Digital Geography

ArcGIS REST API and QGIS: a practical example

The ArcGIS REST API provides some interesting endpoints which can be used for free with a developer account. But how to do this in QGIS as you might not have a licensed ArcGIS Desktop license at hand: A short example using isochrones or “service areas” as Esri calls them.

EGEA: Who are we and what do we do?

We are EGEAns and part of the European Geography Association for students and young Geographers (or in short EGEA), a network to create, explore and share different approaches of geography in a culturally mixed environment. So what else do we have to offer? Vision EGEA brings together young geographers in an atmosphere of respect, inclusion and personal development. This inspires global understanding of environmental and social processes and enables us to bring about a positive impact on society. Mission EGEA targets European students and professionals in the field of Geography to encourage sharing, networking, volunteering and alternative informal peer-learning. We…

Conference INTERGEO 2015

Last years INTERGEO in Berlin was an interesting experience for a newbie in the world of geodesy like I am. This year I will also attend the INTERGEO in Stuttgart. It will take place from the 15th to the 17th of September. This year’s main points: The spotlight will be on Geospatial 4.0, the digital economy, transformation through digitization, big data, the Internet of Things, digital infrastructures and smart cities.

ArcGIS Open Data

For a year, ESRI’s open data initiative is online. As I’ve heard about it for the first time I was just thinking: nice move to get people into their ArcGIS online environment. But I have to admit: I was not looking and exploring their platform. Now I stumbled upon a recent post on reddit and there it was again: opendata.arcgis.com has 25,000+ open datasets all accessible by a common API. Full disclosure: I work on the team that builds the product. So let’s have a look at it…

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…