GIS in the Browser: Analyzing Uber Movement Data with Mapshaper

Mapshaper is a free and open-source software for spatial data processing. It is written in javascript and runs in your browser without any extra plugins and can perform a range of analysis. It started out as a tool for topologically-aware simplification, but has evolved into a swiss army knife of spatial data processing tools. All … Continue reading GIS in the Browser: Analyzing Uber Movement Data with Mapshaper

Convert between UTM and Degree coordinates using Google Spreadsheets

Converting between different coordinate reference systems or projection is a fairly standard feature in a GIS. There are a number of command line tools also available for performing bulk-conversions. cs2cs program, part of the PROJ.4 library is my favorite. Recently, someone presented me with an interesting challenge. They were collecting field data in UTM coordinates and needed … Continue reading Convert between UTM and Degree coordinates using Google Spreadsheets

Geo Data Processing with Mapshaper

Mapshaper is a free and open-source tool that is best known for fast and easy simplification. Other tools for simplification - like QGIS or ogr2ogr - do not preserve topology while simplifying. This means you may get sliver polygons or missing intersections. Mapshaper performs topologically-aware simplification and gives you much more control on the process. Other … Continue reading Geo Data Processing with Mapshaper