Progress Report: Geospatial for Python 3

The new book is coming along wonderfully, and with a few schedule adjustments, looks to be complete by the end of March. My chapters cover Python web frameworks for web mapping. Using Flask and Django, the reader will build a geodatabase and interact with it using the Model/View/Controller architectural pattern. It will also cover the creation of a geospatial REST API and interactions with cloud geodatabases such as CARTO and MapD using Python bindings.

Other chapters will cover the use of Python for GDAL & OGR, PostGIS, ArcGIS Online, and many more geospatial technologies. It’s a wide ranging book, with basic code recipes and explanations that will help expand the toolset of all GIS professionals.

The reviewers are now hard at work, correcting the text and helping with the code. Karla King is a GIS data engineer who has worked with traditional survey and GIS tools, been a technical writer, and has recently been developing web mapping applications. Rachel Stevenson is a cartographer with the US Geological Survey, and is pursuing her master’s degree in Geospatial Science.

I’m looking forward to getting in your hands!

  • Silas Toms, President


Python for Geospatial Workshops

In partnership with BayGeo’s GIS Education Center and City College of San Francisco, we are pleased to offer a three part course covering Python for geospatial analysis. These classes will be ongoing from February through April.

Part 1 will introduce Python programming basics, including data types, data containers, and terminology.

Part 2 will apply Python basics to the automation of ArcGIS software. This class will cover ArcPy and ArcREST.

Part 3 will introduce geospatial analysis modules for Python 3.

Check out the workshops, which can be taken separately or together, on the CCSFGIS website:

All classes include a free 1-year license of ArcGIS!

Spring Workshops Flyer




Sample chapter from ArcPy and ArcGIS: Second Edition

In celebration of GIS Day 2017, I’m sharing Chapter 13 from my new book, ArcPy and ArcGIS: Second Edition. Download the chapter here. The accompanying code is available here.

This chapter, Python and ArcGIS Enterprise, explores how to create an enterprise GIS workflow using ArcPy. This takes you from downloading web GIS data using ArcREST, to data editing on an enterprise geodatabase and publishing the data using ArcPy.

Find the whole book here, and enjoy your GIS Day!!!

Geospatial for Python 3

After the fun of completing ArcPy and ArcGIS: Second Edition, I’m pleased to announce that I am working on a new book for Packt Publishing: Geospatial for Python 3.

Python 3 has become mature and is supported by all major modules written to process and analyze geospatial data. To celebrate the maturation of Python 3, Geospatial for Python 3 will be written specifically to highlight how to use Python 3 as a GIS professional.

This wide-ranging book will cover open-source and commercial geospatial technologies, all of which have Python bindings or are written in pure Python. From GeoDjango to GeoPandas to spatial SQL & geodatabases, and even machine learning, this new book will introduce and explore all kinds of ways to perform analysis and create data insights.

I’m pleased to be joined in this effort by two experience GIS professionals with books to their name. Paul Crickard, author of Leaflet.js Essentials, is a GIS expert located in New Mexico. Eric Van Rees is an educator, writer, and analyst located in Spain. He has written trainings and articles about GIS for years; check out his writings here.

This book is slated for release in late February, 2018. I’m excited about this new effort and look forward to announcing its official release. I will be releasing sample chapters here as we get closer to publication.