold. Less spectacular is CartoDB's invitation touting  their common existing backbone on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Safe Software and Spatial IQ had excellent treatments of this topic, and they're well placed as they're tech agnostic. They note like in any geo project, transitions will never be smooth, and there are many levels to consider, not the least of which underlying data.

I asked Google Geo BDM what this meant, and here are the salient points (note this is his personal not an official statement): they focus on their generic Cloud platform rather than bespoke Geo platform, and they'll work with anyone to help customers transition.

Aside from Google 5 year ago and Esri since 2000, I've also used AWS the last 5 years as a server stack for both Mapcentia and While the latter two offer good web offerings on the freemium model, they're quite new & have a long way to go.

I therefore have a slightly different view on the Google - Esri buzz that has yet to manifest itself. By shifting focus on their Cloud offering, I see Google as really tackling their main competitor Amazon. Quartz among others wrote about it earlier on and later on last year.

Business follows the money, meaning it moves toward sweet spots - Google Geo was born on the web 10 years ago, and Esri has been all about geo for almost 50 - our geocommunity follows our stake holders needs, meaning we move toward what works, don't we?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Professional portfolio of Esri maps

As I went solo in the new year, I collected my previous works also seen in the banner map gallery, and posted the Esri maps as a map story. Go here if it's too slow to load.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Web Maps on Steroids, Part II

I showed a couple of months ago ways to post mega-datasets online without choking the system. This month OSGeoUK gave me the opportunity to present the same on PostGIS Day 2014, as postGIS was the backbone of two of these examples on GIScloud and GeoCloud2. Thanks to OSGeoUK and British Computer Society for hosting this.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A day in the life of a petro-data manager - the outline

Have you ever been given plain text geodata and wondered how to database and map it? And has this happened to you lately with tens of thousands of lines of data? Well help is at hand! Here is an ETL  workflow (extract, transform, load) useful to any data manager in or out of petroleum using free tools:

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Big data and maps reloaded

Social media really work! +Vicky Gallardo posted on Google+ that the map is not the territory, with a wonderful big data map by Ben Allen of Denton TX (near where I used to live). That prompted a post by the same title on my companion map blog. The distinction between data and maps has long kept me up at night (see my blog tagline), and many others to judging by exhibits and media only in London (near where I live now).

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Web maps on steroids

The last 6 blog posts over the last 3 months chronicled the use of dynamic maps using time attribute - years for historic ship tracks and wind data from same 150-350 yrs ago - not to animate maps but to filter them by decade and manage data fetches on ArcGIS Online. A parallel series of posts showed mega data sets on Amazon Web Services, as Mapcentia assured me postGIS handled giga datasets...

Saturday, 6 September 2014

On joining and merging historic multi-lingual geodata

Earlier posts chronicled the history even the beauty of historic shipping and climate data from CLIWOC. British, Dutch, French and Spanish maritime agencies transferred paper logs to digital records. In doing so look-up tables allowed to convert multi-lingual records into quantifiable attributes. Something odd (to me) happened in the process of mapping these: over 1/4M records doubled to almost 1/2M when look-ups were joined and then wind and direction tables merged to create maps symbolised by wind force and orientation.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The happenstance art of maps

I showed recently how CLIWOC weather data from ships captains logs dating 1662 to 1885 totalled almost 1/2M points. It started with a 1/4M ships tracks, and combining look-up tables from four maritime agencies they yield numeric wind force and direction...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Dynamic maps final (for now)

[Update: longhand version posted on my catalog blog]

This is the end installment of progressing from static to dynamic maps online. A few lessons learned along the way on posting a quarter million point dataset, which ballooned to almost half a million after links & joins...