We are excited to announce the launch of GeoCommons 2.0! The engineering team has done some amazing work to upgrade the GeoIQ platform across the board (If you’re unaware, GeoIQ is our software platform powering GeoCommons). As data volumes and rates have exploded from the emergence of social, local and mobile data the core capabilities of GeoIQ needed to keep pace. In my humble opinion the result is pretty awesome, and I’ve really enjoyed having it as my private sandbox to play with data and analysis. After many rounds of user testing and feedback we are ready to share it with you. The most obvious access point to see the new features will be through our public data community GeoCommons. The new features will empower our growing community with a powerful set of new tools to use with their data:
- A more robust visualization engine – you can now visualize tens of thousands of points in seconds or push the limits with hundreds of thousands of points. You are no longer bound by just static map tiles when working with big data sets, plus you can animate and filter all of it on the fly.
- Cross-browser platform Support – view your maps anywhere from IE to your iPad. We’ve added support for HTML5 and Flash.
- Custom Icon Creator – personalize your maps with any icons of your choosing. Just copy and paste an image URL to create instant custom icons. These icons can also be used for creating thematic maps where they are sized by their value.
- Multi-attribute filtering – add several attributes to your map and easily query using both numeric and text data attributes.
- Easier Data Editing – you can now edit, filter and query your data within the GeoCommons workflow. No more editing in Excel and uploading multiple versions of your data.
- Revamped Temporal analysis – See huge data sets smoothly animate over time with our improved time slider that aggregates and bins your time-based data automatically.
For enterprise customers there is another tier of new capabilities across the platform as well.
- Easy-to-use, advanced spatial analytics that enterprises and agencies can utilize to answer mission-critical questions right away.
- No desktop software or technical course required.
- Select among numerous analyses such as filtering, buffers, spatial aggregation and predictive analysis.
- Analysis now runs asynchronously meaning you can run bigger analysis functions and not lock up your browser. Keep working and we’ll notify you when the analysis is done.
- Connect to traditional relational databases like Oracle, PostGres, MySQL, and ESRI
- Leverage new NoSQL object stores like HBase and MongoDB for geospatial visualization and analysis.
- Utilize GeoIQ to spatially enable your database, enabling georeferencing and geoprocessing tasks
- Take advantage of our user interface to run SQL queries and mapreduce functions without writing any code
Group and Permissions
- Allow others in your department or working group to access and collaborate with you.
- Enable permissions at various levels to limit or expand data sharing as needed.
- Use GeoIQ’s full set of open, standards-based programming interfaces.
- You can use our API to upload, search and download data, run advanced analyses, create maps and charts.
- Quickly create embeds for interactive web and mobile applications.
You can check out more detail on how developers can leverage 2.0 in Andrew’s blog post on the developer site. If you would like a guided tour of all the new features click here to get a video tutorial for each. We have lots more in store but this should give everyone a good chunk of new capabilities to work with. We look forward to feedback and ideas for how we can continue to build GeoIQ to help you solve big problems with your data.
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