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"But near things are more related than distant things". Tobler's Geography 1st Law
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Zika virus: Endemic and epidemic ranges of Aedes mosquito transmission

Zika virus: Endemic and epidemic ranges of Aedes mosquito transmission | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Journal of Infection and Public Health, Volume 10, Issue 1, January–February 2017, Pages 120–123 By David F. Attaway, Nigel M. Waters, Estella M. Geraghty, and Kathryn H. Jacobsen "As evidence linking Zika virus with serious health complications strengthens, public health officials and clinicians worldwide need to know which locations are likely to be at risk…
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A List of Geospatial Open Data Resources in Canada

Recently, I read an article about the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) that seeks to explain why the CGDI, among many things, is relevant. While the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) who is in charge of the CGDI have updated it to reflect changes to the Government of Canada’s own Open Data infrastructure, the CCMEO only offers a small glimpse of what’s on offer for Geospatial Open Data in Canada.

Right now,  there are few resources discussing the various open data offerings covering Canada. Of the few that exist many are either poorly engineered, out of date, or sometimes both.  I’m providing a snapshot of open geospatial data resources covering Canada as 2016 comes to an end.
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Real Time GIS - Story Map Journal

Real Time GIS - Story Map Journal | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Why IoT?
Balance return of investments with risks, look at trade-offs between cost – availability – performance and capacity – safety and compliance. Big data and IoT provide insights to assess this dynamically.
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Spatial Computing

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Spatial computing encompasses the ideas, solutions, tools, technologies, and systems that transform our lives by creating a new understanding of locations—how we know, communicate, and visualize our relationship to locations and how we navigate through them. Pervasive GPS allows hikers in national parks, boaters on lakes, children visiting new places, and taxis (or Uber drivers or self-driving cars) and unmanned aerial vehicles to know their locations, nearby facilities, and routes to reach places of interest
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Geosynchronous vs Geostationary Orbits - GIS Geography

Geosynchronous vs Geostationary Orbits - GIS Geography | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
While geosynchronous satellites can have any inclination, the key difference is that satellites in geostationary orbit lie on the same plane as the equator.
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Business Location Strategy | Uncover Actionable Insights for Your Business

Business Location Strategy | Uncover Actionable Insights for Your Business | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
A business location strategy allows you to unlock the full potential of data to uncover new avenues for profitable growth, dominate competitors & delight customers.
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New Study Could Help Map Mankind’s Journey Out Of Africa

New Study Could Help Map Mankind’s Journey Out Of Africa | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
New model suggests humans split into a western and an eastern group around 45,000 years ago.
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10 Awesome New Things You'll Find in ArcGIS 10.5 and ArcGIS Online - GEO Jobe

10 Awesome New Things You'll Find in ArcGIS 10.5 and ArcGIS Online - GEO Jobe | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Chances are that if you follow Esri staffer accounts on social media that you heard that ArcGIS 10.5 has been released, this also includes an update to the functionality provided in ArcGIS Online. According to Esri, this release includes updates and new capabilities for hosted web layers, configurable apps, apps for field and office, administration, accounts, and much more.  There’s plenty of new stuff here, with updates affecting most of the products and solutions, including vertical market releases.
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The Fierce Rise of Airborne Lidar

The Fierce Rise of Airborne Lidar | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Today, automatic matching of overlapping aerial imagery and airborne Lidar are the main geodata technologies for capturing dense point clouds of the Earth’s surface. The sampled points are used for the generation of bare ground representations which are often augmented with buildings and trees. Airborne Lidar is flourishing as a prevalent geodata acquisition technology and continues to show a fierce rise in terms of advancements and applications. Read on for an article that discusses the main technological advances of today’s operational systems and surveys the state of the art, developments and trends.

(By Mathias Lemmens, senior editor, GIM International)
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POD Program Fuels Student Enthusiasm for STEM and GIS

POD Program Fuels Student Enthusiasm for STEM and GIS | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Imagine 27,000 middle and high school students rolling their eyes as they are asked the dreaded, inevitable question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Then imagine 27,000 students responding to this question with answers like: “I want to work for NASA to partner with nonprofits who help schools in the Middle East implement rain water harvesting,” or, “I’d like to work with the United Nations to help train government officials in developing countries on how to use ArcGIS online to respond to natural disasters.”
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SpringerOpen

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The SpringerOpen portfolio has grown tremendously since its launch in 2010, so that we now offer researchers from all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences a place to publish open access in journals and books. Publishing with SpringerOpen makes your work freely available online for everyone, immediately upon publication, and our high-level peer-review and production processes guarantee the quality and reliability of the work.
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Using Arcade expressions in custom web apps | ArcGIS Blog

Using Arcade expressions in custom web apps | ArcGIS Blog | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
At the end of 2016 Esri released Arcade, a light-weight scripting language designed to evaluate expressions in labeling and rendering contexts with apps built on the ArcGIS platform. Arcade is similar to other scripting and expression languages, such as SQL, Python, VBScript and spreadsheet formulas. These languages have been supported and used in ArcGIS to perform various tasks, but they aren’t portable and your scripts cannot be shared everywhere across the platform. Arcade will provide that portability going forward. It has syntax similar to JavaScript, including its own library of functions that allow you to perform calculations and format text.
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Microsoft outlines plans to build a 'world graph' for geographic data | ZDNet

Microsoft outlines plans to build a 'world graph' for geographic data | ZDNet | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Microsoft, HERE, TomTom, and Esri are collaborating on building a world graph of geographic data that's integrated with Microsoft's Azure cloud.
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Planning an Enterprise GIS from the Bottom Up

Planning an Enterprise GIS from the Bottom Up | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
You might be an observant professional in a department that uses GIS. Your organization may be large and have many departments for which location is important. If that is the case, there is a strong possibility that those departments will approach you for certain services, e.g. cartography, location analysis, satellite imagery, spatial analysis, data processing, etc. In such a situation, it does not take a long time for you to realize the potential for using the GIS tools you have at your disposal for the rest of the company. Also, with time, you realize that there is a limit to the services you can perform on behalf of end-users in other departments and your real mission is to empower them to become capable of solving their own spatial problems using shared GIS tools.
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Which Cities Share The Most Crime Data?

Which Cities Share The Most Crime Data? | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Open data has contributed to dramatic improvements in a wide array of fields over the past few decades, affecting how we look at astronomy, genetics, climate change, sports and more. But until recently, crime has gone without the open analysis prevalent in other fields because crime data has been closely held by law enforcement agencies and has usually only been released in bulk at monthly, quarterly or annual intervals.

Now, thanks to efforts from the federal government and individual municipalities, crime analysis is positioned for a leap forward as cities place unprecedented quantities of data online. This data can be analyzed to help residents understand more about crime in their cities — for example, I recently used open data from New Orleans and Baltimore to separate shooting incidents from murders to get a fuller picture of gun violence in those cities.
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Digital Agenda Scoreboard - Maps by country

Digital Agenda Scoreboard - Maps by country | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it

"Definition and scopes:


This chart allows you to select one indicator, one year, and compare countries on a map. Countries are coloured according to their score, so you can easily see, for example, the performance of the neighbours. Larger countries will be more visible than smaller, although surface do not correspondent exactly to the total population."

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This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives

This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online — enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public. 

Los Angeles, for example, has analyzed data about injuries and deaths on its streets and published it online. Now people can check its conclusions and understand why LA’s public department prioritizes certain intersections. 

The impact from these kinds of investments can lead directly to saving lives and preventing injuries. The work is part of a broader effort around the world to make cities safer.
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Modelo permite saber quais as áreas do Alentejo onde se deve promover a regeneração natural ou reflorestação assistida | Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Modelo permite saber quais as áreas do Alentejo onde se deve promover a regeneração natural ou reflorestação assistida | Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Adaptar para a mudança. Este foi o lema do AdaptForChange, um projeto que teve início em abril de 2015 e que ao longo de quase dois anos contribuiu para um conhecimento profundo do estado das florestas do Alentejo e que culminou com o desenvolvimento do Plano de Adaptação de Mértola às Alterações Climáticas, a implementar nos próximos anos.
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Visualize change easily in ArcGIS Online! MapLapse Featured in ArcGIS Marketplace App Spotlight - GEO Jobe

Visualize change easily in ArcGIS Online! MapLapse Featured in ArcGIS Marketplace App Spotlight - GEO Jobe | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
If you visit the ArcGIS Marketplace (recall, the Marketplace is your go-to resource for apps and services that integrate with ArcGIS Online) you may have noticed something new this month! We’ve partnered up with the very savvy team at Geomarvel to bring you MapLapse – an amazing Earth image finder! Using Maplapse you can easily …
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Want to learn ArcPy? Buy this book! - Geoawesomeness

Want to learn ArcPy? Buy this book! - Geoawesomeness | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
It should be clear by now that this book is a great start for every ArcPy novice. The recipes are clear, short and useful. They cover a broad range of geoprocessing tasks that get you up to speed quickly. The author focuses on one specific task at a time, keeping things simple. All code examples come with an answer sheet, so you can always check your code with a correctly working script. The example data and code are organized in a clarifying way and the same goes for the book content. There are some typos throughout the text but the publisher´s website has a special page where you can check for errata. Apart from some minor flaws, this book is an excellent source for new and experienced ArcPy programmers.
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What is code?

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FROM lifts to cars to airliners to smartphones, modern civilisation is powered by software, the digital instructions that allow computers, and the devices they control, to perform calculations and respond to their surroundings. How did that software get there? Someone had to write it. But code, the sequences of symbols painstakingly created by programmers, is not quite the same as software, the sequences of instructions that computers execute. So what exactly is it?
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Esri Press | Map Use | Reading Analysis, Interpretation, eighth edition

Esri Press | Map Use | Reading Analysis, Interpretation, eighth edition | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, eighth edition, is a comprehensive, foundational textbook designed for the college curriculum. Updated with a new chapter highlighting map design, including web maps, the new edition also adds information about what's going on with cartography today, including the use of imagery, remote sensing, and web concepts. Map Use provides students with the knowledge and skills to read and understand maps and offers professional cartographers a thorough reference resource. Nearly 600 full-color maps, photographs, and graphs illustrate the concepts behind communicating with maps, while an extensive glossary helps define key topics. Accommodating new developments in mapping, GPS, and geographic information system (GIS) technology, this newest edition renders basic cartographic principles accessible to all, from students of cartography and map design to those without a formal education in geography.
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Resolution 2017: Create a professional development plan

Resolution 2017: Create a professional development plan | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
The symbolism of January for new beginnings and forward-facing intentions is common throughout the world, and often the resolutions are inward-facing. What are you going to do to help yourself be a better person this year? Well, what about your professional goals? Where can you turn for professional development in 2017? In this article we’ll consider some of the available options.
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Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition | Esri Insider

Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition | Esri Insider | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
According to the European Commission, 100 million Europeans have never used the Internet, one third of all workers have insufficient digital skills, and there is a possibility that we may be have as many as 750,000 IT jobs that can’t be filled with trained workers by 2020.

To help combat these issues, today the Commission hosted the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a new flagship initiative bringing together multiple stakeholders and EU Member States committed to reducing the digital skills gaps in Europe.

Esri is proud to have formally pledged a GIS School Program to this initiative. The program will offer free access to the ArcGIS Online platform, especially for STEM education, and initially to 300 primary and secondary schools and vocational institutions in 10 EU member states by the end of 2017.
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The New Formula for Smart Communities - Water Finance & Management

The New Formula for Smart Communities - Water Finance & Management | Everything is related to everything else | Scoop.it
Esri ArcGIS has become a mission-critical enterprise system for local government and water utilities’ core business processes. The distinction between the software application and the GIS is no longer relevant to an end user. They have become one. This is particularly true for ArcGIS utilized by local government organizations for public asset management.

Authoritative Asset Data for Local Government & Water Utilities

For more than 20 years, local government and water utilities have prioritized investing in geographic information systems with Esri ArcGIS becoming the de-facto system of choice. Initially, the goal for most organizations was to replace paper maps with digital maps. GIS had the added benefit of powerful spatial analytical tools to support decision making for planning, budgetary prioritization and emergency response. As ArcGIS became widely adopted and incorporated open system standards, particularly database interoperability, organizations started to see ArcGIS as much more than digital maps and the spatial analysis geodatabase became the most current and accurate inventory of an organization’s assets. ArcGIS as the authoritative asset base and system of record became a best practice. As the best practice spread, organizations desired to leverage the investment in ArcGIS for other critical processes.
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