Google Earth Users Guide Project (with ArcGIS Online and Digimap for Schools)
A project originally funded by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) with an Innovative Geography Teaching Grant to develop teaching ideas for using Google Earth in the Geography classroom, expanded to include ArcGIS Online in 2014
It can show cars parked in drives, home improvements, the appearance of outhouses etc. and then be used alongside other data from social networks e.g. postings from foreign holidays etc.
How much does this give away about your life?
For those of you who are interested in developing your use of ArcGIS Online, a few new items of interest.
Some new base maps have now been added to ArcGIS Online You'll need an institutional subscription to see them...
You can see that alongside Watercolour Stamen maps are also ORDNANCE SURVEY maps. A further development that shows the power of this tool.
Also this week I have been exploring with GeoForms. These are forms which can be created to connect with a particular feature service layer of the ArcGIS Online platform.... Fill in the form on your device of choice and the data is added to the map in the relevant place... This is going to use a few apps.
One issue with using GIS is finding the right data.
Robin Wilson has created a useful list of free datasetsto browse through, along with a caveat about the quality of the data they contain.
This was an issue when we worked on training courses for ESRI about five years ago, and is still an issue, although organisations like English Nature and the ONS are now more open with their data.
I've had a free Google Earth pro license for a while now, but a few tweets and other messages today, and a post on Google Earth Blog reminded me that I hadn't necessarily mentioned it here, or recently, so here goes...
You'll need to get it from HERE, and also make sure that you have a license key, which you can request when installing it...you'll also need to connect it to a specific e-mail address and choose a user name.
There are some extra features in the Pro version compared to the standard one... these used to cost hundreds of dollars to access, although I actually had a Pro version back in 2005-6 thanks to Dennis Reinhardt of Google... at the time I was working on the Earth: a Users Guide project, funded by the RGS-IBG, which became this blog.
If you have a previous version of Google Earth you'll need to delete or uninstall it first.
Tracking twitter while having a writing day, and in came a tweet about some new data on supermarket locations, at the GeoLytix blog.
This hasn't previously been available as open data rather than commercially provided.
I downloaded it as an XLS and then converted it to CSV and split it into the different supermarket chains so that it can be viewed in ArcGIS Online - locations were using Postcodes for the time being, although other location options are available.
Here's the location of ALDI stories....
And here's a heatmap showing where ASDA stores are found in parts of the north of England...
Plenty of possible options now for exploring this data and looking at retail locations, demographics etc. plus supermarket location activities.