Introduction In my previous two posts I introduced the Cloud based data broker technology ERDDAP and demonstrated how one can use it to obtain geo-spatial scientific environmental data: Access sensor data on an buoy located in the Irish Sea . Get and display weather forecast data from the Global Forecast System (GFS). The use of data brokers to unify data catalogues is an approach taken by both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the USA (ERDDAP) and the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation (GEO Discovery and Access Broker). In this post I discuss the potential impact of this type…
GPX overview: An R function to create an overview of your .gpx files (using leaflet and RgoogleMaps)
Why GPX? For what? It's convenient to record tracks of your hiking/field trips with the GPS of your smartphone, tablet or just GPS as .gpx files. You can use them to georeference your pictures (for example with the great georefencer of Digikam) or use them for any kind of mapping purpose. I'm mainly using Maverick (and sometimes the Offline Logger ) to do that, Maverick creates files named with the form "2015-08-26 @ 11-31-59.gpx", therefore I'm quickly collecting a large amount of such files.
A few days ago I saw an announcement about what3words, a new startup which claims to have invented the simplest way to communicate a location. This statement forced me to have a closer look into their new coordinate system, because to communicate a location systematically with words isn’t easy. In order to organize venues or other meeting places, we’re often talking about locations and geographic places. A popular way is it to announce street corners to define meant places.
The Ordnance Survey is UK’s mapping agency and frequently releases free datasets. Their OpenData policy is quite progressive compared to Germany’s and they’ve recently published some fresh datasets that anyone can use. All you need to do is to register and to acknowledge them. The new datasets are: OS Open Map – Local; OS Open Names; OS Open Rivers; and OS Open Roads. They include data on urban and rural features, an index for all the location names in the UK, a generalised open water network, UK’s connected road network and much more. All this adds up to their existing…
As we have tried to geocode addresses in Google Spreadsheets automatically we have found a solution. It turned out, that this solution is not usefull if you want to produce Lat/Lon automatically. I’ve played a little bit and would like to show you an easier and simpler way.
In a recent post I’ve described a way to geocode in a Google Spreadsheet quite easily. Now let’s move a little bit away from this crazy web 2.0 stuff and get a little bit more desktop orientated: Let us geocode addresses directly in LibreOffice (and OpenOffice probably as well). We will do this using the googlemaps API. If you are really into open stuff we show OSM geocoding as well.
For our job site here on digital-geography I was searching for a way to auto geocode spreadsheet location cells. So I’ve found this very short announcement from Max. See it here in depth:
One thing I have never kept in mind is the divergence on how shops and agencies store their adresses (more or less like John Doe, 123, Main Street, Anytown, U.S.A ) and the way we store our point-informations (103°E, 45°N). So one problem is,to bring these both things together. YOu cannot do this straightforward because you need some kind of reference like a georeferenced and digitized or u use such thing like the googlemaps-API. ArcGIS is also capable of translating this information into points. Just watch the following tutorial and I’ll show you how: