June, 2012

GIS Learning

Taking the Geopolitical Fight Over Google Maps to the Street

Taking the Geopolitical Fight Over Google Maps to the Street

Advocates for the Persian Gulf have taken their fight about Google’s refusal to name the gulf between Iran and the Arab Gulf states on Google Maps to the streets of Los Angeles.  NPR’s Which Way, LA? blog has noticed the proliferation of pro-Persian Gulf billboards around Los Angeles, proclaiming “It is […]

GIS Software

Areas of new Bing imagery.Areas of new Bing imagery.

Mapping News: ArcGIS 10.1, QGIS 1.8, Waze 3.2, Google Maps Coordinates

In the last few weeks of June 2012, ArcGIS 1.01 and QGIS 1.8 were released, Google slashed its Google Maps API prices and released a tracking application for mobile workers. Waze released an update that provide users with access to cheap gas locations and discounted gas coupons.  The US Census […]

GIS Career and Jobs

Map of GIS Job Listings in the USGIS Job listings in the contiguous United States as posted during February of 2012. Click on map for a larger version.

Where are the GIS Jobs? A Look at the GIS Job Market in the United States

According to private research, GIS industry reportedly grew in the double digits in 2010 and another 8% in 2011.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics’  2010-2011 Handbook labeled GIS skilled workers as having “favorable job prospects” and the US Department of Labor’s High Growth Industry Profile – Geospatial Technology report found that the geospatial market is “growing at an […]

GIS Data

Converted KML file in ArcGISConverted KML file in ArcGIS

How to Convert a KML File into an ArcGIS Compatible Format

With the proliferation of KML files created for use in Google Maps, Google Earth, or Google Fusion Table, you may find yourself needing to bring the data from a KML file into ArcGIS.  KML files are an XML-based geographic dataset and have an extension of .kml (.kmz are compressed KML […]

GIS Learning

Geography Bloopers

Geographic ignorance abounds. Listed here are some funny and head scratching worthy geography blunders. Absolut Geography Oops Swedish Vodka distiller Absolut has managed to upset both sides of the geographic divide with their map depicting Mexico and the United States in the 1830s when what is now California, Texas, New […]

Maps and Cartography

Planisphere Celeste Meridionale, 1705Planisphere Celeste Meridionale, 1705.

Notable Cartographers and Their Maps

Cartography is the art and science of map making. It requires a steady hand, attention to detail, and comprehensive knowledge of geography. Though most people can’t name one cartographer off of the tops of their heads, let alone a group of them, maps play an influential role in everyone’s lives. […]