Marie Tharp and Mapping the Ocean Floor

As an oceanographic cartographer, Marie Tharp is credited with scientifically mapping the ocean floor in partnership with her colleague Bruce Heezen. Tharp and Heezen’s work was revolutionary, in that led to many discoveries and the theories of continental drift of plate tectonics. Tharp was a pioneer in science both as a woman and for her mapmaking.

The Urban Observatory Uses GIS to Seek to Better Understand Cities

The Urban Observatory is a live museum that allows access to a large amount of data about major cities around the world. The observatory allows users to compare and contrast a wide variety of GIS data covering areas such as water distribution, power grids, street networks, population density, public transit, and open public spaces.

California Supreme Court Rules that GIS Data are Public Record

After a lengthy battle in the court system, California’s Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of allowing public access to the government’s GIS data in Orange County. Back in 2007, the Sierra Club sued the county for the right to use its GIS data for environmental mapping projects. Orange County resisted, however, claiming that the digital maps did not fall under the Public Records Act.