Pretty Charts: Data Viz Options for GIS Developers

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GIS developers are quite familiar with the capabilities of the software to visualize spatial data on a map. However, spatial data are usually also connected to various other non-spatial attributes. Modern GIS software (web & desktop) have long been lacking in their capabilities to visualize this data in intuitive and interactive ways.


There are many great charting solutions available in the market, including commercial software (such as Qlik & Tableau), as well as more customizable solutions (with languagues/libraries such as R and D3). Unfortunately, getting them to play nice with spatial data is not always easy. This talk will explore the options GIS developers have for integrating dynamic charting solutions with existing Esri software. Examples of how we are currently integrating charting solutions with spatial data to provide solutions to clients will be demonstrated, and example code will be provided for fellow GIS developers to play with.

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