I think I might be a little late for this year’s event, but I will definitely keep track of this for next year! Anyone interested?!?!
Over the past few weeks, I have been lucky enough to get out of the office and attend a few meetups and conferences. In those, I have come across some pretty interesting resources and applications that I didn’t know were out there.
mrjob - helps write & test Python-based libraries that use Hadoop locally. When you are happy with what is going on, just point it at the cluster of your choice.
Nanocubes - developed by the AT&T Labs – Information Visualization team, it is a data structure to visualize large spatiotemporal data sets in a web browser.
GeoJson.io - a web-based tool to let you drag and drop, copy and paste or draw features in a map. The map and data then can be via url or downloaded and displayed in some other map visualization framework.
Docco - hat tip to Andrew Thompson for this one. He was originally talking about Pycco, which is a Python port of Docco, but it immediately caught my interest. I really dislike writing documentation, and Docco was a really good solution for handling it for me.
Quadrigram - another tool in the data visualization toolbox. They offer a free 30-day trial, but after that point that point there is a fee to use it.
RAW – built and maintained by the Density Design Lab, it is another data visualization tool. A web-based application that uses a local spreadsheet to create a vector visualization of the data. The application can be run on the hosted site, or you can grab the code off Github and run it in your local environment.
Responsivator – I am not a designer, to be honest I was spoiled at Azavea working with Brian Jacobs. He definitely made the magic happen. But now I have to work (hack?) on the CSS to make the pages render. This application makes it easy to see how the page renders in different resolutions.
First off, let me say that the data posted on my GitHub and Gist repositories are my own instances and are NOT official State of New Jersey data releases.
Alright, now that being said…
W00t! Here are some open data formats to help with the use of New Jersey data outside of desktop GIS. It is a tough road to hoe when trying to change paradigms about data use perceptions. New Jersey has always been open about sharing GIS data, from the late 1990′s the NJ Office of GIS and NJ Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of GIS have been putting their data online for folks to download. But the focus has been desktop users, not addressing the shift towards web maps and people using it in “non-conventional” ways. But my belief is cost to build the data is returned when users actually start using it, so let’s look to ALL the users.
So there are the obvious issues that are wrestled with: internal and external data maintenance. But a more complicated conversation in regards to documenting the source when people are making decisions based upon a data set shared by a data steward organization. In talking with folks there is the rational position: It’s is the data user’s responsibility to understand what they are using. But often, rational thought goes out the window when people find something that promotes their position and defending it.
I would really like to hear how other folks are using open data formats as part of their Enterprise in particular to documentation and making decision makers comfortable in sharing the information in this format.
The New Jersey Office of GIS just announced the release of a GIS Specialist 3 position, application deadline is 7/25/13.
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So I have had my Google Glass for a week now and to be honest they have been met by mixed responses.
I have held off on one of the ‘unboxing posts‘, there are a few out there. As you would it expect it came with the charger, plug, protective bag and a couple of lenses to actually make them a pair of glasses. I have to say I was really disappointed with my Glass pick up. No one in the fancy loft above Chelsea Market was able to answer any technical questions above the device. They were cheerleaders about the device and “How Cool It Was”, that was it, no one could discuss the Mirror API capabilities.
Another disappointment was finding out that a lot of the out-of-box location/navigation functionality requires an Android device. All of the Google people were saying that they will hopefully be able to get an application for iOS 7, but now there is nothing for the iPhone. That was pretty disappointing, but I have been able to get access to the location information via the API and am wrapping some logic to do location services in Glassware and not relying on a device native application.
I have been trying to use them and get used to wearing them and using them as something other than a camera on my head. But I admit, it is one of the biggest things it has going for it out of the box.
We have been getting a lot of rain here on the East Coast and I don’t think I’ve taken my boat off the rack except to paddle in over a week.
Hopefully next week I will be able to have my first publicly accessible application available, it is pretty simple right now. Basically it is a service are look up application, take the location information from the device and report back to the device information from an ArcGIS Server REST end point.
Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture is looking to fill a position for an Instructor in Geomatics and Geodesign. I have been teaching there for a couple years now and have the utmost respect for the Department and the people in it.
So I’m pretty excited, I have my Project Glass pick up this Friday up at the Google offices in New York City.
To be honest, I have been pretty unimpressed with most of the posts people have been making in regards to what they have been doing with their Glass since pick up. One industry quick to embrace Glass has been health care. I don’t know if the healthcare industry is quick to accept new technologies and that is what makes them early adopters or if there has been a marketing push towards the industry.
The other side of it, is I am not sure if the limited release of the Mirror API has limited the applications and the industry exposure.
Many thanks to the folks that put on GeoNYC Tuesday night. I did a presentation on the balloon mapping projects we have been doing in part to set up Public Labs community here in Philadelphia.
Today was the Philly Tech Week – Balloon Mapping Workshop. What a GREAT day, we had 20+ people show up and had the balloon in the air on the Penn’s Landing Waterfront for a couple of hours. We are working to clean up the images and I will get them posted to the Map Knitter site as soon as possible.
Update: Article at WHYY’s newsworks about our balloon flight
Dana looks EXTREMELY happy holding the balloon!
None of this could have been done without the help of the great sponsors and supporters, including:
Update: Here are some additional images from the workshop. Photo Credits to: Joe Gallagher, Philip Ichinaga and Dana Bauer.
I came across an article yesterday (source: OpenSpatialSolutions) that fits perfectly into the semester as it is wrapping up and folks looking for summer internships or at starting their first “real jobs”. An article from GoGeomatics Canada talking about ways to get ahead in a Geomatics/GIS career, but it applies to any career path you are heading down. Whether you are looking at your first internship or a full time job, I think the points are applicable:
I started working with my geomatics mentor the first year into my “first job”, and I still speak with him multiple times a week. I have learned a lot from him and developed a great personal and professional relationship with him. We have both been through a few jobs in the course of 15 years, but have stayed in touch and use one another as a sounding board for both technical and professional questions.
If you close yourself behind your office doors, you are done! I know a few people that were “raised by wolves” and do things the way they do because that is the way it has always been done.
Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but follow no one absolutely. – Chinese proverb
Stay active in the community, whether it is participating in MACURISA, an advisory group like the NJ Geospatial Forum or some of the local technology specific Meetups in your area (I am biased, so here are some of my Philly Favorites; Hacks Hackers, Esri Dev Meetup Group – Northeast, PhillyPUG and Shame on UX). There are a local of good and passionate people attending these meetings and are always willing to talk about their projects and listen to the ideas you have.
Work Hard & Lead by Doing
I will take a person with real world experience over someone with an advanced degree any day of the week. If you don’t know how to do something you have been given, don’t view it as being dealt a shit hand, view it as an opportunity to expand your skill set. That level of effort is apparent and most folks will be more willing to help you.
When it comes right down to it, it is pretty apparent, but something to store away as those internships and jobs start up in a few weeks.