Spatial Paralysis

Richard Law
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GIS StackExchange Improvement Tip #1

December 10, 2018

A quick tip to improve your experience with GIS StackExchange , or any StackExchange site for that matter. “Watched Tags” and “Ignored Tags…

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Gatsby Blog

December 08, 2018

I’ve just obtained the spatialparalysis.xyz domain. I’m going to move my blog here from my old blog/portfolio website (nearimprov.com). I…

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NZ Traffic Dashboard

December 31, 2017

This is an old post, that I’m using to iron out any issues I have importing old content. Looking back at my ambitions for 2017 in early…

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Crash Analysis System: The Narrative Arc

April 28, 2016

For several years, up until at least June 2015, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) published the data underlying their Crash Analysis…

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Geodata web services

January 16, 2016

Bill Dollins has a downright useful tutorial over on his blog for building a straightforward geodata service with Node, Express…

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3D spatial indexes in PostGIS

December 19, 2015

I have just watched Paul Ramsay’s (CartoDB) breakout presentation from PGConf Silicon Valley 2015 . I love watching these kinds of videos…

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Vector fields of population travel demand

December 06, 2015

I just finished reading an interesting paper by Xintao Liu and colleagues entitled Time-geographic relationships between vector fields of…

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Algorithms Group at Eindhoven University of Technology

November 29, 2015

I recently stumbled across the webpage for the (spatial/geometric/cartograhic) Algorithms Group at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven…

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New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards

November 19, 2015

I have just returned from the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards for 2015. I was awarded the Postgraduate Student of the Year Award. I’m…

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GeoServer Quickstart with Docker

November 01, 2015

I’ve been exploring GeoServer recently, while also doing the same with Docker . I figured I’d share a simple Dockerfile I wrote for…

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Spatial isn't that special

November 01, 2015

This may be a strange thing for me to say, given that my postgraduate qualification, and profession is in geographic information systems…

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Parallel geocoding in Python with geopy

September 10, 2015

Geocoding: the process of taking an address as a piece of semi-structured text, and returning a coordinate somewhere on the surface of the…

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Mediawatch on the role of data journalism

July 04, 2015

A very interesting interview with Harkanwal Singh, the New Zealand Herald Data Editor.

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Landsat 8 Mosaic

June 22, 2015

I noticed this Tweet today, and thought it was such a great example of good a well-designed interface, and actually useful tool. I felt I…

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The things you see on a journey

June 01, 2015

Some moons ago, I met Dr Pierre Roudier, who works at Landcare Research New Zealand , at a workshop on PostGIS being held at the National…

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What is a headway?

June 17, 2014

A headway, as used in transit planning and modelling, is typically defined as the time between consecutive services. If you catch a bus that…

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Commuting and dropping the kids off at school

June 13, 2014

I have recently been fortunate enough to gain access to the real-time information (RTI) for buses and trains in the Wellington region. This…

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Global Isochrone Travel Time from London (1881)

June 13, 2014

Here’s an interesting historical map that turned up on /r/MapPorn today. Made by Francis Galton for the Proceedings of the Royal…

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One Day in Montréal

June 12, 2014

This video of Montréal’s transit system fell across my path today, made by Colin Stewart and Ahmed El-Geneidy at McGill University’s School…

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