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Directions Magazine has been the nation's most respected source of geospatial technology news and commentary since it was first published in 1998. Why? Because it's the only online geospatial magazine focused on building a community of expert industry insiders,sharing tips and insights that help all of us solve the problems that we face on the job each day.

What do we want you, our new writer, to do for us?

Engage us, the global geospatial community, with success stories and learning opportunities about when a geospatial workflow, organization, collaboration, product or service saved the day. We love case studies and new perspectives on old problems! See this example: ODOT reveals workaround for using FILESTREAM & Collector with large datasets

Inform us, your geospatial colleagues, students and peers, with news of the industry's latest trends or important events, new directions in education and developments in technology so we can stay on the cutting edge. Send us a review of a new product/service or write an editorial on an industry trend. Are you in the trenches applying geospatial technology on the job? Share your secrets to success! If you're involved in higher education, make suggestions to improve geospatial courses and start a conversation, as in these examples:

Want your GIS students to excel as pros? Try service learning

Case study: Is service learning worth the effort?

Inspire everyone in the geospatial community with visions of what's possible for the industry, our careers and our world through geospatial technology. If you know of someone doing ground-breaking work or changing the way we look at business or society with the help of geospatial technology, we want to know! Interview them and send us the story.

Why mentoring matters: How Azavea and others are improving GIS education

Google team helps users find critical geographic data during crises

Directions Exclusive: CEO Keith Kaplan discusses ‘All Things Drone’

Editorial Calendar

Directions Magazine doesn't publish themed editions, so your stories on any geospatial topic of interest to our readers are welcome at any time!

Our features newsletters are published every two weeks, beginning January 13, 2016.  If your story is time sensitive, please submit it at least one month in advance of the required publication date.

Top Articles

2015 (in alpha order)

Are you ready to pass the GIS Professional certification exam?

Communicating with Maps: Parts 1-3

GIS Drones to lift US economy

Google’s deprecations not cataclysmic

Making sense out of Google’s geospatial evolution

No fly maps now available to UAV pilots

Texas prisoners trained to provide valuable GIS services

We need each other: People and maps that change the world

What to say when your friends “just don’t get” GIS

Why data quality matters – now more than ever

2014 (in alpha order)

GIS for everyone?

QGIS compared

Land Cover classification of cropland

Li-Fi offers new technology for indoor positioning

Location Intelligence hits Gartner’s hype cycle

Ten things you need to know about Esri’s open data initiative

Ten things you should know about online GIS/Geospatial education

The lost art of critical map reading

Top five things you know to know about drones & GIS

Top ten GIS stories of 2013

Style & Length

  • Directions Magazine will not accept articles which have been previously published in any format.
  • Print articles must be 500-1500 words in length. Video articles must not be more than 4 minutes.
  • Define the goal of the article and its benefits to the reader and his/her organization in the first two paragraphs.
  • Write your story in conversational English, as one industry insider speaking to another.
  • Define all acronyms on first use.
  • Identify all persons quoted including their name, title and company affiliation.
  • Hyperlink to your sources and related relevant content whenever possible.
  • Provide graphics in GIF or JPEG format no wider than 700 pixels. Attach the graphics to your submission email. Include a caption of 15-25 words in complete sentences, cite the source of the graphics and ensure that we have permission to reproduce the graphics online. 
  • Include a two-line biography of the author(s) that includes the author(s)’ name(s), title(s), organization(s), and website(s)/email address(es).

Articles written by technology vendors must be informative and non-commercial, as you see in Conrail stays on track with Fleet Management. For advertorials and other commercial options, please refer to our advertising guide.

Press releases should be submitted directly to our website through the Press Release Portal.

All submissions are subject to approval and editing for grammar, style and consistency. Not all submissions will be published.

Payment, General Terms and Reprints

Directions Magazine does not pay for articles; we do however, provide you the opportunity to share your expertise with a global audience. You can learn more about our reach at directionsmedia.net.

Directions Magazine retains copyright to the version of material which appears in any of its publications or other publication owned or managed by same.

Articles which have been published by Directions Magazine may not be reprinted without express written permission from the publisher. Contact Jane Elliottfor permission to reprint an article appearing in any of our publications.

Directions Magazine will allow creative commons licensing upon request, as in this example: Reflections on Foss4G. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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Directions Magazine gives priority to articles that have not been previously published. We will consider reprints on a case by case basis. Please let us know if the article you are submitting is a reprint.

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