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      August 27, 2015 Is Sexism a Problem in GIS? I am currently working on looking at the issue of whether or not sexism is a problem within the field of GIS.  You are invited to fill out the survey which is open until September 10, 2015. Read more. David […]

  • Is Sexism a Problem in GIS?

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    I am currently working on looking at the issue of sexism within the field of GIS.  Specifically, I am looking to answer the question, “is sexism in the workplace an issue for women (and men) working in GIS?” What is considered sexism?  Sexism can be any action or language that […]

  • David or Goliath: Establishing Your Mobile GIS Portfolio

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    Lowell Ballard, the Director of Geospatial Solutions for Timmons Group, discusses the David versus Goliath approach in developing robust and full-featured versus smaller more focused mobile GIS applications.

  • Open Call: Insight Map and Visualization Competition

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    Insight is a new competition for artists and data scientists to blend data with design to make invisible forces visible in innovative and critical ways, in partnership with CartoDB (popular data visualization and digital mapping company) and Storefront for Art and Architecture (legendary organization committed to the intersections of architecture, […]

  • Using GIS to Evaluate Parking Availability in Bloomsburg, PA

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    This student/faculty research project at Bloomsburg University takes a look at parking availability in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania by analyzing parking space usage using GPS and GIS. Article written by Tony DiBiase, Jeff Brunskill, Matt Hess and Chris Podeschi.

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 […]

GIS Learning

A long term GIS career involves more than just learning about GIS.

GIS Distance Learning – Certificate and Degree Programs

Don’t have a school near you offering GIS? If you don’t live near a college or university offering GIS coursework, distance learning can be a valuable way to learn GIS skills and software programs online. Find schools offering GIS distance learning coursework via internet-based classes in the field for certificate […]

GIS Data

GIS Software

How to Geocode Addresses Using QGIS

How to Geocode Addresses Using QGIS

If you have a CSV formatted file containing addresses, you can take advantage of QGIS to map out those addresses. This article contains step by step instructions for geocoding addresses using QGIS.

Google's Map Maker Program to Reopen in Early August

Google’s Map Maker Program to Reopen in Early August

After a glut of spam including the viral episode of an edit that incorporated an image of Google’s Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo, Google’s Map Maker program was suspended this past May. A recent post by Pavithra Kanakarajan a Product Manager with Google Map Maker announced that the program will […]

Maps and Cartography

Join MapLift to Help Fix Maps on Wikipedia

Join MapLift to Help Fix Maps on Wikipedia

The North American Cartographic Information Society and the FixWikiMaps Project are organizing the first ever MapLift from August 28th through September 4th this year.  MapLift is a program to identify and fix bad, outdated, or incomplete maps on Wikipedia.  Volunteers are being solicited to help with the program.  Those interested can signup via the MapLift signup […]

A hexagon tile grid map, a square tile grid map, and a standard choropleth map. From Let’s Tesselate: Hexagons For Tile Grid Maps

Tile Grid Maps

One issue with choropleth maps is that geographic areas that are small in area can oftentimes become indecipherable when viewed on a small scale map.  Take for example, a map of the United States.  The states located in the New England region are far smaller in size than states along the Western […]

Spatial Analysis

Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Ocean’s Acidity

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 […]