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GIS 101: Learn About GIS

GIS 101: Learn About GIS

GIS is a multi-faceted discipline built that incorporates a variety of technologies and concepts. To really understand the capabilities of GIS, it is important to learn cartography, spatial and statistical analysis, database management, and programming. Looking to get started in GIS?  This GIS 101 page is the launch page for […]

Mapping Air Pollution

Mapping Air Pollution

Pulling real time data from the city government of Madrid, Into the Air is a project led by Nerea Calvillo (along with a team of architectural students, anthropologists, and designers) to map out air pollutants over the Spanish city.  The project was originally developed at Visualizar’08, an annual workshop/seminar that focused that year’s […]

Making Maps with R

Making Maps with R

R language is a commonly used programming language and open source software that can be utilized by statisticians for statistical and data analysis.  Licensed under GNU, R can be downloaded and installed on Linux, MacOS, and Windows platforms.  More about what R is here. R can also be used for […]

The default style for the Ordnance Survey (top) as compared to the new color blind friendly scheme (bottom).

Making Color Blind Friendly Maps

It’s estimated that about 7% of males are color blind in some form (as compared with 0.4% of females).   While a very small percentage don’t see color at all, the most common form of color blindness is the inability to differentiate red and green colors.  One area that color […]

Coastal vignettes with a buffer distance of 1,000 meters.

Enhancing Shorelines with Vector-Based Coastal Vignettes

The demarkation between land and a body of water can be enhanced cartographically through the use of coastal vignettes.  From a cartographic perspective, a coastal vignette is a way of displaying water so that areas closest to the shoreline are displayed with a white color.  The water is then color […]

Your Brain on Maps

As part of a larger article on the real and hypothesized effects of relying on computerized navigation systems on the mind, Alex Hutchinson looked at research on spatial cognition.  The ability to navigate successfully can be achieved by either of two different strategies in the brain which Hutchinson explains in Global […]