5Things on Friday 31 – Beer Finder Apps, Wildfire data, the smartest cities in the US and more

Welcome once again to  5Things on Friday where we share 5 very cool mappy related tips suggested and found by our team and colleagues. This week we share a great environmental resource from Data Basin, a tip for a beer finder app in SoCal, a handy Python training tip, a fun list of the smartest places in America, and a cool LiDAR data tip. Got a tip for a future edition? Please share with us in a comment below or on Twitter @geojobegis

Databasin – Wildfire occurrence in western North America

A fabulous webmap resource here from Data Basin shares some interested open data (creative commons license) that conveys areas of the Western US and Canada that have been subjected to wildfires. Browse the map and segment data (burns) by year. Numerous other data layers and data products are available from this fine resource.

databasin wildfire map

Hangar24 Beer Locator App (iOS)

Geogeeks do like their beer and when the GeoGeek is in SoCal, particularly near Redlands, CA they will no doubt crave a popular beer from the pretty awesome Hangar24 brewery! Actually, if you’ve attended esriuc or DevSummit in the past couple of years you’ve likely already had a Hangar24 or 2 by now I’m sure! Here’s a mobile app (iOS) that you can have handy the next time you head to UC so you can easily locate a place to grab a pint from this Redlands staple – cheers!

hangar24 beer finder

Learn the ArcGIS API for Python in 5 Minutes

Well, you may not get everything that you need, however, this is a fabulous resource to help you get started! Simply sign into your account with Esri and start learning. The ArcGIS API for Python is powerful, modern, and easy to use. This video gives you a quick overview the API. See how you can use the API to automate your workflows and scripts for administration and analysis.

python api in 5 minutes

100 Smartest Cities in America

This list may be subject to a little scrutiny, however, it is great fro some lively discussion. Check out this article and accompanying map to get the low down on this ranking of cities that boast the smartest 100 spots in America (based on College standings and scores and an interesting ranking system from games). Ithaca New York though… really??

americas smartest cities

LiDAR data for Washington DC

Trust Amazon WS to get on this one – nice data tip! From AWS – LiDAR point cloud data for Washington, DC, is available for anyone to use on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). This dataset, managed by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), with the direction of OCTO’s Geographic Information System (GIS) program, contains tiled point cloud data for the entire District along with associated metadata.


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