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James FeeCalling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think : All Tech Considered : NPR

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think : All Tech Considered : NPR:...

VerySpatialPower Portfolio 2015 ads

This is not a post about Hexagon Geospatial’s Power Portfolio 2015 (we hope to have an interview about this year’s update in the coming weeks). Instead it is a post about their new video ads.

They have taken our love of infographics and created something great. But it isn’t just the graphics, it is also the quick, approachable story that utilizes the approach that good infographics do so well. So far there are two video ads available (Power Portfolio and Producer Suite), but I hope there are more coming next week.

If anyone from Hexagon Geospatial is reading, it would be great if you redo the narration after the ad campaign and release them as general geospatial technology videos that could be used in classrooms and informal ed outlets…just a thought.

AnyGeoSocial Tip – Mastering your Twitter Analytics

TweetYou Tweet But Are You Aware of your Twitter Analytics? Here’s How — Ok you tweet, but do you have any idea how well your tweeting is doing? Indeed using twitter is subjective and it really is tough to say … Continue reading

LiDAR NewsLaser Beam Combiner

It could offer immediate, hands-free access to information via gadgets such as smart glasses, which overlay computer-generated visual data on the user’s field of vision. Continue reading →

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James FeeGitHub for Open Data

GitHub for Open Data: maxwell ogden on Twitter: open data today usually means data can be...

James FeePlanet Geospatial 2005-2014

I can’t believe Planet Geospatial is 9 years old. Planet Geospatial aggregates posts from just...

AnyGeoHave you Checked For Google Results That Could Harm or Destroy you?

TweetWe all know this, people will Google you, and in particular, if you happen to be in the search for a new job, a contract, or other employment related position, the chances are very high (estimated at 75%) that the … Continue reading

James FeeArcGIS Pro vs ArcGIS 9.x

When do you think more users will be using ArcGIS Pro for their GIS than use ArcGIS 9.x?

GIS LoungeVersio: Moving the Spatial IT Industry Forward

Paul Ramsey, the Senior Strategist / Evangelist at Boundless, explains Versio, the company's newly released spatial data management and collaboration platform.

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Azavea AtlasOpenDataPhilly Launches Visualization Contest is undergoing a redesign thanks in part to grant funding from the Knight Foundation.  In anticipation of the relaunch of Philadelphia’s newly designed data portal, Azavea invites submissions of visualizations of Philadelphia’s open data.

The OpenDataPhilly Visualization Contest calls on designers, data scientists, developers and anyone who enjoys exploring and visualizing open data. You are invited to share your data visualization that utilizes open data found on Your visualization can be static or interactive and may include maps, infographics, charts or any other creative visualization of data.

Visualizations that represent creative and visually impactful uses of Philadelphia’s Open data will be selected to be featured on the new OpenDataPhilly website (to be launched in late 2014).

Up to 10 data visualizations will be selected to be featured on OpenDataPhilly’s new website.  Prizes include $500 in Amazon gift cards to be divided among winners. Additional data visualizations may be selected for display on the OpenDataPhilly web site but only a maximum of 10 will receive prizes.  The contest is international and open to anyone. The data visualization must use open data available on The deadline to submit is Sunday, November 30th 2014 11:59pm.

For more information on the contest or to submit your visualization, please visit:

Directions MagazineNIST Taps Nine Experts to Help Craft Disaster Resilience Framework for Communities

GeoServer BlogGeoServer 2.5.3 released

The GeoServer team is happy to announce the release of GeoServer 2.5.3. Download bundles are provided (zipwardmg and exe)  along with documentation and extensions.

GeoServer 2.5.3 is the next the stable release of GeoServer and is recommended for production deployment. Thanks to everyone taking part, submitting fixes and new functionality:

  • A new process, PagedUnique, to efficiently grab large amounts of unique values from a layer column
  • Legend preview functionality in the style editor
  • A long awaited fix for poor font rendering when creating transparent map
  • Some fixes in WFS 2.0 joins
  • GeoJSON CRS syntax has been updated to the current valid one (we were using a old legacy one)
  • Some GetFeatureInfo further fixes for complex styles
  • Fix scale computation when the CRS unit of measure is not meters
  • Some WMS 1.3 rendering fixes with image mosaics
  • Avoid invalid reports of leaked connections when using SHAPE-ZIP output format against SQL views whose SQL is no more valid
  • Check the release notes for more details
  • This release is made in conjunction with GeoTools 11.3

About GeoServer 2.5

Articles and resources for GeoServer 2.5 series:


Directions MagazineAirbus Defence & Space Innovation Wins European Satellite Navigation Competition 2014

Directions MagazineEyesMap is Launched in Intergeo

Directions MagazineUpdated Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks Map Shows Attacks on Vaccinators Drive Polio Outbreaks

All Points BlogNGA Update: New Director’s Mission; Ebola; and Gamification Software to GitHub

During the last two weeks, there has been a flurry of news from the National Geospaial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) starting with new director Robert Cardill's intentions for the agency. Cardillo stated: Our business has never been more complex. Our profession has never been more... Continue reading

All Points BlogGIS Health News Weekly: AAG Tackles Mental Health, Mobile Ads for the Doctor’s Office, Ebola Maps

AAG Tackles Mental Health Spearheaded by Beverley Mullings, Kate Parizeau, and Linda Peake, a group of geographers organized a series of sessions at last year’s AAG meeting on mental health issues, established a listserv (MHGEOG-L [at] lists [dot] queensu [dot] ca), and are now... Continue reading

James FeeLegendary Celtic manager Jock Stein invented heat maps 40 years ago

Legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein invented heat maps 40 years ago: Well maybe not but it’s still...

James FeeThe Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times | WIRED

The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times | WIRED: I’ve always been...

James FeeThe Cartographer Who's Transforming Map Design

The Cartographer Who's Transforming Map Design: To this day I still use her color recommendations...

Azavea AtlasJoin Azavea and The Knight Digital Media Center for a Free Spatial Analysis Webinar

kdmc-logoAttention all nonprofits, foundations, data analysts, and data journalists:

I (Tyler Dahlberg) will be presenting a free webinar in partnership with the Knight Digital Media Center on Tuesday, October 28 at 11am PST/2pm EST. The presentation will be about the origin of spatial analysis, how it works, real-world examples of how it has transformed decision making processes and data display, and how you can get started. To join the free webinar (which is limited to 125 seats) please register for Mapping Insights You Never Knew You Had, which will be administered through the required Fuze web conferencing software.

We hope to see you there!

Directions MagazineNGA supports Ebola relief efforts, provides data to public

Directions MagazineRedfin Acquires Walk Score

Directions MagazineBoundless Expands Global Footprint with New Partner Program

GIS LoungeDragon Hunters: a Mapping Project for the British Legends

The team behind Dragon Hunters explains their crowd funding campaign currently running on Indiegogo. Can we map a legend? Can we map dragons as we map the distribution of African lions or North American bald eagles? Like eagles, dragons are told to cut the sky with their wings, but they also dig [...]

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All Points BlogGIS Education News Weekly: NACIS Student Winner, Mental Health, UConn Certificate

NACIS Student Winner Profiled University of Cincinnati geography student Nate Wessel’s new map is a bike enthusiast’s best friend. And, the map [right] won first place in the student come petition at NACIS. Wessel is profiled in a university news article. AAG Tackles Mental... Continue reading

Directions MagazineDewberry Announces the Promotions of Max Chance and Jeff Gangai

BoundlessPartner Profile: Geospatial Enabling Technologies (GET)

Boundless partners are an important part of spreading the depth and breadth of our software around the world. In this ongoing series, we will be featuring some of our partners and the ways they are expanding the reach of our Spatial IT solutions.

GETGeospatial Enabling Technologies (GET) was established in 2006 with the vision of becoming one of the leaders for Spatial IT solutions and services in Greece as well as more broadly in Europe and Africa. Specializing in the field of geoinformatics, GET provides robust solutions for both the public and private sector.

Since 2010, GET has deployed and supported OpenGeo Suite as part of their projects. From the very beginning, GET held a strong belief that Boundless was the premier provider for commercial open source spatial software. Through its partnership with Boundless and the use of OpenGeo Suite, GET has been able to implement projects for private companies as well as public authorities and government agencies in Greece including the Hellenic Regulatory Authority of Energy and the Greek Ministry of Agriculture. GET has also offered technical support, via the GET SDI Portal, to many public agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency of Athens and the Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador.

Hellenic Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE)

“With the goal to provide advanced geospatial solutions based on open source, we consider Boundless an essential, valuable partner with whom we could design and implement projects effectively,” said Gabriel Mavrellis of GET.

This successful partnership derives from a relationship where each organization greatly benefits by sharing knowledge, expertise, opportunities, and vision. The developers and project managers at GET deploy projects based on OpenGeo Suite and share their knowledge and expertise with Boundless through the implementation and maintenance of solutions in Greece and abroad.

GET has successfully organized training seminars on OpenGeo Suite to provide Greek engineers and developers with a greater familiarity of the platform and its functions. GET is also a proud contributor to QGIS, providing training and translating a large part of the QGIS user interface into Greek.

If you’d like your company to be considered for our international network of partners, please contact us!

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LiDAR NewsOSU Has Marine Geomatics Faculty Opening

It is a full time, tenure track position in the newly launched Marine Studies Initiative. Continue reading →

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Directions MagazineBluesky LiDAR Data Reveals First World War Trenches

Directions MagazineBluesky LiDAR Data Reveals First World War Trenches

Directions MagazineNokia (NOK) Names Sean Fernback as HERE President

Directions MagazineTriMetals Mining Inc. Discovers New Areas of Outcropping Gold Mineralization with Aerial LiDAR

LiDAR NewsClose Enough Webinar is Today

Industry guru Jonathon Coco will explain how he balances industry best practices with clients needs and tight project budgets on a number of very challenging 3D laser scanning projects. Continue...

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Directions MagazineGeospatial Corporation Files Amended S-1 Registration

Directions MagazineGeoDecisions’ Hassaballa Examines GIS Role in Solid Waste Management

Directions MagazineGeoTech Center Announces Completion of Update to the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)

Directions MagazineEnvitia Awarded Northern Ireland Water Positional Improvement Contract

Directions MagazineUSGS Offers Revised Alabama Maps Featuring New Design

Directions MagazineUSGIF Hires Credentialing Manager to Lead Professionalization of GEOINT Tradecraft

Directions MagazineFOSS4G PDX Conference: Geospatial Technological Innovation and Diversity are Thriving

Directions MagazineGITA Offers New Professional Development Opportunities

LiDAR NewsSolid, Photo-realistc Point Clouds

“Instead, we have invented a completely new method that uses 3D objects with volume called ‘Atoms.’ Continue reading →

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Directions MagazineTrimble Introduces its FieldMaster Technician App to Enhance Mobile Workforce Productivity

Directions MagazineOGC Calls for Participation in Major Interoperability Testbed

Directions MagazineAirbus Defence and Space and Spectrum Geo produce a joint oil seep and seismic correlation study for the Adriatic Sea

Directions MagazineAirbus Defence and Space and Spectrum Geo produce a joint oil seep and seismic correlation study for the Adriatic Sea

All Points BlogGIS Government Weekly News: Emergency News via Tweeters, Mapping Mongolia, Idaho Parcel Data

San Diego Geographer Looking for Influential Tweeters to get Emergency News Out Official emergency messages from the county of San Diego in the future might be spread by the region’s most influential “tweeters,” San Diego State University announced Monday. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, an... Continue reading

Directions MagazineData Mashups can Help Answer the World’s Biggest Questions

GIS LoungeMapping Almost 250 Years of Buildings in Manhattan

Morphocode‘s Urban Layers allows users to drill down and view the history of Manhattan’s buildings by mapping out over 45,000 buildings and symbolizing them by age.  Users can filter buildings by age by interacting with the graph which shows year of construction on the X axis and the number of buildings built [...]

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LiDAR NewsEye Focusing Lidar

Imagine being able to point a lidar sensor at a specific region in a scene by simply looking at it with your eyes. Continue reading →

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GIS LoungeSmart Tree Logging with Remote Sensing

Treemetrics is using satellite imagery, UAV, and LiDAR to help forestry managers to map out forests in order to better assess the quality and value of their forests and to cut down on waste.

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AnyGeoHERE maps for Android (Beta)

TweetFrom HERE… HERE offers fast, accurate maps that are always ready to use, with or without an internet connection. Search for places, find routes and get turn-by-turn voice guidance wherever you are. Underground, on holiday, or even in the middle … Continue reading

BoundlessQGIS Compared: Visualization

Gretchen PetersonAny GIS professional who’s been paying attention to the professional chatter in recent years will be wondering about QGIS and whether or not it might meet some or all of their needs. QGIS is open source, similar to proprietary GIS software, runs on a variety of operating systems, and has been steadily improving since its debut in 2002. With easy-to-install packages, OpenGeo Suite integration, and reliable support offerings, we obviously see QGIS as a viable alternative to proprietary desktop GIS software such as Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop.

But will it work for you? The short answer is: most likely yes for visualization of most formats of spatial data, probably for analysis of raster and vector data, probably for geographic data editing, and probably for cartographic publishing.  Those are all very subjective assertions based on my personal experience using QGIS for the past seven months but I have been using proprietary GIS for over fourteen years as an analyst and cartographer and have written a couple of books on the subject.

By all means give QGIS a try: download and install it, drag-and-drop some data into it, and give it a spin. This is definitely a good time to evaluate it and consider adopting it across your organization.

Visualizing spatial data in QGIS

In this first post, I’m going to focus on visualizing spatial data in QGIS. These basic functions are straightforward and easy to do in QGIS:

  1. adding datasets

  2. moving datasets up and down in the layer hierarchy

  3. zooming around the map

  4. selecting features based on simple point-and-click

  5. selecting features based on complex selection criteria

  6. viewing attributes

  7. creating graduated color schemes


Strength: Versatile and efficient format support

In fact, QGIS is an effective means of viewing and exploring spatial data of almost any type. If you have complex data, you might be interested to hear that the newest release of QGIS boasts very fast, multi-threaded, rendering of spatial data that may even make it faster than leading competitors. When I began creating the map shown above, I accidentally added all of the Natural Earth 1:10m Cultural Vectors in triplicate to the project, causing some minor heart-palpitations as I realized it was going to try to render close to 100 vector layers all at once. However, my fears were unfounded as it took only a few seconds for them to render once they were all added. In the realm of visualization, it does most of the other tasks that a GIS professional would expect as well, including support for custom symbol sets (in SVG format). Adding GeoJSON data is simple, just drag a geojson file onto the Layers list. Here, we show a portion of James Fee’s GeoJSON repository of baseball stadiums:


Mixed results: Raster visualization

That said, raster visualization can yield unexpected results depending on what is desired. Some raster datasets have tables that associate bands with RGB values such that specific cell-types are rendered certain colors. Often, landcover datasets will have this kind of structure so that, for example, the raster is rendered with blue for water, green for grass, white for ice, and so on. Unfortunately, QGIS doesn’t yet support rendering based on associated table files for rasters. Another slight irritation is the continuing use of binary ARC/INFO GRID formats by some agencies who distribute raster data to the public. If you have one of these datasets, QGIS can open it but you must point to the w001001.adf file using the raster data import button.

Mixed results: On-the-fly reprojection

One of the most important ways to make GIS user-friendly is to support on-the-fly projection. I still remember when projecting on-the-fly became a part of the software that I used to use. It was the end of 1999, and life was so much easier when multiple datasets from multiple agencies in multiple projections could all be jammed together into a single project, producing a map where all the data layers were in the correct projected space. This was because reprojecting not only added extra steps requiring you to reproject everything into a common coordinate system even if all you wanted to do was visualize the data, it also meant maintaining multiple copies of the same dataset, which contributed to folder clutter and using up of valuable disk space. QGIS supports reprojection on-the-fly but it is an option that must be set in the project properties dialog. Some glitches with projections still seem to occur from time to time. Zooming in, for example, sometimes causes the map to zoom to a different place than expected. However, this unexpected behavior is inconsistent, not a showstopper, and may be fixed soon.


Hidden gem: Context

The other important aspect of visualizing data is having enough underlying context for the data. Country boundaries, city labels, roads, oceans, and other standard map data are crucial. Proprietary GIS software generally contains basemap layers that can easily be turned on and off to support visualization in this manner. QGIS also has this capability, in the form of the OpenLayers plugin, which serves up Google, OpenStreetMap, Bing, and Yahoo basemaps at the click of a button. The OpenLayers plugin is free and installs just like any other QGIS plugin—you search for it in the Plugins menu, press “install,” and make your basemap choice in the Web menu.



While QGIS may need a small amount of improvement when it comes to raster visualization and on-the-fly projection, these aren’t hindrances to a typical visualization workflow and are only mentioned here out of respect for a fair and balanced assessment. By and large, my testing has convinced me that the robust visualization capabilities that QGIS offers provide more than enough impetus for many organizations to make the switch to QGIS. In later posts, I’ll discuss how QGIS performs with respect to analysis, editing, and cartography.

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Directions MagazineBuild Smart Mapping Apps for Windows Desktop, Windows Store, and Windows Phone

Directions MagazineSchneider Electric Named a “Visionary” in Gartner Magic Quadrant Report Analyzing GIS Providers for Utilities

Directions MagazineOGC seeks comment on new working group focused on representing time series spatial observation data

Directions MagazineCEO of Geocove — Emergency Services Mapping Company — Has Advice for Fellow GIS Workers, Entrepreneurs

Directions MagazineRelease of NACMAP Version 5.0 for Business Data Visualization and Mobile Assets Tracking

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