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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]

Halifax Regional Municipality Crime Mapping

A combined commitment between the Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP now provides effective communication to the community through the ‘Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Crime Mapping’ application pilot project. HRM Crime Mapping is an interactive online crime mapping tool created to provide the public with information about various crimes happening in the HRM. Making the spatial knowledge of existing crimes available can help increase crime prevention by making people more aware of what crimes are happening in their community.

Halifax Regional Municipality Crime Mapping Application

“To ensure privacy, the crimes are plotted on the mid-point of the closest block and are not associated with specific civic addresses so as not to identify a person or an address. HRM Crime Mapping plots only selected crimes and does not represent a complete set of police data.”

HRM Crime Mapping is based on actual police reports that are updated daily and highlights 5 types of common crimes that occur in the HRM including robberies, assaults, break and enters, thefts of vehicles and thefts from vehicles. The application provides users the ability to map any of these 5 crime types on any street or community, in any of three date ranges (yesterday, the past four days or the past week).

basic 'Crime Tips' about the five types of common crime mappedThe mapping application is easy to use, with the mapping window made up of essential 3 main parts: Crime Mapping Tool (to select the crime type and date range), Search / Link bar at the top (search by street, civic address or by community), and the map navigation panel along the left hand side (zoom in and out as well as move the position of your map). The wheels of your mouse can also be used to change your position on your map and zoom in and out.

There are some basic ‘Crime Tips’ about the five types of common crime mapped so that users can learn what to do in-order to help prevent these crimes and related links. A basic user guide has also been created to help users better make use of the mapping application.

Check out HRM’s Crime Mapping application for yourself to discover what crime has been happening in the Halifax Regional Municipality and help promote crime prevention

http://maps.halifax.ca/crimemapping/

Of-course, you could also download Halifax crime data sets from the new Halifax Open Data portal and do some GIS analysis work of your own :)