Top 5 Interesting Basemaps of 2019

5. Charted Territory This basemap takes its inspiration from a printed atlas plate and pull-down scholastic classroom maps. (more details) Avo Patlong took this basemap and modified it into a “1950s styled” version. 4. Western Map Elizabeth Sutherland at the Western University of Canada created this map in the style of the WU school colors. (more details) 3. Seasons Andrew Skinner and the Esri Basemaps team put together a series of four basemaps, each one representing one of the seasons of the year.

Three Tips to Reduce Personal Data Tracking in 2019

1. Switch to Firefox Why: You’re probably using Chrome right now. Google is the maintainer and distributor of Chrome, and have recently been making some decisions with the browser that are not in favor of privacy. Firefox has been making performance strides over the past few years and is basically as speedy as Chrome now, and is a much more privacy-respecting browser. How: Download and install the desktop browser.

St. Louis Imagery - 1990 to Now

What kind of changes to the built environment happened in your city within the past 25 years? Looking at and comparing aerial imagery can be an informative and compelling way to investigate changes. In St. Louis, many large building developments have happened over the years including: The St. Louis Arena Demolition The building and opening of Terminal 2 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport The demolition of Busch Memorial Stadium and the construction of the “New” Busch Stadium … and much more.

Getting the Microsoft US Building Footprints into ArcGIS Pro

Update: there’s now an easier way to get this data into ArcGIS Pro. Please see the script that is linked in Arthur’s comment here. Last week, Microsoft Released 125 million Building Footprints in the US as Open Data. This is a pretty exciting release of open geospatial data. If you go to the data download page and grab one of the state json files, if you try to load this into ArcGIS Pro with the JSON to Features tool, it’s currently failing for me.

National Park System

If you look at all the National Parks across the US, there are about 60: The National Park Service manages many more “park units” other than just the officially-designated “National Parks.” These include things like National Lakeshores, National Monuments, National Parkways, National Preserves, etc. In total there are about 400 units across the US: The National Park Service has an open data portal where you can get an API of all the locations of these parks, so I took that data feed and put it into ArcGIS Web AppBuilder to create an application that allows you to filter the map by park types.

NPR, Where are the Landing Pages for Podcast Episodes?

I was just trying to share a single episode of NPR’s Podcast “How I Built This” with a friend. When I searched for the episode, no authoritative episode landing page showed up. Odd … so I go to the podcast general show page. For each recent episode you have options to: Listen (on same page) Add to Listen Queue (on same page) Download (Direct link to MP3 via Podtrac website) View a transcript

Using the R-ArcGIS Bridge in Jupyter

I was sitting in a presentation a few weeks ago on the R-ArcGIS bridge and I had a question: “Can I use the R-ArcGIS bridge in my Jupyter Notebook?" When I asked one of the presenters if this would be possible, he said, “Yes”.┬áSo, after the presentation, I set out to get the R-ArcGIS bridge running in Jupyter. Installing the ArcGIS-R Bridge The first thing I did was install the R-ArcGIS bridge.

Inline Footnotes WordPress Widget - Version 2 Released

Version 2.1.0 of one of the WordPress plugins that I manage, Inline Footnotes, has been released. This new version: Fixes mobile issues by showing the footnote content in the center of the screen when on mobile. Allows background_color attribute in the footnote tag. Adds option to show footnote on hover Has minified JS/CSS files To facilitate the first item above, I had to change how the show/hide behavior of the footnotes works a little bit.

2017 Lambert St. Louis Airport Passenger Data

The St. Louis Airport recently released the 2017 information on passenger data. I really appreciate that they are releasing this information, but would love if the data was in a better format for working with this. To help others use this data, I’ve created GitHub repository where you can download this data. I’ve also created a few graphs based on this live data. The data is here: And I created a few graphs here: gavinr.

Top 5 Parking Locations at Lambert St. Louis Airport (Updated 2018)

A few years ago I posted an analysis of the best airport parking providers near Lambert St. Louis Airport. Even though I usually post technology and mapping related posts, this is actually one of the most popular posts on this blog. (Lol!) In the intervening years since that was posted, some of the information has gone stale - most notably the parking prices changed which, it turns out, changes the order of the list!