Yesterday I got the opportunity to attend the talk “Using API’s to Geo-enable your location data” conducted by Ms. Anjusha Sandeep, Chief Technology Strategist at ESRI which was held at National Library Building at Bugis, Singapore. As a person who is new to Geo data I found this talk very interesting. In the talk she basically demonstrated the tools and technologies ESRI has built to visualize and analyze data easily.
According to the speaker most of the data has a location component of it and it is too valuable to miss out. These location component can be used to visualize data on maps and provide answers to many questions. As an example if we can draw the locations of dengue patients of 2015 on a map, then we can decide which area has affected by dengue the most and can find out the reasons for spreading dengue accordingly.
ESRI are the people who built ArcGIS. ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information.
It is used for: creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database.
They can help you to do lot of cool stuff. According to the presentation you can just drag and drop your data file into their map and do few configurations and you can have an interactive smart map, you can further configure it to convey your story to your audience. You can publish your map as a presentation, a web app or in few other formats and do your customization either by using one of their ready-made widgets or you can code it to collaborate with other applications. The coolest thing I found in the demonstration is publishing your map in a native mobile app. You can do it at http://appstudio.arcgis.com/ .
According to them most of their projects are available in github at https://github.com/Esri and you can fork and extend it for your usage. Hope this article on ArcGIS tools from yesterdays talk will help you when you come across a problem to visualize Geo data.