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GeoHipster interview with Ralph

Did you know that our very own Ralph Straumann is on the advisory board of the international GIS community website „GeoHipster“? And if you also want to become an advisor to an international community, you may have to start with producing brilliant maps: One of Ralph’s maps has been published last year in the 2015 GeoHipster calendar (check out the month of February). Today, an interview about the story behind his map has been published on GeoHipster. If you are only remotely interested in maps and information...

Swiss GIS network on Twitter

Out of curiosity and 2.5 years ago, I analysed the network of Swiss GIS twitterers (article in German, French, Italian). That analysis inspired the creation of the GeoBeer event series (of which we had the 11th instalment just a few days ago) and the Twitter list by the name of ‚SwissGIS‘. You can find that one here. If you follow my private blog, you might have seen that I also made Twitter maps sometimes, e.g. here for GeoHipster (thumbs up...

Example projects: Project platforms, geodata for the DFA and automated data import

In the „projects“ series we would like to highlight from time to time some projects that our company conducted. Today, these projects encompass online collaboration platforms for projects, geodata infrastructures and services, and spatial ETL using FME. Jinsha: Collaboration platform for an international project team As part of an international team, our experts investigate the influence of climate change on water management in China. In order to support the project team, EBP built a collaboration...

Data Value and Expertise Value

These days, data and data scientists (and data engineers?) seem to rule the world. Companies are data-driven, problems are solved using data-driven methods and national intelligence agencies (arguably: also online retailers) extensively collect all the data they can get hold of. The data-driven approach is formalised in the Jurney-Warden Data-Value Stack: The data-value stack is to be read from the bottom up to the top. The idea of the stack suggests: the value of the data arises from raw...

GIS 5.0 – Smart and connected

Recently I came across an interesting article by Dave Peters. He outlines the evolution of GIS in four development phases: In the early 80ies GIS were based primarily on scripts. Using scripts, GI specialists cleaned, edited and visualized spatial data. Some readers might recall the ARC/INFO era and its scripting language Arc Macro Language – AML. About 20 years later, at the end of the 90ies, the first GUI-centric object-oriented GIS appeared on the stage...

Internet of Things: Live Data Quality Assessment for a Sensor Network

TL;DR: We believe that connected devices and real-time data analytics are the next big things in GIS. Here is a live dashboard for a sensor network in 7 cities around the world. Geoinformation systems have evolved quite rapidly in recent years and the future seems to be more exciting than ever: All major IT trends such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data or real-time systems are directly related to our professional domain: Smart devices are spatially located...

Does Web Mercator imply erroneous geospatial positioning?

Web Mercator nowadays is probably the most frequently used map projection. Don’t worry if you have never heard about it though. This new projection is used by Google Maps, Bing Maps by Microsoft, ArcGIS Online by Esri and the OpenLayers community. It became the standard of displaying geographic data on the web. There are rumours that this standard is bad because it implies tremendous geospatial positioning errors. The Office of Geomatics at the U.S. National...

The best cartography and infoviz of 2014

This is a re-post from my blog at www.ralphstraumann.ch/blog. I will abstain from compiling my own list of „The best …“. Instead, I give you a small list of lists to be consumed at your pleasure: The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014 by FlowingData   All of Nathan’s picks „are interactive or animated or both“. „Telling for where we’re headed.“ as he puts it. Among others, this selection contains a very nice looking example of a value-by-alpha map...

Let there be light: Data visualization with SAP Lumira

GIS and Business Intelligence (BI) are buzzwords you hear together increasingly often (see also our articles on GISconnector, which we consider a low-cost, easy-entry BI solution). Inspired by this article from iX magazine I decided to have a look at the „self-service BI“ solution SAP Lumira. Lumira is an analysis and visualization tool and SAP offers a freely downloadable version. There is also a standard edition with more features that sets you back almost 1,000 $. The workflow in the application...

GISconnector: The beginning of a beautiful friendship between ArcGIS and Excel

As of September 2014, we at Ernst Basler + Partner distribute the application GISconnector for Excel in Switzerland. GISconnector is a software created by Germany-based GI Geolabs. In this article, we highlight the new possibilities that arise through the close interconnection between ArcGIS and Excel. Contact us if you have any questions or if you’re interested in a demonstration in a screen sharing session. But first things first: What does GISconnector offer to you? It combines the capabilities of ArcGIS Desktop and...