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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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Observable

Discover insights faster and communicate more effectively with interactive notebooks for data analysis, visualization, and exploration.
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A new initiative from Mike Bosstock. The D3 guy. Looks a bit like Jupyter notebooks or RStudio, but for Javascript. I haven't tried it yet. 
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FOSS4G Conference Proceedings

This Conference Proceedings is a collection of outstanding papers and posters submitted to the Academic Program of the International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial.

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Papers and posters for FOSS4G conferences from 2013 to 2017.
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Rough.js

Rough.js is a light weight javascript library that lets you draw graphics with a hand-drawn, sketchy, appearance.
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Looks cool. Might come in handy.
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Drones​ ​for​ ​GIS​ ​–​ ​Best​ ​Practice

Drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, or remotely piloted vehicles) are being used increasingly across the organisation, both on and off reserves. In many cases, the objectives for drone use requires the imagery to be mapped in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Uses for the data in GIS include bespoke, on–demand, high resolution aerial imagery, habitat surveys, and bird colony monitoring. Often many individual drone images are joined together to create a composite image, covering a larger area. This document aims to provide best practice guidance for collecting drone imagery for use in GIS, to aid conservation practices across the organisation.
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A guide to using drones for conservation from the RSPB.
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XYZ Web Map Services for QGIS3

This script should be run from the Python consol inside QGIS. It adds online sources to the QGIS Browser.
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This provides the functionality that the excellent Next GIS Quick Map Service plugin provided for QGIS2. You run it using the Python console. Then open the Browser panel (which is so much more functional in QGIS3) and you will have a list of web map services that you can easily add to any map. 
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SEDAC's Population Estimation Tools


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Fun web app for calculating population estimates for user drawn polygons.
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QGIS and LIDAR Mapping - Basic Use Guide

This 104 page A4 pdf guide that should enable those involved in community archaeology to start using a Quantum Graphical Information System to handle their archaeology data and generate professional looking maps for their reports, whilst at the same time learning how to process the LIDAR data that is freely available in the UK and elsewhere. LIDAR is processed as: 2D greyscale images, 2D colour banded elevations and 3D greyscale and colour banded elevation models.
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Mainly for those wishing to use the UK's open Lidar data, but also useful for anyone wishing to use QGIS to handle Lidar. 
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GISMentors: GRASS GIS Workshop in Jena

GISMentors: GRASS GIS Workshop in Jena | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
GRASS GIS course focused on working with imagery data (Modis and Sentinel 2) covering introduction into GRASS GIS, graphical modeling, Python scripting, and GRASS Temporal Framework. A new GRASS addons for downloading and importing Sentinel 2 products are also introduced in this course. Also advanced topics like scripts parallelization, or WPS process creation are also explained.
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GRASS GIS course focused on imagery data and temporal analysis. Originally presented as a workshop in 2018 at the university of Jena.
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Please share GeoForAll teaching and research resources with your colleagues and students

We request all colleagues to share the software, teaching and research resources from GeoForAll with everyone. 

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This is a list of links that that you to pages with further lists of links to training materials. I'm not sure I agree with the multi-layered approach, but there is gold in these links.
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Jupyter Notebooks and Satellite Imagery

I have been meaning for the last 6 months to write about Jupyter Notebooks and why they are the perfect toolbox for working with Python and Satellite Imagery.
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Short introduction on how to get started with using Jupyter notebooks for image analysis.
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Skynet - Machine Learning for Satellite Imagery — Development Seed

Skynet - Machine Learning for Satellite Imagery — Development Seed | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Quickly analyze massive amounts of satellite imagery using machine learning and open data
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Open Source Machine Learning tool for extracting features (e.g. building footprint, road) from satellite imagery. 
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Sentinel-2 cloudless map of the world by EOX

Sentinel-2 cloudless map of the world by EOX | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Over 80,767,302,107,136 pixels of Sentinel-2 data, combined in a fully automated process - a cloudless Sentinel-2 map of the world, crafted by EOX and available for free
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Tanaka method or how to make shaded contour lines

Tanaka method or how to make shaded contour lines | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Shaded contours - how lovely is that? Contour lines have become a commonplace, unassuming companion of our cartographic outputs
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Colaboratory notebooks and GDAL

Colaboratory notebooks and GDAL | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Last year I heard about Colaboratory by Google and, now that I am using Jupyter Notebooks, it seems the perfect opportunity to explore it further.
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A machine learning tool being used for raster analysis with GDAL.
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OpenLayers Workshop

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Welcome to the OpenLayers Workshop. This workshop is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of OpenLayers as a web mapping solution.
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Tutorials and guides for using GIS

LearnGIS is written by Tom Armitage, a GIS professional for 15 years and GIS trainer for 12. Tom works at the University of Edinburgh but all views expressed on this blog are his own.

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Haven't tried yet, they appear to explore some of the more niche applications. 
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Centerline label placement

Centerline label placement | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it

Implementing a variation of Joachim Ungar's curved label placement method

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Centrelines are deceptively hard to calculate. To calculate one to place a label neatly in a polygon is technically impressive as well as excellent attention to detail.
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Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone

Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
The Learn with Google AI site provides ways to learn about core machine learning concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems.
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Machine learning is taking of for remote sensing.
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INSPIRE Tools

This section contains an inventory of useful tools for the INSPIRE implementation. They can range from desktop/server software, libraries, plugins, online services and many more technical products and solutions that help people to share INSPIRE data, metadata and services.
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The INSPIRE directive is the EU regulation on spatial data. This page of tools has 191 pages of spatial tools. With about 20 tools to a page this is a very comprehensive list of tools!
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Working with Sentinel 2 Imagery on QGIS —

Working with Sentinel 2 Imagery on QGIS — | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it
Sentinel-2 carries an innovative wide swath high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands for a new perspective of our land and vegetation. The mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit, 180° apart for optimal coverage and data delivery. Together
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A set of tutorials on "Working with Sentinel 2 Imagery on QGIS" that shows the complete procedure to download, represent and process Sentinel 2 images in QGIS.
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FOSS4G Academy Curriculum

FOSS4G Academy Curriculum | Geographic Information Science | Scoop.it

Thiry-five (35) FOSS4G University-level lectures and labs are maintained and made available for download from the Spatial {Query} Lab on behalf of the GeoAcademy. The lectures focus on a vendor-agnostic set of theories and principles. The labs focus on the use of QGIS, GRASS, and Inkscape.

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I've posted this before but the labs have now moved to Spatial Query Labs. Looks like this new hosting is more accessible. 
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OrdnanceSurvey GeoDataViz

GeoDataViz-Toolkit - The GeoDataViz Toolkit is a set of resources that will help you communicate your data effectively through the design of compelling visuals. In this repository we are sharing resources, assets and other useful links.
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Missing Maps

Putting the World's Vulnerable People on the Map
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Tutorials on how to map with OSM from the Missing Maps project. 
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Mapzen Alternatives · Mapzen

Find alternatives to hosted Mapzen services, which will shut down February 1, 2018
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Mapzen - an open source code and data company - are closing meaning that their many services will cease to function. I've linked to them numerous times here. I'm sad they're closing and concerned that the 'open everything' business model they exemplified may not be sustainable.
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Open Traffic platform released · Mapzen

A year ago, Mapzen set out of an adventure the World Bank and their partners to create a global platform for turning anonymous GPS locations into roadwa
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