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Aerial photography from a fishing pole

18. February 2013

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Aerial photography from a fishing pole

I recently picked up a 20′ long fishing pole to experiment with ham radio antennas, and today I thought it’d be fun to duck tape my mini 808 keychain camera to it and see what kind of shots I get. I tried some kite aerial photography a while ago, but that depends on it being windy of [...]

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Manitoba Land Cover Map

22. August 2012

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Manitoba Land Cover Map

Here’s a map I whipped up using some Natural Resources Canada data I found on data.gc.ca.
Converting these old file types was not fun, but there turned out to be a fairly simple way of doing this.

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Mapping using open data – Hexbinning, and data.gc.ca

17. August 2012

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Mapping using open data – Hexbinning, and data.gc.ca

I’ve been on a bit of a mapping kick recently — mainly due to a few interesting mapping related projects we’ve had at Tactica. Using some free sources of data, I put together two maps: a hexagon grid showing large forest fires in Canada, and a map showing different permafrost zones in Canada. Sort of opposite ends of the spectrum, now that I think about it!

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Statistical Data Resources

3. August 2012

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UNdata Explorer - a collection of statistical data from around the world Tools for browsing the UNdata Statistics Canada, Summary Tables – summaries of statistical data from Canada Sahel Food Crisis – a site for visualizing and sharing data on the crisis in the Sahel region of Africa

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Biodiversity Resources and Data

1. August 2012

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Some of my notes when researching sources of data on biodiversity. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) http://www.gbif.org/ The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) was established by governments in 2001 to encourage free and open access to biodiversity data, via the Internet. Through a global network of countries and organizations, GBIF promotes and facilitates the [...]

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Misc. web mapping resources

19. July 2012

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Tile Drawer Tile Drawer is a tool which helps you set up your own OpenStreetMap server on Amazon EC2, and serve up custom map tilesets. They also provide a few ready-made map styles Hexagonal Binning All about hexagonal binning (hexbins) Hexagonal binning demo on GitHub by the author Uses the D3 javascript library, and as [...]

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Aerial Photography with a Kite

16. October 2011

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Aerial Photography with a Kite

It was such a windy day here in Winnipeg, MB that we decided it was a perfect time to test out my keychain spy camera! We used some tuck tape to attach it to the bottom fin where the string is tied… but I should have put it nearer to the bottom because the the [...]

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Misc Geospatial Links

30. August 2010

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Misc Geospatial Links

Here are some miscellaneous geospatial related links that I have in my bookmark list. As I add more, I will eventually split them into categories.

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Advanced Google Earth Tours – Part 2

17. April 2010

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Advanced Google Earth Tours – Part 2

In this article, you will learn about some of the important tags that make up a KML document, and how to add in ScreenOverlays, audio files, and videos to your tour. I’ll also go over some best practices for working with KML files and Google Earth.

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Advanced Google Earth Tours – Part 1

7. April 2010

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Advanced Google Earth Tours – Part 1

In the next two blog posts, I’d like to show you how we went from a very trial-and-error approach to something fairly structured which we were able to reproduce for the five ocean tours currently on One Ocean Online.

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Adding a Raster Layer in GIS Cloud

6. April 2010

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Adding a Raster Layer in GIS Cloud

Just some notes for myself for adding a raster layer in GIS Cloud. I’m trying to add a TIFF file as a layer in GIS Cloud. The file already has world file information embedded, but maybe I need to use an external tfw world file…

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GIS Cloud – First impressions

27. March 2010

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GIS Cloud – First impressions

GIS Cloud is a web app that allows you to make your own maps and perform spatial analysis. It’s currently in Beta, but anyone can sign up for an account. I’ve only played around with it a bit so far, but here’s what I’ve found out…

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