Friday, 15 July 2016

Twenty years... and five generations on the web!

Hard to believe I started my first website in hand-written HTML code in Dallas 20 yrs ago! The original impetus was that at Landmark I had an intranet page using a hand-crafted index bar along the top, not unlike this glossary or my life and work pages thru 2000 and 2004 respectively.

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It was 640*480 and used then and AT&T ip address. Since 2006 toc.ca was my ISP. I travelled so far & wide that I thought a fixed internet address couldn't hurt...
Geo-serendipity: the .ca suffix for Canadian ip address could also stand for Calgary, California or Cambridge I lived in
Note that was Generation 1, Gen-zero was a decade prior before Berners-Lee even coined the term web: it was called Hypertext then and had a static ip accessible on the Calgary optical fibre network. Note similar HTML and hypertext menus along the bottom.

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Gen-2 was the current zolnai.ca website my business storefront, and Gen-3 is this blog page on web mapping topics with its companion for longer posts. This blog top and side banners show all outlets. And Gen-4 is about.me the bottom banner linked in twitter etc.
Standards, standards! Did you know engineers count from zero, as first iterations are trials & not numbered? Mine wasn't an actual website either...
My, this web is exhausting (from BBC Springwatch the fox is just snoozing in a sunbeam)...

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

When is a map not a map, Part II

I just posted on LinkedIn Pulse Opinions are free, but Facts are sacred, taking off from Simon Rogers ex of Guardian Data now at Google Data by way of Twitter. This was spurred by the EU Referendum, and setting aside debates raging around it, this is my contribution in my field of petroleum geology in general and mapping / GIS in particular. UN Comtrade has a fabulous collection of statistics, which are so easy to search & discover, that I simply copy&pasted screenshots into this video.

Monday, 30 May 2016

When is a map not a map

Friends of mine lived in London, then LA and now in Wellington, NZ. I wondered where their peripatetic moves might take them, in a purely geographic destination sense?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Andrew's GIS Platforms reloaded

A GIS group discussion prompted me to update this list of selected desktop & web platforms by delivery and cost - note that it excludes commercially serviced FOSS, as well as web & mobile apps - and the usual caveats apply, see details on last page.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

CoDE Conference 2016: Creative Communication

Just attended a conference crossing over art and science at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Culture of Digital Economies CoDE. It ranged from the impact of video games, through a master class in drone cinematography and video exhibit The Crossing, to interactive demos and lightning talks. Two items stood out for me: Sonic Pi freeware to help introduce school children to digital music, and Lichen Beacons a Raspberry Pi and beacon interactive display of imagery and poetry:

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Fort McMurray (Canada) Wildfires Social Map

[20/05/2016 update: noticed the dearth of social feeds? People are busy fleeing the area!
Also come back often as, sadly, fires that receded last week were returning this week...
]

The wildfires around Fort Mc Murray in NE Alberta of W Canada were well covered in the press. Their origin is introduced in the splash screen below, which includes a broader context in the NASA brief. A modified pre-existing DIY Weathermap for Kuwait, especially the wind information, added info for Fort McMurray and MODIS data, whose hotspots are indicative of fires. Features inspired by Esri Disaster Response maps were finally styled with social feeds below. Twitter feeds for #YMM (airport code), #YMMfire and #YMMhelps were added to Flickr, Instagram and Youtube for the previous 5 days.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Gulf of Mexico Wells Reloaded

Story map to wrap a complex technical dataset into easy-to-follow steps. Opening video helps reach out to board rooms or town halls alike.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Another Take on Climate Change, Part VI

previously asked  how current vagaries of climate may relate to earth's magnetic field reversals? One problem was that geological records (ocean bottom magnetic stripes) didn't span well into historic records (volcanic lava deposits)! Well this appears to have been addressed in this video:

Friday, 12 February 2016

Animation of historic Paris building footprints

Bâti Paris is a beautiful suite of maps of the Parisian buildings and listed monuments since the 18th c. posted by Etienne Côme. I gave it an organic twist by rotating and mirroring each time slice, to make it look like a breathing lung, and posted it as a video: