6 story maps show how data can illustrate the world

March 15, 2018By

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

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
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest U.S hurricane.

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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The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 — GIS-style

August 17, 2017By
Figure 1- 1979 total eclipse path through the US. Source: NASA

The media is buzzing about the Great American Solar Eclipse that takes place Monday, Aug. 21.  It’s a historic event that last occurred 99 years ago. To be clear, 99 years ago is when the last total solar eclipse traversed the entire continental United States (lower 48 states). To put that timeline in perspective, only one of the following inventions... read more

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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UAVs, high-accuracy GNSS: Red-hot, right-now tech

June 22, 2017By
Figure 5- Site topo with projected UAV launch point

High-accuracy GNSS technology and UAV technology are hot trends — red hot. Geospatial Solutions Editor Eric Gakstatter offers a rundown on the latest GNSS, GIS and UAV technology. 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