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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Geospatial Readiness, Data Visualization, and More

Here we are, folks, at the end of yet another week! For those friends in the United States, if you have been able to make it through without taking naps under your desk or resorting to coffee on an IV drip, I commend you. Daylight Savings Time can be a mighty foe. For those friends not in the United States, consider your clocks blessed. We are eternally jealous of your restful lack of springing forward.

To wind down for the week, I would like to share a collection of articles from this week's #DailyBrainCandiii posts as well as our favorite #MapOfTheDay. Without further ado, let's begin!

The Long Search for the Value of Pi

This week we - as in, every nerd on the planet - celebrated Pi Day. Whether you chose to indulge the day with solving extra-complicated math problems or feasting on your favorite dessert, the day itself is a fun way to squeeze an extra ounce of geekdom out of the hours. As our #DailyBrainCandiii on March 14th, we shared this article detailing the mathematical odyssey of the number behind the name. Even better? It also talks about calculating pi for yourself using the Monte Carlo Method. Think statistics, not Chevy.

The World's Most Geospatial Ready Countries

Are you curious about the trends and directions of the geospatial industry, or even where your country stands in the mix? Geospatial Media has put together a Global Geospatial Industry Outlook detailing just that, as well as the Geospatial Readiness Index of select countries around the world. This article focuses more so on the latter, letting us in on those countries who are currently running the geospatial gamut as well as those who are beginning their involvement in the industry.

A History of DataViz

More of a feast for the eyes, this article illustrates the early developments of data visualizations. The author put together a comprehensive visualization, including cartoons of 75 key charts, in the style of John Ogilby’s 1675 Road Atlas. They walk through the process taken for its creation, inspiration, and pieces of the data viz history.

The Disruption of the Global Transformation of the Energy Industry

Have you ever stopped to consider what factors in this ever-evolving economic and environmental landscape could impact the Energy Industry…or better yet, how they could affect it? Although this article makes assumptions about the future of the Energy Industry that all might not agree with, the variety of challenges are interesting enough to consider.

The State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS)

Ready to get your map projection fix for the day? This article talks about the State Plan Coordinate System (SPCS) used here in the United States to pinpoint any location with a high-level of accuracy. As it turns out, the