5 Things on Friday 29 – Configurable Apps, Atlanta Traffic map, Citizen Science Reporting and more

Welcome once again to our 5Things on Friday where we share 5 very cool mappy related tips suggested by our team and colleagues this week. This week, in honor of Earth Day,  we’ve shared a handy resource for citizen sciencere porters. The handy web tool enables personnel to submit and curate reports of wildlife and invasive plants. We also share some Global airport/transportation data, tips for using WebAppBuilder, a look at a true, virtual GIS, a great webmap in Atlanta that was created from a recent infrastructure emergency, and finally, a bonus story map sharing places on Earth that can kill you!  Got a tip for a future edition? Please share with us in a comment below or on Twitter @geojobegis

Airport Data

Recently, we had to track down some point data to display airports and airstrips etc… around the World. Indeed these days with much concern around the topic of flying UAVs and drones near airports and air strips these data may be in demand. there’s a number of sources of data available in ArcGIS Online, particularly for the US, however, getting a good Global coverage can be a challenge. This resource has CSV files for airports, as well as other related data products such as airline flight maps, other transportation facilities and more. Enjoy mashing up these data and if you create something cool please do tell us about ti!

airport data

Creating Apps with WebAppBuilder and Creating Configurable App Templates

Have you used WebAppBuilder for ArcGIS Online yet? In a recent blog post, Esri’s Bern Szukalski has shared the following… Once you’ve authored a map, you can complete the user experience by creating a web app. You can create a web app by choosing from a pre-established collection of  configurable app templates, or using Web AppBuilder to create a custom app using a library of configurable widgets. Bern walks you through the steps to author your first app. and creating configurable app templates.

Atlanta Responds to bridge collapse with WebMap

To dislodge congestion caused by its Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse on March 30, the city of Atlanta rushed out a public-facing map that combines real-time data from city transit agencies and features from the Waze traffic app. The website is called CommuteATL and is the brainchild of a city leadership that wanted to assist residents caught in the aftermath of traffic delays. And here’s teh real win… For the future, the city is exploring how it might improve the service. A user interface update is coming in the next week or so and AIM is considering potential funding mechanisms to make CommuteATL a lasting resource.

commute atlanta webmap

Virtual GIS from meemin

On April 7, 2017, the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority (TRMUA) became the first entity in the world to deploy holographic technology in support of its field teams doing utility location work. The new holographic productivity platform arose out of a need to better utilize and expand the existing investments in mapping and utility-locating technologies. Augmented reality works by merging the physical world with computer-generated objects, allowing a field technician to have a consolidated view of the physical workspace overlaid with virtual equipment and line identifiers

virtual GIS and AR


Citizen Science Reporter

Just in time for Earth Day! A collection of maps and apps used by citizens and Fish and Wildlife or Natural Resources personnel to submit and curate reports of wildlife and invasive plants. Citizen Science Reporter is an application configuration that enables members of the public to report sightings of wild plants and animals including birds, reptiles, amphibians, large mammals and noxious weeds. The Citizen Science Manager application facilitates the management and curating of wildlife reports submitted by the public through the Citizen Science Reporter application.

citizen science reporter

BONUS – StoryMap – Places that will kill you!

Every Earth Day, we remind ourselves that it is our duty to protect the planet for future generations to enjoy and exist in. We should strive to do what we can to limit the harmful impact upon nature. But there are locations where nature doesn’t care for existing peacefully with us. In fact, there are some places so dangerous or extreme that simply going there will kill us! Enjoy this bonus map in celebration of Earth Day!

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