February, 2015


GIS Data

Geoportals

Geoportals provide a single point of access for searching for and downloading GIS data from a multitude of sources.  Users looking for GIS data can search a variety of geoportals for government and open GIS data.  President Clinton signed an executive order in 1994 mandating the establishment of a federal spatial data infrastructure […]

GIS Career and Jobs

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 […]

GIS Learning

Registration Open for Free GIS Course: Skills for the Digital Earth

Registration is now open for a free GIS course entitled, “Skills for the Digital Earth“.  This MOOC (massive open online course) is a four-week course offered from March 1 to March 28, 2015 which introduces how location technologies are used in society. The course is free, open, and requires no prior experience in GIS […]

GIS Data

Searching for open GIS data via Esri's ArcGIS Open Data.Searching for open GIS data via Esri's ArcGIS Open Data.

Esri Launches Site to Find Open Data

Esri has launched ArcGIS Open Data as a portal for users to search, download, and visualize open data: Since July 2014, more than 1,200 organizations from all levels of government, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the cities of Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Muroran, Japan, have used Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data to configure […]

Maps and Cartography

Downtown view of the Memphis Map for Elvis Fans by Alan and Andrea Grossman with hand-drawn illustrations.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 […]