November, 2009


Maps and Cartography

Accidental Geography

Are you suffering from cartocacoethes?  If so, then the Accidental Geography posts from Strange Maps is for you.  Strange Map defines cartocacoethes as “the uncontrollable urge to see maps in everyday, non-cartography-related objects.”  The term was originally detailed on John Krygier’s Making Maps blog.  Strange Maps has two posts representing […]

GIS Career and Jobs

Essential Skills for a GIS Analyst

Essential Skills for a GIS Analyst

What skills do you need to be a successful GIS Analyst?  Michalis Avraam put together the results of a discussion at the University of Washington that posed the question, “What are the essential skills to succeed as a GIS Analyst?”  Avraam breaks down the critical skills into categories: general GIS, […]

GIS Data

Geo-Volunteerism

Geo-Volunteerism

The New York Times is the latest publication to profile the various crowdsourcing efforts to collect geographic data: From Petaluma to Peshawar, these amateurs are arming themselves with GPS devices and easy-to-use software to create digital maps where none were available before, or fixing mistakes and adding information to existing […]

GIS Data

Ordnance Survey Data to be Made Freely Available

Ordnance Survey Data to be Made Freely Available

A press release from the British government entitled “Re-mapping the future for Ordnance Survey – making public data public” has announced that the Ordnance Survey will “will open up its data relating to electoral and local authority boundaries, postcode areas and mid scale mapping information.”  The announcement comes after a […]

GIS Learning

GIS Day 2009 – Happy Geography Awareness Week

GIS Day 2009 – Happy Geography Awareness Week

Each year since 1987 thanks to a presidential proclamation, the third week of November has been celebrated as Geography Awareness Week.  The main sponsor of Geography Awareness Week has been the National Geographic Society which uses the week as a vehicle to promote geographic literacy in schools and communities.  This year, […]