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ArcGIS Blueprints

By : Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler
Book Image

ArcGIS Blueprints

By: Donald Eric Pimpler, Eric Pimpler

Overview of this book

This book is an immersive guide to take your ArcGIS Desktop application development skills to the next level It starts off by providing detailed description and examples of how to create ArcGIS Desktop Python toolboxes that will serve as containers for many of the applications that you will build. We provide several practical projects that involve building a local area/community map and extracting wildfire data. You will then learn how to build tools that can access data from ArcGIS Server using the ArcGIS REST API. Furthermore, we deal with the integration of additional open source Python libraries into your applications, which will help you chart and graph advanced GUI development; read and write JSON, CSV, and XML format data sources; write outputs to Google Earth Pro, and more. Along the way, you will be introduced to advanced ArcPy Mapping and ArcPy Data Access module techniques and use data-driven Pages to automate the creation of map books. Finally, you will learn advanced techniques to work with video and social media feeds. By the end of the book, you will have your own desktop application without having spent too much time learning sophisticated theory.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
ArcGIS Blueprints
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Chapter 9. Real-Time Twitter Mapping with Tweepy, ArcPy, and the Twitter API

Events and news stories generate a massive amount of social media attention. Whether it's something as important as a natural disaster or there is social strife or something purely for entertainment, there is a large volume of information that needs to be mined. As GIS practitioners, we are primarily interested in geographic analysis, and some social media channels provide geographic context related to their information streams. For example, Twitter users can make their tweets location-enabled. Location-enabled Twitter accounts will ensure that each tweet will be tagged with the current geographic coordinates of the user. Many Twitter users have not made their accounts location-enabled due to security reasons or because they are unaware of this feature or are simply not interested. In fact, only about 2% of tweets contain location information.

The application built in this chapter will mine a live stream of tweets...