May, 2011


GIS Learning

GIS News: URISA, ESRI Canada, Agency9, SuperGeo, RapidEye

GIS News: URISA, ESRI Canada, Agency9, SuperGeo, RapidEye

The latest news from the geospatial industry has several software announcements: SuperGIS Server now supports KML, FME 2011 allows for faster data retrieval, and Agency9 has released CityPlanner 2.0.  ESRI Canada has announced a new Award of Excellence and URISA is accepting applications for its Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards […]

GIS Data

Tracking Ash Plumes

Tracking Ash Plumes

Data pulled from several satellites has been put to use in understanding the behavior of ash plumes from the recent eruption of Grímsvötn in Iceland.  Measurements from various satellites were used to understand the spread, extension, concentration and movement of debris spewed from Grímsvötn. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI used data […]

GIS Learning

Getting to Know ArcGIS ModelBuilder

Getting to Know ArcGIS ModelBuilder

Esri Press has a new release: Getting to Know ArcGIS ModelBuilder: The book “details the steps required to develop and run reusable geoprocessing workflows and models in ModelBuilder, a visual programming technology available in ArcGIS software.”  Written by David W. Allen, a GIS Manager for the City of Euless, Texas, Getting to […]

GIS Learning

New Online GIS Course : UC San Diego

New Online GIS Course : UC San Diego

University of California San Diego Extension will be offering an online course starting in July that will extend your knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) focusing on spatial analysis techniques.  This course can be taken by itself or as one of four courses in the GIS Certificate Program. Visit:  GIS IV: 3-D Display […]

GIS Learning

GIS News: Esri, GfK Geomarketing, Bentley

GIS News: Esri, GfK Geomarketing, Bentley

The latest geospatial industry news includes administrative and political geographic data from GfK Geomarketing, a new enterprise licensing program from Esri, the launch of AECOsim from Bentley, list of awardees from Cityworks. Esri has launched a new enterprise licensing program targeted towards smaller public agencies.  The announcement from Esri explains: The […]

GIS Learning

GIS News: New Production Mapping Blog, Census 2010 Data, OSGIS 2011

GIS News: New Production Mapping Blog, Census 2010 Data, OSGIS 2011

Today’s geospatial industry news includes a new blog from Esri, Esri Census 2010 data products, and the OSGIS annual conference. Esri has launched a new blog on Production Mapping aimed at those in charge of producing maps and other cartographic products. Esri has released Esri Census 2010 data: This release […]

GIS Learning

Grímsvötn Volcano Mapping and Imagery

Grímsvötn Volcano Mapping and Imagery

Another Icelandic volcano is erupting.  Last year, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano erupted, paralyzing air traffic and grounding planes across Europe.  Grímsvötn starting spewing late Saturday evening.  The volcano, which has been dormant since 2004, has already closed Iceland’s air space.   The disruption caused by this volcanic event are anticipated to be […]

GIS Learning

The default style for the Ordnance Survey (top) as compared to the new color blind friendly scheme (bottom).

Making Color Blind Friendly Maps

It’s estimated that about 7% of males are color blind in some form (as compared with 0.4% of females).   While a very small percentage don’t see color at all, the most common form of color blindness is the inability to differentiate red and green colors.  One area that color […]