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

How did you get into Geography in the First Place?

Chair of AGI Council Abigail Page charts her path to membership and achievement at AGI. . . and the route to outstanding cocktails! I’m always interested in who’s who at the AGI, where they’ve come from, and how they ‘got into’ geography in the first place. We have such a diverse membership – and with the emphasis on education and personal development in this issue, I wanted to share something about my own career path, the role for personal development, and indeed the changing nature of the AGI. Before entering a world of geo, I spent time managing a photo... (read more)
2017-08-04 10:49:24

Geography Comes of Age

The editor talks to Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Society’s head of education and outdoor learning, Steve Brace. Forget those Oxford PPEs if you want to rise to the top: focus on geography. This is the message from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). And if you’re looking for evidence in these times of fake news, what better example is there than the UK’s current Prime Minister, Theresa May, a graduate in geography from St Hugh’s College, Oxford. For those with less lofty ambitions and aiming to become a GIS professional,... (read more)
2018-11-29 03:17:38

Visual Crossing Unveils Maps for Microsoft Excel

Visual Crossing Corporation has released its mapping software add-on for Microsoft Excel. It empowers spreadsheet users to bring presentation-quality maps and geospatial analysis to their own Excel data whether for business, education, or personal use. The visualization, performance, and analytical capabilities are used by Fortune 500 and global enterprises to add geospatial analysis to business data on sophisticated analytics platforms such as MicroStrategy and SAP. “Visual Crossing’s high performance is essential in our ability to successfully deliver powerful mapping to our users. It’s the only tool that can achieve the performance required to visualize and analyze our large datasets,” said Zoltán... (read more)
2017-06-01 12:00:21

GIS Challenges and Trends

Recently, GIS Professional conducted a market and applications survey. With over 200 responses received we have gained an interesting insight into the current GIS landscape, its trends, challenges and applications. This article presents the results of the survey and shows that a large majority of the respondents is very positive about the future of GIS, which will be driven by technological advancements that will influence their organisation in the future. Of the respondents of the GIS Survey, 21% work at the government, followed by academia, education and research (20%), and civil engineering, construction and architecture (11%). Several domains such as... (read more)
2017-06-02 03:09:21

It's not about Education, but Shared Learning

The pre-summer conference season is in full swing. It's a great opportunity for me and others on AGI Council, to meet AGI Members and the wider geo and data-driven communities while learning about the latest innovations and discovering industry issues and challenges. Certainly the sheer volume and number of events happening with a relevance to geospatial illustrate the breadth of what's happening on the UK geo-scene. Let’s take some space here to share some highlights of recent events that I or fellow members of AGI Council have attended recently, broadly split into three types of event. Firstly, fantastic events that... (read more)
2017-06-02 01:30:59

Realising the Potential of Routinely Collected Administrative Data

Joining up the Dots
The use of routinely collected administrative data for purposes other than those it was collected for has become an essential data resource for approved health and social science research. Initiatives such as the Data.gov.uk and the Open Government Licence underpinned by the Freedom of Information Act, has meant that publicly funded bodies have made their data available to researchers and the public. This shift has led to a number of data focussed research centres across the UK including the Farr Institute (www.farrinstitute.org), Administrative Data Research Network (www.adrn.ac.uk) and the Consumer Data Research Centre (www.cdrc.ac.uk) focusing research attention on facilitating and... (read more)
2017-08-03 03:15:01

senseFly Brings Drone Education to Esri User Conference

senseFly will showcase the simplicity of integrating drone imagery into current workflows at the Esri User Conference (July 10-14 in San Diego) in a series of workshops designed for surveying, mapping and GIS professionals. As the world’s leading producer of mapping drones and an Esri Silver Partner, senseFly will present the innovative ways in which its drones are being used with Esri’s Drone2Map for ArcGIS software to deliver on-demand high resolution imagery and robust GIS projects. Drone Surveying 101 – Wednesday, July 12 The first of senseFly’s two workshops will be led by Francois Gervaix, surveying project manager, and is... (read more)
2017-06-30 11:46:16

Niall Conway

Niall Conway is an Irish/Australian GIS professional, urban planner and casual academic. He aims to help people to understand and take advantage of the emerging world of geospatial technology and information.Niall's background is in urban and regional planning and sustainable development and he shows a big interest in the overlap between geography, technology and education. He has used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support decision-makers in the strategic planning, infrastructure and natural resource sectors. He has also worked in an academic role for one of Australia's largest universities. (read more)
2017-07-10 02:05:41

European Open Data to be Included in UN Boundary Information Initiative

Harmonised European open data from official national sources is to be included in the United Nations Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB) initiative. EuroGeographics, which represents National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities from the whole of geographical Europe, is providing its 1:1 million scale topographic open dataset, EuroGlobalMap to assist the project’s aim of compiling global administrative boundaries data from authoritative sources. EuroGlobalMap provides harmonised European open data covering 45 countries and territories, comprising six themes: administrative boundaries, names locations, transport networks, settlements, elevation and the water network. It is available free of charge for any use under an open... (read more)
2017-08-02 04:02:44
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