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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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Spatial Application Development and Mobile GIS

Dr. Jennifer Swift, Andy Gup and Matt Sheehan discuss the Spatial Application Development and Mobile GIS track in the online Master of Science in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) program at USC. The panel is joined by recent MS GIST graduate Chris Weidemann to share insight on what he …

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GIS as a Platform for Real Estate

Geographic information science (GIS) has wide-ranging applications, providing valuable insights into everyday challenges for city residents, the surfaces of other planets, election results, and more. While many GIS jobs are found in government agencies and civil service, the private sector is also increasingly making use of these systems. Geospatial information …

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Top Skills For GIS Professionals

Organizations rely on geographic information science (GIS) for applications ranging from navigation in autonomous vehicles to mobile games played in real-world spaces. GIS specialists reveal valuable insights by employing best practices of spatial data collection, analysis and visualization. Their discoveries fuel problem solving and strategic decision making in organizations such …

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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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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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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 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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