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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Photographer Kristina Jacob shares moments she captured from the 2014 Esri International User Conference that was recently held during July in San Diego, California. One of the largest GIS conferences in the world, the Esri UC played host to over 15,000 attendees from around the world. The Esri International User [...]
The European Space Agency has released land cover maps covering the 2000, 2005, and 2010 epochs. Developed by ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Land Cover team, the 300 meter resolution land cover datasets were developed from data gathered by the now defunct Envisat satellite and were developed to serve the climate modeling community. The [...]
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) is developing low-cost technology to print 3D tactile maps for the blind.
Matt Sheehan, from WebMapSolutions, shares some of the results from a survey asking, “is GIS splitting?” These are exciting times for GIS. We are in the midst of a GIS revolution, driven by the popularity of mobile and cloud technology. Suddenly location has become very important. The demand for maps and [...]
If you need a consolidated place to search for coordinate systems, EPSG.io is a place to start. The open source web-service was launch this past March and provides a database of over 6000 coordinate systems used around the world by different GIS datasets. The coordinate system database is based on the official [...]
Joey Lee and Benedikt Groß who produced the Big Atlas of LA Pools profiled on GIS Lounge have a new Kickstarter campaign that debuted today. Called Aerial Bold, the two are teaming up again to use remote sensing to build a typeface made up of letters found on earth. Joey Lee explains, [...]
Rick Tralies of the Natural Lands Trust, explains how organizations and non-profits can use Google Earth as a planning and mapping tool.
Photozincography, or heliozincography, was a revolutionary way of copying photographic negatives onto zinc to be used for map making, outlines, engravings, and the reproduction of images.
Harnessing the power of technology, crowdsourcing data and maps draws upon a large group of people from all over the globe in order to pull together ideas, content, or services, and those who take part in are mostly volunteers. A good example of geographic data crowdsourcing is OpenStreetMap, a collaborative [...]
Timed with this year’s Esri International User Conference, Epson has announced the second generation of its SureColor T-Series of large format color printers. Epson has focused improvements to its printer series towards architects, engineers and GIS professionals. I had a chance to speak with Timothy Check, Project Manager at Epson [...]
A project from MIT called HubCab analyzing 170 million taxi rides has found that sharing rides would reduce trips by 40%.
A new study by researchers at Sam Houston State University found that the use of GIS is widespread in analyzing crime data but that almost no studies have been done to determine if using spatial analysis is an effective tool in reducing crime rates. “Geographic Information System Effects on Policing Efficacy: [...]
Spatial coincidence, proximity, surface analysis, dispersion, and least-cost path analysis are some common spatial analysis done with raster GIS data.