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Using NPM with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Apr 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis esri javascript npm

There was a recent blog post about using NPM to install the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Although the JavaScript API isn’t published to NPM, you could still install the github repo with NPM. In this video, I just walk through the steps to do the install and setup. Even though you can install the API...

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Insights tip: Open result datasets in ArcGIS Pro

Apr 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis enterprise arcgis platform arcgis pro insights insights for arcgis

One of the benefits of the ArcGIS platform is the ability to easily use and transfer data between applications.  Insights for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro are examples of two popular apps that you may want to use together in the … Continue reading


Three Themes of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5: Analytics, Automation, and Distributed GIS

Apr 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis analysis & geoprocessing app developers apps arcgis content

I asked Jay Theodore, Esri’s CTO to share the platform vision for the enterprise. He wanted to highlight three key themes for our latest release: ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 is a full-featured mapping and analytics platform for organizing and sharing your maps, … Continue reading


The Only Star Chart You’ll Ever Need

Apr 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  maps and literature science fiction science fiction maps

The successor to the Only Fantasy Map You’ll Ever Need is the Only Star Map You’ll Need, a riff on maps of galactic empires and space-opera tropes that emerged from the discussion in this thread. It’s a few years old, but Boing Boing spotted it yesterday. Previously: Mapping Star Trek.


The Earth at Night, Updated

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  light pollution nasa night satellite imagery uncategorised

NASA has released updated global maps of the Earth at night. The so-called “black marble” maps show where human activity lights up the darkness. NASA’s page highlights some of the differences between the 2016 and 2012 versions of the map with before/after interactive sliders. John Nelson has tried something different: overlaying the 2016 map on … Continue reading "The Earth at Night, Updated"


New Google Earth Launches

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  android google google earth google maps mobile

A new version of Google Earth launched today. Unlike previous versions, the desktop version runs in a web browser rather than a standalone app. Also unlike previous versions, it’s no longer cross-platform: for now at least, the desktop version only runs in Chrome, and the mobile app is Android-only. Frank Taylor has been covering the new release … Continue reading "New Google Earth Launches"


When Users Don’t Interact with Interactive Maps

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cartography map design web mapping

Brian Timoney responds to the argument that few users actually interact with interactive infographics with some thoughts on how that might apply to online maps, with their sometimes-complicated, GIS-derived user interfaces. His suggestions? Static maps, small multiples, animated GIFs, text-based search—simpler, more user-friendly, more familiar UIs and ways to present mapped data.


Mapping Amtrak Cuts

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  amtrak politics railroads railways transit

President Trump’s proposed budget would end funding for Amtrak’s long-distance passenger routes, leaving only the Northeast Corridor and state-funded lines. Maps of the lines that would be closed share the problems of Amtrak network maps in general. Take USA Today’s map from its 12 April article on the subject: Like electoral maps that make large, less-populated areas look … Continue reading "Mapping Amtrak Cuts"


Drawing in Windows Maps

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  mobile web mapping windows windows 10

“Windows 10’s stock Maps app has a drawing tool that’s quite useful, especially if you have a Windows 10 touchscreen PC,” writes Matt Elliott at CNet. In addition to scribbling notes, you can draw a line between two points to get directions and measure the distance of a drawn route. My household is all-Apple so … Continue reading "Drawing in Windows Maps"


Uber’s approach to Cartography

Apr 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  carto cartodb mapbox maps uber

Uber is a great example of a company that has built an incredible business using the core competencies of GIS at the backend and a very straightforward and intuitive UX. Their business models and other aspects of their business are up for debate but its hard to deny that they have an amazing user interface (and […]

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