CategoryTips and tricks

Random tricks collection, workarounds or shortcuts for day-to-day geoprocessing tasks

Getting started with Open Data Kit and CentOS VPS

Open Data Kit or ODK is (probably) one of the most underrated survey data management platform. Yet ODK powers a lot of successful commercial platform, (for example CommCare) and helping tons of commercial and non-commercial activities across the globe. As the name suggests, Open Data Kit is open source and can be downloaded, customized, deployed and used with few easy steps. Let’s get started with setting Open Data Kit on CentOS VPS. Continue reading

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Using Power BI to add interactive maps to websites

I have been playing with Business Intelligent software for sometime and discovered Microsoft Power BI. As BI suggests a collection of application to analyze and report from raw inputs for an organization, I am only interested the mapping part of it. Power BI let us add interactive maps and charts to any website and lets everyone play with it. Check out this simple example. Continue reading

ArcGIS Pro: An honest review

It’s been a while since ESRI announced ArcGIS Pro, a clean and revamped version of the ArcGIS Desktop. After a long exhaustive wait for a proper 64-bit geoprocessing and mapping environment ESRI has finally introduced something completely modified out of the scratch. This new version has a lot of new and interesting feature – can visualize, edit, and perform analysis in both 2D and 3D, it’s multithreaded and support 64-bit processing, new set of symbols, tools, workflows in a completely new user interface. There is a lot of excitement in everywhere for this new application.

So I decided to download the trial version of ArcGIS Pro 1.1 and have a look. Continue reading

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Check out all the Python gotchas commonly found in GDAL. Not all items listed here are bugs. Some of these are just how GDAL and OGR work and cannot be fixed easily without breaking existing code.  Continue reading

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