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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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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