Getting Started with the GIS Blog

This post provides an overview of all the (hopefully) useful things you can read about on the blog. In its short and happy life the GIS Blog has certainly done a lot for me.  It’s made it a lot easier to respond to many common questions (like mapping to the J: drive – see how easy […]

ArcMap Menus – The Last of the Unsung Heroes

In this post we’ll delve into the ArcMap Menus to see what they have to offer. For a few posts we’ve been looking at some of the basics of ArcMap, particularly the Menus and Toolbars: In previous posts we’ve looked at the Standard and Tools toolbars.  For this view into the unsung heroes of ArcMap […]

The Standard Toolbar – Another Unsung Hero of ArcMap

This post covers the tools available on the Standard toolbar in the ArcMap window. In a previous post we looked at the Tools toolbar.  This time around we’ll look at the Standard toolbar and what can be done with it.  Once again we’ll start with the upper left hand corner of your ArcMap window: The […]

The Tools Toolbar – An Unsung Hero of ArcMap

This post covers some of the basics of the Tools toolbar on the ArcMap window, an unsung heros of using the application. The GIS Blog has focused on a lot of technical uses of GIS, but sometimes just making your way around in ArcMap can be a challenge.  So in this post we’ll look at […]

Our (Web) Maps

The Lincoln GIS Server allows us to make GIS data and maps available to anyone with a web browser.  In this post, several of the web maps we’ve developed are presented. In a previous post we covered the idea of web services, which allow data layers to be served up to web browsers without needing […]

On-Line Training Courses for ArcGIS

This post covers the on-line tutorials available to LU users. The GIS team is often asked how people can learn how to do more stuff.  One of the perks of our ArcGIS site licence is that we can free access to a range of on-line tutorials from ESRI, the creators of ArcGIS.  These range from […]

Web Feature Services Part 2 – LRIS and LDS

Part 2 of a focus on Web Feature Services (WFS), this time on connecting to data from LRIS and LDS. A previous post covered the basics of connecting to Web Feature Services (WFS).  For this post, we’ll look specifically at how to connect to Landcare’s data portal (LRIS) and the LINZ data service (LDS, not […]

The data I need aren’t on the J: drive!

This post outlines some of the on-line data portals, including, and portals from LINZ and Landcare Research. Before getting to the main topic, I’ll put a quick word of appreciation in for Dorje McKinnon, who is heading overseas for a wee while.  As the Applications Group Manager at ITS, Dorje’s been a big supporter […]

Data with a View

This post covers viewsheds – raster grids that indicate which areas are visible from a specific location. (Updated May 2021 for Pro.) Some of you may remember that stately Timeball Station in Lyttelton: Coming out of the tunnel and into Lyttelton, it was hard to miss the structure above the port. The castle-like building stood […]

Data, data everywhere, but what about what I need?

This post outlines the data currently available on our network. Those of you who have done any work with GIS will know how important the right data are.  Spatial analysis is very much a garbage in-garbage out process so making sure you’ve got good data to start out with is crucial.  Last week’s post was […]