Maps and Cartography

You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level

You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level

The Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab has launched an ambitious hyperlocal cartography project called “You Are Here” which has a goal to produce 100 maps showing a slice of life in 100 various U.S. cities (for a total of 10,000 maps).  The project is starting out with launching one map per day with the goal of […]

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Filed in Maps and Cartography by on April 11, 2014
The World’s First Scratch and Sniff Interactive Story Map

The World’s First Scratch and Sniff Interactive Story Map

What’s April 1st without a little map trickery? Last year, Google had cartophiles hunting for lost treasure.  This year, Google Maps is inviting users of  iPhone or Android devices to become a Pokémon Master. Scratch and Sniff Interactive Story Map Also making its debut on April 1, Esri has finally figured out a way to incorporate the sense of […]

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Filed in Maps and Cartography by on April 1, 2014

GIS Jobs and Career

Crowdsourced Map of Women in GIS

Crowdsourced Map of Women in GIS

Update: The Women in GIS crowdsourced map effort is still gathering steam.  Thousands of women in GIS have added their locational information to the map.  The goal is to reach at least 10,000 women currently working in GIS.  Esri has also joined in to help promote the Making History…GIS and Women mapping effort with a […]

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Filed in GIS Career and Jobs by on March 26, 2014
Summer GIS Opportunities

Summer GIS Opportunities

Summer is a great time for students to focus their efforts on learning more about GIS and developing hands on experience.  Start lining up your GIS summer experience.  Listed here are summer GIS opportunities. GIS Data Collection Volunteers | Cusco, Peru A small NGO located in Calca, Peru called the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development […]

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Filed in GIS Career and Jobs by on March 7, 2014

GIS Learning

GIS TaskSheets

GIS TaskSheets

Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach has over forty GIS TaskSheets available as PDFs for users to access.  Each tasksheet offers step by step instructions on completing a specific geospatial task.  The tasksheets cover a variety of GIS software products such as ArcGIS Explorer, QGIS,  Google My Maps, and ArcGIS Online. Users can browse the list […]

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Filed in GIS Learning by on April 22, 2014
GIS and Map Contests Roundup

GIS and Map Contests Roundup

There are a few map contests open for those interested in submitting both paper and digital maps as well as contests designed to showcase the potential of different types of spatial data. GIS and Map Contests Here are current map and GIS related competitions listed in order of the competition deadline.  An updated list of […]

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Filed in GIS Learning by on April 22, 2014

Spatial Analysis

Overview of Public Health and GIS

Overview of Public Health and GIS

This article provides an overview of the use of GIS as in public health. It includes a short history of its development as a tool in the field, explains how GIS is used, different data sources and how the privacy of sensitive health information is maintained. Examples of current research using GIS within the public health field are also provided.

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Filed in GIS Data, Spatial Analysis by on April 18, 2014
Overview of Fuzzy Logic Site Selection in GIS

Overview of Fuzzy Logic Site Selection in GIS

Site selection is a type of GIS analysis that is used to determine the best site for something and fuzzy logic is one site selection method. It assigns membership values to locations that range from 0 to 1 and is commonly used to find ideal habitat for plants and animals. This article examines fuzzy logic and explains how and when to use it.

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Filed in Spatial Analysis by on April 14, 2014

GIS Data

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement

Water is essential for life on the Earth, and the supply of this precious liquid is constantly being recycled through energy from the sun. This process is known as the hydrologic cycle, and through it water is continuously exchanged between the land, the atmosphere, and the oceans. Precipitation in its various forms is critical to […]

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Filed in GIS Data by on April 23, 2014
First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A

First Satellite Images from Sentinel-1A

Launched on April 3 and reaching operational altitude on April 11, the first images captured by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite have been made public. The first of five satellites planned for the Sentinel group, Sentintel-1A will be tasked with gathering all-weather, day and night radar images.  Imagery and data collected from the […]

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Filed in GIS Data by on April 16, 2014

Geospatial Software

How to Share ArcMap (.mxd) Files

How to Share ArcMap (.mxd) Files

ArcMap is a component of Esri’s suite of desktop GIS software programs.  Users of ArcGIS use ArcMap primarily to create, edit, analyze, and display geospatial information.  Saved ArcMap files have the .mxd extension.  This file format is only usable within ArcMap.  To share maps created within ArcMap, most cartographers will output the finished map to […]

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Filed in GIS Software and Applications by on April 22, 2014
Call for Translators: gvSIG

Call for Translators: gvSIG

The developers of open source GIS software gvSIG have issued a call for translators. gvSIG is a freely downloadable GIS software package written in Java that is available for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms.  gvSIG is available in a multitude of languages: Spanish, English UK, English USA, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazilian, Russian, Chinese, Serbian, Swahili, […]

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Filed in GIS Software and Applications by on April 16, 2014

Overview of Weighted Site Selection and Suitability Analysis

Filed in Spatial Analysis by on April 10, 2014
Overview of Weighted Site Selection and Suitability Analysis

Site selection is a type of analysis used in GIS to determine the best place or site for something. Weighted site selection analysis is one type of site selection that allows users to rank raster cells and assign a relative importance value to each layer. This article examines weighted site selection by explaining how it works and when it should be used. It also provides an example of a weighted site selection project for reference.

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GPS Experts Call for Safeguards After GLONASS Outage

Filed in GPS by on April 7, 2014
GPS Experts Call for Safeguards After GLONASS Outage

The Russian GLONASS global satellite navigation system went down for 13 hours on April 2, but it’s not causing much of a stir outside of GPS followers. Several leading industry experts think this silence is a grave mistake. Locata Corporation CEO Nunzio Gumbale writes about a need for change, stressing the need for a diverse mix […]

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Overview of Least Cost Path Analysis

Filed in Spatial Analysis by on April 7, 2014
Overview of Least Cost Path Analysis

This article presents a summary of least cost path analysis, an important tool in GIS. Least cost path analysis is a distance analysis tool within GIS that uses the least cost path (the path between two locations that costs the least to those travelling along it) to determine the most cost-effective route between a source and destination. This article provides an overview of that topic as well as the requirements and steps for creating a least cost path analysis.

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