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Updated: 2016-10-13T14:49:12-06:00


Watching "Fort McMurray" grow


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


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...

4 Easy & Secure Ways to Record Screen Videos on iPhone or iPad: A Comparative Guide


I received an email from JP letting me know that a link on an old post of mine, The definitive guide to iOS screencasting, was no longer good. He knew that 'cause he'd just finished writing a much more comprehensive...

Open Data For the Loss, or the Win?


Two seemingly-contradictory open data stories crossed my path today. First, The Scholarly Kitchen notes that Scientific Reports On Track To Become Largest Journal In The World, and one of the reasons may be that the PLOS ONE, the current Largest...

Two web-based communication tools


Disclaimer: I haven't actually tried either of these, but have heard the results of the first one, and the second one is such a good review it must be worth a look, right? :-) First up, a web-based podcast-recording studio...

Anatomy of an Information Trap, Part II: Setting Up and Sharing Google Alerts


Tara Calishain at ResearchBuzz has posted part 2 of her 3 part series on creating and working with information traps, Setting up and sharing Google alerts. In this post I learned how to automatically create and populate columns in a...

Bookmarklet to convert JSON to HTML


Somewhere along the line I subscribed to the JSON feed of the Govt. of Canada Open Data releases, so I get something that looks great in my Feedly list: But when I click through I get the JSON data instead...

Thoughts on Canada's Draft New Plan on Open Government


Last week the Government of Canada released the latest draft of the new plan on Open Government, and I thought it was pretty good reading! Here are some of the things I learned, or highlighted as particularly interesting: Canada was...