Brian Timoney and "GIS is dead, long live data analytics"

April 12th, 2017 · 1 hr 19 mins

About this Episode

Note: Yes there was a microphone failure on my end. I was able to salvage my end of the discussion with a secondary source. Always plan, that's all I can say.

  • Are interactive maps worth the effort?
  • Js.Geo -- Javascript used to be the hack language for non-programmers, now it's very complicated with build tools, etc, etc. What we're looking to highlight in the program
  • FOSS4G - Server-less is the final disaggregation of GIS, but Functions As A Service is where the Cloud gets very very powerful.
  • Open Data portals
  • Python vs R: Microsoft support of R, R getting more robust for Spatial features, but for exclusive spatial people, Python is still the way to go. But for data people who occasionally to spatial, R has a lot to recommend it. My perception is that it's easier for grads/junior people with R to get (good) jobs
  • Timoney loves Jupyter notebooks and R notebooks because writing code in small chunks and testing it agrees with his modest trial-and-error coding abilities.
  • Is the Satellite Imagery/Satellite Imagery analytics market oversaturated/over-invested?
  • Cloud platforms & data analysis: bigger data means that tools need to migrate to where the data is, not vice versa. The future of Bring Your Own Data online services is limited.
  • Tableau beefing up their spatial data abilities--picking off the market of not-everyday-GIS usage.

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