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Opening Up Open Street Map

This post gives some background on Open Street Map, an open source, crowd sourced alternative to Google Maps.  We also cover how data can be downloaded and used for analysis. A key aspect of our postgrad GIS courses is an independent project, where students formulate their own projects to ensure they develop some analysis skills in…

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GIS in Action – Crowd Sourced Mapping of Earthquake Impacts in Nepal

This post looks at how GIS is being used in a crowd sourcing way to respond to humanitarian needs around the world.  Recent event in Nepal have been eerily familiar – many of will know what it’s like living in the shadow of aftershocks and the long road ahead.  There are lots of ways we…

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Home on the Range

In this post we’ll cover the ins and outs of creating home ranges for animals based on point locations.  This was mainly written as a tutorial for Ecology students but by all means, feel free to have a go. In animal ecology there’s an important concept around home ranges for animals, which could be thought…

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Spatial Aspects of Gallipoli – the Landings at Anzac Cove

This is the second of two posts on Gallipoli.  The first set the scene for the landings at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915.  In this post, the spatial aspects of the landing are covered in more detail.  Warning: the account here may differ from a traditional telling of the event. In part 1 of…

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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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