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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Geospatial Data Portal, IronViz Competitions, and More

Welcome one and all! We have successfully made it to the end of another week, welcoming in a new season and all that comes with it. For those winding down, I have put together a list of our #DailyBrainCandiii posts from this week as well as our favorite #MapOfTheDay. Sit back, kick your feet up – but only if your boss will not yell at you – and enjoy!


Geospatial Recreation #IronViz


Article on data visualizations created in Tableau dashboards by the user community for the #IronViz competition.

One of our partners, Tableau, is involved in quite a few inspiring campaigns. I do not say this to toot their horn. Personally, I just love seeing the way they interact with their community and encourage their users to make the most of their software – and think way outside of the box. One of these campaigns is #IronViz. This is a contest at the Tableau User Conference where three contestants build stunning visualizations on stage in just 20 minutes. To decide which individuals or teams get to be the Chosen Few, feeder competitions are hosted prior to the event. These began this month and all have a common theme. Can you guess it? Did I hear you whisper mapping? If so, ding ding ding! This feeder centers around Tableau 10.2’s new geospatial connector allowing connections to .shp and .kml files. It is pretty cool stuff, guys. This article posted as a #DailyBrainCandiii this week shows off several of these most recent entries, detailing the good, the bad, and the mappy.


A Top 10 List of Geospatial Data Portals


With a fairly self-explanatory title, this article lists ten tried and typically true resources for geospatial data. A few of these include the Global Land Cover Facility as well as Natural Earth. Contenders for the top spots who did not quite make it on to the list are included as well just in case you need a backup or thirteen. All and all, it offers a handy group of suggestions of where to hunt down data next time you need it.


How to Design a Viz That Doesn't Answer a Specific Question