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 less a crazy two day race. Hence, the title for this post is ArcGIS Hackathon-ish. There wasn’t any beer and pizza, but the cookies and cheese were good. Also, I got another free t-shirt. You can never have too many free t-shirts. The event was five hours long. Half was explanation and questions. The other half was building maps using the tools.
The event focus was on a collection of tools accessed or associated with their ArcGIS developer site. ESRI staff provided a github repository of links, instructions, and list of topics/tools to cover during the event or after. There were some useful step-by-step instructions included to get you started with several of the tools.
- Map Builder: Load data & edit basic symbology for first level, static maps you might embed in a website
- App Builder: Take a map you built from map builder and put it into a map application framework with lots of premade style, formatting, and widget options. A few example widgets are:
- Turn layers off and on
- Add query box to show selection subset of a layer
- Show users’ current location on the map
- Allow a user to edit the map
- Measurement (line, path, area)
The Product From Those 5 Hours =
A Map App On Holocene Volcanoes and Historical Major Earthquakes
Click on the icons to bring up some of the map widgets and turn layers off and on. A full page version, which just looks nicer, can be found here.
Update: for those completely new to GIS
You might not know that ArcGIS requires a license. If you don’t have access to a license through school or work, you can still get a free non-commercial trial license for 60 days. There are also annual ESRI non-commercial licenses for $100.