Creating Maps From Drone ImageryApril 04 2014 by Bobby Sudekum
Here is an end to end walkthrough showing how to process drone imagery into maps and then share it online, all using imagery we collected on a recent flight with the 3D Robotics team and their Aero drone.
Herodotus, the Father of History, was a fifth century Greek historian. The Histories of Herodotus recounts the origins of the Great War between the Greeks and Persians and the rise of the Persian Empire.
The Hestia Project was set-up to carry out geospatial analysis of Herodotus's Histories. Part of that project includes this Herodotus Timemap. The Timemap connects the text of the Histories with a Simile timeline to allow users to visualize geographical references in the Histories on a Google Map.
As you progress through the chapters of the Histories the markers automatically update on the map to show the referenced locations. You can also progress through the text and the map by using the Simile timeline.
Dr Saeid Mohsen Kalantari SoltaniehTopics & Interests
Land Administration Systems, Cadastre, Geospatial Information
Dr. Mohsen Kalantari is a lecturer in Geomatics and Associate Director at the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA). Dr. Kalantari teaches Land Administration Systems (LAS) and his area of research involves the use of technologies in LAS and SDI. Mohsen previously worked as a Research Fellow on a range of research projects at the CSDILA. He has also worked as a technical manager at the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Land Victoria and has an extensive knowledge of land administration systems of Australia. Dr. Kalantari has several publications in LAS and SDIs. He completed his PhD in 2008 working on “cadastral data modeling — a tool for electronic land administration.”
Matt Ball interviews Barbara Ryan, Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Ryan discusses her role at GEO; a key meeting in Geneva, Switzerland; the next 10 years at the organization; and its growth in partnering with the private sector.
"Planning professionals from many industries need smart scenario planning tools to weigh different options in order to reach the best decision. GeoPlanner for ArcGIS, a new geodesign app from Esri, provides online geospatial tools and a geodesign workflow to help you and other planners and stakeholders collaborate on design and planning decisions both inside and outside your organization."
Listed here are significant events that happened in the field of Geography. Covered are events and advances in world geography, human geography, physical geography, and cartography/GIS. Some notes about this timeline page: This timeline on the history of geography is still very much a work in progress. You can help [...]
ESRI does have data sets of their own that are available both for free, and for licensing. They have their own demographers who come up with various cool products like “Tapestry”, which shows life groups and their habit patterns, so you could research in there and discover NASCAR fans are good at recycling.
Drone Imagery for OpenStreetMapNovember 19 2013 by Bobby Sudekum
Last weekend we captured 100 acres of aerial imagery at 4cm resolution. It took less than an hour to fly, and it was easy to publish the imagery on the web using TileMill and then trace inOpenStreetMap. Autonomous flying platforms like Sensefly’s eBee paired up with a nimble software stack are changing aerial mapping. Drones like the eBee can cheaply and accurately photograph medium-sized areas, and then the imagery can be made immediately available to everyone.
People used to use maps so they wouldn't get lost. But in recent years, access to the Global Positioning System and the proliferation of mobile technology have made paper-based maps almost irrelevant. Unless you're in uncharted territory, it's hard to get lost anymore. Basic geography is as easy as inputting an address and letting your mobile phone tell you how to get there.
And as mapping technology advances, it allows for far more than foolproof directions. Federal agencies now use geospatial data, geo-analytics and multi-layered maps for myriad purposes, including gathering intelligence, predicting disease outbreaks and sharing data pools with the public.
The allure of mapping lies in its intuitiveness. Even simple "dots on a map can be a powerful way to see trends in data," said Josh Campbell, geographic information system architect for the Humanitarian Information Unit at the State Department. "Maps are a compressed mechanism for storytelling."
Geographic information systems invade big dataBy Drew Robb - Tech Page One Jul 28 2014ShareShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on google_plusone_shareShare on linkedinShare on email
Geographic information systems (GIS), which are best known for their mapping functions, are invading big data. These systems have reached new levels through their ability to provide locational context to vast pools of information.
GIS can now isolate patterns, adjust strategies and pinpoint the biggest opportunities for businesses.
“Much of the discussion on big data is focusing on volume — the hours of video on the Web, social media interactions — but the challenge is to present the ocean of data as a pool of useful facts,” said Simon Thompson, director of commercial solutions at GIS vendor Esri. “GIS is a natural way to connect data, control its size and make it more relevant and usable.”
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and Erik Hellstedt at Geo-Animate.com has built an excellent visualization of the early stages of the war. In Erik’s words: Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Within a week, the world’s great powers had mobilized and begun …
The Public Information template was originally created to serve the disaster and emergency response GIS community. Esri's Disaster Response Program uses this template to map wildfires, hurricanes, severe weather conditions, flooding, and earthquakes. For example, here's a map that shows current weather warnings, integrating real-time feeds.
Clint Brown, director of Software Products and leader of the Learn ArcGIS team, says the website his team designed provides a new pathway for any type of learner to discover the power of mapping, start to make maps, and begin to solve spatial problems using geographic analysis.
You can choose from a gallery of lessons to find one that interests you.
"The whole world of GIS has changed radically with the rapid evolution of the ArcGIS platform," Brown said. "In the old days, we had to teach people about things like geodatabases and topology, the under-the-hood things that make GIS work. But so much now just works, so we have an opportunity to go beyond that and teach people how to solve real problems."
The site's interactive, and much of the work is done on the web using the mapping and spatial analysis tools and data available from Esri's cloud-hosted ArcGIS Online. The lessons also include online maps that you can explore to see if a spatial question or problem interests you.
"The City of Staunton [VA] announced today the launch of a new “Maps & Apps” website. Maps & Apps replaces the traditional city “GIS” site previously available for use by the public. Information can now be accessed from a collection of Maps & Apps. New apps include: “Crime Information,” “Traffic Information” and “Election History,” in addition to “Real Estate Information.”
It's an ArcGIS Online gallery with a mishmash of things from the city, state and private providers; I can't tell which are maps and which are apps and am not sure if it matters. The inconsistency between them was jarring and some didn't even have maps! Several links went to generic ArcGIS Online maps like the "current weather" one at right. "
NZ's Open Data Working Wonders
"Land Information Minister Michael Woodhouse today [7/8] released the 2014 Report on Agency Adoption of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government.
In the first of four installments, Todd Danielson interviews Jack Dangermond, President and Founder, Esri, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Jack covers event highlights such as GIS aiding the fight against polio in Africa, new technologies introduced, and reaching a "critical mass" of development and use in the industry.
What if instead of spending weeks or months on a feasibility study for a new transportation or construction project, a city or business could simply consult a site where publicly available data has already been analyzed along metrics such as population density, traffic patterns or available green spaces? What's more, what [...]