Author Archives: Karen Rogers

UAV Innovation Champion

This is a great article on GoPro, a company that may serve as the champion for UAV innovation and eventual regulation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/12/05/if-gopro-gets-into-consumer-drones-the-industry-could-finally-have-the-innovation-champion-it-needs/?wpisrc=nl-inn&wpmm=1

Palo Alto Uses GIS Permitting App

This is a great example of a user-friendly app to help citizens answer their own questions regarding what things are happening where.

http://www.govtech.com/applications/Palo-Alto-Maps-Planning-Permits-and-Construction-Activity.html

The Field of GIS

To kick of Geography Awareness Week, here’s an article that highlights some of the discussions related to how our field is changing.  I think the challenge of state coordinators is to make our data and our tools applicable to all those interested in our ‘expanding’ field.

http://www.webmapsolutions.com/splitting-expanding-maturing-polarizing-gis-is-changing

Ambulance UAV's

The original article calls them drones, but we know better.  This is an intriguing concept, but we all know there’s lots of work to do to be able to dispatch anyone (or anything) to where someone in distress is calling from their cell phone.

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Ambulance-Drones-May-Save-Lives.html

Correct link for Anthrpocene Story Maps

Thanks to Shane White for picking up my error in the previous post.  For those of you on the RSS feed, please note this is the correct link: http://story.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/?appid=d14f53dcaf7b4542a8c9110eeabccf1c

Anthropocene Story Maps

The story maps ESRI put together for this topic are pretty neat:

http://story.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/?appid=d14f53dcaf7b4542a8c9110eeabccf1c

 

22 Intriguing Maps

For your Friday, here are 22 maps that are pretty interesting.

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6829399/23-maps-and-charts-that-will-surprise-you

TED Talk

I just heard this TED Radio Hour piece on how much we want to know where things are.  Predictions on how our GPS use will continue to increase has implications on our privacy.

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/13/219325617/will-gps-change-our-standards-for-privacy

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