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Technology is great, but invest in data.

Posted by: Will Cadell in Open Data technology Data GIS web development 2 years, 9 months ago

I love technology. I get wowed by amazing new computing platforms, new technology experiences, new ideas about how to interact with machines and computers. I get thoroughly dazzled by how clever people are and how the right group of people can create the most amazing things.

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Scale in a time of web maps

Posted by: Will Cadell in Open Data Cartography technology web development GIS google maps consulting Data 2 years, 9 months ago

Scale has taken on a completely new meaning for me. In my training and early career, scale referred to a conversion measurement indicating a comparison between a measurement on a paper map and a measurement in the real world. The big 'thing' about GIS was that it was scale-less; you could zoom in as much as you wanted and the map changes accordingly, amazing!

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More to maps than markers

Posted by: Will Cadell in esri user experience mapping web development code gdal postgis GIS open source tools google maps consulting leaflet 2 years, 9 months ago

Google Maps have been with us since February 2005, virtually a decade ago as I write this (expect a party on Feb 8th 2015). From their acquisitions of Where 2 Technologies and Keyhole, Google ignited a cartographic web revolution. Yes, of course there were maps on the internet pre-Google Maps, but Google brought the web map to the consumer, and has driven the expectation of location intelligence in web and mobile apps ever since.

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Beware the Echo Chamber

Posted by: Will Cadell in startups technology 2 years, 9 months ago

There is a concept of spatial auto-correlation in GIS (Geographic Information Systems). This is a measure of the degree to which a set of spatial features and their associated data values tend to be clustered together in space (reference). So in small words: similar things tend to hang out together.

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Making Maps at Web Scale (UNBC)

Posted by: Will Cadell 2 years, 10 months ago

> Lets make some maps!

Google Maps!

Google Maps

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