Welcome to the DirectionsMag Geospatial Community Blog, https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/directionsmag-blog! I am DM’s copyeditor and blog mediator, Rebeckah Flowers, and I can’t wait to introduce you to the many geospatial experts that have become part of the DirectionsMag family over our 20+ years serving the geospatial community!
In this blog, you will find answers to our readers’ most frequently asked questions about geospatial technologies and join us for explorations of topics requested by our hundreds of webinar attendees. Our goal is for every blog post to provide you with easy-to-implement information for advancing your career or skillset, with links to resources and tools to facilitate further learning. Each post will be short and quick, so you can fit them into your busy schedule and follow-up on the resources when it is convenient for you.
Although I will be posting the blog entries, they will be written by a variety of experts in various geospatial fields. We’ll include links to each author’s pages/websites so you can follow your favorites. If there’s anything you’d like us to cover, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This blog is meant for you!
5 Reasons to Enhance Your Resume with StoryMaps - January 14, 2021
One of my favorite GIS-related tools is StoryMaps, and it felt like a good place to start with our Geospatial Community Blog here on LinkedIn.
Yes, You need Python Skills. Here’s How to Get Them. - January 28, 2021
Some wondered whether it is really important to have programming skills in today’s GIS environment; others wondered how they could get the skills they needed quickly and inexpensively.
Keep an Open Mind - Considering Open Source GIS Options - February 11, 2021
Whether you’re learning software or just staying on top of the latest trends, keep an open mind for the benefits of open source GIS options.
Your Guide to GIS Strategic Planning - February 25, 2021
“How do we create a GIS strategic plan that can serve as a living document for our GIS program as we navigate these types of transitions?” this article will help.
Free GIS How-To Resources to Save You Time - March 11, 2021
Even though pervasive use of the internet is less than 30 years old, we’ve easily adapted to searching and teaching ourselves many skills thanks to experts and well-intentioned folks sharing their experiences on blogs, YouTube, social media and more. GIS and other geospatial skills are no different.
Six Lessons Learned in a Year of Remote Instruction - March 25, 2021
With the one-year anniversary of remote teaching, they are still asking, are we doing what’s best for our students?
GIS Specialists, have you considered a job in urban planning? - April 22, 2021
How to Get Your First GIS Job, Step-By-Step - May 6, 2021
So how can you give yourself an edge and snag that first job? The secret lies in proving to the hiring manager that you have what it takes to succeed – technically, professionally, and personally – and in this article, we’ll walk you step-by-step through the process.
The Census Data Has Arrived. Here’s What You Need to Know. - May 20, 2021
Take the time to dig into these resources, learn more about the census, and consider how population changes will influence your life and work in the coming years.
Practical Advice for All Geospatial Professionals - June 3, 2021
Over the years, Dr. Kerski’s inspirational interviewees have delivered everything from career advice to life lessons, inspiring new geospatial professionals to craft innovative careers. For today’s post, we’ve collected some of their best advice to new geospatial professionals—timeless advice for all professionals.
Is the debate over ethical use of GIS dead? - June 17, 2021
Once a hotly debated topic in geospatial intelligence circles, the debate over privacy and other sticky ethics concerns associated with advanced geotracking and location intelligence has all but disappeared from public discourse. A quick online search yields article and forum results from more than a decade ago, with scant recent results.
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