Digital Geography

QGIS 2.8: A Preview

screenshot-from-2014-12-16-174447QGIS 2.6 landed recently on this planet and it already brought great improvements to our daily work with geodata, the way we publish our results and the convenience in our workflows. But due to the very ambitious release plan of the QGIS core team and the great work of Klas we can have a look at the upcoming features in QGIS 2.8 major version already. Check em out:

Short Announcement: new MOOC on GeoInt!

2014-12-18 20_37_43-CourseraToday I received an interesting E-mail from Pennstate University which pointed towards an upcoming MOOC with a more or less special focus: Geospatial Intelligence. The title is Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution: Learn how the revolution in geospatial technology combined with the tradecraft of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) have changed how we develop insights about how humans use geography, and discover the power of GEOINT. So let’s have a look at.

Quick QGIS Tips on YouTube

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I’ve been experimenting with very short QGIS tips on YouTube, and if you like them I’ll continue to create them. They may or may not reveal something extraordinary, and if you have an idea of something worth creating a short video on, leave a comment or send me an e-mail, tweet, or whatever.

ArcGIS 10.3

new-explorer-lgYesterday the new major release of worldwide leading GIS solution ArcGIS was released: 10.3. Most users upgraded already to the version 10.x and enjoyed Python support as well as other enhancements. So what is to expect from this new version? 64 bit support, Twitter integration, free support? Let’s have a look!

International Year of Soils 2015 – Summarize of Soil content


Here comes another more or less off-topic post on soil science because I realized that the feedback for the last two soil related contents about global soil data and soil atlas was quite surprising. So it seems like that there are some soil scientists or at least digital geographers with an interest in soil science among us. This post is related to the upcoming YEAR OF SOIL 2015 which was oficially initiated on December 5th, the World Soil Day. In Germany, the upcoming german Soiltype of the year 2015 will be “Pseudogley” after celebrating the so called “Weinbergboden” in 2014.  …

A small tool with Python: the shapefile archiver

the dialogLet me introduce to you, guys, my first Python tool: “Shapefile Archiver”. Usually, I face lots of problems in managing my shapefiles. My first problem is backing them up in a decent way, especially, before starting some experimental things on them (That sounds scary!), while the second problem is that Finder/Windows explorer doesn’t tell me about the shapefile more than its name!. Moreover, Finder/Windows explorer shows the shapefile as a bunch of files (*.shp, *.prj, *.shx, *.dbf,…) which makes me feel annoyed especially because I’m too lazy to open QGIS browser or ArcCataloge every time I want to explore my…

Create custom markers with R for your webmap

piechart markerWhen it comes to webmapping there are thousands of possible markers you can choose from but when it comes to markers depending on the data, which is inside the shapefile, possibilities are more limited. In leaflet you can define different icons according to the attributes of your data by defining the icon url in an attribute. Let me show you, how to use the data in each feature to create a custom icon like a piechart marker using R.

Amazing styling in QGIS 2.6

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Since QGIS 2.6 was released with a lot of new features and functions I’ve been testing it sporadic and have come to realise that the quality and functionality of symbol styling and labelling is so high that ESRI ArcMap no longer can match it. Honestly I haven’t tested the 10.3 version of ArcMap, so my experience is based on previous versions. Here I’ll use an example to highlight some of the extensive possibilities offered in QGIS.

Short Announcement: Webinar “Get started with CartoDB” on 20/11/2014 1PM EDT

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We announced some surprises of CartoDB last week, especially that the map views are not anymore limited as well another post last month, that CartoDB opens some restrictions for usage in classrooms and universities as well. This could be very straight forward and promising for students as well for professors. If you every wanted to try working with CartoDB which is going to be more userfriendly through the new announcement, here comes your chance for a first introduction.     Tomorrow, Thursday 20/11/2014 at 1PM EDT (time zone converter), The webinar was recorded and can be found here. CartoDB will give… bringing Swiss geodata potential to life responsive

A priorized project of eGovernment Switzerland Usage and exchange of geodata is fostered by in a significant way. The Federal geoportal is operated by the Federal Office of Topography, swisstopo, on behalf of the coordinating body for Federal geographical information with the aim to implement the Geoinformation Act. The purpose of this Act is to ensure that geodata relating to the territory of the Swiss Confederation is made available to the Federal, Cantonal and municipal authorities, to industry and commerce, to academic and scientific institutions and to society at large, for the broadest possible use, in a sustainable, up-to-date,…

SciPy integration in ArcGIS

scipy_optimize_sixhumpMost of GIS users today will probably work with ArcGIS. Since version 10 the implementation / integration of Python into the ArcGIS framework and ArcPy it’s important for ArcGIS users to be aware of the capabilities of using Python in batch processing tasks, data manipulation and the broad possibilities of Python itself (eg. Numpy, Sympy etc.). SciPy will another topic for the future…