Mapping No Religion Ireland

This map shows the percentage of people per electorial division that classified themselves “No Religion” in the 2011 Census in the Republic of Ireland.

Perhaps predictably, the cities can be seen to be generally non-religious. However, it’s interesting to note that outside the cities, some areas in particular have clusters of non-religious divisions. These areas seem to correspond with those traditionally associated with people seeking an “alternative lifestyle”, e.g. West Cork and County Clare.

This map was compiled from census 2011 data. I used GDAL to reproject, simplify and convert the Census ED Boundary shapefiles to GeoJSON. I uploaded the GeoJSON and the SAPS data to CartoDB and merged the tables. After that, CartoDB made it a pleasure to style the map and info windows.

Source: Central Statistics Office.

Using Mobile Mapping to Manage Wildfires

Note: This article was originally posted on GPS World, where it has since been removed.

February 1, 2006 By: Tom Patterson

A 30-year veteran of land management discusses his experience using electronic maps and their GIS data in the field to fight wildfires.

The application of geospatial technologies to wildfire management is not a new phenomenon. As a 30-year veteran of public service land management, I’ve taken an active role in using the latest mobile GIS technology during and after firestorms. Most recently, I’ve put to use an important technological development that’s one the best tools for fire management since the shovel: the handheld computer.

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