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 […]
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?
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 […]
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA) has created an open source visual description of California’s ongoing drought using free and publicly accessible GIS data sources. Noting that many state, federal, and tribal agencies make routine observations of the water cycle, the USGS developed this graphic to visualize […]
Computer scientist Mark Pritt, along with colleagues at Lockheed Martin in Gaithersburg, Maryland, developed a new algorithm to handle thousands of images and speed up the process of creating an orthorectified map from UAV aerial imagery.
Dutch researchers were able to successfully map levels of atmospheric particulates by pulling data from over 8,000 smartphone users. A team from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands developed a smart-phone adaptor called an iSPEX. This inexpensive, mass-producible add-on is attached to the front of the phone’s camera that […]
How do you help commuters navigate traffic when only 19% of the population owns a smartphone? IBM’s Nairobi Labs has released a solution for commuters that uses low resolution traffic cameras to predict traffic patterns that are relayed via SMS.
Turn unmeasurable goals into quantifiable indicators by mapping social capital strength of service oriented nonprofits, NGOs, or government agencies. Whether the need is to prove organizational efficacy, evaluate organizational reach, or demonstrate resource connectivity, social network mapping with GIS tools can bring the often fuzzy field of social science measurement to a new level of clarity by using social capital as a metric.
Devon Reese describes five ways to integrate GIS data into non-profit fundrasing to increase success rates. Using GIS to make maps can improve your prospect pool, help you identify the best partnerships, improve how you relay your community needs and your organizational accomplishments, and take your evaluation to the next level.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Treemetrics is using satellite imagery, UAV, and LiDAR to help forestry managers to map out forests in order to better assess the quality and value of their forests and to cut down on waste.