Strictly Spatial #18

1 July 2016

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At risk of sounding like a broken record, doesn’t time fly! It’s been a fortnight since Strictly Spatial 17. How have you all been? I bet you’ve been waiting for your fortnightly spatial fix! This edition is a hands on edition with lots of things to explore. We look at Esri and Google’s new imagery, Google Street View mashups and a fun game based on Google Street View… it’s beginning to sound like a Google show…

Strictly Spatial 18a2Esri (and DigitalGlobe) and Google (and Landsat) have both released their new satellite imagery. This imagery is used by countless businesses and organisations to enrich and help visualise their data. I find I often take for granted just how good New Zealand’s imagery is. Recently, doing some work for an Australian company, we needed to zoom into a main city to see some road features. The resulting imagery was appalling. Hopefully these updates will result in much clearer imagery across the globe.

 The Landsat viewer developed by EOS Data Analytics INC has been updated. The updates allow you, in your web browser, to view Landsat 8 imagery and play with various band combinations.

.GIS is a (relatively) new and developing technology. As a result, there is a lot of historic data that has not been touched by GIS. However, GIS is being used in conjunction with this historic data to help us understand the how’s, why’s and where’s of history. This short article provides an interesting insight into how historical geographers are using GIS to validate what we have speculated about history.

Strictly Spatial 18bMany of us would have used Google Street View before to check out what your house looks like, where your office is, or the location of a business you are visiting. Some very clever individuals have made the most of the Google Street View API and used it to create some awesome interactive websites. My favourite is definitely the Urban Street Jungle – it transforms Google Street View into an overgrown jungle. Unfortunately, it looks like the Interpret office has been taken over by vines! You can check out more of them here.

Strictly Spatial 18cOn the topic of Google Street View, Super Break has developed a nifty wee game called Where in the World. To start the game, you select categories such as historic places or royal attractions. From there you are given a Google Street view scene and 12 seconds to choose (from three options) where the location is. It’s a fun game to help break up the work day. 

Strictly Spatial 18dEsri has recently released the Beta of their ArcGIS Python API. This API looks to provide a pythonic way to interact with your online web maps and data. You can check out more about it and sign up to the beta here.

 That’s this edition of Strictly Spatial done and dusted! If you have any cool GIS stories you’d like to share with us, get in contact through Facebook, @InterpretGS (Twitter), LinkedIn or email.