Digital Geography

Posts 2014: our Top Ten List

Yesterday I received the mail from Anita Graser’s blog about the best 10 articles on QGIS planet. Therefore I decided to have a look on our own top ten list of most read articles this year. And I have to admit: It’s not the open source world who leads this list…

ArcGIS 10.3

Yesterday 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!

SciPy integration in ArcGIS

Most 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…

Overview: Newest developments from ESRI

At this years 11th geoforum of central Germany ESRI showed some new developments in their ArcGIS online portfolio. Those were published 23rd of September. Let me please introduce you to some of these features. If you came across the website of ESRI you might have mentioned that current ArcGIS offline or desktop applications are beyond the functional possibilities of the new ArcGIS online framework. One of these was the new multi-directional shadow algorithm which came on stage on the ArcGIS online platform and is now a downloadable function. Of course they will be available with the upcoming ArcGIS pro but…

short announcement: ESRI MOOC scheduled

The rumors in the geo-bloggosphere gone crazy last weeks as ESRI announced an own-hosted MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Tweets über “ESRI Mooc” They already featured this one here at PennState University hosted at Coursera as they provided access to their ArcGIS Online plattform for all participants. Now it seems like they would like to take things seriously. Today they now announced the dates for this new MOOC. It will start on Wednesday the 3rd of September and it will last for about 6 weeks. They also created a Twitter account for this but this is more or less interesting ATM…

ArcGIS server vs. Open Source GIS solutions

originally posted from our friends @mappinggis Which program is better suited to serve geographic data on the web? ArcGIS Server form ESRI or open source ? This question is common in mailing lists and GIS-forums. The most consistent answer is that depends on the project. But in this post we will see some numbers to determine which is the best software to develop an application for web mapping:

Mr. Dangermond, money and the need to work with ArcGIS

The last week one headline hit the floor of some GIS-blogs in the US: Jack Dangermond, the founder of GIS -ahm I mean ESRI- pledged about $1 billion to US government by making software ArcGIS available for free for all the K-12 schools across the country. What a smart idea! In fact we face a similar movement in the current university environment: ArcGIS licenses are wide spreaded and most students learn how to use a GIS by learning how to use ArcGIS. When released on the job market they know how to use ArcGIS and the companies needs to offer…

ILWIS GIS – Tutorial I [Introduction]

Today I’ll start with a new series of tutorials for an open Source GIS called “ILWIS GIS“. ILWIS is the short term for “Integrated Land and Water Information System” developed at the ITC Enschede and distributed under the GNU General public license as open Source GIS since 2007. It’s purposes is designed for geoecological questions. It can handle both, vector- and rasterdata.     If you’re interessted in ILWIS you can download the newest version here: http://52north.org/communities/ilwis/ilwis-open/download. The software package is available for the following operation systems: Windows and with the use of additional software on Linux and Mac OS X. The language…