Lunch Hour Reading

GIS Techniques and Glossary: Understanding the Landscape of Geospatial – D3, OpenLayers, LeafletJS, ArcGIS JS API, MapBox, CartoDB, etc. GIS is extremely powerful, but the language of maps can be confusing. Explore some of the latest techniques for web mapping and spatial analysis. The sheer number of tools beyond ArcGISDesktop can be intimidating. Where do you start? By learning the vocabulary and the landscape of geospatial technology, we can start to pick the best tools for the work we’re seeking to accomplish and adequately assess which particular one is best for any given job.

UW-Eau Claire climbs on to the growing field of geospatial information systems – UW-Eau Claire Geography Department bridging the gap between the classroom and employers. With efforts like this I think the future of GIS in Wisconsin is a bright one. Great job UWEC!

USDA Smartphone App Provides New Way to Access Soil Survey Information – GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data, formatted for mobile devices. This application retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the user’s current geographic location. Images are linked to detailed information on the named soils. Available for Android and iPhone users.

Explore Maps of the United States from 1884 to 2006 – The U.S. Geological Survey and Esri are working together to make over 178,000 maps of the United States available to the public via an online map explorer. The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer lets users browse the extensive collection of scanned maps. Since its official launch in September of 2011, the USGS has led an effort to scan its historical maps collection and make it available to the public as GeoPDFs. Now the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer application allows users to access the historical maps as high resolution georeferenced images for use in web mapping applications, and features a timeline to easily select the desired maps.

Indiana’s Interactive Map Plots Meth Lab Data – A new online tool from the Indiana State Police gives prospective property renters and buyers a chance to see if their new home was once part of the state’s biggest problem. – Who doesn’t like looking at old maps? The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. OldMapsOnline has been created by a collaboration between The Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at The University of Portsmouth, UK and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland.


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