Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!...What's Ahead This Year...

What can you look forward to from the Open Source GIS Blog--in the year ahead?  Well I hope to get the New Year off to a good start by finishing some R code for cleaning messy address fields

Most importantly, I will be featuring more ArcGIS vs. Open Source GIS "showdowns/throw downs"--comparing similar features in paid vs. free and open source GIS software, focusing on spatial analysis and other features.  These are one of my favorite posts to write but usually take the most time to create.  Here, you can check out one past post about kernel density in ArcGIS vs CrimeStat. I cannot guarantee open source GIS will win every time, but the journey will be fun!  In addition, we will be taking a look at download and using Landsat 8 data.  I also plan on posting more book reviews on books about open source GIS and other relevant topics.
Announcement:  If you are interested in Android App Development, check out the Coursera course "Programming Mobile Applications for Android Operating Systems" from the University of Maryland.  I will taking it and hope to see you there!  The course is free.  However, Coursera offers a Verified Certificate for $49--which may be worthwhile for professional development.  The course beings on January 21st, and lasts 8 weeks, so if you are interested get registered now!  Check out the video below!

I started this blog about two years ago...this will be third year!  Each year, I try to post higher quality information so stay tuned.  By the numbers, a few statistics:
  • The blog has had a modest 5,700 page views since its first creation in February 2012. 
  • Viewers have come from many different countries. 
    • The most frequent users hail from my home county of the US, Latvia (real or bots/spam?), Germany, UK, Russia, France, Canada, Australia, China, and India.  However, many different countries have viewers including: Brazil, Portugal, and South Korea, and the list goes on! 
  • There have been 56 posts - each with an important piece of information, software, analysis, web map, or links to great resources.
  • By browser: 35% of page views have been in Firefox, 27% from Chrome Browsers, 23% from Internet Explorer, and the remainder from other mobile browsers.
  • By operating system, most users are using Windows (74%), Mac (8%)--with reminder from Linux and mobile OS.
If there is something you would like to see on the blog, feel free to write in the comments below.  Again, happy new year!

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