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SmartBetterCities Released New Version of CloudCities Virtual Reality Tool

Oct 26 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GISCafe Voice under tags  3d cities 3d designs 3d pdf analytics arcgis

In its first version, SmartBetterCities’ released CloudCities virtual reality tool, that can be imported from CityEngine, SketchUp and GoogleEarth. CloudCities is an online platform for hosting, sharing and visualizing smart 3D city models. The models are based on OpenStreetMap, are lightweight and used mostly by mobile users, with an easy drag-and-drop workflow. It was used in a […]


TypeScript in Visual Studio Code

Oct 25 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis esri typescript

I was recently asked about setting up a TypeScript project in Visual Studio Code. This was specifically in reference to using the ArcGIS API 3 for JavaScript. I decided to make this video to help users get up and running with Visual Studio Code using TypeScript for their ArcGIS API for JavaScript applications. This video...

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Fun with GIS 205: Good Soil Yields Good Learning

Oct 24 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  arcgis online careers community curriculum education

Among the US 50 states, Nebraska ranks #37 in population, with about 1.9 million, or not quite 0.6%. But knowing about US population distribution and looking at the USK12GIS map, Nebraska stands out, with the sixth highest rate of “ArcGIS … Continue reading


Finding Map Content and Understanding What You’ve Found

Oct 21 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  arcgis online data & maps education

Finding map content can often be a challenge, even nowadays when so much content is available in ArcGIS Online.  Recently, Charlie Fitzpatrick and I taught a a workshop entitled “Key Strategies for Finding Content and Understanding What You’ve Found.”   … Continue reading


GIS Cloud 3D Early Preview

Oct 20 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  3d early preview 3d mapping 3d visualization blog demo

Dear GIS Cloud Community, Our team is currently exploring the possibility of enabling 3D map visualization in the cloud. That’s why we are very excited to announce GIS Cloud 3D webinar, scheduled for November 3rd, 2016. The exclusive preview will give you a chance to explore the 3D functionality in an early preview and to share...


Documenting Oil and Gas Industry Damage in North Dakota

Oct 20 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles gas guest commentaries infrastructure nd

North Dakota is now in its third oil boom due to the drilling technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing that have made once-inaccessible oil accessible. The Bakken formation covers western North Dakota, eastern Montana, and parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. At the height of the boom in 2014, just under 12,000 wells were active across […]

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Located-Based Technology and Real-Time Election Mapping

Oct 19 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GISCafe Voice under tags  analytics arcgis asset management big data cloud

While the election plods on, behind the scenes there is a lot of geospatial technology being used to come up with various polls, real-time election maps, and determine election polling places that are helping people get to the polls and assist in the results reporting. Candidates, local and state governments are all trying to leverage the […]


Introducing Australian Based Servers for Storing GIS Cloud Data

Oct 19 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  amazon web servers in australia australia blog cloud gis

Regulations in Australia and New Zealand – such as The Australian National Privacy Act of 1988, which regulates how organizations collect, use, keep, secure, and disclose personal information – can make it difficult for organizations to move sensitive information to cloud-providers that store data outside of Australia and New Zealand. Responding to these requirements of...


Using VueJS with ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Oct 19 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis esri javascript vuejs

It’s no secret that I am a fan of JavaScript frameworks. One little framework I haven’t touched in a long time is VueJS. What I really like about VueJS is that it is a very simple to use JavaScript framework that provides a big benefit to developers that want a templating library without all the...

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Staff Spotlight: Brook Lenker

Oct 17 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles fractracker alliance our perspectives pa pennsylvania

As the last article in our staff spotlight series, learn more about Executive Director, Brook Lenker, and how his early environmental work in Pennsylvania brought him to FracTracker Alliance. Time with FracTracker: 5 years Education: I graduated from Towson University near Baltimore in 1989 with a degree in geography and environmental planning. I loved the course of study so much that […]

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Sensitive Receptors near Fracked Oil & Gas Wells

Oct 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  ar articles ca co data and analysis

FracTracker Alliance has been working with the Frontier Group and Environment America on a nationwide assessment of “fracked” oil and gas wells. The report is titled Dangerous and Close, Fracking Puts the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People at Risk. The assessment analyzed the locations of fracked wells and identified where the fracking has occurred near locations where […]

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ACLU Criticizes Social Media for Allowing Access to Content

Oct 14 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GISCafe Voice under tags  crowdsourcing data emergency response geospatial gis

An article this week in The New York Times Police Use Surveillance Tool to Scan Social Media about Chicago company Geofeedia’s use of text, photos and videos from social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to aid in law enforcement sparks controversy about law enforcement vs. civil liberties. The use of location technology to […]


UCL Synergies podcast – Congo Citizen Science

Oct 13 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Po Ve Sham – Muki Haklay's personal blog under tags  anthropology citizen science environmental information extreme citizen science human–computer interaction

The “UCL Synergies podcasts” is series of interviews with researchers who are working on a shared problem from two disciplinary perspective. It is part of the activities to demonstrate how UCL addresses the grand challenges. The series itself is an excellent  demonstration of the issues that come up in interdisciplinary research and you can find … Continue reading UCL Synergies podcast – Congo Citizen Science


Intro to Dojo2 with ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Oct 12 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis dojo esri javascript

Dojo 2 has been in the works for quite some time. It is finally at a stage where most of the packages are in either alpha or beta and can be tested. You can find more information about the status of each Dojo 2 package here. SitePen has put a lot of work into making...

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MetaSUB Use Case: Building Healthier and Smarter Cities with the Help of GIS

Oct 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  blog cloud gis field data collection gis cloud mapping pathogens

One of the cloud-based GIS applications in creating a smart city and a more responsive and sustainable environment is in public health. Increasing urbanization and a significant growth of international transport of people and goods creates unique challenges for the disease control and prevention in urban areas. These challenges are not new, nor are the...



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