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Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project

Monday, April 14th 2014

Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge.

Dumb and Dumber, Thanks to GPS

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

USGS Turns 135: Continues Mission of Science for America

Monday, April 7th 2014

Fundamental knowledge of the land and its resources is a basic need for effective government and a productive economy in any nation.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), celebrating its 135th birthday on March 3rd, serves our Nation by providing reliable scientific information that can be used in many different ways: to describe and understand the Earth; to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; to manage water, ecosystem, energy, and mineral resources; and to enhance and protect our quality of life.

Takeaways from Canada’s First Geospatial Advancement Conference

Friday, April 4th 2014

Canada’s first Geospatial Advancement Conference brought together Canada’s leaders in geomatics to further the discussion on developing a national geo strategy in light of the country’s rapidly accelerating Geomatics/GIS industry. Lucie Kendell shares the event takeaways.

The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading

Thursday, March 27th 2014

GIS for Everyone?

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Author Stephen Keen thinks we have a problem in using the term “GIS.” “The challenge that we face by using the term ‘GIS’ to describe our profession is that it means so many different things to so many different people.” With tongue partially in cheek, he describes how GIS addresses a whole array of technologies and methodologies, and the need to differentiate ourselves as professionals.

Geo For All: FOSS4G In Geospatial Education

Monday, March 10th 2014

Three years ago the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and the International Cartographic Association became partners and launched the ICA-OSGeo Labs Initiative. The network of labs focuses on education and research with free and open source geospatial (FOSS4G) technology. Directions Magazine interviewed Helena Mitasova, associate professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University, to get an update on the initiative.

It’s MAGIC! An Update on the MidAmerica GIS Consortium

Friday, March 7th 2014

MAGIC is a 25-year-old geospatial professional organization representing nine states with the mission to support GIS professionals and present educational opportunities. Susan Norton serves on the MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC) executive board as secretary and provides an update on the organization.

OGC’s 20th Anniversary - A Look Back at the Early Days

Friday, February 21st 2014

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this March. Senior Staff Writer Lance McKee provides this retrospective on the organization as well as the successful expansion of the initiatives it is undertaking.

What Do You See in the (Lidar Point) Clouds?

Thursday, February 20th 2014

Ross Winans observes, "

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