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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Smart Cities, Drone Mapping Technology, and More

We like a good article, and we cannot lie. You other article-lovers can't deny...Is it wrong if a little piece of me hopes you rapped that in your head, Sir-Mix-a-Lot style? Let's go with no. Kick back, relax - just not too hard, if you are still at work - and let's check out this week's #DailyBrainCandiii articles as well as couple fun freebies thrown in. Enjoy!

Next to love, data makes the world go ‘round. Everything around us – what we see and are involved in – has data collected on it in some way. Sometimes this data is not used for much. However, it has the potential to do such great things. This article talks about what would happen if we did embrace available data, particularly when it comes to city planning.

By better utilizing data points we already have available to us, planning practices could be smarter – benefiting community development, mitigating emergency situations, and bringing our communities in the realm of the “Smart City” mindset.

The craze for newer and better drone technology does not seem to have subsided, nor does it give any hint it will soon. As organizations and industries find newer and cooler ways to use this technology, it has become more feasible a technology to introduce – with mapping via drones at the forefront of our technology-frenzied minds. This article speaks to the current trends in drone mapping technology for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that are sure to launch this revolution to the next level.

Article about updates to Esri basemap options for Canadian regions in ArcGIS Online software.

Map updates come in all shapes and sizes – including those required for ensuring underlying basemaps properly represent regions and the community within them. Esri recently updated both imagery and topographic basemaps on ArcGIS Online for new and modified Canadian content. This post from Esri details those areas that have seen change with this release as well as imagery. The web map for the Community Maps of Canada Program also shows the status of publications, allowing you to keep track of what’s changed (or even better, needs some attention).

The 1800s were home to a slew of scientific discoveries, everything from the first observation of Neptune, the invention of the Tin Can, and the very first Oktoberfest…Okay, that last point is arguably “scientific”. Another advancement that saw an uptick in the 19th century was that of the development and use of infographics – in particular, infographics that accurately portray cartographic and geographic information. This article shows the work of John Emslie and James Reynolds, two pioneers of the time who provided a multitude of illustrations that have since helped increase accessibility and visibility of scientific research representation.

Finding the perfect color palette can be a challenge – a fun, inspiring challenge – but difficult nonetheless. When it comes to visualizing data, color palettes are not “One Size Fits All”. There are choices that stand the test of time and may be used regardless of the data being portrayed, but there are choices that do fall in line with this. This article provides a few simple rules for finding a palette that will work for your data no matter the subject, honing in on selections that will be accessible and visually stunning all rolled into one.

Map of the day post that shows tornado travel according to NOAA and the National Weather Service storm tracking.

This week’s favorite #MapOfTheDay depicts the direction in which tornadoes have traveled over the last 63 years. This data comes from NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, and the patterns it relays are not surprising. Within the US, storms tend to travel in a northeastern direction along with prevailing winds. These storms moving northeast – as well as those southeast bound – tend to originate across the plains and span in heavy concentration all the way to the Atlantic coast. Likewise, those northwest bound appear densest in Tornado Alley. In addition to the data in this map series, the way in which it is depicted is interesting enough. Maps are shown for each cardinal direction, with both color and direction of the symbology created based on these directions and their placement on the color wheel. The use of these familiar features helps to ensure the tracks and directions are easily identifiable, allowing for the use of a limited amount of text.

More Fun?

If you missed our #MarcoMonday post this week and happen to love a good cheat sheet (who doesn't?), I encourage you to check out this week's post on common questions to ask of your network data when diagnosing its health and usability.

Also, we shared more information about our solution for Right-of-Way and Vegetation Management via LiDAR analysis - now called Integrated Forte - in our #MeetTheProduct post of the week.


#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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