Revolution #16: Breaking Boundaries

Written by Rachel Oberman and Seth Goodman Statistics By Rachel Oberman Maps By Leigh Seitz, John Napoli, Josh Panganiban, Graham Melville, Grace Grimsley, Lauren Hobbs Brave explorer and want to jump straight to the data? Check out our early alpha soft launch at: http://geoquery.org/geoboundaries/. Every Sunday, nine students pile into a tiny lab in Williamsburg, Virginia […]

Revolution #15: Code Spaghetti

I happened across a nice graphic over on codeproject.com that helpfully illustrates the types of development processes we use for GeoQuery. Enter “how much engineering does my software need”: Different elements of GeoQuery are engineered to different standards depending on two key factors: (1) if we believe it will be a long-term element of the […]

Revolution #13: “The Cloud”

We’ve had a lot of buzz around the office this week about the cloud, generally fostered by our discovery of paperspace (a cool startup that makes rolling your own computers in the cloud much easier).  We’ve dabbled with AWS, Google Compute, and a few other offerings before, but we’re constantly asked (at conferences and internally) […]

Revolution #11: The Holiday Season

With the holidays soon upon us, I wanted to briefly reflect on the pattern of users we’ve seen over the year – it’s been very busy, and very exciting.  The takeaway is, we had 944 users put in 3,098 requests for data since we went live. Not just surprising, but shocking to us that we’ve seen […]

Revolution #10: System Resilience

One ongoing challenge we face is preparing for large amounts of system demand – which can be very spikey.  Because of the system design of GeoQuery, we effectively have three potential points of failure: Front end server – The website people see (geoquery.org and the data front-ends). Database server – What the front-end pings to […]

Revolution #8: Alternate Entry Points

Today’s revolution is a preview of a coming feature of GeoQuery we’ve been working on – the ability to “roll your own” entry points into the GeoQuery database. You can see an example (unless it crashes – beta!) at http://umd.geoquery.org . A big concern we have regarding the sustainability of GeoQuery is it’s ability to not […]