• Empowering GIS with Big Data

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    Analysis of Big Data in a geographic context has empowered organizations and businesses faced with huge amount of data and diverse technologies. The integration of maps with multiple layers of information tells the full story behind the data. Trends and patterns are revealed. Queries are answered and new questions are also addressed. At the same time, predictive modeling on massive datasets help drive accurate decision-making, profitability and effective resource management.

  • GIS Lounge Site News

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    I am please to announce that most of the ad spaces on GIS Lounge were recently approved to be whitelisted for Adblock Plus users.  As a small-time publisher that relies exclusively on advertising revenue to run this site, I have always strived to maintain a balance between providing a seamless reading […]

  • ArcGIS 10.3 is Released

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    Esri recently announced the release of ArcGIS 10.3.  Brian Peterson and Robby Deming from Esri provide some insights in what the latest release of ArcGIS brings.   At version 10.3, ArcGIS continues to innovate and push the science of geography and GIS. This release includes a series of new apps […]

  • Using GIS to Identify Milwaukee’s Homeless Population

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    GIS Cloud has developed a mobile GIS and mapping app that allows for the collection of information about homeless populations in the City of Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

  • Global Ecological Land Units Map

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    With a base resolution of 250 meters, Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have developed the highest spatial resolution ecological land units (ELUs) map of the world commissioned by the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).  Ecological Land Units are created by classifying ecological and physiographic information about land surface […]

GIS Career and Jobs

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 […]

I'm a.... The GIS Profession in One Word

I’m a…. The GIS Profession in One Word

When I think about the debate about whether or not GIS is a profession, one aspect that pokes at me is the inability to succinctly sum up the answer to the question, “What do you do?” in one word.  When I think about professions, I think about the one word […]

Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda

Esri Wants Your Input on the Esri User Conference Agenda

Esri has posted a survey soliciting input on the annual Esri User Conference agenda.  The survey is short and can be taken in five minutes.  It asks a series of questions about how the agenda is presented (mobile, online, paper, etc.) and accessed. The answers are confidential and the only […]

GIS Learning

Earth cake

Celebrate GIS Day on November 19, 2014

Every year, GIS Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week. This year GIS Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. What are your GIS Day plans?

Ordnance Survey Launches the GeoVation Housing Challenge

Ordnance Survey Launches the GeoVation Housing Challenge

The Ordnance Survey has launched new GeoVation challenge that offers £101,000 to the ventures that make the best use of geography, technology, and good design in order to offer solutions that address the identified problems of long term housing issues in the United Kingdom.  Looking to provide a way for people in Britain to […]

Presentations from OSGIS 2014 Now Online

All recordings from the recently held OSGIS 2014 are now available online.  Themed, “Building up Open Access, Open Education and Open Data for Open Science”, the fifth open source GIS conference is part of the  “Geo for All” initiative.  The conference featured keynotes by Professor John Wood (Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities), Karen Parkin […]

GIS Data

George Washington University geography students helping USAID and the World Bank map Kathmandu by tracing satellite imagery using online tools for the Open Cities project on November 1, 2013. Credit: Chad Blevins

Open Cities Mapping Project

A partnership between Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, American Red Cross, USAID, and Development Seed, Open Cities was launched in November of 2012 in order to “create open data ecosystems that will facilitate innovative, data-driven urban planning and disaster risk […]

Atlantic view of fishing activity on Global Fishing Watch.

Using Geospatial Technologies to Map Illegal Fishing

Worldwide overfishing is having a devastating effect on marine ecosystems.  A 2014 report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization found that one-third of marine fish stocks worldwide have been overfished, and over 90% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited or over-fished.  Give the vast expanse of the ocean (96.5% […]

GIS Software

Geofencing with Mappt.

Mobile and Field GIS

Find options for collecting GIS data in the field using mobile and field devices.  The mobile and field product descriptions listed here are provided by the companies that create them. Android GIS Products Mappt Mappt is a new market entrant into the field of tablet based data collection tools which […]

GISconnector for Excel – Synchronize Data, Selections, and Filters between ArcGIS and Excel

GISconnector for Excel – Synchronize Data, Selections, and Filters between ArcGIS and Excel

A new tool is available called GISconnector for Excel which enables bidirectional data transfer between ArcGIS and Excel.  The tool, GISconnector, also enables transfer selections and filters (definition queries) between Excel and ArcGIS.  GISconnector was recently nominated as one of the most innovative GIS-Software in Germany for 2014.  One of the developers, Matthias Abele, a biologist from […]

When WIFI isn't available, disconnected editing allows users to continue to collect and manage data offline.

Disconnected Editing with ArcGIS in the Browser

Matt Sheehan discusses disconnected editing for ArcGIS and the libraries that Web Map Solutions has developed to provide users with disconnected capabilities to any ArcGIS web app in the browser.

Maps and Cartography

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 […]

StateFace, open source font collection of the U.S. States.


Here’s a font collection cartographers and those in GIS might want to download for future use.  StateFace is a sets of icons for the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and one showing the continental United States.  The shapes have been simplified to make them easily usable for instances where […]

Spatial Analysis

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 […]

Using Landsat images analyzed by a neural network, Anemone and his colleagues created a land cover map of the Great Divide Basin. Potential fossil locations are light red, and likely locations are dark red. (Map adapted from Anemone, et al., 2011.)

Finding Fossils with Remote Sensing

In the field of paleontology, finding fossils is often a substantial undertaking. Researchers usually have to assemble crews of up to 15 people, each one carrying their own food and shelter, and head out into remote areas where making good time means driving 10 miles an hour. On top of […]

Coastline paradox

GIS Data and the Coastline Paradox

Imagine that you’re taking a GIS class and your instructor tasks everyone with coming up with the answer to, “what is the length of the coastline of Maine?”  Everyone downloads a different GIS data set to calculate the length and everyone comes back with a completely different answer to that […]