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Who Am I? Working with Personal Genetic Data using Grapher and MapViewer

Who Am I?  Working with Personal Genetic Data using Grapher and MapViewer

Humans are born with a natural curiosity about ourselves and the world in which we live. Much of our infancy and early childhood consists of consuming the environment surrounding us, our five senses providing much of the data. As we grow more and more self-aware, many of us begin to ponder where we as humans come from. As science and technology advance, archaeologists, geneticists, and other scientists come closer to answering this question definitively. These advances also allow individuals to begin to answer the question Where did I come from? by using increasingly popular personal genomics services. A few companies providing these services include AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and deCODE genetics.

Several years ago, my interest was piqued, and I purchased a testing kit from 23andMe. I received my kit in the mail, sent off a vial of my saliva, and waited anxiously for my results. I wasn’t sure if I was more excited to receive information about my ancestry or my genetic health risk data! After a few long weeks, I received my results and sifted through my information. 23andMe reports ancestry as the estimated composition of DNA from 31 populations in the world. The report also includes estimated percentage of Neanderthal DNA, haplogroup, potential health risks, likelihood of inherited traits, estimated response to certain drugs, and likelihood of other inherited conditions. In addition to analysis and estimations, 23andMe also gives you access to browse and download your raw genetic data.  When reviewing the analysis and risk estimates, it is important to keep in mind that this is just a snapshot of your DNA. Not all genetic markers are reported and analyzed, and other factors, such as environment and lifestyle, are not taken into account.

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This day in history: Vanuatu joins the U.N.

This day in history: Vanuatu joins the U.N.

This day in history, in 1981, the island nation of Vanuatu joined the United Nations. In honor of this, I've created the above graphic, using both our MapViewer 8 thematic mapping software and our Grapher 11 graphing software to show when each country joined the United Nations, and how the organization grew over time. Congratulations Vanuatu!

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Mapping Fantasy Football Points

Mapping Fantasy Football Points

September has arrived, and fall is nearly here.  For many people fall means football!  With fantasy football drafts upon us, I thought it would be fun to create a map displaying the highest scoring players and NFL teams across the US.  I began by pulling some fantasy football stats from one of the many fantasy league websites to create a spreadsheet with the stats I was interested in.  The fantasydata website has fantasy points assigned to NFL teams based on 2015 pre-season performance as well as historic full season fantasy points for each player.  I was curious to see if the best fantasy point scorers coincided with NFL team fantasy points.

Since the 2014 stats are for individual players and the 2015 pre-season stats are for teams, I decided to show the player data using a symbol map and the NFL team data using a hatch map. Symbol maps apply a color and size gradient to each symbol based on a specified data column. I also applied a color gradient to the hatch map and added labels to the player symbols for a bit more information. 

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Mapping Challenge: Use Golden Software's Mapping Software to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

Mapping Challenge: Use Golden Software's Mapping Software to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

I ran across a recent mapping challenge while perusing reddit.com's GIS community, and I wanted to extend the challenge to Golden Software users! This challenge asks users to submit a map that would help someone survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The challenger also requests steps used to create the map. The challenge is presented as a fun way to help others learn mapping software.

Golden Software documentation writer Zach whipped up a submission today. His map was created using a combination of MapViewer 8 and the eagerly anticipated Surfer 13! Zach's map uses real city population density data from the Colorado Front Range presented as a proportionally-sized post layer, his own calculated zombie population data displayed as an image layer, a base layer downloaded from an online server, and a contour layer created from manipulated data from a grid downloaded from an online server (a new Surfer 13 feature). Stay tuned for future blog post detailing how to recreate this map!

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Using Didger and MapViewer to Build a Site Map

Using Didger and MapViewer to Build a Site Map

I recently took a trip to Tennessee to attend the 14th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival takes place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. In addition to music and art installations, Bonnaroo has campgrounds organized by pods, a cinema tent, a comedy theater, and more! Upon arrival to the festival, attendees are given a map of the festival site. With stage names that include What Stage, Which Stage, This Tent, That Tent, and The Other Tent, the map is a necessary tool for many attendees! For this post, I used a combination of Didger 5 and MapViewer 8 to recreate the map and export it to KML to display in Google Earth.

To begin, I downloaded the PDF version of Bonnaroo's map (pictured below) from their website.

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