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Geospatial Data Act will bring huge changes to America, and the world

November 14, 2018By
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The just-passed Geospatial Data Act (GDA) is a unifying federal geospatial policy decades in the making, and is set to change the country, and the world. read more

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

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

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

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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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
Image: Esri

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

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