September, 2011


GIS Software

How to Go from GIS Novice to Pro without Spending a Dime

How to Go from GIS Novice to Pro without Spending a Dime

I have only taken one formal course in GIS; however, I consider myself a confident practitioner of the software and am constantly learning more despite not having access to a costly software licenses for ArcGIS or similar desktop software. In order to enhance my GIS skills while transitioning from a […]

Maps and Cartography

To North Arrow or Not to North Arrow

To North Arrow or Not to North Arrow

I started my GIS education back when hand cartography was still a course offered at UCLA.  My early teachers drilled into me the standard of adding a title, north arrow, and scale bar automatically to all maps.  The GIS manager at a place where I first worked was adamant that […]

Maps and Cartography

Ten Things to Consider When Making a Map

Ten Things to Consider When Making a Map

What makes a good map?  When done well, a map is a vehicle for effective communication.  There are many cartographic principles to help guide effective map making.  Below are ten common considerations that all cartographers should incorporate as part of their map making process.  This list isn’t meant to be […]

Maps and Cartography

The World's Population, Concentrated into One CityThe World's Population, Concentrated into One City. By Tim De Chant.

Squeezing the World’s Population into One City

How large would a city be if you squeezed the entire world’s population of 6.9 billion into that city?  Tim De Chant took a look at the geographic range of different theoretical cities based on the current population densities of Paris, New York, San Francisco, London, Singapore, and Houston.  Against […]

GIS Software

San Diego Power Outage Twitter Map

San Diego Power Outage Twitter Map

Tweets relating to the current San Diego power outage are mapped below.  Any tweets related hashtags and keywords (#blackout, #outage, sdpoweroutage, power, electric) have been geolocated and mapped out onto a map of the Southern California area.  Also mapped are any social media content from YouTube and Flickr flagged with the […]