GeoIntelligence Insider

An inside look at fighting crime with GIS

September 12, 2018By

June’s Geointelligence Insider article on Jack Maple was the human interest article. One of the readers of June’s article had the opportunity to meet Jack Maple. I appreciate the feedback. This month’s article is based upon the recommendation of Geospatial Solutions Managing Editor Tracy Cozzens to cover the technical side of GIS and crime fighting. Recap Fighting crime with GIS sounds... read more

In Jack Maple’s steps: Fighting crime with GIS

July 11, 2018By
Jack Maple. (Photo: Newsday Photo, 1986 / Bruce Gilbert/via Richmond Hill Historical Society)

Who better to know about connections than a GIS professional whose very job is discovering them? Weaving a thread through time from decades ago isn’t a typical geospatial connection, but this one is, and it is connected by a person. Let’s reflect on who we are as a profession and how we, the geospatial community, has made the world a... read more

How a geospatial leader combats natural disasters

May 9, 2018By

All of us aspire. It is the voice in our heart — our calling, the bud of our true self wanting to bloom. In each of us a seed is planted and when that seed begins to prosper another shoot springs forth. It is how we know we are on the right path. As we approach our true purpose goals and... read more

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Bitcoin, blockchain and GIS could change the world

March 14, 2018By
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GIS, with blockchains, could play a critical role in curtailing crime and corruption, enabling us to follow the money trail wherever it goes. read more

How GIS — and you — can aid in disaster response

January 10, 2018By

Whether you are on the helping end of a disaster aiding in rescue and recovery, or on the receiving end being aided, GIS is supercharging the rescue efforts. read more

Game-based learning improves training, engagement

November 8, 2017By

Grown-up Gaming Most of us know about serious games that teach real-world applications. Flight simulators are the most well-known example. Learning to fly multi-million dollar aircraft is simply too costly and too dangerous to train in the real world. Pilots spend hundreds and thousands of hours in flight simulators going over basics and learning to deal with emergency situations. Doctors are another profession... read more

GIS plays growing role in most counties

September 13, 2017By

Report from the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference, July 21-24, Columbus, Ohio. After retiring from the Navy in 1993, my first GIS-related position was with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). I was tasked with building the agency’s GIS and promoting GIS within the 10 member counties. Some of our counties were excited about building their own GIS capability.... read more

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Communication matters with spatial data

July 17, 2017By

International Cartographic Conference much more than just cartography I’ve always been a strong proponent of good cartography since my early days in geographic information systems (GIS) when I saw countless examples of very poor GIS map products. Regrettably, many early practitioners of GIS understood the software but lacked an appreciation and understanding of the good cartographic principals that are absolutely necessary... read more

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Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 17, 2017By

This e-newsletter marks the sun setting on the career of GeoIntelligence Insider columnist and contributing editor Art Kalinski, long active in geospatial circles. Art is handing the journalistic reins to William Tewelow, a former intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy. He also served a special assignment at the U.S. Department of Transportation and is currently  a manager with the U.S.... read more

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GeoHuntsville 2017: Huntsville and NGA partner to advance the tradecraft

March 8, 2017By

Last year, Huntsville, Alabama, was the site of the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency’s (NGA’s) first HackAThon — just one outreach event to take advantage of talent and skills outside the agency that could enrich the efforts of NGA. The HackAThon was an initiative of both previous NGA Director Letitia Long and current Director Robert Cardillo. It was so successful that NGA had four other... read more