Yes, I'd rather be skiing in the Austrian Alps as well... 😉 Amazing map!!
This map is designed to be used as a general reference map for informational and educational purposes as well as a basemap by GIS professionals and other users for creating web maps and web mapping applications.
The map was developed by National Geographic and Esri and reflects the distinctive National Geographic cartographic style in a multi-scale reference map of the world. The map was authored using data from a variety of leading data providers, including DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, NASA, ESA, USGS, and others.
Link to map contents on ArcGIS online: National Geographic World Map
Download: Download free e-book
Topics covered in the e-book include:
- What Is Cloud Computing?
- Cloud Service Models
- Cloud Benefits
- Public versus Private Cloud
- Risks in the Cloud
- ArcGIS and the Cloud
I'm happy to introduce a new book which was co-authored by my colleague Pinde Fu: "Web GIS: Principles and Applications".
I'm really excited about this, not only because good GIS resources are scarce but also because he used screenshots of applications that I have designed over the past years, e.g. geodata.gov, GeoPortal Toolkit, Loma Linda Medical Center Response System, HydroViewer.
How much better can it get when your design ends up in a book?
While the content of the book is targeted at readers at all skill levels I can see it as a great teaching source as well as invaluable resource for managers and aspiring GIS developers to understand the principles of web applications.
Table of Contents
- GIS in the Web Era
- Technical Basics
- Geospatial Web Services
- Geospatial Mashups
- Mobile GIS
- NSDI in the Web 2.0 Era
- Web GIS Applications in E-Business
- Web GIS Applications in E-Government
- Hot Topics and New Frontiers
The app is built using Esri's ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight and the recently published (free) web API of the World Bank that provides access to up to 50 years of economic, financial and health data.
Besides mastering some technical challenges (missing cross-domain access file, amount of web requests) the map viewer looks sharp and straight forward without the usual template-related overkill of functionality - great job visualizing all this economic data. Let's see which other - maybe analytical? - mapping tools will follow...
Creating web mapping applications has never been easier.
Without discussing the design approach for your particular user-specific needs, I want to point to some great template resources that can serve as a starting point for customizing your app. The templates are based on ArcGIS Explorer Online viewer.
Follow this really nice tutorial on how to access the template gallery to get started.