Friday, 31 May 2019

Local Community Engagement (Cont.)

After introducing this social enterprise, let's look at some progress: We joined the Esri(UK) Non Profit, Ordnance Survey Data Hub and Open Street Map programs, all designed to help communities'  open data initiatives key to the next economy.

In its ongoing efforts to open national data repositories - which I used in almost a decade here - Ordnance Survey now provides infrastructure data as Open Zoomstack or as Data Hub (trial), from which I completed our map with, say, greenspaces or site info to complement OS Open Carto or Open Streetmap basemaps:





Here is the start of a community engagement presentation: Cottenham Open: Story maps are an innovativd way to engage and to help public understanding of our region. 

Monday, 25 March 2019

Local community engagement

[Update: please see the follow-up post as we build a story introducing the community.]

This follows my transition introduced last September and last month. I first used Esri  web mapping tools to help me canvass for EU elections in my local community five years ago. I then found local community engagement - online in my old Texan hometown of Houston - 18 months ago with Hurricane Harvey. I presented social aspects  afforded GIS at Esri European Petroleum GIS  conference in London that fall.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Welcome to new friends

[Update: read here my  new occupation following this]

A fond farewell to two old friends explained my transition to open source platforms. As announced in LinkedIn You can get Andrew out of the geo... (... but you can't get the geo out of Andrew) "Terry Jackson pulled me back in to the publishing business as a data wrangler". What does that mean?

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Dynamic maps - finis

My last post on dynamic maps and its preceding project recap five years ago outlined how I used ¼M point free-to-use dataset on global historic shipping and climate data. This is the original video of ships'  locations produced a decade ago on Esri ArcMap:

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Challenger Expedition as a Story Map

The last two blogposts showed how to create correct polar maps in ArcGIS and QGIS: here from publicly posted class notes blogged, and here to create simple climate & vegetation maps in ArcGIS Online (AGOL) from Esri Living Atlas data.

Let's look at now creating complete maps in AGOL from publicly available data, and analyzing it over time to see their historic significance. This post is the backbone of this story map of the HMS Challenger 1873-1876 Expedition:

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Climate change alert

[Update 3: read here my  new occupation in citizen engagement started 4 months later
Update 2: Euan Mearns factoid-checking counterpoint highlights, if nothing else, the Gordian Knot-edness of it all...
Update 1: thanks fellow Canadian Texpat Katharine Hayhoe for her efforts in this document and the twitter-sphere]

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Arctic wrap-up as a story-map

Following my previous posts on geo-awareness and transitioning platforms, I repost here this story map that wraps together the story for the Arctic region on Esri platform. You will find at its end a link to the course that cover both poles on Esri and QGIS as complete exercises in polar mapping.
You may wish to zoom in to polar views one or two steps for a better view: it's an artifact of the largest data-set used in the web map app. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

GIS education & awareness

[Update: another way to make it all more accessible, is to wrap-up the Arctic data as a story-map.]

There is a patent need to better explain all things geospatial to us as geo professionals as well as to the public addressed here.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

A fond farewell to two old friends

[Update: read here my  new occupation inspired by these six months later]

Over seven years after starting to post on arcgis.com and almost five years after posting mega-datasets on GeoCloud2 via AWS, I have to seriously reconsider my investment in web data. I already mentioned my new direction two posts ago, and now stood down my AWS instance - thanks @mhoegh for his help on Mapcentia - and I will let my arcgis.com account lapse next May, five years after it was created (I already rationalised my Esri accounts, hence the two year gap with opener). Do not despair however...