Phillip Davis: Open Source GIS for Everyone – A QGIS-based program at Lagara College Vancouver

Categories: Geospatial
Phillip Davis

Phillip Davis

Open Source GIS for Everyone: A QGIS-based program at Langara College Vancouver

Until now the learning of GIS has not spread as widely as it could, in large part because of the high cost of GIS software. The benefits of GIS have been limited to large organizations, governments, and academia. Where is the GIS for the average person? In September 2013, QGIS 2.0 was released, answering the question posed above. This GIS software, released under a Free and Open Source (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) license, offers a credible alternative to commercial GIS programs. Now everyone can do GIS, regardless of their budget for software. Individuals, small businesses, charities, political parties, First Nations, journalists and numerous other groups can now harness the power of GIS for their own purposes.  Read full article

Comments Off on Phillip Davis: Open Source GIS for Everyone – A QGIS-based program at Lagara College Vancouver
Dec 17

Yoda: World Maps — Russia A+ NGA C-

Categories: Geospatial

yoda with light saberInside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers

The US military made maps during the Cold War too, of course, but the two superpowers had different mapping strategies that reflected their different military strengths … the US military rarely made maps more detailed than 1:250,000, and generally only did so for areas of special strategic interest. “The Soviets, on the other hand, were the global leaders in tank technology,” Forbes says. “One to 50,000 scale is globally considered among the military to be the tactical scale for ground forces,” Forbes says.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Yoda: World Maps — Russia A+ NGA C-
Oct 30

Yoda: Geofeedia versus ESRI

Categories: Geospatial

yoda with light saberQuestion everything…

Geofeedia‘s location-based social media monitoring platform lets you search, engage, and analyze real-time social media content from anywhere in the world with a single click.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Yoda: Geofeedia versus ESRI
Oct 21

Chuck Spinney: Cartographic Games Divorced from Reality – Daniel Neep on The Middle Eastern Example

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Below is a brilliant essay that shows how cartographic hallucinogenics can capture one’s Orientation and create an incestuously amplifying* decision cycle that disconnects a “policy” maker from real world. * Note to new readers: For an explanation of how “incestuous amplification” operates to disconnect a decision maker from the exigencies of the real world read my essay, Incestuous Amplification and the Madness of King George.

FOCUS: THE MIDDLE EAST, HALLUCINATION, AND THE CARTOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Chuck Spinney: Cartographic Games Divorced from Reality – Daniel Neep on The Middle Eastern Example
Jun 11