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It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve had a newsletter and you might have seen the news I’m now at HERE. I honestly couldn’t be happier; I’ll be working with the Professional Services teams to integrate HERE into so many different solutions. I have to admit, I’ve been a user of HERE, Navteq and many of the other companies that have become part of the stack here, so it is really exciting to work with the technology on a firsthand basis. I won’t be talking too much about HERE on this newsletter as I want to keep it focused on spatial but at least you’ll know where my head is these days.
I'm HERE
I'm HERE
One place I’m spending my free time is on my GeoJSON Ballparks project. I won’t rehash what I’ve blogged about but it is a good lesson in always plan for a future. Or at least take the time to think about the implications of mapping every ballpark and how it might look. Something that started out so simple has really become quite complicated with teams sharing stadiums, teams moving stadium and the worst, teams changing the names of stadium. At least I can use the excuse of the MiLB realignment to fix what I should have fixed years ago.
Minor League Baseball, NOW with more reorganization!
Minor League Baseball, NOW with more reorganization!
I’m a bit at the crossroads as to how to organize this data and in what format. I’m 1000% sure I am going to have one GeoJSON file of stadiums and their locations. I’m also 1000% sure I’ll have a second file with the team names. And I’m 1000% sure I will be linking the teams to the stadiums, so I have that one-to-many relationship that I need to have. (so, I’m 3000% sure I’m doing it this way) but I guess I store the teams as JSON and then allow people to do the link. I could put the data in shapefiles or GeoPackages but then it wouldn’t be GeoJSON ballparks would it? A friend suggested that I use CSV instead of JSON for the teams and that is possible. It would be easy enough to accomplish and it would allow for easier editing of the data. But I’m not sold. What I’ll probably do is just do it once and then see what a bad mistake I made and then revisit this revisit in 5 years.
What is crazy is that this project is over 7 years old!
(((TheSteve0)))
hey @cageyjames do you know where I can get all the lat lons for all the Major (minor if available) league baseball parks? CC @gshipley
After that tweet, I loaded this gist up and then I lost my mind researching every professional baseball stadium in the world. All good times.
Links
Apple's indoor maps format is now a standard; here's why that matters | Computerworld
'The Man Behind The Maps': Jim Niehues Hand Paints Vermont's Ski Trails | Vermont Public Radio
Google Maps will soon let you draw on a map to fix it - The Verge
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