GIS Career and Jobs

iGETT participants learning GIS in the lab. Source: NASA.

Ensuring the Future of GIS with Geospatial Education

The U.S. government is helping to guarantee the future of GIS by investing billions of dollars in geospatial education. The hope is that this funding will go towards developing a workforce that is able to use geographic information in order to solve local, national, and global problems. Of source, the […]

New GISP Certification Process and Fees Announced

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 […]

How Does a Degree in GIS Affect How You Feel About Your Career?

How Does a Degree in GIS Affect How You Feel About Your Career?

Salary site payscale.com released the results of its 2014 college survey that looks at which college majors pay the best and are the most meaningful.  The survey was developed from 1.4 million respondents to its PayScale Salary Survey which collects data about  jobs, compensation, employer, demographics and educational background. So what did those who majored […]

GIS Learning

GIS Data

Strava has captured over 400,000 bike trips a year in Oregon.

Big Data, GIS, and Bikes

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has set a precedent for public agencies across the country with the purchase of a Strava dataset in order to inform their research. In the fall of 2013, the ODOT bought a one-year license of a dataset that includes over 400,000 individual bicycle trips […]

Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services

Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services

Amazon recently announced the availability of  85,000 Landsat 8 scenes through Amazon Web Services (AWS): Landsat on AWS. The Landsat scenes have been made available via the landsat-pds bucket in the Amazon S3 US West (Oregon) region. The announcement came via a blog post on Amazon: As we said in December, we hope to accelerate […]

GIS Software

Maps and Cartography

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 […]

Dragon Hunters: a Mapping Project for the British Legends

Dragon Hunters: a Mapping Project for the British Legends

The team behind Dragon Hunters explains their crowd funding campaign currently running on Indiegogo. Can we map a legend? Can we map dragons as we map the distribution of African lions or North American bald eagles? Like eagles, dragons are told to cut the sky with their wings, but they also dig […]

Mapping Almost 250 Years of Buildings in Manhattan

Mapping Almost 250 Years of Buildings in Manhattan

Morphocode‘s Urban Layers allows users to drill down and view the history of Manhattan’s buildings by mapping out over 45,000 buildings and symbolizing them by age.  Users can filter buildings by age by interacting with the graph which shows year of construction on the X axis and the number of buildings built […]

Spatial Analysis

The map created from satellite measurements displays how much the ocean varies in acidity. Areas that are reddish in color are more alkaline or basic, and this means that they have more room to absorb carbon dioxide floating in the atmosphere. Image: Ifremer/ESA/CNES

Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity

The Earth’s oceans play a vital role in the health of the planet. Ocean dynamics impact weather patterns, it provides food and recreational opportunities, and industry related to the ocean generates significant revenue. The ocean also serves a critical function in regards to easing global warming, and scientists are now […]

Where are the residents of Turkey the happiest?

Using a Heat Map to Show the Level of Happiness by Province in Turkey

Dogus Guler is a graduate student in Geomatics Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. His main interest area is Geographical Information Systems and he shares the analysis of happiness rates across Turkey.   This heat map was produced with happiness research data at the provincial level conducted for the first time in Turkey […]

Aerial Image of the GTA, showing light pollution hotspots in white light. Major streets and Highways can clearly be identified.

A Case Study in Environmental GIS: Light Pollution Mapping

Marcus Hinds, a geospatial consultant, shares the results of his work with using remote sensing and methodologies from environmental GIS to better understand and provide solutions to mediate light pollution in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada.  Nathan Heazlewood in one of his recent blurbs urged us Geomatics practitioners to be […]