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The Top 6 Industries for GIS

Geographic Information Science can bring together large amounts of geospatial data to help professionals make strategic decisions. Widespread GIS technology has led to a growing number of examples of GIS in business. Some of the best GIS projects may be those that utilize technology to improve community infrastructure and public …

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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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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 Reasons GIS Careers May be the Best Careers

Before starting a graduate program in geographic information science, most people want to know what the future of GIS jobs looks like. Fortunately, the prospects look extremely bright for GIS career growth. So, why study GIS? Here are four compelling reasons to pursue a GIS career path. 1. A growing …

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4 Historical GIS Projects That You Don’t Know About

Historical Geographic Information Science (GIS) projects use spatial data to discover a unique perspective on past events. Some of the best GIS projects provide insight into major developments today. There are many notable historical GIS project examples available online. Here, we’ll detail four of our favorites: Story Maps from the …

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Mapping America’s Future: 4 Ways GIS Data Impacts Elections

On an election night, many voters stay glued to their TV or phone as they wait for the results. They watch districts on the electoral map change color and the balance of political power shift as votes are tallied. That visual representation shows us how powerfully citizens’ choices can affect …

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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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How Geographic Information Science Can Help Business

Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST)—focused on capturing, analyzing, and leveraging spatial information—is blossoming with opportunities for prospective students and career seekers as well as organizations around the globe. From the outer reaches of space, back down to earth for agricultural land plotting, urban planning, and even in retail, geographic …

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The Role of Geospatial Intelligence in the Response to Hurricane Florence

At 7:15 am on September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The Category 1 hurricane brought sustained winds of up to 90 miles per hour. The storm’s windspeed had already dropped significantly from the maximum of 140 mph it previously reached offshore as a Category …

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How GIS Helps to Overcome Urban Food Deserts

Many of us take access to a broad selection of food for granted, but a wholesome, balanced diet makes a big difference in our lives. Your nutritional choices affect productivity and can contribute to preventing illness. Guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture recommend an eating pattern that features: …

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