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GIS Data

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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 […]

Maps and Cartography

Choropleth map showing the number of billionaires in residence per state for the United States. Data from Forbes' List of the World's Billionaires, March 2012.Choropleth map showing the number of billionaires in residence per state for the United States. Data from Forbes' List of the World's Billionaires, March 2012.

How To Make Area Cartogram Maps in ArcGIS

If you have data with disparate values between areas, making an area cartogram is an effective way to map out those values. This article provides a tutorial on how to make area cartogram maps using ArcGIS.

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 […]

GIS Career and Jobs

Preparing for a GIS Job Interview

Preparing for a GIS Job Interview

Having sat on both sides of the table, I know that the interview process can sometimes be an uncomfortable and even painful process. To make matters more difficult, the GIS field requires a broad range of skills ranging from cartographic techniques to programming to relational database management. Acquiring enough depth in any of these areas can seem impossible especially when the field is still evolving at a horrendous pace. So what is it that’s really important when it comes to interviewing for a GIS position?

GIS Learning

How to Calculate the Boundaries of an UTM Zone

How to Calculate the Boundaries of an UTM Zone

Calculating the eastern and western boundaries of a UTM is very straightforward.  Developed by the U.S. Army, the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) is an international plane (rectangular) coordinate system. In the coordinate system, the world is divided into 60 zones of 6 degrees longitude. Each zone extends 3 degrees east […]