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4 Reasons Why City Planners Need GIS Technologies

Urban communities are constantly changing, and city planners must be prepared to adapt. By implementing methods and tools from geographic information science (GIS), urban planners can streamline their work and discover valuable perspective on urgent challenges. Extensive, up-to-date geospatial data offers visibility into a city’s current needs and spatial limitations. …

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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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Why Setting Goals Matters in Graduate School

Setting goals for graduate school helps students to keep the big picture in focus while trying to balance other priorities like working full-time and spending time with family. In fact, one study found that individuals who make the effort to write down and share their goals accomplish significantly more than …

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A Changing World: Ways GIS Has Changed Over the Years

The field of Geographic Information Science (GIS) has advanced rapidly over the past few decades. GIS evolved from a theoretical concept of digitally creating maps into an array of methods and software with wide-ranging applications. Geospatial technology now offers much more than a system for capturing and organizing positional data. …

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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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GIS and Cybersecurity

High-profile incidents like the Equifax data breach and WannaCry ransomware attack have ensured that cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations of all kinds. Retailers that process payments, hospitals entrusted with confidential patient information and local governments conducting elections are all highly conscious of the threats posed by phishing scams, …

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GIS is Rewriting Archaeology Approaches

Geographic Information Science (GIS) has made a major impact in fields like the earth sciences and historical research by opening new avenues for discovery and providing a new perspective on the world around us. Archaeologists were among the earliest adopters of GIS, beginning to utilize geospatial technology for projects in …

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The Application of GIS Technology for Nonprofit Organizations

With each passing year, Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology offers new insights for businesses and organizations. From using geospatial analytics to analyze crime, to the development of drones, GIS technology offers seemingly endless opportunities for growth and innovation. One of the key areas where GIS has become an invaluable resource …

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4 Ways GIS Can Help Fight Drug Epidemics

According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control, more than 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses. Additionally, the economic burden imposed by the abuse of prescription pain relievers and heroin adds up to $78.5 billion a year. As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human …

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USC GIST Alumna in the News: Women in GIS Workshop

One of the things we’re most proud of at the USC Spatial Sciences Institute is the connection and professional support we can offer our students. In celebration of the success and hard work of our alumni, we wanted to share a story from one alumna who recently presented at the …

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