What is GIS?

Caitlin Dempsey

GIS is a technological field that incorporates geographical features with tabular data in order to map, analyze, and assess real-world problems.

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GIS and Map Contests

Caitlin Dempsey

Current map and GIS related competitions listed in order of the competition deadline.

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Mapping Small Bird Migrations

Mark Altaweel

Our understanding of bird migrations is changing as a result of tracking devices on birds, especially for small bird species.

Building a GIS Career

Caitlin Dempsey

The use of geospatial technologies is increasingly being used in a variety of fields.  GIS is being used in many different industries and the skills required to be a successful GIS professional have evolved over the years.  Below are recommendations on building a strong background in preparation for a career in GIS based on what the majority of employers are looking for.  However, keep in mind you will find a wide variety of work and educational backgrounds among those working in GIS jobs.  

Flow chart showing the different levels for university degrees in GIS.

The Many Aspects of a Career in Geospatial

Sangeeta Deogawanka

Sangeeta Deogawanka takes a look at the GIS/geospatial arena that is increasingly embracing new technologies within the spatial niche.

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