USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Blog

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
If you’re interested in receiving updates about the GIS graduate degree and certificate programs at the University of Southern California, request information to reach an enrollment advisor; you’ll also receive emails with important program updates and when we publish a new blog article.


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 …

Read more >


All About 3D GIS

Geographic Information Science (GIS) has established mapping and spatial reasoning as essential methods for problem-solving. Geospatial professionals use GIS to develop buildings, manage disaster response, address public health concerns and much more. For all these innovations, however, traditional GIS systems can be limited by working with only two dimensions. As …

Read more >


Top GIS Technologies in 2021 & Beyond

Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) includes a versatile range of tools and techniques for capturing, analyzing and leveraging spatial information. With each passing year, advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) reveal exciting possibilities for urban planning, retail, space exploration, and more. In 2021, experts make the most of these …

Read more >


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. …

Read more >


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 …

Read more >


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 …

Read more >


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 …

Read more >


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 …

Read more >


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 …

Read more >


Your Guide to Professional Graduate GIS Certifications

GIS certifications validate an individual’s knowledge and skills within specific areas of GIS such as the applications of GIS or geospatial intelligence. Given the number of different options, it can be difficult to determine which provide the most benefit to you— especially when you start to examine both graduate certificates …

Read more >


Request a Brochure

To learn more about the University of Southern California's online GIS Graduate Programs and download a free brochure. If you have any additional questions, please call 877-650-9054 to speak to an enrollment advisor.

* All Fields are Required. Your Privacy is Protected.
  Are you enrolling from outside the U.S.? Click Here.