Strictly Strictly Spatial #24

20 September 2016


In this fortnight’s Strictly Spatial we look at how Python and GIS can be used together to automate and improve workflows, the migration of birds across the globe, the distribution of foreign aid across the pacific and more!

Strictly Spatial 24aRecently, two of our staff presented at the 2016 New Zealand Python Conference (PyCon) in Dunedin. Their presentation was on how Python can be used to improve and enhance the GIS work we do. If you’re interested in seeing the presentation, you can view it here.

Python is a great tool that can be used to automate almost anything in GIS. This blog post from Lincoln University walks you through how Python has been used to automate network and spatial analysis. The underlying study was looking at individuals’ exposure to tobacco retailers from both their homes, work places and the travel routes in between. The post steps you through the creation of the Python script, great for those new to Python.

Strictly Spatial 24b2Every year, numerous species of birds make mammoth migrations. These involve hundreds of thousands of kilometres, crossing both oceans and continents. Making use of the Unity WebGL engine and 3DS Max, researchers at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences have built a 3D globe displaying the migration routes of 11 bird species. The browser based app is amazingly slick and very quick and responsive. You can check it out here (it does take a while to load!).

Politics is big. When you get 20 or more leaders in one place, things can happen. Recently the G20 Summit was held. Among many things discussed at the most recent Summit, the topic of geospatial was reportedly discussed. Niall Conway has written a short, well humoured piece on the topic, you can check it out here.

Strictly Spatial 24cChina and other countries provide a vast amount of aid to countries within the Pacific. Without this aid many of these countries would struggle to exist. This map, well more of a dashboard, is primarily focused around China’s contributions to the Pacific, but also highlights other countries’ contribution to the region. It is a very good way of displaying a lot of data in a clear and informative manner.

GIS is very much an emerging discipline. It’s bringing geography and spatial into a technology driven age. As a result, we are finding GIS slowly trickling down into elementary (primary) schools. This education is being pushed quite heavily in the States. Here is a short piece about how Esri is introducing the younger generation to the benefits of spatial software.

That’s this fortnight’s Strictly Spatial done and dusted. Do you have any ideas how GIS can be incorporated into schools? Let us know on through Facebook, @InterpretGS, LinkedIn or email!