Digital Geography

GIS as a profession: the GISP

“A GISP is a certified geographic information systems (GIS) professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).” (source) But coming from good old Germany I was curious: what is this GISP about? Take a look at this map and you will see my concerns:   Is it a cultural thing or why are most GISPs located in USA? So I asked Justin Cole who works as a Senior GIS Analyst at Monroe County NY to write about being a GISP. Read his answer: Motivation I have been in…

OpenSource QGIS + PostGIS installation: “the Windows way”

A short time ago I’ve posted an article on the installation of QGIS in combination with a PostGIS database in the background. As we all know, Windows is mostly used as OS on a PC so this is the Windowized version. This is a short summary that sums up the article of a site called Boston GIS. I’ll show you how to install QGIS version 1.8 (which will be updated in some days) and PostgreSQL with PostGIS extension and show you the first steps in the import of shapefiles and raster data.

ArcGIS tutorial 1: how to georeference a map

ArcGIS is a geographic-information-system (GIS) developed by ESRI. Being widely used and the sheer amount of functions and add-ons are maybe the important causes for being a big-player at universities as well. Therefore we will present you some basic tutorials for learning an enjoying ArcGIS: Tutorial 1: how to georeference a scanned map in ArcGIS? objective To connect a scanned map with other geographical data the map needs to be refrenced. This meens, that every pixel in the scanned image gets a new dimension: besides its location in the image (e.g. 326th pixel from left and 124th pixel from the…

getting to know open source GIS

in the next weeks I will produce a new series of how-to videos. They will cover the range of methods in GIS using open source GIS. As I am a fan of QGIS , I will present common tasks as explained in the book “Getting to know ArcGIS desktop” just by using QGIS instead. I hope you’ll enjoy it. If you have any tasks you would like see in QGIS just write a comment and I’ll try to cover them as well in the upcoming playlist. Stay tuned…