• Esri Releases 10.3 Versions of its Technical Exams

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    Esri recently announced that versions 10.3 for its ArcGIS Desktop and Enterprise Administration Associate technical exams are now available.  For ArcGIS Desktop, 10.3 version exams are available or will shortly become available for all three levels: Entry, Associates, and Professional.  In addition, Enterprise Geodata and System Design exams have been updated. In contrast, […]

  • First Satellite Images from Sentinel-2 Delivered

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    Four days after its launch, the first images from Sentinel-2 have been delivered.  Covering an area from central Europe and the Mediterranean, ending in Algeria, images from the satellite is part of the Copernicus environmental monitoring program.  Designed as a twin satellite system, Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2b (which will launch in 2016) will provide […]

  • Landsat 8 Data Users Handbook

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    Launched in 2013 by NASA, Landsat 8 is the latest satellite in the series.  The mission of the orbiting satellite is to map and track changes on Earth.  Under the control of the USGS, the satellite continues the more than forty year earth observation legacy of the Landsat program. Available in […]

  • How Bendy are the World’s Roads?

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    Where in the world are the straightest roads and where are the curviest?  Rory McCann used OpenStreetMap data to find out.  After extracting street data from the crowdsourced mapping project using Osmosis, McCann then used a python script that he developed to determine the “bendiness” of each road segment, which he defines as […]

  • Global Trachoma Mapping Project

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    The Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP) is the largest disease-mapping project ever undertaken.  In an attempt to eliminate the disease by 2020, the mapping effort seeks to distribute locational data to governments and aid agencies.  Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness and is treatable with eye ointment.  Poor hygiene […]

GIS Career and Jobs

iGETT participants learning GIS in the lab. Source: NASA.

Ensuring the Future of GIS with Geospatial Education

The U.S. government is helping to guarantee the future of GIS by investing billions of dollars in geospatial education. The hope is that this funding will go towards developing a workforce that is able to use geographic information in order to solve local, national, and global problems. Of source, the […]

New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced

New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced

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 […]

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 […]

GIS Learning

Free QGIS Video Tutorial

Free QGIS Video Tutorial

Discover Spatial is offering a free five lesson QGIS video tutorial.  Aimed towards those interested in learning more about this open source GIS software, the tutorials cover the following areas: Why QGIS?, Identifying the main elements of the QGIS interface, Loading Shapefiles, Creating a map, Advanced styling techniques, Classifying vector data, Preparing a map for export & […]

Free Earth Science and GIS Classroom Materials

Free Earth Science and GIS Classroom Materials

Esri has launched a new initiative that offers free ArcGIS Online based classroom learning materials.  The first collection, called the Earth Science GeoInquiry Collection, provides fifteen web-mapping lessons for middle school students. “Earth Science GeoInquiries provide a substantial change in the way we, as educators, use mapping and geographic analysis with […]

GIS Reference Books and Materials

GIS Reference Books and Materials

If you are looking for GIS reference materials, I have found a few excellent and mostly free online books and journals that are valuable for both the novice and seasoned GIS user. Geospatial Analysis: a Comprehensive Guide to Principles, Techniques and Software Tools by De Smith, M. J., Goodchild, M. F., & […]

GIS Data

Bhuvan - the Indian Geoportal

Bhuvan – the Indian Geoportal

The ISRO Bhuvan geoportal is a free resource for high resolution imagery and earth related GIS data of the Indian region. It is easy to use, works on slow browsers and best used for societal and environmental applications. The portal and services are also updated in continuum.

Setting drone flight coordinates.

Using Drones to Protect Indigenous Lands

The indigenous Dayaks in Setulang, Indonesia are using drone technology to protect their lands from illegal uses such as logging and clear cutting.  The indigenous forest conservation area is locally known as Taneh Ulen and is managed by the Dayaks. Drones provide a rapid and inexpensive way to map out territories which […]

GIS Software

Demographic map of Texas created using R. Source: Lamstein.

Free Email Course: Learn to Map Census Data in R

Users interesting in learning how the map Census data using R can participate in a free email course offered by Ari Lamstein.  R is an open source programming and software environment popularly used by statisticians and data miners (more: Making Maps with R). The tutorial series involves five email lessons […]

Geoprocessing with Python

Geoprocessing with Python

Manning Publications has a new Python programming book “Geoprocessing with Python“.  As part of of the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP), sections of the books are being made available now. Written by Chris Gerard, a Research Associate for the RS/GIS Lab at the Utah State University for over a decade.  The book […]

Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

Creating Dynamic Maps in QGIS Using Python: QGIS Python Programming CookBook

Learn how to use Python to create dynamic maps in QGIS with this free preview chapter of QGIS Python Programming CookBook. With 140 short, reusable recipes to automate geospatial processes in QGIS, the QGIS Python Programming CookBook teaches readers how to use Python and QGIS to create and transform data, produce appealing GIS visualizations, and build […]

Maps and Cartography

Downtown view of the 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

Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity

Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity

The Earth’s oceans play a vital role in the health of the planet. Ocean dynamics impact weather patterns, it provides food and recreational opportunities, and industry related to the ocean generates significant revenue. The ocean also serves a critical function in regards to easing global warming, and scientists are now […]

Where are the residents of Turkey the happiest?

Using a Heat Map to Show the Level of Happiness by Province in Turkey

Dogus Guler is a graduate student in Geomatics Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. His main interest area is Geographical Information Systems and he shares the analysis of happiness rates across Turkey.   This heat map was produced with happiness research data at the provincial level conducted for the first time in Turkey […]

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 […]