In the GIS industry we are often told we are behind the curve and sadly it’s often true. It was true of Web 2.0, it was true of mobile and it was true of cloud computing. As you are probably aware the new hotness in tech is “big data”.
Base layers such as satellite imagery or Open Street Map are an extremely important part of any web map. You can think of a base layers as supplementary data that’s used to enhance your core data by providing the user with context and orientation. Context tells the user about relevant conditions on the ground and orientation allows them to quickly make the connection between the area they’re viewing on the map and the area it represents in the real world.
Later this afternoon I’ll be heading off to Brisbane for RSGIS Unconference. If you’re in town please come check out my workshop that’s being held between 3:15 and 4:45. It’s the end of the day and everyone’s going to be tired so I’m going to deliver a lively (at times tongue in cheek) presentation that will hopefully liven everyone up. The workshop is a follow up to the free ebook I recently released titled “Online GIS: Meet the Cloud Publication Platforms that Will Revolutionize our Industry”. The book has been downloaded over 2000 in the three weeks since it was released […]
As a follow up to an earlier blog post addressing an article in the Phnom Penh Post claiming that the Kingdom’s arable land is “all but gone”, I thought I’d delve into this issue a little further and look beyond some of the obviously inaccurate numbers quoted in the article. Based on data obtained from Open Development Cambodia and other sources, I’ve put together this map, which gives a more comprehensive picture of land use and land use potential. One of the more interesting data layers I’ve used here is a watershed classification layer which “describes the potential degradation risk when cleared of […]