Visualising Data with Kepler

Kepler allows users to easily present their data in a few simple clicks and can produce more advanced looking representations for those willing to use other software. During my time with Kepler I became aware of the stark difference between a data visualisation tool and a fully fledged GIS software platform.

Creating a web app takes lots of moving parts, and the way that these moving parts hang together is often hard to picture. Talking about different frameworks and stacks and the hot new javascript library – if you’re not a web developer who diligently reads their tech blogs every morning, it is easy to get lost.

Monitoring the Metropolitan Development Boom

The proposed development of the Suburban Rail Loop (or rather horseshoe) promises to provide much-needed rail connections between Melbourne’s radial rail network. One of the proposed nodes Box Hill is already pointing the way with respect to major residential development as a leading metropolitan activity centre.

Climate Change Will Change Everything

There is no doubt that climate change is no longer just a threat, it is a real and present danger that is increasingly impacting the lives of many people and the natural world. The question is what are we doing about it?

Climate Change Adaption Research

Reflecting on the recent National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2018 Climate Adaptation Conference held in Melbourne there were several themes that stand out for me.

6 Tips for Hiking on Snow

SV Maps is a mapping company owned by Spatial Vision. We design, create and publish a range of award-winning and innovative digital and hard copy maps to assist people plan their adventures or next holiday. Darren Edwards, founder of Trail Hiking Australia, gave us some of his top tips for hiking on snow and ice leading up to the winter school holidays.

If you’re a data consumer, saying the word “metadata” conjures images of pages and pages of CKAN search results (data.gov.au anyone?), field after field of inscrutable information, and you’re just trying to find that download link or an email contact buried somewhere in the mess of information. Maybe you’ve just started a new job and you need access to some corporate dataset, and you’ve heard through word-of-mouth that Bob Scientist has the data you’re looking for, but oh no! Bob Scientist is on leave for a month – guess you can’t do your work. 

We have created the Python Insights blog series to help other Python users by providing solutions to common problems and handy hints.

Why Do Local Governments Need GIS Strategies?

Geospatial information is part of our daily life and business. Many business areas in Local Government Authorities (LGAs) rely on Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) to deliver services to external customers or to support efficient internal daily operations. Usually, GIS solutions can be easily implemented and operated in any enterprise. The question is: if there is GIS operating then why would we need a GIS strategy?

How can programming be used in mapping? These days, maps just aren’t made up of lines and areas on a page. They are made up of very rich complex data. Each line can have a myriad of attribution detailing type of feature, use, width and more.

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