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Spatial Aspects of Gallipoli – The Big Picture

This is the first of two posts related to the Gallipoli Campaign.  In this one we’ll talk about the importance of Gallipoli in World War One while the second will look at the ANZAC beach landing. I’m no war buff – far from it.  But there are a few military events that have really captured…

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How To Add a Locator Map in ArcMap

This post details how to add a locator map (or inset map) to a layout in ArcMap. Map making is part art, part science, but mainly art, in my humble opinion.  It’s often the case that you’ve done the hard yards with analysis and, in the critical map making phase, you want to add some…

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The Spatial Smoking Gun (part 2)

This is the second of two posts about some spatial analysis aimed at reducing adolescent smoking rates.  The first talked about the analysis itself while this one discusses how the results were shared with colleagues and end users. In part 1 of this post, the analysis issues were covered and we ended up with a…

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The Spatial Smoking Gun (part 1)

This is the first of two posts about a spatial analysis project related to adolescent smoking rates.  In this one, I’ll talk about the problem and the analysis and in the second we’ll cover various ways that the results were shared. Teen smoking…there can’t be anything good about it, can there?  I’ve got a friend,…

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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…

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3D Symbols in your 3D Visualisations

This post covers how to insert 3D symbols into an ArcGlobe scene. So you’re doing some analysis of the best place to put a windfarm and would like to really wow your client (or lecturer…) with some 3D visulisations.  We’ve probably all seen the kinds of point symbols that we might put on a 2D…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sticking to the (Python) Script

In this post, we’ll go over how you can use a Python script to get ArcGIS to do something it doesn’t currently do. This post comes courtesy of the suffering of a postgrad (like most things in the academic world.)   As part of a class project, the postgrad in question, Daniel, wanted to do…

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