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GIS Worth

GIS Worth

For most people GIS is one of those words that don’t really mean anything. And lately we have seen many articles downplaying the term GIS. While we do agree that GIS is a confusing term for the masses what it does is lost in the message. Going further it’s value is always overlooked especially in the private sector. So what is GIS worth? GIS Worth How do you answer this ambiguous question? One could start with the value of assembling…

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GIS isn’t valuable, It’s what you do with it that is.

GIS isn’t valuable, It’s what you do with it that is.

When we say GIS we are pretty sure most people have no idea what that means let alone what you do with it. Which we have gotten pretty used to over the years. That lead us to our title of GIS isn’t valuable, It’s what you do with it that is. And in reality that’s probably true to just about everyone. GIS isn’t valuable But wait what? Yes we said it and here is why. For the vast majority of people…

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Mapping vs GIS

Mapping vs GIS

We had a conversation with some associates not too long ago on the topic of Mapping vs GIS. To those in the know there is a huge difference but to the general public can anyone really tell the difference? We thought we would explore the basics. Mapping vs GIS The conversation started out innocent enough with our associate leading with, “Why would people need to know anything more about things than where they are?” They finished it off with “We…

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ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online

As a GIS shop we use a lot of different tools to tell stories. One of the tools we use quite often is ArcGIS Online. Primarily this platform is for presenting webmaps but can also be used for a variety of other light to medium duty map preparation. Let’s take a look under the hood. ArcGIS online is an esri product. Basically the company that started GIS way back when. But it’s not meant to be the full suite of…

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Legal Descriptions

Legal Descriptions

We have been spending a lot of time lately helping people figure out exactly where certain legal descriptions are located. So much so we thought we would dive in and explain what they are and how understanding where they are can help you understand the bigger picture. Legal Descriptions So what is a legal description? According to USLegal it’s “Legal description is the geographical description of a real estate property for the purpose of identifying the property for legal transactions….

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ESRI UC

ESRI UC

We took last week off and headed to the annual ESRI UC. One huge gathering of 16,000+ GIS professionals that happens every summer in San Diego. What did we see this time around? Plenty of things and ideas that will elevate map products all around. ESRI UC The main focus of the conference was how to use esri software to better do your GIS related job, leading with The Science of Where. We appreciated the location based nod this year…

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GIS Wares

GIS Wares

We attended an interesting half day conference today showcasing what’s new in esri GIS technology and it’s current offering of GIS Wares. Overall it was interesting to see what is new and used as a showcase by other industries. So what were the hot topics? We will break it down for you. GIS Wares First notion was that the future is all about the web and interactive maps. Paper maps were frowned upon overall due to how long they take and…

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Power of Together

Power of Together

Power of TogetherWe saw some interesting things the last week and it made us pause and think. Seeing multiple powerful datasets together in one place made us think how useful that is. Or better said the Power of Together. So what does this really mean? Power of Together What we saw was the combination of core datasets from multiple websites could not have easily been brought together in the past. Doesn’t sound that interesting without context does it? Not really,…

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Case Study-Maps in the Legal Industry

Case Study-Maps in the Legal Industry

  We find maps are needed in a lot of different professional areas. In this post we will explore a new area that is quite intriguing to us. Maps in the Legal Industry. Not what you were expecting? Let us dig a little deeper into this topic. Or primary exposure to maps in the Legal Industry as been in the Real Property section. Things in this area revolve around property ownership. Not only who owns what right now but what…

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What’s your GIS Story?

What’s your GIS Story?

Tell me a story. That’s the way all good GIS projects start. When I say tell me a story what does that actually mean? Well when a new GIS project pops up the first thing a good GIS person will do is try to find out more on what the project goals are, what is important to the project and what we are trying to show. We want to hear your GIS story so we can effectively create great GIS…

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