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The Many Applications of GIS

Tweet While maps and cartography was once limited to a handful of uses, geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic science spans nearly every field. GIS, which uses the science of geography plus many types of data to reveal insights and patterns that help people make better decisions, is used in …

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Q&A with USC M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence Student Elin Henningsson

Our online Master of Science in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence program offers a unique opportunity to better understand how governments, military and humanitarian organizations mitigate damage from threats ranging from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. Our inaugural class has brought together individuals with a wide range of expertise and …

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USC GIST Student John McDermott Wins Excellence in Business GIS Award

Geographic information science and technology (GIST) has a diverse range of practical applications, leaving room for both students and professors with decades of experience to contribute to the field. We wanted to take time to recognize a major accomplishment of one of our Graduate Certificate in GIST students, John McDermott. …

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Spatial Data Acquisition and GIST

It’s no secret that geographic information science (GIS) is a data-intensive discipline. The huge volumes of spatial information available today have created new challenges as well as opportunities for GIS leaders. Today, we wanted to examine spatial data acquisition more specifically, with questions such as: What techniques are available for …

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3 Big Opportunities for Growth in GIS

Geographic information science (GIS) presents exciting opportunities for strategic decision-making and professional advancement. A 2018 study from Geospatial Media and Communications estimated that the GIS and spatial analytics market, which includes areas like satellite navigation and 3D scanning, will be valued at $88.3 billion by 2020. There are many reasons …

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The Importance of Geospatial Leadership in a Changing World

We’ve previously explored the importance of geospatial technology in a wide range of industries, from health and human services to banking to supply chain management. It is no secret that geospatial technology plays an increasingly critical role in not only how we understand our world, but how we interact with …

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The Evolution of GIS

The history of using geographic information to better understand and solve complex problems can be traced all the way back to the 19th century. In 1832, French geographer Charles Picquet used various color gradients on a map of Paris to represent the number of deaths by cholera, making an early …

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4 Types of People Who Will Make it in GIS

Careers in geographic information science (GIS) are full of exciting problems that can be solved with state-of-the-art tools and methods. GIS professionals have opportunities to lead projects, drawing on insights from geospatial data to achieve results. By effectively applying spatial reasoning, experts can strategize for business growth, make new archaeological …

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Predictions for the GIS Industry in 2019: Opportunities, Technologies and Students

With 2018 now behind us, we’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on how the past year has shaped us, as well as some of the accomplishments that USC students have made. From the popular Women in GIS workshop hosted by alumna Kelly Wright to looking at the GIS achievements …

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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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