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SOTM 2015 in NYC: One Week Out

[ STATE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, 2015, NYC-United Nations ] In anticipation of SOTM 2015 at the United Nations this upcoming weekend, a great overview of both OpenStreetMap (OSM) and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) can be found via this GitHubGist: [ OSM GitHubGist ] Throughout the conference program, there are more than a few sessions devoted […]

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GPS + ArcGIS vs. GPS + QGIS: Pluses and Minuses

The benefits and preferences of one desktop GIS vs the other – specifically ArcGIS vs. QGIS – are legion and numerous; and not the subject of this post. Both platforms do however tout the potential to interface with handheld GPS units for both upload/download capabilities of geospatial data- waypoints, routes and tracks. Handheld, recreational GPS […]

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NYC Census Tracts – Idiosyncrasies & Vagrancies

Thematic mapping with U.S. Census data is of course a very common, valid approach to socioeconomic analysis across time and geography. The census tract areal unit is often an appropriate geography for both dense urban cities as well as less dense suburban and rural locations. But there are situations where complications arise, several in particular […]

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Summer in the City- NYC Datasets

As we segue into the later part of summer, NYC and state has made a few interesting dataset additions. First and foremost, at the end of July NYCDCP finally stopped swimming against the tide and drop the fees for MapPLUTO. This is a huge relief to nonprofits, community organizations, academics and small companies that really […]

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Hurricane Sandy Mapping

Over the past few years with the advent of crowdsourced data for humanitarian crisis mapping, there have been both significant performance advancements as well as numerous disaster episodes by which to ‘test’ these advancements. Platforms & organizations such as Google Crisis Response, the Ushahidi platform, Crisis Mappers Network , Havard’s Crisis Mapping and Early Warning […]

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“First Ever” Soil Atlas of Africa

[Source: Eusoils]  The European Soil Portal recently posted an introduction to the 2013- Soil Atlas of Africa. In combination with the FEWS data portal NDVI Modis Rasters, the scale and accuracy of crop potential in Africa should be enhanced for GIS analysis at the regional and country level. In addition to the data (this is […]

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ASTER Imagery – V2 Improvements

[Source: USGS ASTER V2- New Coverage]  The new ASTER GDEM was released in October 2011, showing significant improvements in quality over V1.  Generated from data collected from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), the results are impressive and easily accessible. The ASTER GDEM is the only DEM that covers the entire land […]

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ChangeMatters- Landsat made easy

[Source: ESRI; ChangeMatters. Location: Ontario, CA] Back in May, ESRI released a very accessible, intuitive online Landsat imagery viewer that turns out to be quite useful for the first stages of analysis; or, conversely, as a check on GIS results. ChangeMatters utilizes three adjacent image viewers; as you toggle through image capture dates, location and […]

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The archaeology & futurology of Satellites

[Source: European Space Agency (ESA), Ireland, October 2005 Satellite Launch] Its an understatement to say that satellites are a ‘blackbox’ technology that has become increasingly vital to every aspect of our lives. Euroconsult’s most recent 14th edition overview of the satellite industry amazingly projects an increase of 1,145 satellite over the next ten years- 51% […]

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NYC Planning Department launches ZoLa

[Source: Zola, NYC Department of Planning] Like its ‘longstanding’ The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS), NYC continues to create efficiency for land use and property information disclosure in the form of the newly launched ZoLa (the Zoning and Land Use Application). Delivered as a partnership between the departments of City Planning and Information Technology […]

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