[Feed #3] Data scientists, IKEA heat map, GDEM Aster, MapQuest Elevation Service, Spatial models of Peace, GeoKettle, and other things

Harold Fisk’s map of Mississippi River flooding over time, made in 1944

Here’s a collection of articles I found on the net arranged by topics from the more general to the more technical.  
Articles in French are listed afterwards.

HUMOUR

– Big Brother is watching you
http://gidivigo.com/maps/

– What your favorite map projection says about you
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/map_projections.png

RISE OF DATA SCIENCE

– The Economist on the explosion of Data
http://www.economist.com/node/15579717
http://www.economist.com/node/15557443?story_id=15557443

– Barack Obama’s looking for Data scientists with preferred skill in R language
http://rdatamining.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/obama-recruiting-analysts-and-r-is-one-preferred-skill/

– Job trends for different keywords: “big data”, “statistician”, “data scientist”, “R statistician”, and R “data scientist”. Maybe R is worth learning if you’re looking for a job.
http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2011/07/growth-in-data-related-jobs.html

– About building a data science team
http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/09/building-data-science-teams.html
http://flowingdata.com/2009/06/04/rise-of-the-data-scientist/
http://www.drewconway.com/zia/?p=2378

INFORMATION GRAPHICS

– When mapping meets art
http://casualdata.com/senseofpatterns/
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665126/gorgeous-vintage-floodplain-maps-that-look-like-modern-art

– More traditionnal maps of volcanoes’ geology, but very pretty
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/geological-maps-of-volcanoes/

– IKEA heat map
http://infosthetics.com/archives/2011/09/a_visual_analysis_of_how_people_shop_in_ikea.html

– A realistic Manhattan map model
http://www.visualnews.com/2011/09/24/the-heaviest-map-ever-mini-manhattan-made-of-marble/
I think this creation can be connected to this project that makes people whose heritage is threatened participate around 3D model
[fr] http://www.slideshare.net/geoseminaire2011/notre-fort-notre-dignit-maquette-3d-et-revendication-territoriale?from=ss_embed

– Okay, my blog is mostly spatial but one must admit representing data on a map is not always the best solution
http://www.ericson.net/content/2011/10/when-maps-shouldnt-be-maps/

– About animated geospatial data
http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/10/animated-geo-data.html

– Unusual cartograms. I prefer these ones because geometries are not altered. I think I’ll write an article on achieving a similar result in R.
http://indiemaps.com/blog/2009/10/classed-cartograms/
http://indiemaps.com/blog/2008/12/noncontiguous-area-cartograms/

– An interesting statistical representation. I think I’ll give it a try with R using spdep package. I’ll publish the solution in a future post
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665327/infographic-if-7-billion-people-lived-in-one-city-how-big-would-it-be

– Metadata is almost always literal. Could we use a new term MetaMap, which would be metadata of a map synthetized as a map (Ouch, I have an headache…)
http://oegeo.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/openstreetmap-data-temperature-how-it-was-done-and-do-it-yourself/

– Crime rates as topographic maps: why not?
http://weburbanist.com/2010/09/17/criminal-contours-crime-rates-as-topographic-maps/

– Jack Kerouac Litteracy as wonderful information graphics
 http://infosthetics.com/archives/2008/04/literary_organisms_jack_kerouac.html

– A website to understand maths by Apple designer Bret Victor. After all, designing information or whatever is all about making things simpler and accessible, isn’t it?
http://worrydream.com/KillMath/

AVAILABLE DATA

– Tutorials and guidelines on how to participate to Open Street Map with this website
http://www.learnosm.org/

– Open Public Transportation Maps:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Openptmap

– R and OpenStreetMap
http://www.r-bloggers.com/visualizing-gis-data-with-r-and-open-street-map/

– I’ll soon publish a post comparing the newly available Digital Elevation Model GDEM ASTER and the Digital Terrain Model from the French National Geographic Institute using R
http://slashgeo.org/2011/10/26/ASTER-Global-DEM-GDEM-Version-2-Released-Significant-Updates

ABOUT MAKING MAPS

– Several techniques on making maps using free tools
http://flowingdata.com/2009/11/12/how-to-make-a-us-county-thematic-map-using-free-tools/

– Making maps with R
http://gislounge.com/making-maps-with-r/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gislounge+%28GIS+Lounge%29

– Another one on the same subject
http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/scicomp/usecases/CreateMapsWithRGraphics

AROUND WEBSERVICES 

– A webservice search engine, for example with keyword “geographic”
http://webservices.seekda.com/search?q=geographic

– Using MapQuest Elevation Service inside a  script:
http://lin-ear-th-inking.blogspot.com/2011/10/using-web-service-for-elevation-from.html

– Always about MapQuest: no preset limit on Free Map API Transactions:
http://devblog.mapquest.com/2011/11/17/no-preset-limit-on-free-map-api-transactions/

– Always about web API services, here is a tutorial on how to map research hot spots using Google Maps API with R

http://spatial-analyst.net/wiki/index.php?title=Mapping_research_hot-spots

SPATIAL DATA ANALYSIS 



– Using LIDAR in archaeology.
http://blog.lidarnews.com/lidar-and-landscape-archaeology?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InTheScan+%28LiDAR+News%29&utm_content=Netvibes

– A nice resource if you wish to dig into spatial stats
http://geography.uoregon.edu/geogr/topics/index.html

– Spatial stats and models could help predict social violence and harmony. A study made for Switzerland.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/peace-boundaries/

SOFTWARES 


– workshops on developing OGC compliant web apps
http://workshops.opengeo.org/geoext/

– GRASS in the cloud
http://www.slideshare.net/lucadelu/grass-cloud

– Some PostGIS 2.0 cheat sheets. The main new functionalities of PostGIS are native raster support and topology functions.
http://www.bostongis.com/blog/index.php?/archives/179-PostGIS-2.0-Cheat-sheets-in-the-works.html

– On my blog, you’ll find some resources about the spatial ETL Talend – Spatial Data Integrator. Here are some keynotes of another tool: Pentaho Based ETL GeoKettle from Spatialytics
http://www.spatialytics.org/geomondrian/foss4g-2011-presentation-%E2%80%9Cbuilding-professional-geo-analytical-dashboards-reports-and-apps-with-geobiext%E2%80%9D-now-online/
http://www.spatialytics.org/geokettle/foss4g-2011-presentation-geokettle-the-open-source-spatial-etl-tool-overview-new-features-and-roadmap-now-online/

[FR]ENCH ARTICLES

– Très bon article sur les bonnes pratiques et astuces pour l’administration et l’exploitation d’une base de données PostgreSQL / PostGis

http://www.portailsig.org/content/postgresql-postgis-bonnes-pratiques-et-astuces

– Je cherchais depuis longtemps un article  efficace, progressif et pédagogique sur les expressions régulières. Je l’ai trouvé.
http://www.portailsig.org/content/la-recherche-d-elements-par-expressions-regulieres-rationnelles-regular-expression-preambule 

– Toujours un article de Martin Laloux, la procédure pour télécharger les dalles du modèle numérique d’élévation GDEM ASTER
http://www.forumsig.org/showthread.php?t=32548

– Un document technique du Centre d’études sur les Réseaux, les Transports, l’Urbanisme et les constructions publiques sur la constitution et l’exploitation de données agrégées à la maille
“Raster or Vector, that is the question”
http://georezo.net/blog/sigurba/2011/11/01/eloge-de-la-maille/ 

Un guide de 260 pages sur les solutions opensource (300 solutions référencées) édité par la société Smile. N’hésitez pas à jeter un coup d’oeil à leurs livres blancs, notamment celui sur l’ergonomie de sites internets et le décisionnel opensource

http://www.smile.fr/Livres-blancs/Culture-du-web/Guide-de-l-open-source

– Un article intéressant sur l’infonuagique (Cloud Computing en anglais)
http://georezo.net/blog/geointerop/2011/11/15/cloud-computing-un-nouveau-defi-pour-la-geomatique/

– Saviez-vous que des Web Processing Services sur la BDCartage étaient disponibles? Plus d’infos ici:
http://geotraitements.eaufrance.fr/spip.php?rubrique40

– J’avais rédigé auparavant un document concernant une méthode d’analyse de l’évolution de la tâche urbaine.
Si ce sujet vous intéresse, ce document sur le modèle SpaCelle vous intéressera sans doute.
http://www.cairn.info/revue-espace-geographique-2003-4-page-357.htm


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