• Free Field Survey Tools

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    With the immense leaps of cheaper data storage, cellular availability, and awareness toward open source components, the options to create workflows that were traditionally commercial can now be accessed for free. One of these great leaps is with field survey tools. Once upon a time (around five years ago) a field […]

  • Using Geospatial Technologies to Save the World’s Peatlands

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    Rezatec has developed “Peat spotter”, a service that uses Earth Observation imagery to locate and create initial mappings of peatlands. This information is enriched with ground data collected by field agents using handheld devices.

  • New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced

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    The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) which had launched a review of its certification process back in 2011, announced new terms and fees for its certification and recertification processes starting July 1, 2015. In terms of the process for obtaining a GISP certification, the biggest change is the exam component.  Starting on […]

  • Abstract Machine: Applying GIS in the Humanities

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    Esri Press has released a new book about applying spatial analysis to the humanities.  In Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS, Charles B. Travis, a senior research fellow at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, uses case studies from history, poetry, and published works to explore out GIS analysis is used to explore and understand […]

  • Building Better Maps for the Visually Impaired

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    For those of us who can see, being able to read a map is something that we take advantage of every day. We use maps to navigate our way around the city using public transportation, take a field trip to the museum, and remember the layout of a new office […]

GIS Career and Jobs

How Does a Degree in GIS Affect How You Feel About Your Career?

How Does a Degree in GIS Affect How You Feel About Your Career?

Salary site payscale.com released the results of its 2014 college survey that looks at which college majors pay the best and are the most meaningful.  The survey was developed from 1.4 million respondents to its PayScale Salary Survey which collects data about  jobs, compensation, employer, demographics and educational background. So what did those who majored […]

I'm a.... The GIS Profession in One Word

I’m a…. The GIS Profession in One Word

When I think about the debate about whether or not GIS is a profession, one aspect that pokes at me is the inability to succinctly sum up the answer to the question, “What do you do?” in one word.  When I think about professions, I think about the one word […]

Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda

Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda

Esri has posted a survey soliciting input on the annual Esri User Conference agenda.  The survey is short and can be taken in five minutes.  It asks a series of questions about how the agenda is presented (mobile, online, paper, etc.) and accessed. The answers are confidential and the only […]

GIS Learning

Registration Open for Free GIS Course: Skills for the Digital Earth

Registration Open for Free GIS Course: Skills for the Digital Earth

Registration is now open for a free GIS course entitled, “Skills for the Digital Earth“.  This MOOC (massive open online course) is a four-week course offered from March 1 to March 28, 2015 which introduces how location technologies are used in society. The course is free, open, and requires no prior experience in GIS […]

Python Scripting for ArcGIS

Python Scripting for ArcGIS

Esri Press has released a book for experienced users of ArcGIS to develop their programming skills using Python without the need for prior programming experience.  Called Python Scripting for ArcGIS, the book assumes readers have an existing familiarity with ArcGIS and general geospatial concepts. From Esri: Key topics in this […]

Mapping of Terrorist attacks (2013) Source: Global terrorism database

How GlS Supports the Fight Against Terrorism

Every incident of terrorism provides a learning curve for the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in the fight against terrorism. Little empirical work on the spatial and temporal aspects of terrorism exists. So, theoretical models are applied in combination with historical records of terrorists or terror organizations. There is plenty of potential for research, especially in the mashup of technologies that use Big Data and social media activity like tweets to pinpoint location of terrorists; LiDAR and LADAR for 3D mapping and combat operations, geo statistical software for modeling and predictions.

GIS Data

Searching for open GIS data via Esri's ArcGIS Open Data.

Esri Launches Site to Find Open Data

Esri has launched ArcGIS Open Data as a portal for users to search, download, and visualize open data: Since July 2014, more than 1,200 organizations from all levels of government, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the cities of Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Muroran, Japan, have used Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data to configure […]

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER Project

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER Project

It is something that many of us take for granted every day. If we need to find directions to an unfamiliar place, all we need to do is pull out our smartphone or tablet and get maps of that place instantly. But these tools have not always been available, and […]

The IBM Ebola tracker.

Empowering GIS with Big Data

Analysis of Big Data in a geographic context has empowered organizations and businesses faced with huge amount of data and diverse technologies. The integration of maps with multiple layers of information tells the full story behind the data. Trends and patterns are revealed. Queries are answered and new questions are also addressed. At the same time, predictive modeling on massive datasets help drive accurate decision-making, profitability and effective resource management.

GIS Software

Creating an election map using ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS 10.3 is Released

Esri recently announced the release of ArcGIS 10.3.  Brian Peterson and Robby Deming from Esri provide some insights in what the latest release of ArcGIS brings.   At version 10.3, ArcGIS continues to innovate and push the science of geography and GIS. This release includes a series of new apps […]

Geofencing with Mappt.

Mobile and Field GIS

Find options for collecting GIS data in the field using mobile and field devices.  The mobile and field product descriptions listed here are provided by the companies that create them. Android GIS Products Mappt Mappt is a new market entrant into the field of tablet based data collection tools which […]

Maps and Cartography

Memphis Map for Elvis Fans by Alan and Andrea Grossman with hand-drawn illustrations.

Paper Maps Refuse to Die in the Digital Age

In today’s era of digital maps, the use of paper maps might seem a bit antiquated. When Google Maps are easily accessible through any computer, tablet, or smartphone, pulling out a paper map appears to be as old-fashioned as using a rotary telephone or listening to a vinyl record. There […]

Dragon Hunters: a Mapping Project for the British Legends

Dragon Hunters: a Mapping Project for the British Legends

The team behind Dragon Hunters explains their crowd funding campaign currently running on Indiegogo. Can we map a legend? Can we map dragons as we map the distribution of African lions or North American bald eagles? Like eagles, dragons are told to cut the sky with their wings, but they also dig […]

Mapping Almost 250 Years of Buildings in Manhattan

Mapping Almost 250 Years of Buildings in Manhattan

Morphocode‘s Urban Layers allows users to drill down and view the history of Manhattan’s buildings by mapping out over 45,000 buildings and symbolizing them by age.  Users can filter buildings by age by interacting with the graph which shows year of construction on the X axis and the number of buildings built […]

Spatial Analysis

Aerial Image of the GTA, showing light pollution hotspots in white light. Major streets and Highways can clearly be identified.

A Case Study in Environmental GIS: Light Pollution Mapping

Marcus Hinds, a geospatial consultant, shares the results of his work with using remote sensing and methodologies from environmental GIS to better understand and provide solutions to mediate light pollution in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada.  Nathan Heazlewood in one of his recent blurbs urged us Geomatics practitioners to be […]

Using Landsat images analyzed by a neural network, Anemone and his colleagues created a land cover map of the Great Divide Basin. Potential fossil locations are light red, and likely locations are dark red. (Map adapted from Anemone, et al., 2011.)

Finding Fossils with Remote Sensing

In the field of paleontology, finding fossils is often a substantial undertaking. Researchers usually have to assemble crews of up to 15 people, each one carrying their own food and shelter, and head out into remote areas where making good time means driving 10 miles an hour. On top of […]

Coastline paradox

GIS Data and the Coastline Paradox

Imagine that you’re taking a GIS class and your instructor tasks everyone with coming up with the answer to, “what is the length of the coastline of Maine?”  Everyone downloads a different GIS data set to calculate the length and everyone comes back with a completely different answer to that […]