Archive for the ‘Spatial Data’ Category

Spatial Humanities Workshop

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Spatial Humanities Workshop by Lincoln Mullen.

From the webpage:

Scholars in the humanities have long paid attention to maps and space, but in recent years new technologies have created a resurgence of interest in the spatial humanities. This workshop will introduce participants to the following subjects:

  • how mapping and spatial analysis are being used in humanities disciplines
  • how to find, create, and manipulate spatial data
  • how to create historical layers on interactive maps
  • how to create data-driven maps
  • how to tell stories and craft arguments with maps
  • how to create deep maps of places
  • how to create web maps in a programming language
  • how to use a variety of mapping tools
  • how to create lightweight and semester-long mapping assignments

The seminar will emphasize the hands-on learning of these skills. Each day we will pay special attention to preparing lesson plans for teaching the spatial humanities to students. The aim is to prepare scholars to be able to teach the spatial humanities in their courses and to be able to use maps and spatial analysis in their own research.

Ahem, the one thing Larry forgets to mention is that he is a major player in spatial humanities. His homepage is an amazing place.

The seminar materials don’t disappoint. It would be better to be at the workshop but in lieu of attending, working through these materials will leave you well grounded in spatial humanities.

New Spatial Aggregation Tutorial for GIS Tools for Hadoop

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

New Spatial Aggregation Tutorial for GIS Tools for Hadoop by Sarah Ambrose.

Sarah motivates you to learn about spatial aggregation, aka spatial binning, with two visualizations of New York taxi data:

No aggregation:

taxi-1

Aggregation:

taxi-2

Now that I have your attention, ;-), from the post:

This spatial analysis ability is available using the GIS Tools for Hadoop. There is a new tutorial posted that takes you through the steps of aggregating taxi data. You can find the tutorial here.

Enjoy!

Spatial Data on the Web Working Group

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Spatial Data on the Web Working Group

From the webpage:

The mission of the Spatial Data on the Web Working Group is to clarify and formalize the relevant standards landscape. In particular:

  • to determine how spatial information can best be integrated with other data on the Web;
  • to determine how machines and people can discover that different facts in different datasets relate to the same place, especially when ‘place’ is expressed in different ways and at different levels of granularity;
  • to identify and assess existing methods and tools and then create a set of best practices for their use;

where desirable, to complete the standardization of informal technologies already in widespread use.

The Spatial Data on the Web WG is part of the Data Activity and is explicitly chartered to work in collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), in particular, the Spatial Data on the Web Task Force of the Geosemantics Domain Working Group. Formally, each standards body has established its own group with its own charter and operates under the respective organization’s rules of membership, however, the ‘two groups’ will work together very closely and create a set of common outputs that are expected to be adopted as standards by both W3C and OGC and to be jointly branded.

Read the charter and join the Working Group.

Just when I think the W3C has broken free of RDF/OWL, I see one of the deliverables is “OWL Time Ontology.”

Some people never give up.

There is a bright shiny lesson about the success of deep learning. It doesn’t start with any rules. Just like people don’t start with any rules.

Logic isn’t how we get anywhere. Logic is how we justify our previous arrival.

Do you see the difference?

I first saw this in a tweet by Marin Dimitrov.