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Blue Raster helps you tell your story through interactive
mapping technology. Make your message clear, exciting,
and user-friendly for both mobile and web platforms.


WHO Malaria Threats Map: Tracking challenges of malaria control to 2030

Blue Raster is proud to announce the debut of the Malaria Threats Map application, a collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at tracking biological challenges to malaria control and elimination.

Recent trends are emerging that necessitate a need for authorities to adapt plans for control and elimination of Malaria and counter the growing threat.

The application is the sole source for linked spatial and analytical data about these three trends:

  • Vector Insecticide Resistance -resistance of malaria mosquitoes to insecticides
  • Parasite Gene Deletions-Gene deletions among some malaria parasites cause false negative diagnostic test results
  • Parasite Drug Resistance– Resistance of malaria parasites to artemisinin, core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines – threatens antimalarial drug efficacy

The application offers a story-map like feeling by introducing data through curated narratives and is available in English, French and Spanish.

Using technologies such as ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS API for JavaScript, React, Redux, and HTML5 the application displays detailed information to users and allows them to filter for thousands of historic outcomes.


Phase I of the application was completed in 2017 with plans for a Phase II in 2018.




 Read more about the application on the WHO site.


Biodiversity Monitoring With Soundburst

Remote monitoring devices are evolving into an essential tool for biodiversity monitoring. In conjunction with Blue Raster, scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute created Soundburst, an acoustic application to rapidly process and identify species calls in sound files produced by remote sensors. Through Soundburst, you can pair acoustic recorders with eMammal cameras to monitor birds, frogs, and bats along with land-dwelling mammals.

The application was created using R and RShiny, with functions from R packages Seewave, Tuner, and Monitor. The app allows users to rename sound files, clip sound files to create files of a shorter duration, and generate spectrograms. Users can also annotate spectrograms with species identifications, and generate a csv of metadata and identifications. Finally, users can choose to load their files to an Amazon Web Services cloud account.

Historic Zoning in DC

Blue Raster worked with the DC Office of Zoning (DCOZ) to compile scanned versions of the 1958 zoning data as it evolved over approximately 60 years to present day. The data was georeferenced and converted to digital services and then displayed through an interactive application that allows users to choose a year of interest and see which case records happened on or before that year. By investigating the evolution of the zoning information for a property, insight can be gained into the when and why a change occurred.

By using a responsive design, the information is now available across a number of devices and browsers. Be sure to explore the history of your zone today!

DCOZ Historic Zoning Viewer


2016 Esri DevSummit: Learning with the Best


The Blue Raster team returned energized more than ever from the Esri Developers Summit in Palm Springs, California. The DevSummit is where we innovate with others on the latest approaches to web mapping and GIS as well as get a sneak peak on what’s coming up in 2016 specific to the Esri Tools.

Stand out technological upgrades from our experts:

  • The ArcGIS JavaScript 4.0 release promises fresh architecture and enhanced capabilities. We are particularly excited for the 3D capabilities that this release supports.
  • Portal for ArcGIS 10.4 supports sharing information throughout organizations with each team member having personalized access and editing capabilities.
  • The Spatio-Temporal Big-Data Store can hold archives of large-volume data with longer retention, essential for big-data projects.
  • Optimizing access to cloud-hosted Rasters using the Nasa-developed MRF (Meta Raster Format) Driver along with Limited Error Raster Compression (LERC). This allows imagery to be stored in Amazon S3 while be accessed as if located on local drives.
  • Vector Tiles for ArcGIS Pro allow full customization of Basemaps and Vector Layers. This meets the demanding requirements of high-performing web maps for desktop and moble

Joshua Tree Story Map

The DevSummit is Blue Raster’s chance to get one-on-one time with Esri experts as we innovate together and reflect on the latest trends in analysis, web mapping and GIS.

Phil Satlof and Amy Ramsdell were inspired by a presentation by Stephen Sylvia of Esri on Customizing Story Maps and quickly created a Story Map for their trip to Joshua Tree National Park, a day long venture filled with hiking, fun and of course maps. The platform allowed the team to publish and share their adventure via maps without any custom development.


Lastly, the team let off some steam with some good old-fashioned fun at the Esri DevSummit party. During our record-breaking advancement into the final game of the dodge ball tournament, we enjoyed reflecting on a week of learning and catching up with other devs — ultimately finshing in 2nd place out of 40 teams.