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Flow Chart for Picking the Right Mapping Tool

I did some research on different tools for creating flow charts today.Originally, I started down this path trying to figure out what open-source project I might be able to hack on and produce a project that would generate XKCD style flow charts, similar to how bokeh (python library) has XCKD style plots as built-in option. I[…]

ESRI Certification

How to Study for GIS Certification Exams

GIS Certification:GIS certification is one of those certifications where no one is completely sure of its exact value. I don’t know of any business or organization where it is mandatory, but sometimes you see it listed under “preferred” on job advertisements. When I asked a question about the value of certification versus portfolios in a LinkedIN group devoted[…]

screenshot of data visualization of Animal Control Call Data for 2012-2015 in zip code 77009

Tableau Data Visualization Animal Control Calls

Tableau: Data Visualization Software (& mapping)Tableau is similar to CartoDB and MapBox, which were discussed in earlier posts here and here. All are designed to allow the user to quickly drop in data and create visual representations of that data. All have free and paid versions. Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau. The main[…]

Screenshot of Map App on Holocene Volcanoes and Historic Earthquakes

ArcGIS Hackathon-ish

ESRI sponsored Geo-Development Hackathon:Today I took part in an event put on by ESRI, the company that provides the software on which the majority of enterprise,  academic, and government GIS work takes place. As compared to the Geophysics Hackathon run by AgileGeosciences at the Society of Exploration Geophysics Annual Conference, this was more about learning tools and[…]

screen capture of Kayak Map ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online WebMaps and MapApps

ArcGIS:For those that might be new to GIS, ArcGIS is the default enterprise GIS solution. This isn’t a great comparison, but it is similar to Microsoft in the 1990s but less evil and with no Apple. The company behind ArcGIS is ESRI. They provide a variety of geospatial products and services; ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server,[…]

zoomed in screenshot of map of places Justin Gosses has done geology.

CartoDB & Online Mapping

Online Mapping:Recently, I’ve been improving my skills in both GIS, web development, and programming. As such, exploring online mapping services and methods, like leaflet, Mapbox and CartoDB, was on the “to do” list. Both CartoDB and Mapbox are sites that allow you to build maps on their webpage and then embed the maps in your webpage. Leaflet[…]

Screen shot of pythonista screen showing results of "Get Location" script.

“Get Current Address” python script on phone

“Get Current Address” A Pythonista Script running on iPhone:“Get Current Address” is a pythonista script I created based on some google research. I wanted to take advantage of the iphone’s geolocation and geocoding abilities.I was also attempting to fill a very small niche. Although google maps and apple maps are good at showing where you are[…]

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Map of Houston Paddling Experiences: Post 1

One of the maps I am currently building is an attempt at a different style of map for kayaking and canoeing in the greater Houston – Galveston area.  Instead of focusing on getting to the put-in location and where to start and stop on the water, I wanted to convey more information about what type[…]