PCI Geomatica Python Cookbook

PCI Geomatica Python Cookbook

PCI’s Geomatica Python Cookbook is an online resource for python users who want to use python with PCI Geomatica (note: a full feature trial is available from PCI for those that do not have the software).

Geomatica’s python library offers geospatial developers and solution providers a powerful set of remote sensing, photogrammetry, image processing, image analysis and information extraction tools.

PCI Geomatica Python CookbookThe Geomatica python cookbook is a great way to help new users looking to familiarize themselves with Geomatica’s python library and common workflows. It is also a great resource for more advanced users, as it contains useful code snippets that can be easily “plugged in” to a python script.

For more details and to access the full Geomatica python cookbook  see http://pcigeomatics.github.io/PCI-Geomatics-Python-Cookbook/

The Canadian GIS & Geomatics Geo Books section has started to grow and now contains many other python resources such as Python Scripting for ArcGIS and Dive into Python (free download).

If you come across other books or reaources that you think would be benifical to our readers then let us know.

[Page originally published Dec 2014]

Helping Children Learn the Art of Mapping

Helping Children Learn Cartography

Where in the world are you? Learn to read, understand and create maps

Recently at a yard sale, we discovered this simple book for kids that teaches them about the Art of Mapping called “Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids” and thought we would include it in our Geo-Books section for others to discover and use when they are trying to introduce kids to maps.Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

  •  Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
  • Authors: Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink
  • Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
  • 38 pages, paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-4431-0493-7
  • Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10
  • “Best Books for Kids and Teens” by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2012.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Children can learn to read, understand and create maps using this easy to follow Scholastic book by Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids helps introduce children to the basic elements used when reading a map including map scale, symbols, and colours. It makes use of vibrant colors, simple diagrams, and various pictures to help children easily understand the process of creating and reading maps.

It shows them how maps are made, how they work and teaches them how to read maps including basic principles of navigation and how early explorers were able to chart the world, and Canada in particular.

The book then goes beyond the basic elements of maps providing some deeper aspects of cartography such as the minimum amount of colors to use when creating a map to the meaning of contour lines on topographic maps. It also includes a special section about explorer David Thompson highlighting some of his achievements as a great Canadian cartographer. This is a really great resource to use when introducing your children to what maps are, and how to create one.

Click here to order yourself a copy of Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids “maps are inspiring: there’s nothing like reading a map that makes you want to get out and explore!” (p. 2)

A map is a picture of a place, but not like a painting or a photograph, which shows us what a place looks like. A map is a picture of information about a place. (p. 4)

The earliest known maps of Canada were drawn by seafaring explorers from Europe. Our whole continent was a surprise to them. When they found it, they were looking for something else – an easy passage to India and China.

So early maps of North America highlight information useful to readers looking for a way through: the shape of coastlines, the location of waterways and how far they travelled into the land. (p. 14)

The word “map” comes from the Latin word ‘mappa,’ meaning cloth. In earlier times, maps were drawn on animal skin or cloth. “Cartography” was borrowed from French: ‘cartographie’ means “map drawing.” (p. 16)

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management 400

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector edited by Luis García, Diego Rodríguez, Marcus Wijnen and Inge Pakulski provides a series of practical guidelines that industry leaders can use to decide if remote sensing would be useful to solve their problems.

Water contributes to all aspects of economic and social development and although the use of remote sensing techniques for operational purposes in hydrology and water resources is not new, is has become a fast-growing industry.

“Water lies at the heart of economic and social development and is thus a critical factor in poverty reduction. Growing economies and populations require better water management to keep up with the demand for energy and food and to ensure access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Twenty-first century growth requires modern tools to help countries to understand their water challenges, risks, and options.

Remote sensing enables coverage over large areas and spans of time without heavy field personnel requirements, and its accessibility, reliability, and accuracy have improved dramatically in recent years. While both in situ and remote sensing measurements are subject to specific limitations, researchers have developed techniques that can combine or correlate data from both methods to benefit each other’s strengths.

Understanding the potential combinations of available options has been a challenge for many practitioners. For this reason, Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector aims to shed light on the strengths and limitations of remote sensing in order to help specialists to provide decision makers with fast and reliable information.” Jennifer Sara, The World Bank Group

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management was the result of a collaborative joint effort involving the World Bank, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the University of Arizona. It describes some key global water issues, perspectives for using remote sensing approaches, and why it is importance for water resources. The 11 chapter publication describes eight key types of water resources and various sensors that can help provide valuable information. The book concludes literature review on reliability statistics of remote sensed calculations.

Download Full Version here free

The Amazing MapMan coloring book

The Amazing Map Man coloring book

To help encourage kids to get more involved in GIS Day, Esri has provided a free digital coloring book featuring The Amazing MapMan. He shows kids, teens, and adults how GIS can be used to save the day.

Download your free digital copy of the Amazing MapMan today …

 

[originally published: Sept 2015]

Advancing Geographic Information Science

Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty years

Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty yearsLast summer (2015) marked the 25th anniversary of first International Early Career Scholars Summer Institute in Geographic Information. In celebration of the success of those institutes, scholars were invited to submit papers that would become part of a new 30 chapter digital e-book published by the GSDI Association Press.

Advancing Geographic Information Science, edited by H. Onsrud and W. Kuhn is the result of several invited and solicited submissions on Advancing Geographic Information Science. The main theme ‘Past and Next Twenty Years’ was chosen to help review the research challenges experienced over the past twenty years while discussing  some of challenges that will emerge during the next twenty.

Some of the technical influences on GIScience described in the book include databases, open source software, spatial data, GPS, web mapping services, mobile computing, crowdsourced data, and many other GIS related topics.

If you are concerned about data and many of the other issues surrounding GIS in the geospatial community, including ‘where the field has been‘ and ‘where the field is headed‘, then downloading and reading this book will be well worth your time. It can be ordered in print or downloaded digitally for free

https://spatial.umaine.edu/files/2016/02/AdvancingGIScience.pdf


GIM 2016 Geomatics Business Guide (free)

The GIM 2016 Business Guide contains a series of interviews with key players and experts in the geomatics industry (including the article Trends in the Geomatics Market for 2016 by T MacKinnon), geospatial company listings, extensive product and market reports, an events calendar and more. It is distributed among subscribers of GIM International, visitors of international trade shows throughout the year and is available free as a downloadable online edition.

City Maps: A coloring book for adults

City Maps coloring book for adults

City Maps: A coloring book for adultsRecently adults all over the world have suddenly started to go crazy over coloring books. This coloring book fad started a few years back, when “Secret Garden – An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford was published in 2013.

These days, you will find adult themed coloring books almost everywhere and featuring a wide range of themes from Harry Potter to Star Wars.

Now Gretchen Peterson, a well known author in the cartography world has brought this latest craze to the geospatial community. Coloring maps can be very relaxing, especially when it is for fun and you do not have to worry about the end product.

City Maps coloring book for adults

Preview of some of the pages in the City Maps coloring book for adults

City Maps: A coloring book for adults” includes over 44 black and white maps from all over the world (from Paris to New York City …) , just waiting to be customized with your own cartographic color combinations.  Anyone can color these real world maps any way they want! A great book to add to your growing cartography library …

“City Maps: A coloring book for adults” will become available April 1 2016, but is available to pre-order here …

http://candiangeo.info/City-Maps-coloring-book-for-adults

 


The Art of Illustrated Maps

 

The Art of Illustrated Maps

A Complete Guide to Creative Map making’s History, Process and Inspiration

The Art of Illustrated Maps by John Roman is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” style mapping.  Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates common not-to-scale maps as the “creative non-fiction of cartography,” and in his 208 page book, reveals how and why our minds instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in creating imaginative maps.

“For the ancients, maps were the most valuable tool in comprehending and conceptualizing the complexities of their planet and the universe.”

The book maps the origins and history of creative cartography, analyzes why our brains so easily relate to conceptual style maps, presents how professional artists create illustrated maps, and showcases some of the works of contemporary map illustrators from all around the world.

http://candiangeo.info/Art-of-Illustrated-Maps

 

 

GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook

The GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook is a well written step-by-step guide with easy to understand directions and tutorials. Book 2 from the Esri Guide to GIS Analysis series, allows users to build upon GIS concepts by exploring spatial analysis methods, including location analysis, geographic distribution, pattern analysis and much more.

Open Data – Questions and Answers

Open Data: Questions and Answers by George A Duckett

If you have a question about OpenData then Open Data – Questions and Answers will have all the answers you are looking for. It takes some of the most popular questions from the opendata.stackexchange.com website and answers them in detail.

You can use this book to look up commonly asked questions, browse questions on a particular topic, compare answers to common topics, check out the original source and much more. It has been designed to be very easy to use, with several internal references set up that makes browsing in many different ways possible. It covers a wide range of open data sources including North American & International geospatial data sets.

The digital Kindle version contains links to resources and web sites referenced in the answers.

Topics covered include:Open Data: Questions and Answers

Order your copy of this geo-book here …