GIS – A Tool or a Discipline?

by Michele Mattix GIS job-seekers today are tempted by the idea of getting a Master’s degree in GIS as a way to better their chances of landing a job.  A recent LinkedIn discussion that I have been following deals with this very issue.  The majority believe that it’s more important to gain work experience in…

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New Training Video for the GeoCollector

GPS Mapping with the GeoCollector is a training video on CD offered by GeoMattix.

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A New Way of Working with ArcPad – Templates

I am a big fan of the data dictionary functionality in programs like Trimble’s TerraSync.  It allows you to grab your GPS unit and start collecting the features and attributes relevant to your project without having to first check out the data or create new feature classes.  Now I can  take advantage of this grab-and-go…

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What I Love About ArcGIS 10 – Search & You Shall Find

I have a pretty good memory when it comes to remembering where I’ve stored specific GIS data.  Nevertheless, spatial content accumulates and I find I have to do a lot of exploratory navigation before I find the dataset or MXD I need.  Continuing with my What I Love about ArcGIS 10 series, today I write…

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What I Love about ArcGIS 10 – Map Packages

As many frustrated ArcGIS users have discovered, sharing only an MXD file will open a blank map full of angry red exclamation marks indicating broken data links.  Even includin the data with the MXD file, the data links will be broken unless the sharer is extremely careful in preparing the map and data.  Now with…

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What I Love about ArcGIS 10 – Basemaps

Michele Mattix of GeoMattix shares her favorite things about ArcGIS 10. Today she writes about access to free basemaps.

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eTraining – Is It Right for You?

by Michele Mattix In this economy, going to a technical training class is a luxury.  Most businesses and organizations have had to make deep cuts and travel budgets are among them.   This makes attending a traditional classroom training class pretty much impossible.  But technology does not stand still and that is especially true in the geospatial industry. …

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5 Things to Consider for Integrating GPS and GIS

by Michele Mattix Collecting field data using GPS technology has never been easier.  The equipment is smaller and lighter.  Many modern GPS units are all-in-one handheld devices that combine the GPS antenna, receiver, and field computer into one device.  Color screens that operate by touch make navigating the field computer a breeze.  If the unit…

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Common Pitfalls to Successfully Integrating GPS & GIS

Recently I received an email from a GPS user asking me to review his data.  “Something must be wrong with my GPS unit,” he wrote, “the data I collected don’t line up with my other GIS data.”  He had attached his data to the email and it consisted of a single file called points.shp.

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How to Use CAD Annotation in ArcPad

CAD users beware!  While ArcGIS supports the mapping of CAD data, ArcPad – ESRI’s field software – does not.  Though it is no problem to convert CAD data into the geodatabase format, the handling of CAD annotation can present challenges.  In this article, I will walk you through a problem one of my clients was…

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