PyCon

What do I get out of conferences?

Four conferences, two hackathons, and a lot of meet-ups: Analyzing what I’ve gotten from technical gatherings outside of work this year  Part 1 –  The PremiseOver the last year, I’ve been lucky to attend more than my usual number of conferences, meetups, and hackathons. Some of the events were paid by work, some were paid[…]

Flow-chart

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[…]

ISS Fly Over

ISS = International Space StationEarlier this week someone came into my office at work and asked to borrow three of our beanbags, so they could have recently returned astronauts sit in them while doing a facebook live-stream event. Apparently, it has become tradition. That prompted me to google ISS fly over application. I heard NASA[…]

Screenshot of menu options for different default data visualization types.

Data Visualization Compilations

A Compilation of Data Visualization Compilations:There are a wide variety of tools out there for data visualization. Some nice people have come up with compilations of their favorite tools. Other people have created galleries of really outstanding data visualizations that you can use as inspiration. Over the past year, I’ve bookmarked a lot of them.[…]

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[…]

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,[…]