Mapping the Past

Anyone who has tried to accurately match old Ordnance Survey maps with the current Landranger series will soon realize that it is not an easy task. Brian Quinn explains the painstaking process that Cassini Publishing has been through in creating its unique range of historical maps. Amelia Earhart’s observation that “it’s easier to start something than to finish it” is certainly true, as any writer stuck at the bottom of page one will testify. But when, and how, do things finish? Often there is no definite conclusion but rather a steady progression that leads past or round the original goal... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:56:47

Why Location Matters in Data Analytics - AGI GeoCom 2016

AGI GeoCom 2016 boasted a new format, new speakers and a new venue. Stephen Booth reports. We live in an age on constant change and churn so this year’s AGI conference was no exception. A major departure from past formats of two or more days of presentations and keynotes, today’s uber-busy world needed something sharper, quicker, more attention-grabbing. A one-day event at the home of geography, the Royal Geographical Society, attracted nearly two hundred to hear 12 invited speakers talk about location and data analytics. The audience seemed different; yes, the usual faces and greybeards were there but new faces... (read more)
2017-01-26 10:55:48

Deciding Between FOSSGIS and Proprietary Software in the Enterprise

FOSSGIS (Free and Open Source Geographic Information Systems) is an umbrella term for Open Source GIS projects. In the following article, Tim Sutton (QGIS project chair and director at Kartoza Pty Ltd.), explains how and why FOSSGIS makes its way into an enterprise environment. Is FOSSGIS ready for the enterprise environment or is proprietary software better? Let's start with the hypothesis that, as a GIS professional, you wish to ‘tool up’ with the optimal set of software and hardware needed to carry out your duties. Having good instrumentation to measure what is the ‘best’ software is thus critical. In my... (read more)
2018-02-05 11:33:54

The Changing Face of Geo - AGI GeoCom 2014

AGI marked its 25th anniversary with the annual conference in Chesford Grange Hotel near Kenilworth which attracted over 300 delegates for two days of intensive conference sessions and mild celebrations! We will cover Day 2 in our next edition. Professor Tim Broyd kick-started the conference with some horrifying statistics about the state of the world’s built infrastructure and the amount of money that will be needed to fix it. As if that was not bad enough he quoted a government report that claims that the construction industry has had no = zero = zilch increase in productivity compared to other... (read more)
2017-04-12 02:50:22

Neogeography & the Gamification of GIS

In GiSPro August 2014 we reported on how children in Denmark were using open geodata from their mapping agency to add to Minecraft. Since then the GIS and mapping business have woken up to the opportunity that Minecraft presents in educating children in developing spatial skills. Martin Gregory, general manager, 1Spatial Asia Pacific explains. Have you ever taken the time to look at what your kids are doing on Minecraft? We worry that our children should be outside, enjoying the sunshine, communicating in real life with their friends, not staring at a screen. But maybe they’re learning something and sharing... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:19:12

Is Map Reading Being Sedated by Software?

The Royal Institution of Navigation has warned that we are becoming too dependent on satnavs and smartphones. It believes that traditional navigation skills encourage independent thought based on calculation and selfreliance. It wants UK schools to encourage the teaching of basic navigation as a way to develop character, independence and an appreciation of maths and science. Robin Waters looks at the warning and the press reaction. Maps are one way in which geospatial information can be presented to a user. To those of us that enjoy using or have at least been trained to use maps they are often the... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:00:23

The Future of Geospatial Education

GIS Professionals need to diversify their skills and quickly learn emerging technologies, argues Patrick Rickles. The use and understanding of GIS was historically limited to specialists. Today, GIS is commonplace, as spatially-enabled apps become standard on smartphones. With over a third of the world’s total population – an estimated 2.6 billion people - owning smartphones, and a reported 5 billion requests per week to Apple Maps alone, there are a large number of non-expert users of GIS, which is only sure to grow. GIS professionals need to diversify their skillsets and quickly learn emerging technologies in order to support these... (read more)
2017-04-04 05:09:14

The Growth Mindset and Learning GIS

If you have not yet run into psychology professor Carol Dweck’s thoughts on the importance of “mindset” in education, let me summarise the key idea. She suggests that students who believe that they can get smarter by taking on challenging tasks, even if they should fail to accomplish them, have a “growth mindset.” In contrast, she describes students with a “fixed mindset” as believing that intelligence is static and will not change significantly with effort. Students with a fixed mindset see failure as confirmation they do not (and will likely not ever) master the required skill. Dweck argues that students... (read more)
2018-06-18 05:33:39

Combining Theory with Practice - Essentials for the Future Workplace

The University of Aberdeen has an enviable reputation for geoscience, GIS teaching and research. Dr David Green introduces the challenging MSc in GIS programme. All of the modules we teach as part of the MSc in GIS degree programme at the University of Aberdeen combine theory and practice into 11-week modules. The modules form the basis for the second half-session (SHS) of the academic year and are intended to provide students with an emphasis on practical work as preparation for their dissertation to be carried out in the summer months. Whilst all of the modules continue to provide theoretical background... (read more)
2017-04-04 05:00:38

Opportunity Knocks

Well, I am back in the editor’s chair, for a while at least. Drop me a line if you’d like to apply for the position. It’s not full-time employment, carries no pension and has only a meagre expenses budget and a small honorarium. In return, we offer a great opportunity to get closely involved in geo issues across the board, network and learn what’s happening at lots of geo events, meet and question the opinion formers, thought leaders and other shakers and disrupters. The position might suit someone who is already working, perhaps in consultancy, but is not allied to... (read more)
2017-04-07 10:09:06
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