History of GPS

Today I’d like to share with you a couple of articles about the history – and one about a possible future – of GPS. First, this recent piece from Mark Sullivan provides a timeline to GPS:  A Brief History of GPS. Next, this article from Jamie Lendino focuses on in-car GPS but it is chock…

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Indoor Mapping is Coming of Age

What do you do when you’ve mapped just about everything under the sun?  You go in out of the sun and start mapping building interiors.  In today’s blog entry, I share with you a few updates to the world of indoor mapping. First, this press release from Aisle411 who have released smart phone apps to…

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Signals of Opportunity

Obtain XY location without GPS?  Check out this proposal from BAE Systems to use ‘signals of opportunity’ such as Wifi and radio signals to hone in on location.  It would work indoors as well as out and would not be subject to jamming of GPS signals.   What do you think? payday loan no teletrack direct…

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Geospatial Technology: Reuniting Families

He was separated from his family when he was just a little boy – lost in a world that found him a new home in a different country.  Many years later, as a grown man, he used Google Earth to retrace his steps – using basic math and his childhood memories of places he knew…

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A License Plate Map of the Nation

GIS professional Michele Mattix (GeoMattix) presents a license plate map of the US.

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ArcPad Workflows – Getting Started

by Michele Mattix When I ask my family what they’d like to have for dinner, I often hear a familiar response: “I don’t know.” If I rephrase the question and ask if they’d rather have stir-fried veggies or spaghetti and meatballs, they are quick to tell me their preferences. It helps to focus the mind…

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Crafting an ArcPad Project in 15 Minutes

My husband had planned a hike in Joshua Tree National Park for a small group of friends.  I love hiking but also saw here  a  perfect opportunity to start up a new project to collect recreational sites with ArcPad.   This is something I’d been wanting to do for a few weeks but never got…

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Sedona, GPS, and GIS Training Videos

Before launching GeoMattix, I worked as a Trimble GPS sales rep and trainer in Arizona. To help learn the finer points of the various GPS devices, I would take a unit along when I went hiking in Sedona – my adopted hometown. I carried a GeoExplorer in my backpack with an external antenna attached to my hat as I went around Chimney Rock; clipped a Nomad to my fanny pack for a hike around Airport Mesa; and was able to carry a Juno in the pocket of my water bottle as I hiked up Cathedral Rock.

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Choosing a GIS Master’s Program

Are you considering getting a master’s in GIS? How do you choose a good program? Michele Mattix offers a few things to consider.

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Should You Get a Master’s in GIS Now?

by Michele Mattix In my last article I added some food for thought in the discussion of whether a master’s degree in GIS is worthwhile. Today, I will add to that discussion by considering two recent New York Times articles regarding the value of a master’s degree.

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