GSS Monthly

Are smart cities the future of humanity?

October 17, 2018By
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Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a smart city? What would it take... read more

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Rebrand GIS to better showcase its power

September 20, 2018By
Hotspot Map: Hotspots indicate some form of clustering in a spatial distribution. In this Incident Analyzer screenshot, the map layers are toggled on, showing how the hotspot layer provides insight into distribution and frequency of incidents. (Image: Hexagon)

GIS specialists are much more than mapmakers. Make sure your organization and customers understand how spatial analytics can help them succeed. By Adam Carnow Most non-GIS users hear the term “G-I-S” and think “M-A-P.” That is, they think of GIS, and GIS practitioners, as mapmakers. Most GIS practitioners have unknowingly perpetuated this image. Ask any GIS practitioner what they do... read more

GIS is key to developing smart cities and buildings

September 19, 2018By
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GIS is growing in importance to urban development, whether for environmental impact studies, geofencing or building information modeling (BIM). Sharing GIS data with developers is critical to a coordinated approach to smart city growth. read more

Volcanic GIS: Mapping and imaging the Kilauea eruption

August 16, 2018By
Lidar image of the Hawaii dataset showing the Kilauea Calderand the Halena'uma'u Crater and within it. (Image: Quantum Spatial)

Geospatial companies played a key role in the government's response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption. The volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii began erupting May 3, and while quiet for more than a week, it could resume erupting at any time. read more

How geospatial data can improve US elections

July 18, 2018By
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With the mid-term elections coming ever nearer, states are turning to geographic information systems (GIS) to help manage them. Digital geographic representation of precinct boundaries within a GIS allow for transparency and ease of use for voters, candidates and electoral management, according to the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). GIS also enables the optimal siting of polling places for both... read more

Geography and AI combine for business intelligence

June 21, 2018By and
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Today, artificial intelligence (AI) triggers a level of excitement, with a chaser of fear. As AI becomes more prominent, executives are asking: What is AI, what can it do for my business, and who should be responsible for its development and strategic alignment? read more

The evolution of remote sensing platforms

May 17, 2018By

Drones and robots complement traditional platforms, delivering insights in unique use cases. Guest column by Mike Fuller Geographic surveys have changed in the last 150 years. What started with early film cameras strapped to hot air balloons, kites and homing pigeons has advanced — both in terms of sensors and the platforms on which they’re deployed. These innovations — which include... read more

Why resolution of aerial imagery matters

April 18, 2018By

Guest column by Sanchit Agarwal Vice President, Field Operations, Nearmap With high-resolution imagery comes the ability to model reality, creating real-life visualizations for engineers, planners, construction teams and many others. A quantum leap in computing capacity has allowed us to model and analyze the real world — all from our desktop and mobile devices. In days past, maps were purely for... read more

6 story maps show how data can illustrate the world

March 15, 2018By
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Story maps combine geographic data with  multimedia to tell a story and present information in a useful, interesting way.  While many story maps are designed for general, non-technical audiences, some story maps can also serve highly specialized audiences. They use the tools of GIS, and often present the results of spatial analysis, but don’t require their users to have any special... read more

Nine American cities demonstrate how data can improve lives

February 15, 2018By
New Orleans has 15,000 fewer blighted properties thanks to BlightStat, a data-driven performance management program that’s helped the City strategically address the issue. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Making cities cleaner, providing better services and housing, and decreasing pollution are all achievements of nine cities recognized for using data to improve citizens’ lives. In January, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that nine cities have achieved What Works Cities certification, a first-of-its-kind national standard of excellence in city governance. What Works Cities certification rates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders... read more

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