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A collection of GIS resources: educational material for learning GIS, data repositories and tools for practising GIS. All articles are tagged either: education, tools or data.
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How to use Libraries.io data from millions of open source projects

What if we applied the techniques Google applied to index the internet back in 1998 to the world of open source software projects?
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Metadata on over 25 million open source projects. Mind blown!
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Geopython

Geopython is a GitHub organization comprised of Python projects related to geospatial.

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Geodocker

Geodocker | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it

GeoDocker is a collection of Docker images encapsulating a distributed geo-processing platform based on GeoTrellis, GeoMesa, and GeoWave. The emphasis is on providing integration between these projects and exposing geo-processing functionality in Hadoop ecosystem.

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Docker - I've got to learn this!
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Golang Globe

globe - Globe wireframe visualizations in Golang
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Spatial Data in R: New Directions

Jul 4, 2017, UseR! tutorial
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Tutorial from the July 2017 UseR! conference.
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MicMac – a free, open-source solution for photogrammetry

The publication familiarizes the reader with MicMac - a free, open-source photogrammetric software for 3D reconstruction. A brief history of the tool, its organisation and unique features vis-à-vis ot
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Ebook - Drone Buyer's Guide

This guide will help you navigate the different options available in the market and decide which drone model is the right choice for your business.
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I'd love to won a drone. 
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2nd gvSIG Festival

During the 2nd gvSIG Festival, the virtual conference about free geomatics that was held from May 16th to 17th, there were two interesting practical webinars, about how to learn gvSIG in 30 minutes, and about Geostatistics (R integration in gvSIG). At the first webinar users can learn the main functionalities of this open source Geographic Information System (vector and raster layers, symbology, labelling, layouts...). In addition, the second webinar deals with geostatistics, seeing the different integrations of R with gvSIG. All the presentations given during the 2nd gvSIG Festival, are also available at the event website.
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gvSIG is probably the 2nd most popular Open Source GIS out there. It is particularly well supported in the Spanish speaking world. Both webinars are in English. 
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Labeling and text hierarchy in cartography

Labeling and text hierarchy in cartography | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
A short, friendly guide to basic principles of thematic mapping.
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Mapping Urban Area with Sentinel-1 Data: a Tutorial Using SNAP and SCP for QGIS

Mapping Urban Area with Sentinel-1 Data: a Tutorial Using SNAP and SCP for QGIS | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
A blog that goes from GIS to Remote Sensing, tutorials for open source software, Land Cover, and the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS.
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An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis and Visualisation in R

This practical series is designed to provide an accessible introduction to techniques for handling, analysing and visualising spatial data in R. R is an open source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It has a range of bespoke packages which provide additional functionality for handling spatial data and performing complex spatial analysis operations. The practical series uses open data which has been made readily available and demonstrates a range of techniques useful in social sciences including multivariate analysis, mapping and spatial interpolation.
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Google Earth

Google Earth | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Explore the far reaches of the world, right in your browser.
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It's the new Google Earth - and its browser based!
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Tools of the Trade Hypsypops Design Co.

Visual communication doesn't have to be expensive! These are a few of my favorite - and most affordable - dataviz tools for nonprofits.
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Very few of these relate to mapping, but there are plenty of useful tips here never the less. 
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Tilesplash

A light and quick nodejs webserver for serving topojson and mapbox vector tiles from a postgis backend. inspired by Michal Migurski's TileStache. Works great for powering Mapbox-GL-based apps

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FOSS4G-Europe 2017 – Academic Track

The papers from the FOSS4G-Europe Academic Track co-organised by ISPRS, ICA and OSGEO
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Worth a browse for an idea of whats brewing the world of academia. 
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t-rex - Create and serve your own vector tiles

Download a vector tiles server.
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New open-source software supports land-cover monitoring

New open-source software supports land-cover monitoring | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Satellite images provide large amounts of data on our planet and how it’s changing, but collating and combining them requires innovative software.
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R package produced as part of Amazon monitoring project can be downloaded and reused.
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Open-source Python package for downloading Sentinel-2 products from AWS

We have created an open-source Python package Sentinel Hub Tools with an intention to help users obtain required satellite products in a flexible and fast way.
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At Least 10 Reasons You Should Be Using QGIS

Summary of a talk at the spring New Mexico Geographic Information
Council (NMGIC) meeting. 

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Lots of good tips for excellent features in QGIS. A lot of these can be quite well hidden, so worth checking out. I wasn't aware of several and hadn't tried others yet. Worth reading then having a play.
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A list of relevant GIS journals

3D geoinformation research group at TU Delft. We are curating a list of journals that we consider when submitting a GIS manuscript. Some of the journals listed below are not squarely GIS journals, but they have been known to publish relevant GIS papers in the past, and to provide a peer-review of high quality.

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Katherine Scott Python from Space Analyzing Open Satellite Imagery Using the Python Ecosystem

"Speaker: Katherine Scott Earth imaging satellites, just like our computers, are shrinking and becoming more ubiquitous than ever before. It is now possibl
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Introduction to database technologies and SQL for GIS 

If you're a GIS professional and you want to learn about one of the most fundamental technology in every GIS system I would like to invite you to a FREE online class
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Efficient R programming

Efficient R Programming is about increasing the amount of work you can do with R in a given amount of time. It’s about both computational and programmer efficiency.
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Comparison with SQL — pandas 0.19.2 documentation

Since many potential pandas users have some familiarity with SQL, this page is meant to provide some examples of how various SQL operations would be performed using pandas.
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Some useful tips for using Pandas (the Python library) for those who are more familiar with SQL. 
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The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks

In the last decades it has been emphasised that we still lack empirical baseline data on local patterns of biodiversity and their dynamics and interactions within communities and habitats (Scholes et al. 2008). The lack of empirical biodiversity observation data is obvious at various levels of complexity; even basic inventories of current local-to-global biodiversity are missing. ...
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An open access e-book from The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network.
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