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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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USC GIS Faculty Recognized for Exceptional Teaching and Research

Since its founding in 2010, the University of Southern California’s Spatial Sciences Institute has earned an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of geographic information science (GIS), as well as offering unparalleled world-class education. Students learn from top thinkers and practitioners in the field by taking courses focused on some …

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3 Countries Using GIS Technologies

Geographic Information Science (GIS) has come a long way since its beginning in the 1960s. Modern uses of GIS technology include accident analysis, urban planning, disaster management and much more. Geospatial data collection and analysis can lead to amazing results for individuals, communities and entire nations. So, where is GIS …

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The Relationship Between GIS and Marketing

Location has always played an important role in marketing; however, the spatial component of marketing and advertising has grown even more critical in the digital age. As we become more discerning consumers and more adept researchers, advertising and promotion strategies will need to become more precise and more relevant to …

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Self-Driving Cars and the Role of GIS in Transportation’s Future

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that approximately 85.7 percent of American workers over the age of 16 commute to work in a car, van or truck, either alone or in car pools. With over 125 million people hitting the road each day, the U.S. transportation …

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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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GIS and the Cloud: How They Work Together

Cloud computing has been one of the dominant trends regarding accessing computing resources such as processing, storage and software. While some have considered that geographic information science (GIS) as a discipline was a late adopter of the cloud, the convergence of GIS technology with cloud computing has had a profound …

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Geospatial Data is Super Effective! The Use of GIS and Cartography in Pokémon Go

Augmented reality experiences that are tied to geographic locations have valuable uses for a wide range of industries, like performing complex measurements in real time or providing construction crews with vital information about a worksite. On the other hand, the combination of AR and spatial information can be a lot …

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USC Brings Insight and Passion for Problem-Solving to the GIS-Pro Conference

From September 28 through October 2, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) welcomed geographic information science (GIS) professionals, researchers and students to New Orleans for the 2019 edition of the annual GIS-Pro conference. The agenda included breakout sessions, workshops and opportunities for networking. Participants in the GIS-Pro conference …

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Amazon’s Drone Project and GIS

We have previously identified drone technology as one of the top applications of GIS in 2019 and beyond. Amazon’s Prime Air drone project, which is expected to officially launch sometime in the next few months, is a perfect example of how several GIS technologies, artificial intelligence and drones have come …

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How Mapping Is Used by NASA & Applications of GIS in Space

When we think of the tools involved in exploring outer space, images of astronauts collecting mineral samples on the moon may come to mind. However, scientists also depend on more remote methods to deepen our knowledge of the solar system and the universe beyond, like those offered by geographic information …

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