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Spatial Reader - Issue #12


Spatial Reader

March 27 · Issue #12 · View online

Email digest of all things spatial, remote sensing, and GIS

Hello! It’s been a while! It has been a very busy time for me, so I have lapsed in sending Spatial Reader - still, the links have accumulated and there has been quite a lot of news in the world of GIS: multiple satellite launches, product releases, new tools, and tech demos. The usual. Because I’ve accumulated so many links over the last few months, I’m trying a new format - a highlight link for each section, then a summary of other items of interest in that area. Hopefully it makes the newsletter less overwhelming with quite a bit more content. Enjoy!

GIS News
Esri 2017 Developer Summit Tech Sessions - YouTube
GIS Applications in the News
The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Map
Other GIS News items:
  1. Crowdsourced Space Archaeology. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a thing.
  2. The Internet Archive has free viewing of an old US Air Force Documentary describing methods for mapping and surveying the world.
  3. Forbes took a look at how GIS is used in political resistance and protests
  4. Take a look at an interactive map of historical slavery in the United States compared with modern prison incareration rates. It tells a pretty clear story.
  5. The CIA didn’t want the Library of Congress to get all the map archive glory and released an archive of their own.
New Tools and Products
Descartes Labs: Search
Other new products and tools
  1. Knight Labs has a beautiful new competitor for Esri’s StoryMaps, and it’s free.
  2. MapStory, a small platform for sharing maps and information online
  3. A new, “cheap”(er) RTK GNSS receiver for accurate location collection.
  4. As Google retires the Google Earth Pro product, they open sourced the Google Earth Enterprise server.
  5. A company that can alert you when an agricultural field is irrigated.
Remote Sensing
First Light from GOES-16 : Image of the Day
Other stories in Remote Sensing:
  1. Sentinel 2B launched, which along with the already launched 2A, will provide multispectral imagery of the earth every 2-5 days.
  2. Planet labs launched 88 tiny satellites to capture the entire earth on camera every day.
  3. Can you detect atmospheric winds from space? Yes, you can, with the new Aeolus satellite.
  4. Get a quick tutorial on classification techniques in remote sensing.
Tutorials and Practice
WWTSD (What Would Tech Support Do?)
Other things to learn this month
  1. Self-Promotion alert: I put out a free work in progress book of tutorials on using GIS for water and watershed/ecosystem analysis.
  2. Some notes on how to process Landsat Imagery using free and open source tools.
  3. A video from the University of Vermont on how they detected buildings in the state using LiDAR.
Code and Repositories
folium: Python Data. Leaflet.js Maps
You might also be interested in:
  1. ArcMap Raster Edit Suite: Arbitrarily edit raster data directly in ArcGIS.
  2. Winnow: Run SQL queries against GeoJSON without a database.
  3. Geoplot: A quick data visualization library for Python.
  4. Amaptor: A Python mapping library that works in ArcGIS 10.x and ArcGIS Pro.
Odds and Ends
DOD successfully tests terrifying swarm of 104 micro-drones
If terrifying drone swarms aren’t your thing, maybe you’re interested in “Stonehenge Streets” - find out which streets in your city or town align with the sun on winter solstice - or XKCD’s latest Bad Map Projection“ simulating use of Photoshop’s Content Aware Resizing to remove blank space on the map.
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