• No Drones Zones: Map and GIS Data

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    Unmanned aircraft, known more commonly as drones, have a blanket ban by the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States over military bases and within a five mile radius of medium to large sized airports.  On July 27, 2014 a ban on the launching, landing, or operating of drones over national parks and [...]

  • Using Remote Sensing to Measure the Affect of Drought on Ground Water

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    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have been experimenting with a new data product to assess groundwater and soil moisture drought indicators. The maps produced are used by the U.S. Drought Monitor and use data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites.   In 2002, the GRACE satellites were launched [...]

  • National Transportation Atlas Database

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    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently released the 2014 National Transportation Atlas Database.   From the BTS The DVD is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related [...]

  • Evaluating Ecosystems from Space

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    The impact of humans upon the planet’s ecosystems has long been a concern for scientists, and now the European Space Agency (ESA) is taking their assessment of natural resources to a new level with satellite technology. The emphasis of a new project from the ESA is on promoting sustainability and [...]

  • Views From the 2014 Esri International User Conference: GIS In Imagery

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    Photographer Kristina Jacob shares moments she captured from the 2014 Esri International User Conference that was recently held during July in San Diego, California.  One of the largest GIS conferences in the world, the Esri UC played host to over 15,000 attendees from around the world. The Esri International User [...]

GIS Career and Jobs

Women in GIS Survey for a Master's Thesis

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Livia Betancourt Mazur is working on her Master’s thesis in Geography at Hunter College of City University of New York.  She has issued a call for participants for her survey which seeks to explore the representation of women in GIS and the experience of women who already work in the field: The survey [...]

Gender in the GIS Workforce

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A recent GIS job survey run on GIS Lounge sought to understand the state of gender balance in the GIS industry.  To date, the survey has collected responses from 1,186 GIS professionals (the survey is still open for participants to submit responses here). Global GIS Job Respondents On a global level, [...]

Top Five Most Important Skills For a GIS Career

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Joseph Kerski, the Education Manager at Esri, has create a series of three videos that looks at the skills needed for a successful career using GIS.  Kerski pulls from his experiences at Esri as well as an instructor teaching geography and GIS at various educational institutes. The video series starts [...]

GIS Learning

GIS Tutorial for Python Scripting

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GIS Tutorial for Python Scripting is a new release from Esri Press.  This workbook contains hands-on programming exercises to familiarize GIS users with scripting using Python, particularly within the ArcGIS environment. Python is used within ArcGIS to script geoprocessing functions and tasks such as automating workflows or customizing ArcGIS through custom menus [...]

GIS Survey: GIS on the Mac

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Do you have a GIS certification such as a GISP or an Esri technical certification? Fill out the survey below to explain why you do or do not hold a certification.

Esri Launches GeoNet

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Timing its announcement with the start of the annual Esri International User Conference, Esri has announced the launch of GeoNet, the Esri Community which the GIS software maker describes as a place “where you can share, chat, and collaborate on all things geo. It’s your chance to connect with other geospatial [...]


GIS Data

First Landsat  Spacecraft Launched - Today in Geospatial - July 23

standard First Landsat Spacecraft Launched – Today in Geospatial – July 23

On July 23, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft was launched.  At the time it was known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite and it was the first satellite launched to study the earth’s landmasses.  In 1975, the name was changed to Landsat.  Since then, this program has been continuously monitoring changes [...]

Mapping Soil Moisture from Space

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Soil moisture might not be considered a critical factor to the health of our planet but a series of satellite missions are proving otherwise. Scientists recently created maps from NASA’s Aquarius satellite of soil moisture, or the amount of water contained within soil particles, across the globe. These maps have [...]

GIS Software

Esri Releases Explorer for ArcGIS for Mac OS

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Baby steps.  GIS software giant Esri, which still lacks a full fledged desktop GIS software solution for native Mac OS users, has announced the release of Explorer for ArcGIS.  A step beyond the previous ArcExplorer, Explorer for ArcGIS is a free Mac OS app that offers the following functionality: Find, use, [...]

QGIS 2.4 'Chugiak' Now Available for Downloading

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The latest release of QGIS 2.4, called Chugiak, is now available for downloading.  QGIS is a freely available GIS software program (Anita Graser has written an introduction to QGIS that provides an overview of what the suite of QGIS programs offers). One of the major improvements in this latest release is [...]

Maps and Cartography

A Look At Epson's New Generation of Large-Format Color Printers

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Timed with this year’s Esri International User Conference, Epson has announced the second generation of its SureColor T-Series of large format color printers.  Epson has focused improvements to its printer series towards architects, engineers and GIS professionals.  I had a chance to speak with Timothy Check, Project Manager at Epson [...]

Map Traps: Intentional Mapping Errors to Combat Plagiarism

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When cartographers create maps, it is usually with the intention of being as accurate as possible. After all, when humans consult maps, they want to know where an exact location is and how they can get there. In the past, though, mapmakers have been known to slip in what are [...]

Explore Maps of the United States from 1884 to 2006

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The U.S. Geological Survey and Esri are working together to make over 178,000 maps of the United States available to the public via an online map explorer.  The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer lets users browse the extensive collection of scanned maps.  Since its official launch in September of 2011, the USGS has led an effort [...]

Spatial Analysis

Inaugural Issue of the International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research

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The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research (IJGER) has been published with the theme of ‘Geospatial Analysis of Urban Environment’.  The journal is sponsored by the Korea-America Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences (KAGES). IJGER is published using the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Digital Commons and all of its articles are freely [...]

Verifying Ancient Roman History with GIS

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Can ancient events be verified with modern technology?  Caesar’s Gallic Wars recounts that more than a quarter of a million Helvetii resided in the Swiss  Plateau.  Running low on food, the Helvetii, according to his memoir, invaded Gaul in 58 BCE.  Now, researchers are using GIS to test the veracity of those accounts. [...]

GPS

Crowdshipping: the Newest Development in Mobile GPS

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Crowdshipping is the delivery of goods based on the selection of a courier closest to the delivery route. The service was inspired by crowdsourcing, or the act of enlisting a group of people to help with a project, and is already growing quite rapidly. Couriers typically provide one-day shipping (or [...]

GPS Experts Call for Safeguards After GLONASS Outage

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The Russian GLONASS global satellite navigation system went down for 13 hours on April 2, but it’s not causing much of a stir outside of GPS followers. Several leading industry experts think this silence is a grave mistake. Locata Corporation CEO Nunzio Gumbale writes about a need for change, stressing the [...]

Before There was GPS: Personal Navigation in the 1920s and 1930s

standard Before There was GPS: Personal Navigation in the 1920s and 1930s

The idea of being able to track ones position when moving predates the invention of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the personal navigation devices that have followed.  Canes distributed at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago contained rolled up maps of the city and fair grounds, providing walkings with a [...]

Geography

Humorous GIS Related 404 Pages

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Here’s a little Friday fun.  It can be frustrating to land on a 404 page when you’re looking for critical information on the Internet.  Many companies add a little fun to those “page not found” errors.  Here is a roundup to see which of the more popular GIS sites have [...]

Earth at Your Fingertips - Free eBook

standard Earth at Your Fingertips – Free eBook

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a free 100 page ebook for iOS users. The book, entitled, “Earth from Space: the Living Beauty” contains over 100 pages and includes interactive maps, satellite imagery collected from ESA’s missions, and animations demonstrating various aspects of the world.

Celebrating Valentine's Day, Geographer Style

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What better way for geographers to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” than with geography? Nature supplies us with plenty of heart shape topography found around the world. Heart shaped islands, vegetation, and lakes make up this love themed geography.