We had a great day today exploring ESRI open tools in the GIF. We had a full class of 30 participants, and two great ESRI instructors (leaders? evangelists?) John Garvois and Allan Laframboise, and we worked through a range of great online mapping (data, design, analysis, and 3D) examples in the morning, and focused on using ESRI Leaflet API in the afternoon. Here are some of the key resources out there.
- Main ESRI Open Information: http://www.esri.com/software/open
- Slide deck from today: http://slides.com/alaframboise/geodev-hackerlabs#/
- Afternoon example using Leaflet: http://esri.github.io/esri-leaflet/
- ESRI's developer toolkits: https://developers.arcgis.com/en/, including
Great Stuff! Thanks Allan and John
Turf provides you with functions like calculating buffers and areas. Other common functions include aggregation, measurement, transformation, data filtering, interpolation, joining features, and classification. The detailed explanations of these functions can be found on this page.
Turf seems like a cool tool to try out if you want to provide spatial analysis functions on your webGIS applications.
Congratulations to the NASA NEX Team! They have won the 2014 HPCwire Readers’ & Editors’ Choice Award for the Best Data-Intensive System (End User focused). See the article here: NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) Platform supports dozens of data-intensive projects in Earth sciences.
The NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) platform supports dozens of data-intensive projects in Earth sciences, bringing together supercomputers and huge volumes of NASA data, and enabling scientists to test hypotheses and execute modeling/analysis projects at a scale previously out of their reach. NEX-supported applications range from modeling El NiÃ±o, creating neighborhood-scale climate projections, assisting in crop water management, and mapping changes in forest structure across North America, to mapping individual tree crowns at continental scale as a foundation for new global science at unprecedented spatial resolution. NEX’s OpenNEX challenge ties in to White House initiatives, including Open Data, Big Data and Climate Data, which advance national goals to address climate change impacts and include competitions and challenges to foster regional innovation.
The GIF has been partnering with NASA NEX, and developing a framework to bring NEX data and analytical capabilities into HOLOS.
In a recent article published in the Guardian, Michelle Kilfoyle and Hayley Birch discuss the widespread use of citizen science initiatives. They recently produced a report (pdf) for the Science for Environment Policy news service, in which the authors review a number of citizen science case studies, and explore the potential benefits of citizen science for both science and society, especially given the advent of new mobile technologies that enable remote participation. They also ask interesting questions about who really benefits the most from these developments: the amateurs or the professionals?
- How could new and developing technologies help citizen science projects feed into environmental policy processes?
- Is environmental data produced by citizen scientists as accurate as environmental data produced by professional scientists?
- How can citizen science benefit environmental monitoring and policymaking?