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With Hackers at CCAFS Hackathon

Last weekend several of us participated in the CCAFS Hackathon, a side event of the COP20 in Lima Peru. It was great! Congratulations to the winners Geomelodicos and to 2nd place ViaSoluciones. And congratulations to David Abreu and the whole CCAFS team who put it all together. The event highlighted an important consideration if you want to foster innovation at multiple levels – make everything you do related to research and development work as open as possible so that smart young people like the ones we saw in this event can put that data/information/knowledge to work. Most of us as individuals, work groups and organizations don’t do enough to make our work openly accessible. We are failing to realize the full potential of our work.

Mentors at the CCAFS Hackathon at COP20 in Lima, Peru. From left to right: Glenn Hyman, Anton Eitzinger, Diana Giraldo and Julian Ramirez.

Mentors at the CCAFS Hackathon at COP20 in Lima, Peru. From left to right: Glenn Hyman, Anton Eitzinger, Diana Giraldo and Julian Ramirez.

Related Note: One question that came up was how could we embed some maps in applications that we are building. Here below is an example of what one of the groups is doing with maps of the RTBMaps application. They want to embed maps from RTBMaps into their own applications. This example shows a map of potential potato yield from the application. Note that you can pan, zoom, search for locations, view the legend and view a description of the map:

Users of ArcGIS Online can go into the ESRI website and pull up the maps they want with the ArcGIS Online Viewer. Then they can just click on the button EMBED IN WEBSITE. From there you have some options to control the extent, whether you have a legend and a description of the data set. You should can also provide a function that searches  geographic names within your map extent. Then you copy the code that it gives you, which you can later paste in your application. So, this is a very easy way to include some very simple mapping functionality into any website, blog or application that you are developing.

 

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