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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Tableau 10.2, Community Mapping, and More

As the week is winding down and you are focusing on overlooked emails or traveling back to home-base from the Esri Dev Summit in Palm Springs, let's take a trip down memory lane. I would like to bundle up the neat articles we came across this week as part of #DailyBrainCandiii as well as our favorite #MapOfTheDay post. Sit back, relax, and enjoy that cup of coffee. It's on us. (Well, not really, but...you know.)

Introducing a Human Geography Basemap

For those who take advantage of base maps provided within the ArcGIS platform, you now have one more option from which to choose. Esri released a sample vector base map designed specifically to create maps related to human geography. Consisting of three separate vector tile layers - Label, Detail, and Base - this Human Geography Basemap looks like that of the Light Gray Canvas map, but offers much more insight to human geographic components.

Tableau 10.2 Released

Article on features in release of Tableau 10.2 software.

We would not say Tableau is set to replace ArcGIS in the mapping world. These pieces of software differ greatly in their application and industries after all. We will say, their latest release has seen strides in encouraging support for spatial data and mapping. Wrapped within a slew of other features, Tableau 10.2 now allows for the loading of spatial data via shapefiles (.shp). Although not the full breadth of file support that the average geographer may need, it helps to provide a gateway drug to heavier mapping and analyses practices.

Besides, if you need to visualize more widely used file types like Feature Classes, we do have Integrated Portage to help you out. Converting that data to Tableau Data Extract (TDE) files is the next best thing.

Making Mapping More Human

Pop-up shops are all the rage these days. Whether they be based around shopping local goods or crafting terrariums that will just collect dust, people love the sense of community involved with their favorite activities - or just trying something new. Now, thanks to a group in St. Louis, cartography is getting the pop-up shop treatment. Map Room, opening this month, will be hosted in the city for forty days, bringing together groups in the community to make fifty 10 by 10 foot maps, each inscribed with locations, routes, and artifacts of the groups' lived experiences and narratives in the city. Personally, I love this idea and maybe even wish I had thought of it myself. I'm not jealous. You're jealous. It sounds like an incredible project to bolster community participation and geographic awareness, exposing people to experiences they would not normally encounter.

Big Data Integration Steps to Avoid

We have shared a few articles centered around Big Data in the last couple weeks. It is always a hot topic. As companies continue embracing it, they need to understand how to get the most out of it. This