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Weekliii Round-Up: News on 3D Web Apps, Wind Farm Mapping, and More

This week has been one for the books...and the articles. For those interested in a read (or five) to round out your week, you have hit the jackpot. Check out the line-up below to see what the latest is in Data Viz, wind farms, geotagging, and more...

Article on how tourism and petroleum industries throughout the Gulf Coast region in the United States.

The Gulf Coast is known for three things: tourism, petroleum, and Sweet Home Alabama. The first two factors especially are massive contributors to the economy of the region with the latter sliding in for morale support. This article talks about the projected growth of these sectors - not to mention the introduction of more industries - and how they may help the states within its grasp continue to thrive.

In recent years, the United States has seen an uptick in alternate power sources, like solar and wind. How much of an uptick? Well, let's just say that you're more likely to be within driving distance of a wind farm than you are to win the lottery. This interactive map was designed to show just how populace this resource has become, pinpointing all utility-scale wind project and wind-related manufacturing facility across the United States.

If you have ever had the opportunity to use Tableau software, you know how powerful a resource it is for Data Visualization. Like all software, it is constantly progressing - this time, in the direction of the Geographic Information System (GIS) community. As of Tableau v10.3, spatial data like shapefiles can be consumed by the application. This is great for those who are GIS novices, but not so convenient for those in the community who know their way around a File Geodatabase. Learn more about how you can get your spatial data into Tableau without getting it in shape.

For most situations, 2D maps are perfect. They show the correlation and location of data, give the reader what they need to decipher what is set in front of them. For some circumstances though, 3D isn't just cooler - it's just better. Depicting the track of hurricane, for instance, can be further enhanced by viewing in 3D to show projected paths. This tutorial shows you how to accomplish this with ArcGIS Online and Scene Viewer.

Video about using the Integrated Marco Commander GeoEnrichment extension for ArcGIS Server and ArcMap to geotag Microsoft Word documents and PDF files.

We know that not every file on your network is spatially sound. Despite how convenient it would be to search non-spatial files spatially, it is hard (read here as - kind of impossible) to do with out-of-the-box ArcGIS tools. When you want to be able to see those PDFs and reports on a map, it means you have to resort to different measures. This video walks you through how to accomplish this geotagging quest, putting a place to each and every file name.


#DailyBrainCandiii and #WeekliiiRoundUp are inspired by brain candiii, a division of Integrated Informatics that develops Geographic Information System (GIS) training for Energy and Natural Resources professionals.


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