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CAD-like Feature Construction with the OpenLayers Editor. Automated WMS Testing with Python. Big Data Philanthropy for Humanitarian Response. My colleague Robert Kirkpatrick from Global Pulse has been actively promoting the concept of “data philanthropy” within the context of development.

Big Data Philanthropy for Humanitarian Response

Data philanthropy involves companies sharing proprietary datasets for social good. I believe we urgently need big (social) data philanthropy for humanitarian response as well. Disaster-affected communities are increasingly the source of big data, which they generate and share via social media platforms like twitter. Tool Tells True Tweets from Fakes: Scientific American Podcast. New QGIS Symbol Packages. Presentation Tools. A few unrelated bits of Geonews: GPS for Mint, JFlow for Flood Modeling and WFS for Earthquakes. The Royal Mail are trialing the use of GPS units to collect more accurate location information as way to broaden their range of income generating services: Something of interest relating to flood modeling.

A few unrelated bits of Geonews: GPS for Mint, JFlow for Flood Modeling and WFS for Earthquakes

The link below contains an article describing JFlow, a tool that has been used to map the the flood risk for the UK: Batch Geonews: iD OpenStreetMap Editor, GeoIQ Acquired by Esri, Predicting People's Location, and more. The Sphere Handbook. Quick Tip: Install Pearltrees Bookmarklet on iPhone. After my recent accolades on Pearltrees service, I received a comment from a frequent Pearltrees user asking about installing the Bookmarklet to iOS Safari on his iPhone.

Quick Tip: Install Pearltrees Bookmarklet on iPhone

By following the directions given on the iPad, I was successful at this and want to share. If you use Pearlrees either as a web service or on the iPad, you will see a button entitled “Pearler”. According to the FAQs, here’s what that does: September 2012. To depict elements of the topography of a landscape in a symbolic, abstract, geometrically sound but also eventually easily understandable way is a core discipline of cartography.

September 2012

Beneath all topographic elements of a landscape mountains are for sure amongst the most challenging ones to model and depict. About. Raspbmc is a minimal Linux distribution based on Debian that brings XBMC to your Raspberry Pi.


This device has an excellent form factor and enough power to handle media playback, making it an ideal component in a low HTPC setup, yet delivering the same XBMC experience that can be enjoyed on much more costly platforms. Raspbmc is brought to you by the developer of the Crystalbuntu Linux Distribution, which brings XBMC and 1080p decoding to the 1st generation Apple TV. Late night TV/computer sessions linked to depression. Esri Maps for Microsoft Office Launched. The Fine Line In a Gray Area: When to Use Line vs Area Charts. Line charts and area charts are very closely related.

The Fine Line In a Gray Area: When to Use Line vs Area Charts

22 Useful Free Tools For Creating Charts, Diagrams and Flowcharts. In this round up, we are presenting a very helpful compilation of some free online tools that will help you create charts, diagrams and flowcharts.

22 Useful Free Tools For Creating Charts, Diagrams and Flowcharts

With the help of graphs, flowcharts, diagrams and charts, you can display relatively large amount of data in a very concise and self-reliant style. Graphs and charts represent the relationship between two different but interlinked entries. Stamen Maps for QGIS. Stamen’s maps are amongst the most creative and beautiful OpenStreetMap visualizations and it would be great to have them as base maps in QGIS.

Stamen Maps for QGIS

No problem! Nathaniel Kelso has already done all the work for us and we can download the extended OpenLayers plugin from his Github page. (There is a pull request in place to add Stamen to the default plugin too.) Simply unpack the plugin into QGIS’ plugin folder. Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Ugandan officials face Ebola outbreak. By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) – Ugandan authorities did not initially detect an Ebola outbreak because patients weren’t showing typical symptoms of the lethal virus, the nation’s health minister told CNN Sunday.

Ugandan officials face Ebola outbreak

Patients had fevers and were vomiting, but did not show other typical symptoms like hemorrhaging, Health Minister Dr. How to use FF Chartwell. Primarily suitable for Adobe Creative Suite, FF Chartwell for print uses OpenType ligatures to transform strings of numbers automatically into charts.

How to use FF Chartwell

The data remains in a text box, allowing for easy updates and styling. The best local SIM cards in Europe. Donald Strachan replies If you only want to make a few calls and send the odd text, it is usually not worth changing your UK SIM. For example, O2’s standard rates are 24p per minute to call, and 7p to text if you use your phone in France. That’s cheaper than many domestic networks. It is another story with data, however. Should patients be able to control their own records? Giving patients control of their medical records may sound scary to many doctors, but it could reduce workload and improve outcomes, Peter Davies reports Every general practice in England will have to offer patients online access to their care records by 2015, according to the government’s information strategy for the NHS published in May.1 Currently only 1% do so.

As the Department of Health acknowledges, this represents “a challenge to the culture and practices of some health and care organisations and professionals.” But advocates of patient access to records now want to go further. They want patients to control their records, with the right to decide who may access them. Enhanced Messaging for the Emergency Response Sector (EMERSE) My colleague Andrea Tapia and her team at PennState University have developed an interesting iPhone application designed to support humanitarian response.

This application is part of their EMERSE project: Enhanced Messaging for the Emergency Response Sector. The other components of EMERSE include a Twitter crawler, automatic classification and machine learning. The rationale for this important, applied research? “Social media used around crises involves self-organizing behavior that can produce accurate results, often in advance of official communications. Processing Public Data with R : PremierSoccerStats. ESCAIDE 2012. AutoHotKey. My Georamblings… Video: knitr, R Markdown, and R Studio: Introduction to Reproducible Analysis. Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more. - Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog - By Eric Ligman.

Choose Your Own Adventure. The Colonoscopy Experience. Stamen Design Maps for QGIS. Favorite QGIS Resources of the Moment. Making middle school math fun. Our Unsustainable Culture of Medical Specialization - Neal Emery. Patients with multiple chronic diseases receive overall suboptimal care, and their disjointed treatment plans result in redundancies and inefficiencies that put disproportionate pressure on our health care system. Morris MacMatzen/Reuters Adam Smith would have described our health care system not with his invisible hand, but with a pin-maker. 8 Steps...(T.G) D3 Without SVG - Jim Vallandingham. Facts About Dihydrogen Monoxide. MetaWatch STRATA: the Smartwatch for the iPhone 4S & Android by Meta Watch. Citogenesis. 10 Tips for a More Beautiful and Functional Home Office.

Best of Axys, R, d3.js, and HTML5. Anything but R-bitrary: ggplot2: A little twist on back-to-back bar charts. Most with celiac disease unaware of it, others go gluten-free without diagnosis. Launch of OTR Links 07/19/2012. Battle for Water. Madrona. Madrona spatial planning framework. Launch of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 results. How Much Text on Presentation Slides? - Carlisle Rainey. Forecast of Dengue Incidence Using Temperature and Rainfall. Geodjango - Ivor Bosloper. The Role of Public Health Informatics in Enhancing Public Health Surveillance. OASIS. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery Voices That Matter: Garr Reynolds.