Ricardo's Blog

by Ricardo Morin

New HOWL Project: Logging Visualization

Visualization and time-based animation of logging activities in Oregon


The latest HOWL project is about raising awareness of logging activities in Oregon.

We are starting the project with the visualization of logging activities in National Forests. Later on, we will add logging activities in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. And finally, we will attempt to include logging activities in private lands as well.


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New HOWL Spotlight: Recent Wildfire Perimeters

3D time-based animation of recent (and current) wildfires in Oregon


I am pleased to announce that today I released a new HOWL ‘spotlight’ that maps recent (and current) wildfires in Oregon. This ‘spotlight’ displays wildfire data for the current and two past years from the GeoMAC database of fire perimeters.


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Pick location (lat/long) when updating content

It is now possible to pick a location when updating content


Adding a new item to the Threats ‘spotlight’ grabs the latitude and longitude of the double click position on the map, so the values do not need to be explicitly known. However, sometimes the location of an item needs to be updated, but entering latitude and longitude directly on the form is not very friendly when the coordinates are not known in advance.

Now, latitude and longitude can be picked from the map when updating an item. Simply click on the marker icon displayed on the form.


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New HOWL feature - ability to update content

It is now possible to update HOWL selected content directly from the application


Up until now, the data behind HOWL ‘spotlights’ has been pre-processed off-line and loaded onto static files. This means that any data changes must be performed by a HOWL developer and deployed to the web site like a new application release.


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HOWL Beta is available!

I am delighted to announce the beta availability of HOWL

For the past few months, I have been working in collaboration with the folks at Oregon Wild to develop HOWL (Highlighting Oregon’s WildLands). Many thanks to Erik Fernandez of Oregon Wild for supporting this project, providing a ton of data, feedback and direction!


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Rikitraki Update

It has been a long time since my last post. Here is an update.

Wow, I can’t believe that my last post was back in July. I have been pretty busy with some consulting work I am doing in the Internet of Things (IoT) field. Pretty exciting! But I am committed to continuing supporting and improving RikiTraki



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FOSS4G NA Summary

It was my first time at a FOSS4G conference and I really enjoyed it. Here are my favorite talks.


Favorite Talks

Monday, May 2

Zero to web map!

This was a well put together hands-on workshop that introduced the concepts of web mapping using Mapbox, adding data to the map using GeoJSON, handling pop-ups, map interactions, using the Geolocation API and mapping directions. In the end, you actually build a semi-useful mapping web app in just a few hours (note that if you are too far from Raleigh, NC, the walking directions API will not work due to maximum distance limitation 😃).


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