From spreadsheets to a data-driven questionnaire and analytics platform

Spreadsheet applications are very powerful tools for dealing with data. Our client, a renowned research institute, collects data from many third-party businesses and analyze their environmental impact. When scaling up this approach, the researchers faced problems with data collection. We are building a questionnaire web app and data analytics platform driven by pluggable Python modules. This enables easy sharing of data between research projects and simplify code reuse of their analysis algorithms. From spreadsheets to a data-driven questionnaire and analytics platform weiterlesen

TWIST 2018

For the first time, hackdays were held as part of the Swiss Statistics Meeting during the last weekend in Zurich. This pre-event called TWIST 2018 was not about dancing as one could assume, but all about data, statistics and the truth – it’s all in the name: Truth WIthin STatistics. In what follows I will give … TWIST 2018 weiterlesen

Pedestrian Reachability Analysis for Hyperlocal Marketing

Since 2013, EBP has been developing and refining Walkalytics, an approach to data analytics for business-relevant questions regarding pedestrian mobility. At the heart of the approach lie isochrones, which are calculated for every square meter of an area-of-interest. In the early stages, we successfully applied Walkalytics mainly in urban and transportation planning. In this blog post, however, … Pedestrian Reachability Analysis for Hyperlocal Marketing weiterlesen

2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 2

The timing worked superbly, like the best Swiss clockwork: A few days before winter made a comeback in Switzerland, I sat in a plane to Los Angeles. Nevermind that California also had slightly cooler temperatures than usual – it was definitely preferable over the polar cold air masses that firmly occupied Switzerland. Even the place … 2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 2 weiterlesen

2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 1

The timing worked superbly, like the best Swiss clockwork: A few days before winter made a comeback in Switzerland, I sat in a plane to Los Angeles. Nevermind that California also had slightly cooler temperatures than usual – it was definitely preferable over the polar cold air masses that firmly occupied Switzerland. Even the place … 2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 1 weiterlesen

Pedestrian Isochrone Maps

On Monday, October 3rd, the 17th Annual Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, Walk21 Hongkong has opened its doors to more than 500 participants. One of the speakers will be our Ivo Leiss. In his presentation, he will speak about Walkalytics – EBP’s approach to data analytics for business questions related to pedestrians. Walking has … Pedestrian Isochrone Maps weiterlesen

Offline Editing with ArcGIS

We are currently working on a mobile app with offline geodata editing capability. The idea, of course, is: Users collect and edit data in the field and synchronise changes back into a central database when they return to their offices. The ArcGIS platform provides all the tools to easily implement that functionality. The necessary configuration … Offline Editing with ArcGIS weiterlesen

Time Keeping at the Patrouille des Glaciers – A Look behind the Scenes

The Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) is an international ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Armed Forces in which military and civilian teams compete. It is said to be the world’s toughest team competition. The very long race distance, the extreme route profile, the high altitude and the difficult alpine terrain with glaciers and couloir … Time Keeping at the Patrouille des Glaciers – A Look behind the Scenes weiterlesen

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). … GeoHipster interview with Ralph weiterlesen

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 … Swiss GIS network on Twitter weiterlesen

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 … Data Value and Expertise Value weiterlesen