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Takeaways from the Esri Education GIS Conference 2014

Thursday, July 24th 2014

Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg attended Esri’s 15th annual Education GIS Conference last week in San Diego. She shares some ideas and innovations from the conference sessions and a suggestion for next year.

Learn ArcGIS: Esri Embraces New Vision for Teaching and Learning GIS

Saturday, July 12th 2014

Learn ArcGIS is Esri’s new website for teaching GIS to both new and existing users. It embraces a new corporate-wide goal of teaching through problem solving rather than via rote “button pushing.”  Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg has an exclusive look at both the educational vision and the site itself.

10 Common Python Errors of Beginning ArcGIS Programmers

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

Trainer Eric Pimpler shares his list of the ten most common Python errors. The list may be particularly valuable to beginner level Python programmers working with ArcGIS, but more experienced coders might find some valuable reminders.

Report from OGC/W3C Linking Geospatial Data Workshop

Monday, June 30th 2014

Held in London in March, the Linking Geospatial Data Workshop was billed primarily as a joint exercise between the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and W3C as part of its role within the SmartOpenData project. It was supported and encouraged by the UK Government's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ordnance Survey and Google Maps who hosted the event. It came about through a desire to make better use of the Web as a platform for sharing and linking Geospatial Information (GI) alongside but not instead of existing GI systems.

Educating the Next Generation of Geospatial Professionals with Oracle Spatial

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Prof. Josef Strobl of the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg has been a pioneer of GIS education, both at his institution and via the online UNIGIS effort, for decades. Directions Magazine asked him about the use of Oracle Spatial and the state of the art in online GIS teaching and learning.

Driving Innovation with Research and Online Courses

Thursday, June 12th 2014

Most organizations want to be innovative. They want to explore new ideas toward fulfilling their mission. They also want their employees or members to expand their expertise and feel challenged and stimulated by their work. Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea, discusses that company’s less than conventional approach to cultivating innovation and how the commitment has paid off.

Takeaways from the 2014 Location Intelligence Summit

Monday, June 2nd 2014

Two weeks ago Directions Magazine hosted the 10th edition of its Location Intelligence event. LocationTech, HERE and Oracle Spatial and Graph programs were intertwined with the event. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg shares her key takeaways.

Students Worldwide Learn Skills for the Digital Earth in Elmhurst College MOOC

Monday, June 2nd 2014

Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC taught more than 1,400 participants about geospatial technology and the role it plays in a growing industry. Instructor Rich Schultz shares some of the successes and challenges as he prepares for another offering this fall.

The Making of NASA’s Global Selfie: 100+ Countries, Thousands of Photos

Wednesday, May 28th 2014

On Earth Day this year, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” 

Elmhurst College GIS MOOC: Exceeding Expectations

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

What happens when you combine MOOCs, ArcGIS Online and the Geospatial Technology Competency Model? According to Elmhurst College, the answer is: Skills for the Digital Earth. Ulises Darío Guzmán Sol took the course and explains how it "far exceeded my expectations."

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