How to Build an Empire with Data Standards

Standardized datasets create a connection between silos of information. Geography and data are the basis of a GIS. Marrying the two depends on something being similar to both items. For example, address data is a common denominator in many data sets. Everything has a location, and every location has an address. Sometimes one of the…

So Much to Learn at the MN GIS/LIS 2014 Conference

There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by other GIS people. I got that experience most recently at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual conference in Rochester, Minnesota. The of whirlwind of people, sessions, and conversations, gave me a few takeaways: Do you ever wish you could show someone what you are doing on your iPhone easily? Well…

No One Wants to Look at Your Ugly Map

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending at the WI Land Information Association Annual Conference. One of the topics that has interested me for a long time is how we as map makers communicate. And sometimes we say things we don’t mean to. Or we don’t know how to say the things we want…

Getting to the Point: Increasing Selectivity through Size and Color

It is often easy to get lost in a sea of data points. However, by utilizing different sizes and colors of points, you can create contrast which allows the reader to focus on a particular set of data.   Big thanks to our friends at Cartastrophe for inspiration and this great diagram: http://cartastrophe.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/way-over-in-british-columbia/Symbol SelectivitySymbol Selectivity…