Monday, 25 March 2019

Local community engagement

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.

As mentioned last month, an opportunity arose to help business social engagement, near Cambridge UK.  Terry Jackson  recently started a project to help local sustainability, not only environmentally (SusCott) but also businesswise:
How can we foster local business and community engagement, by providing open access to local geographic and environmental data that are time stamped?

I joined to facilitate not only the geo backbone, but to expand on Terry's Time Banking initiative: that link will also indicate our engagement with the local council, as well as Cambridgeshire Insight a local open data initiative. I created an ArcGIS Online public account to help share on an easy-to-use & engaging platform - I posted very simple admin boundary map, and reposted a drive time map and story map created five years ago as mentioned atop - thanks to @RichardTaylorUK for Cambridge City Ward data - click images to enlarge:

This was as easy as 1-2-3:
  • data from Esri ArcGIS Pro are saved in file geodatabases that are directly readable in Qgis
  • ArcGIS Online projects are copied over onto this new one using little-known AGO Assistant
  • drive time calculations done in ArcGIS Online were saved locally and re-posted in Qgis
The public ArcGIS Online account is free within limits, which our local datasets will not exceed - I posted elsewhere a much larger regional and static geo-history project mentioned last month - ArcGIS Online furthers  citizen engagement in easy-to-use web maps mentioned last November for climate change monitoring. So as blogged before, a variety of datasets created as file geodatabases, geopackages or shape files can be posted and distributed as story maps as described above.

Stay tuned as we add more data such as green spaces, UK Living Atlas, social media and audio... Perhaps we can even map intriguing spots like these, click to enlarge:

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.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

GIS education & awareness

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 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 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...

Monday, 20 August 2018

Historic climate data revisited - 4 - polar is POpuLAR

[Update: Part 5 will be the last installment as mentioned at the bottom of this blog-post]

Having explored polar maps here, here and here, was it ever a delight to find one of the earliest maps in that same projection! In This Is the World's Largest and Oldest Map, Culture Trip report how David Rumsey recreated a digital copy of a 1587 map from Milan in no less than 60 pieces: