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Where will the new Amazon HQ be? Is your city on the shortlist?

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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Using Site Mapping Tools to Explore the Amazon HQ2 Location


Amazon is performing a competitive site selection process and is considering metro regions in North America for its second corporate headquarters.

  • Amazon HQ2 will generate $5 billion in construction and create 50,000 jobs
  • Amazon wants one competitive response per metropolitan statistical area (MSA)
  • A similar layout to Amazon’s Seattle campus is preferred

The Maptitude mapping software is an excellent tool for data analysis and visualization. We will use several different Maptitude tools to explore how they work together to provide tangible results. As an exercise we will:

  • Explore the characteristics of a study area in the USA
  • Work through a real-world set of requirements


Big Brother Knows Where We Live: Share the Location!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The government knows where we live. And, if you live in Australia or Denmark, so does everyone else. While no personal information is included, these two countries have released databases of the location of every single address.

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Australia only recently joined the club of countries that have open address point data. Denmark is the other country (let me know in the comments section if you know of any others!) and the Danes have reported a huge return on their investment. When you know where every single address is in a country, the possibilities for geospatial analysis are limitless.


From Quill Pens to GIS: The Career of a Geographer

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

From Quill Pens to GIS: The Career of a Geographer

Any customer testimonial that begins with a description of using quill pens to create maps is one that I want to share! Many thanks to Susan Remer for writing the testimonial below that covers her career in mapping and GIS.

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As a British geographer I was struck by Susan’s inability to find a teaching position. Geography is widely taught and funded in the UK, but the situation is unfortunately vastly different in the United States. Despite longstanding efforts by the National Geographic Society and the American Geographical Society to expand geography education at the secondary- and university-levels respectively, geography remains a little-studied or even -understood discipline. At present it remains the only major academic field not to receive national education funding (URL).


Are Maps Killing Your Vote?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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Every ten years, in a process that profoundly impacts American politics, the legislative districts are redrawn to determine who votes where. But because of a practice called gerrymandering “we, the people” are not necessarily deciding who represents us.

The Evidence

The United States Constitution requires that a population count, the decennial Census, serve as the basis for redistricting. Congressional districts are then reapportioned among the states and each state is divided into districts of equal population. State legislatures and many local governments work the same way. Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the redrawing of state and congressional lines must also maximize any clear opportunity for minorities to elect candidates of their choosing.


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