Author Archives: Karen Rogers

City Annexation Through Time

Yet another example of how GIS can help tell a story.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/11/a-brief-animated-history-of-urban-annexation/?wpisrc=nl-wnkpm&wpmm=1

Comic Relief

Something amusing for a change…

http://xkcd.com/1425/

Historic Maps of London

This is an awesome series of historic maps of London that offers a glimpse of early cartography.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/09/world/gallery/london-maps/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

Disaster Lessons Learned

This article describes interviews with several CIO’s who have dealt with significant disasters.  GIS is mentioned a few times; it’s certainly an interesting read!

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Hard-Won-Experience-Lessons-from-Americas-Biggest-Disasters-and-Emergencies.html

Where the Wage Gap is and isn't

This map shows where the wage gap between men and women is the most pronounced, and the most even.  Depressing but true.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/02/map-where-working-women-are-most-equal/

NYC Tackles Rising Lawsuits with Data and Maps

For those of you who have heard of CompStat, NYC has developed a similar tool to track lawsuits in relation to government services, called ClaimStat.  This article describes how GIS analysis is being used to help reduce lawsuits and improve government performance.

http://www.govtech.com/data/New-York-Tackles-Rising-Lawsuit-Costs-with-Data-and-Maps.html

The Top Five Things You Should Know about UAV's

This excellent article from Directions Magazine provides educational information about UAV’s (aka drones, but not the preferred term).  Their increased use will certainly affect the GIS industry.

http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/top-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-drones-and-gis/414810

How happy is your town?

This interesting maps shows the relative happiness of folks across the country.  How does your community fit in?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/30/the-appeal-of-unhappy-cities/

DC 911 Mobile Calls

I found this article to be very interesting in detailing the incredible challenges facing our 911 dispatchers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/10/calling-911-from-your-cell-phone-in-d-c-good-luck-getting-first-responders-to-find-you/ 

Mapping 'Big Data'

This article scratches the surface of what can be done with all the data floating around out there.  How can you put it to work in your state?

http://mashable.com/2013/07/17/big-data-projects/#lead-image:eyJzIjoiZyIsImkiOiJfdGg3dWU3bHByeWIyeTUxcSJ9

How old is your house?

This is a fascinating map that shows the average age of housing units by zip code block.  It paints an incredible picture of demographic patterns across the country through the years.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/24/map-the-age-of-housing-in-every-zip-code-in-the-u-s/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Friday afternoon considerations

I just saw this disturbing map…thoughts to ponder as you enter into your weekend.  Be safe and encourage those around you to do the same!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/27/alcohol-abuse-kills-88000-americans-a-year/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

How do you spend your time?

Here is a series of 10 maps that shows how folks across our country spend their time, from how much they read each day to how long they spend ‘grooming’.  It’s pretty interesting!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/20/ten-maps-that-show-how-much-time-americans-spend-grooming-eating-thinking-and-praying/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Mapping our Energy System

This is a great series of maps showing what our energy infrastructure looks like.

http://www.vox.com/2014/6/12/5803998/the-us-energy-system-in-11-maps

Smithsonian Article on History of GIS

In case you haven’t seen this interesting article:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unlikely-history-origins-modern-maps-180951617/?no-ist