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Welcome to our geographic information science (GIS) and technology blog. We feature a mixture of GIS academic articles, news, USC student stories and interesting GIS application articles. We recommend visiting frequently if you want to find out more about what excites us as GIS practitioners and academics— we aim to provide a mixture of interesting GIS news articles, career information and highlights from the GIS programs at the University of Southern California. Some of the key topics you can expect to find within our blog include:

  • Profiles of cutting-edge GIS research from USC faculty and students
  • Innovative use of GIS technologies and forward-thinking analysis
  • Careers in GIS and key skills to advance in the field
  • GIS applications in specific industries and sectors, like urban planning, environmental science and more
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Here’s Why It’s A Great Time to be in Geospatial Intelligence

While geographic information science (GIS) requires specialized knowledge to be successful, the discipline is full of varied opportunities. Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) represents one of the dynamic areas where professionals can further evolve their GIS careers, pursuing opportunities with the government, military or with humanitarian organizations. For example, the U.S. Department …

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USC Master’s in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence First of Its Kind to Receive USGIF Accreditation

The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is pleased to announce its Master of Science in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence (HSGI) program is the first degree of its kind to be accredited by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), further highlighting the value it provides both to students and the geospatial …

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How a Dual Career in Music Makes USC’s Robert Vos a Better Professor

“I’ve been pulled in two directions my whole life,” says Robert Vos, an assistant professor (teaching) of spatial sciences and the director of graduate studies at the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute. Robert Vos, Director of Graduate Studies at USC SSI In his role at USC, Vos uses …

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First Build Trust, Then Make a Case for GIS: A Q&A With Alumnus Kevin Loberg

Geographic information science influences nearly all of modern life, and, because of that, the career opportunities in the field are uniquely diverse. GIS graduate programs offer benefits that extend beyond basic technical proficiency, such as developing spatial reasoning skills and building lifelong professional networks. For GIS Specialist Kevin Loberg, joining …

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Your Guide to Professional Graduate GIS Certifications

GIS certifications validate an individual’s knowledge and skills within specific areas of GIS such as the applications of GIS or geospatial intelligence. Given the number of different options, it can be difficult to determine which provide the most benefit to you— especially when you start to examine both graduate certificates …

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The State of Modern Cartography

The application of Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) continues to grow as a global research tool for understanding the world around us. Cartography, the process of making maps, has benefited greatly from advancements in GIS technology in recent years. The number of students earning degrees in cartography has risen 40% in …

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The Application of Geographic Information Science in Earth Sciences

Geographic Information Science (GIS) provides a powerful means of looking at the world and tools for solving complex problems. Innovations continue to emerge from GIS, whether transportation companies are optimizing logistics or manufacturers are tracking the locations of equipment with Internet of Things sensors. Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) …

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Top GIS Technologies in 2020 & Beyond

Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) includes a versatile range of tools and techniques for capturing, analyzing and leveraging spatial information. With each passing year, advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) reveal exciting possibilities for urban planning, retail, space exploration, and more. In 2020, experts make the most of these …

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3 GIS Technology Advancements in the Last 5 Years

Government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private companies all benefit from innovations in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Researchers and entrepreneurs have found a variety of creative ways to use GIS to advance business and technology. The latest GIS technology developments make way for new applications and for the convergence of GIS …

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GIS in the Field of Public Health

In today’s increasingly data-driven healthcare systems, obtaining accurate information for analysis is a high priority. Doctors and nurses want to know as much as they can about the factors that affect each patient’s care, while administrators and public health officials need to keep an eye on population-level trends and maintain …

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