Review of Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript by Susan Nash

It is not easy to find a GIS web app builder that takes you all the way from the basic initial steps of familiarizing yourself with HMTL, CSS, and JavaScript to fairly complicated web applications. Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, by Eric Pimpler has two main advantages: first, you can use high-quality GIS data (or at least data that is specific to your needs), and second, you can create light apps that work quickly over a number of different devices. You’re not likely to have obsolete apps using HTML 5 and JavaScript, so it is good that the text guides you and helps you use HTML 5 and JavaScript.

The book is very logically organized, and it takes you step by step through the entire process. You start by creating a base map, and then add layers of data to the map, and then have it all display as a web page. You’re able to add different types of data layers, which include tiled, dynamic, and feature. The section on adding data layers is very robust (as it should be), and it’s followed by adding Graphics to the Map. It’s important to keep in mind that the graphics layer sits on top of the other layers – so, some data management / housekeeping / filing protocols and customs are very helpful here. In this book, the basemaps are provided by ArcGIS Online.

For a person who does not work with GIS data or ArcGIS every day, it’s probably best to work through the examples and see how they’re being developed. In that case, I’d look at chapter 8, “Turning Addresses into Points and Points into Addresses,” and then work through the example a couple of times. The chapter covers geocoding, which is at the heart of web mapping applications. It’s the way you turn physical addresses into latitude and longitude coordinates.

The book clearly demonstrates how to write and test the JavaScript code in the JavaScript Sandbox, and then it gives you a chance to practice. I also like the little tips and tricks – example, use Notepad++ instead of Notepad for coding (to avoid the extraneous code problems of Word, etc.).

In addition to Geocoding, there is a very clear and easy-to-follow chapter on using Geoprocessor, which is very good for developing models.

The appendix gives an example of using ArcGIS templates and also Dojo in order to develop user interfaces. This section alone is worth the price of the book. The instructions are very clear and the screenshots appropriate and easy to follow.

Some of the chapters contain a great deal of code and not perhaps as much detailed explanation as might be useful for people who are fairly new. It would not be a bad idea to have more call-outs in the code to point to what exactly is happening.

Overall, this is a great manual – very practical and extremely timely.

Just a last thought -- when you first read the title of the book, Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, you may immediately ask yourself two questions: first, why ArcGIS and why not Google Earth or Google Maps integrated apps?; and second, why JavaScript?

First, ArcGIS Server is the most popular and widely-used platform for developing GIS applications for the web. It uses many different dynamic map sources, and is not tied to just one (such as Google Earth). So, if you use ArcGIS Server, you can incorporate the best possible map sources / GIS information.

Second, JavaScript works really well with modern web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari), and it works well with HTML 5. This allows maximum flexibility with mobile applications. Using JavaScript in web applications will optimize performance because the applications are dynamic and do not have to return to the server for data. As a result, they are very responsive and use-friendly, not to mention that they are also faster.

Find more about the book here :

Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 (1)

This Monday started the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 conference. The conference aims at discussing Geospatial trends around a National Geospatial Strategy for Canada.

If you would like to follow the conference discussion on Twitter, search this tag: #gcan14.

Here are some of the main speakers and key elements of presentations held on Monday:

  • Major General Christian Rousseau explain the role of its GeoSpatial Intelligence Group that needs to find ways of spending less time looking for information and more time for geospatial analysis;
  • Julie Lefevbre expose the main projects of R&D in Defense & Security such as Arctic Intelligence and situation awareness (e.g. MASAS) in Canada, but also what she sees as the future of cloud-based architecture that might be built on collaboration (e.g. Virtual USA, US GeoSpatial platform) and knowledge;
  • Steeve Guillemette present the case of health crisis management in Québec City during legionnaires disease outbreak and how geospatial analytics become the main integrator of information gathered by specialist;
  • Gido Langen explain how he sees 3rd Generation of Web Mapping: establishing a network of REST end points, as the effective way of providing resources to increase quality control and improve capacity of apps deployment;
  • Richard Akerman and Deena Yanofsky identifies current limitations of most of Open Data portal which undermines standardization (e.g. common licence such as the International Creative Common 4.0, stable & unique Digital Object Identifier, etc.) and lack of intermediate tools (less developer centric) for vizualisation and spatial analysis (that might help to decrease data illiteracy & improve data skills of the general public);
  • Trevor Taylor expose his own definition of Big Data (e.g. Volume+Velocity+Veracity+Variety) and what OGC is promoting: One Open Architecture and Open Standards (e.g. not just OGC, but OASIS, W3C, Web3D) and what are the recent emphasis of OGC: Open Mobile, Internet of Things, cloud computing and privacy.

Based on the presentations made on Monday, the concept toward "built in collaboration" and "Service Oriented Architecture" is likely to be the way of doing things in the GeoSpatial world, in which at the same time the development of open and big data seems to overwhelm GIS managers and public users, but challenges the data skills of the tech guys for the good!

Slashgeo as media partner of this event will publish other articles this week on other hot topics of the conference.

Intergraph® Canada Introduces Hexagon Geospatial to Canadian Geomatics Leaders at Geospatial Advancement Canada Event

Intergraph and Hexagon Geospatial Offer Complete Solutions for Canadian Geomatics Community

MISSISSAUGA, ONT., February 27, 2014 – Intergraph® Canada will introduce new geospatial innovations to the Canadian geomatics community as a participating key sponsor of Geospatial Advancement Canada, to be held March 3 - 5, 2014, in Ottawa, Canada. Mladen Stojic, president of Hexagon Geospatial, will join Intergraph at the event as a featured speaker, contributing a presentation titled, “Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation.”

Hexagon Geospatial began operations on January 1, 2014. Hexagon Geospatial helps users make sense of the dynamically changing world. As a new entity, Hexagon Geospatial provides the software products and platforms to customers, channel partners, and Hexagon businesses, including the underlying geospatial technology to drive Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) industry solutions.

“Our overarching vision and strategy is to grow our ecosystem and to effectively grow the Hexagon ecosystems while continuing to nurture and maintain the strong relationship we have with Intergraph,” Stojic said.

Geospatial Advancement Canada will bring together Canada’s leaders in geomatics from organizations such as Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Space Agency, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada and large municipalities.


About Intergraph

Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. For more information, visit

Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B;, a leading global provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.


© 2014 Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Slashgeo is a proud media partner of the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 conference in Ottawa

We are happy to inform you that Slashgeo will be a proud media partner of the upcoming Geospatial Advancement Canada conference in Ottawa in March 3-5 2014!

"Geospatial Advancement Canada will bring together Canada’s leaders in Geomatics to continue the discussion on developing a National Geo strategy. You will network and learn from industry experts who will detail, through case study presentations, how you can develop your own program or improve what you‘ve already achieved. Attending the summit will ensure that you are up-to-date on insights from industry leaders, able to defend against critical obstacles, and are implementing effective methodologies into your GIS programs. Register today to confirm your participation at one of the most sought-after events in the industry."

Slashgeo will publish articles during and after the conference on what has been highlighted in presentation and innovative ideas on the geospatial sphere.

Slashgeo at the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 conference in Ottawa

Slashgeo, as proud media partner of the upcoming Geospatial Advancement Canada conference in Ottawa in March 3-5 2014, is happy to be part of this meeting that has the involvement of the most crucial stakeholders within the Canadian geospatial field.

Over 40 leaders in Canadian geomatics and the Canadian Armed Forces will be giving you their first hand experiences and take-ways. You can download your own copy of the full agenda here

Here are the main key speakers of this major Geospatial event: Major-General Christian Rousseau (Chief of Defence Intelligence for the Canadian Forces)General (Retired) Walter J. Natynczyk (President of the Canadian Space Agency)Trevor Taylor (Director Americas of the Open Geospatial Consortium)Dr. Marc Fortin (Assistant Deputy Minister Defence Research and Development Canada)David Jackson (Director of the Canadian Ice Services), etc

The agenda is divided into three key themes:

Day 1: Exploring the Latest Technology and Innovation to Overcome Interoperability Challenges;

Day 2: Better Understanding the Canadian National Geomatics Strategy through Collaboration by All Levels of Government and Private Industry;

Day 3: Challenges and Opportunities Associated with GIS Governance; Policy Development, Senior-Level Buy-in, Workforce.


Europe dotmap - 591 milion points european population density

Dear Slashgeo editor, we have released a map entitled "Europe Dotmap" which shows 591 milion points (one per person) corresponding to the european population density.

The map is obtained by merging two database sets (NASA SEDAC-Gridded Population of the World v3 and GADM-Global Administrative Areas v2) to display a simple and modern perspective of european population at municipalities level. Combining this information, the final result is a tile web map service with 6 zoom levels .

Map and more information:





Geospatial Technology for Strengthening Economy and Advancing National Priorities in Middle East and North Africa Region


In the era of information technology and rapid advancement in computing, decision making has become more informed and scientific and 'Geospatial Technology' has emerged as a leading application with its diverse use. Today, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is going through a period of unprecedented change. A multi-sectoral and cross-industry approach is needed at the national and regional level and successful implementation of geospatial technology can lead to overcoming potential barriers for growth.


Fleming Gulf's “Geo-Empower Middle East Summit” that will take place between 16-18th September 2013 in Dubai will provide a connecting platform to bridge the gap between the geospatial and the economic community. This one-of-a-kind, three-day summit will see leading analysts, policy makers, end-users, technology providers and academicians discuss the status and future of geospatial technology in the MENA region.


The chairman of summit Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Director, Center for SDI and Land Administration, School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Head said, “I look forward to welcoming all delegates to the Geo-Empower Middle East Summit 2013 in Dubai, UAE. This conference will provide a leading opportunity in 2013 to share and discuss the value of geospatial information in empowering our economies & societies, and also to explore innovative approaches for spatially enabling the industries across all sectors, local & national governments, and individual citizens.”


Topics such as Geospatial Technology for Telecommunication and Smart Utilities along with Geo-enabled Construction & Infrastructure Development in State of Qatar will impart knowledge on the delegation gathered. Interactive panel session's that throw light on developing Geospatial Development Mechanisms (Enabling funding of geospatial projects) that will aid promotion of investments in geospatial technology and geospatial technology transfer mechanisms is also be a part of the 3 day summit. Supported by Dubai Taxi Corporation, The Economic Commission for Western Asia (ECWA), Central Informatics Organisation(CIO), the summit is also sponsored by Microsoft’s UltraCam and Space Imaging Middle East (SIME).


Media Contact
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Today's impact of Esri on geospatial?

8th 3D GeoInfo Conference

3D GeoInfo 2013- 8th 3D GeoInfo Conference & ISPRS WG II/2 Workshop

“Advances in Multi-scale and multi-dimensional modeling and data representation”

27-29 November 2013






Amongst others, the following subjects will be addressed by the conference


3D geo information requirements

3D spatial data infrastructures and 3D data integration

3D data acquisition (LiDAR, photogrammetry) and processing

3D GIS and time / 4D models

3D in spatial databases

3D standards for geospatial technologies

3D open source development

3D city models and building modelling

3D geometry and topology

3D visualisation, augmented and virtual reality

3D spatial analysis and simulation

3D indoor and outdoor navigation

3D applications (e.g., cadastre, utilities, city and urban planning, geology, disaster and risk management, environmental simulation, etc)



Researchers are invited to submit full papers (up to 6000 words) or extended abstracts (1000-1500 words) describing original and unpublished fundamental scientific research and application.All manuscripts will be subject to peer review process.


Full Papers:


Researchers are invited to submit full papers (up to 6000 words), selected set of full papers will be published within the  Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (LNG&C) series by Springer. All accepted  abstracts will be published in the ISPRS Annals/Archives with ISBN/ISSN reference.The authors will be given regular slots for oral presentation.  A set of papers will be selected for Special Issue of  International Journal of 3D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM).


Extended Abstracts:


Researchers are invited to submit extended abstracts (1000-1500 words) describing original and unpublished fundamental scientific research and application. All manuscripts will be subject to peer review process.All accepted extened abstracts will be published in the ISPRS Annals/Archives with ISBN/ISSN reference.The authors will be given short slots for presentation.


ISPRS Workshop:


Researchers are invited to submit full papers (up to 6000 words).All accepted  abstracts will be published in the ISPRS Annals/Archives with ISBN/ISSN reference.  The authors will be given regular slots for oral presentation. Workshop papers will be included in  WG II/2 Workshop Issue of  International Journal of 3D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM).


Guidelines for all forms of submissions are according to templates are provided on the submission page. Please submit all abstracts and papers through the website according to the following deadlines:


Full Paper Submission (Regular Presentation) Route :

Abstract submission : 15 March 2013

Notification of abstract acceptance :20 March 2013

Full paper (6000 words) submission: 1 May 2013

Notification of acceptance  :15 June 2013

Camera ready submission: 1 July 2013


Extended Abstract (Short Presentation) Route:

Extended abstract (1000-1500 words) submission: 1 May 2013

Notification of acceptance  :15 June 2013

Camera ready submission: 1 July 2013


ISPRS Workshop Submission Route:

Abstract submission : 15 March 2013

Notification of abstract acceptance :20 March 2013

Full paper (6000 words) submission: 1 May 2013

Notification of acceptance  :15 June 2013

Camera ready submission: 1 July 2013


Does the public realize the omnipresence and importance of geospatial technologies?

Not at all, the public basically wants bread and entertainment
23% (31 votes)
Not really, the public sees it only as one of many hot technologies
27% (37 votes)
Yes to some extent, the public knows that GPS and Google Maps are cool and useful
42% (58 votes)
Yes, the public is now fully aware that of its omnipresence and importance
8% (11 votes)
Total votes: 137
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