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Updated: 2016-12-06T09:17:58-07:00

 



Tammy and Paula's Most Wonderful, Best-Ever, Holiday Book List 2016

2016-12-06T09:17:58-07:00

Over at the Apples with Many Seeds blog, which is attached to our Education Library, Tammy and Paula are putting together a great book list for this holiday season. Want to impress the young folk in your life with an...



Before and After - Calgary and Ft. McMurray

2016-12-01T10:14:56-07:00

The other day Google Earth released updated historical imagery, so I thought it'd be neat to take a peek at two spots I know have grown a lot since 1985, the date of the earliest imagery. I also wanted a... The other day Google Earth released updated historical imagery, so I thought it'd be neat to take a peek at two spots I know have grown a lot since 1985, the date of the earliest imagery. I also wanted a quick and dirty way to make a before/after image slider, as shown on the above post, so I found JustaposeJS, which does just the trick! There are other options if you do want to get fancy.  So here's Calgary: class="juxtapose" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/juxtapose/latest/embed/index.html?uid=f296e086-b7e7-11e6-8803-0edaf8f81e27" width="100%"> And here's Ft. McMurray: class="juxtapose" frameborder="0" height="484.99999999999994" src="https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/juxtapose/latest/embed/index.html?uid=e13cd916-b7e8-11e6-8803-0edaf8f81e27" width="100%"> From the original post, "Note that the new data is created by blending all Landsat/Sentinel 2 data for a whole year to remove clouds and snow cover. The result is that changes that happen on timescales less than a year, such as seasonal changes, will not be visible." I could look at stuff like this all day! Related articles Google Timelapse shows how any location on Earth has changed over the past 32 years Google Earth VR Lets You Take a Virtual Vacation Google Earth brings its breathtaking views into VR Grab Your Red Cape and Fly Around the World With Google Earth VR [...]



Alberta Open Data Developments

2016-11-29T08:17:10-07:00

Yesterday was a pretty good day for Open Data in Alberta. First, the City of Calgary went live with a Socrata version of their Open Data portal. Previously they had been running on some sort of Microsoft SharePoint (my guess)...



Mita makes the case: Why Libraries Should Maintain the Open Data of Their Communities

2016-11-17T13:46:55-07:00

Mita Williams has an excellent blog post titled Why Libraries Should Maintain the Open Data of Their Communities. It's a long (for a blog post), but important read, and includes an excellent history of how Canadian government data has evolved,...



National Research Council peer reviewed publications - a data mining or data viz opportunity?

2016-11-10T11:02:39-07:00

Surely someone smarter than me can think of something interesting to do with the following? National Research Council peer reviewed publications, 2015 National Research Council peer reviewed publications, 2014 National Research Council peer reviewed publications, 2013 National Research Council peer...



Mapping Western Economic Diversification Grants

2016-11-09T08:47:42-07:00

A few weeks ago two new data sets appeared on the Open Data Canada website, WD - Grants and Contributions over $25,000 and Project Geo-Information, which "provides geographical information on projects issued by or on behalf of Western Economic Diversification...



Watching "Fort McMurray" grow

2016-10-13T16:46:44-06:00

A new data set was recently released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Land Use for 2010. As I was poking at it I saw that this data set in turn leads to an interactive map in which one can explore...



Some map-making exploration with Geosheets

2016-10-06T15:22:13-06:00

GISLounge has a great post called How To Make a Map From Open Data Using a Spreadsheet, which is actually using Google Sheets specifically. Earlier today I also tripped across a post highlighting an excellent visualization of how to choose...