Digital Geography

short announcement: ESRI MOOC – the outline

As we already informed here about the new ESRI MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) we also stated, that it is a pitty that there is no schedule available. Due to this there might be a mismatch between people’s expectations and the content of the MOOC. We also got the information that this MOOC is not for the GIS beginners.

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…

odyssey.js: your easy story mapping engine

Reading my tweets can be somehow interesting: It seems like ESRI invented and exclusively owns the phrase “story map”: #storymap Tweets What IS a story map? To me a story map is the same like a map: a way of information distribution. According to ESRI: “Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context. They combine interactive maps with other rich content—text, photos, video, and audio—within user experiences that are basic and intuitive” (citation). Let’s sum up the characteristics: tell  a…

Create your own StoryMap

Have you seen “the story maps” created on the ESRI website (http://storymaps.arcgis.com) or for that matter from http://storymap.knightlab.com/ or http://mapstory.org/. They are all frameworks for you to create “a story” with geographic connections, and they achieve this more or less successfully. Common for all of the above are that they are services, depending on the on-line framework. This makes it possible to present a more user friendly experience when you create the story, but at the same time you loose some flexibility and you need to be on-line. Here I’ll show how you can build a storymap yourself based on…

short announcement: new MOOC from our ESRI friends at Redlands

Today I came across this little page via a linkedin group (Link): This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Unfortunately not much is know regarding this course: Hands-on exercises, short video lectures, quizzes, case studies and discussion 6 weeks, 2-3 hours of study per week Certificate of completion and prizes But one thing is known: You’ll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS platform. See more and register here. Could someone comment whether…

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…

GIS as a profession: the GISP

“A GISP is a certified geographic information systems (GIS) professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).” (source) But coming from good old Germany I was curious: what is this GISP about? Take a look at this map and you will see my concerns:   Is it a cultural thing or why are most GISPs located in USA? So I asked Justin Cole who works as a Senior GIS Analyst at Monroe County NY to write about being a GISP. Read his answer: Motivation I have been in…

georeferencing images in QGIS using OSM data: how to distort the City

You probably already referenced maps with written coordinates but using photos or images is a little different as you need some characteristic points so you can control the position of the image according to the real world. In this little tutorial I’ll show you how to do a so-called image to image refernciation using Open Streetmap data and QGIS 2.0.1 Dufour.

Install QGIS 2.0 on Ubuntu

Today QGIS 2.0 was officially released and we will come up with several tutorials in the next weeks. First of all: the installation. As we are fans of open source we would like to show you the installation on a fresh build Ubuntu system: Installation on Ubuntu QGIS strongly depends on the grass libraries so as a first step we will install them: As QGIS 2.0 is not part of the official Ubuntu repositories (aka software provider) we need to enhance the list of software providers. Open up the terminal and edit the sources.list which helds this list: Now the…

short announcement: QGIS 2.0.1 Dufour now available on Ubuntu

Times are changing and so should a GIS. Since a long time there was the announcement to release QGIS 2.0 to the public by June. But as there were some blockers in the roadmap the release date was not updated. Everyone suspected a release after the QGIS hackathon and during the FOSS4g conference in Nottingham. Now it is out: Updating your ubuntugis-unstable PPA in Ubuntu will now install the brand new QGIS 2.0.1 Dufour! Enjoy and keep on visiting digital-geography!!! But as Nathan Woodrow (@madmanwoo) answered on my Tweet: “@dig_geo_com @qgis @QGISInfo @qgiswatch /sigh the packages aren’t meant to be…

OpenSource QGIS + PostGIS installation: “the Ubuntu way”

A lot of you out there are probably working on Windows Systems using ArcGIS and I have to admit that the possibilities with ArcINFO in the background and a proper GDB (GeoDataBase) are really big. But let’s be honest: A lot of your tasks are more or less everyday business, right?! So let us have a look on building a GIS workplace using QGIS 1.8 (which will be updated the big way in some days/weeks) and PostGIS which is a spatial enhancement of PostgreSQL.

What’s new in ArcGIS 10.2

One hot topic on this year User Conference from ESRI in San Diego was the upcomming release of 10.2: Tweets über “#arcgis #esriuc” Until now the ESRI ArcGIS software solution was full of analytical possibilities and has its strength in nearly every aspect of geo-sensitive data storage, analysis and publication. New aspects in ArcGIS 10.2 may to be described in three words: real-time, social & interoperability. realtime You can now create applications with ArcGIS which show your data and data from different real-time providers like Twitter, in-car GPS devices or flickr in apps and in real-time. So you’ll have great…

ArcGIS tutorial 2: the ModelBuilder

ArcGIS is a geographic-information-system (GIS) developed by ESRI. Being widely used and the sheer amount of functions and add-ons are maybe the important causes for being a big-player at universities as well. Therefore we will present you some basic tutorials for learning and enjoying ArcGIS: Tutorial 1: ArcGIS tutorial 1: how to georeference a map?! Tutorial 2: the ModelBuilder objective Create a model with the ModelBuilder to automate different workflows in ArcGIS. Therefore we will connect input-data with different tools in a model diagram. what do you need ArcGIS 9 or 10 time effort depends on model complexity. minimal 10mins