Archive for the ‘TECHNOLOGY’ Category

MAUI COLLEGE – Top 5 Reasons for GIS

October 13, 2016
  1. Save money and promote efficiency.

    “GIS is widely used to optimize maintenance schedules and daily fleet movements. Typical implementations can result in a savings of 10 to 30 percent in operational expenses through reduction in fuel use and staff time, improved customer service, and more efficient scheduling.” – ESRI Website

  2. Improve Communications.

    “GIS-based maps and visualizations greatly assist in understanding situations and in storytelling. They are a type of language that improves communication between different teams, departments, disciplines, professional fields, organizations, and the public.” – ESRI Website

  3. Make Clear Decisions.

    “GIS is the go-to technology for making better decisions about location. Common examples include real estate site selection, route/corridor selection, evacuation planning, conservation, natural resource extraction, etc. Making correct decisions about location is critical to the success of an organization.”  – ESRI Website

  4. Easily Track Data & Records.

    “Many organizations have a primary responsibility of maintaining authoritative records about the status and change of geography. GIS provides a strong framework for managing these types of records with full transaction support and reporting tools.”  – ESRI Website

  5. Manage Geographically.

    “GIS is becoming essential to understanding what is happening—and what will happen—in geographic space. Once we understand, we can prescribe action. This new approach to management—managing geographically—is transforming the way that organizations operate.”  ESRI Website


[ OpenDRI ] Open Data for Resilience Initiative

September 23, 2016

OpenDRI brings the philosophies and practices of the global open data movement to the challenges of reducing vulnerability and building resilience to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change across the globe

Geofabrik TOOLS

September 23, 2016

Geofabrik Tools

Berlin’s neue Skyline

February 26, 2016

Last year the Berliner Morgenpost used the platform to help visualize the impact that new skyscapers are having on Berlin’s skyline. In Berlin’s neue Skyline the newspaper used OSM Buildings to explore each of the the major new skyscrapers built in the city since 1990.

NYC – Taxy and Limosine Commission – TLC Trip Record Data

January 18, 2016

This dataset includes trip records from all trips completed in yellow and green taxis in NYC in 2014 and select months of 2015. Records include fields capturing pick-up and drop-off dates/times, pick-up and drop-off locations, trip distances, itemized fares, rate types, payment types, and driver-reported passenger counts. The data used in the attached datasets were collected and provided to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) by technology providers authorized under the Taxicab & Livery Passenger Enhancement Programs (TPEP/LPEP). The  trip data was not created by the TLC, and TLC makes no representations as to the accuracy of these data.

Analyzing 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips, with a Vengeance

January 18, 2016

An open-source exploration of the city’s neighborhoods, nightlife, airport traffic, and more, through the lens of publicly available taxi and Uber data

“The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has released a staggeringly detailed historical dataset covering over 1.1 billion individual taxi trips in the city from January 2009 through June 2015. Taken as a whole, the detailed trip-level data is more than just a vast list of taxi pickup and drop off coordinates: it’s a story of New York. How bad is the rush hour traffic from Midtown to JFK? Where does the Bridge and Tunnel crowd hang out on Saturday nights? What time do investment bankers get to work? How has Uber changed the landscape for taxis? And could Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson have made it from 72nd and Broadway to Wall Street in less than 30 minutes? The dataset addresses all of these questions and many more.

I mapped the coordinates of every trip to local census tracts and neighborhoods, then set about in an attempt to extract stories and meaning from the data. This post covers a lot, but for those who want to pursue more analysis on their own: everything in this post—the data, software, and code—is freely available. Full instructions to download and analyze the data for yourself are available on GitHub“.


October 16, 2014

Epigrass is a software for visualizing, analyzing and simulating of epidemic processes on geo-referenced networks.

mixare – Open Source Augmented Reality Engine

October 16, 2014

mixare (mix Augmented Reality Engine) is a free open source augmented reality browser, which is published under the GPLv3. mixare is available for Android and for the iPhone 3GS and above. It works as a completely autonomous application and is available as well for the development of own implementations.


October 16, 2014

OpenSource Software

If you want to use OpenSource Software instead of commercial software for some tasks in your agency/institution or for easy access in capacity building programs you can check the website for  Open Source Alternatives (

For special software types for spatial public health see the following sections:

Geographic Information System

Augmented Reality Software

  • MixARE Mixed Augmented Reality Engine (Make Health Risk and Health Resources visible)

Statistics Software

Numeric Software

Literature Collection
For research Collection of Reference for Spatial Pubic Health can be maintained as a Group in Zotero to share relevant publications for Public Health Risk Mitigation.

  • Zotero is a free, easy-to-use browser plugin and Office Tool to help you collect organize cite and share your research sources (Zotero ScreenCast Introduction).
    TODO (2012/06): Create a Spatial Public Health Group for the AT6 Follow-Up Initiative

Web-based Presentation

Satellite Navigation System
The navigation system in the AT6FUI is used  as (usually electronic) system that aids in navigation and used to provide routing to public health risk mitigation resource or provide risk and resource information on mobile devices like smart phones.

Unified Modelling Language UML [Wiki]

  • ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It runs on any Java platform and is available in ten languages.

Project Management [Wiki]

Video Conferencing for Virtual Meeting

According to the Low-Cost Concept of the Meeting it will be necessary to provide an Environment for Feedback and Questions after Playback of the presentation.

Flashmeeting was used for Expert Meeting at the UN-Campus in Bonn and for AT6FUI 2013.

An OpenSource-Solution will be provided by OpenMeeting.

Video Editing Software
Pre-Installed on your Computer or OpenSource)

  • Windows Movie Maker Windows Default Video Editor
  • VideoLAN Movie Creator for Windows, Mac, Linux, License OpenSource
  • KDEnlive  for Linux, Mac with MacPorts, Window with USB-Boot-System, License OpenSource
  • iMovie for Mac, preinstalled on your Mac,

If you need more support, use YouTube Screencast Videos:

ScreenCast PresentationA ScreenCast is a video that records the content on the screen (Fullscreen or Area on the Screen) digitally without a real camera with additional audio comments.

The ScreenCasts are most appropriate for showing other users how to perform a certain Spatial Public Health Task with a Software or digital Tool.

Questionnaires: Automated Evaluation of Paper & Pencil Questionnaires
In some case paper & pencil questionnaires are the only option for collecting data about spatial patterns of risk and resource, if digital devices cannot be applied.

  1. Create a Questionnaire in LaTeX or LibreOffice
  2. Print Questionnaire on paper
  3. Use Questionnaire for Data Collection
  4. Scan the paper & pencil questionnaires
  5. Automatic evaluation and get the CVS-File

The Open Source Solution SDAPS is providing this solution to you.

Open Source Speech Recognition & Telephony  Server
Speech Recognition is helpful for automated public health support that can be performed by a Telefony Server like Asterisk. A personal response performed by humans experts are expensive.

  • Automated response could guide the caller by speech recognition to an audio comments that supports Public Health Risk Mitigation. This provides free time for a human expert on the phone to deal with Public Health Cases that cannot be automated.
  • Create machine readible reports just by phone calls.
  • Widely spread IT-equiment in developing countries is the mobile phone. Providing Public Health Support needs to reach people exposed to public health risk via IT-infrastructure that is available for the people. So a telefony interface is needed for public health risk mitigation strategies.

Software for Telefony Server & Speech Recognition:

MapOSMatic – Generate and print city map (with list of streets)

October 13, 2014

MapOSMatic is a free software web service that allows you to generate maps of cities using OpenStreetMap data. The generated maps are available in PNG, PDF and SVG formats and are ready to be printed.

As the data used to generate maps is coming from OpenStreetMap, you can freely reuse, sell, or modify the generated maps under the terms of the OpenStreetMap license.