Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D.

Indiana’s GIS Law

Years in the making, Indiana passes first comprehensive GIS law. It defines data exchange agreements, identifies framework data as essential elements of a statewide base map, emphasizes open access, establishes the first Geographic Information Officer as an appointee of the governor, establishes (but does not fund) a GIS fund, and recognizes the role of state […]

IndianaMap Legislation Making Progress

Indiana’s 2007 GIS Bill (SB461) is making progress. Yesterday it passed the senate unanimously and has been sent onto the house. Summary: “One map for Indiana. Provides that the state data center shall develop and maintain the Indiana map, an electronic map of Indiana. Provides that the state data center shall provide public access to […]

Indiana GIS Legislation Introduced

There is a GIS Bill in the Indiana Legislature this year – SB461. Yesterday was the first hearing in the Senate Economic Development and Technology Committee. It went well and passed 8-0 with a significant amendment. I’ve attached a link, but here is my own summary: * the focus of the Bill is on maintenance […]

Folk Songs for the Five Points

  New York map combines sound, art, and culture resulting in a remarkable cultural museum piece. This is an excellent example of creative cartography – “folksongs for the five points.” This map of New York City’s Lower East Side is so interactive you can almost smell it. Have fun! SaveSave

Simplify your Shapefiles

As mapping professionals, we often want more detail – the more accurate the better. But occasionally we need to simplify our maps (specifically our shapefiles) for presentation purposes or to speed up web map applications. Now you can very easily simplify your shapefiles online using MapShaper. I’ve used it and it was a breeze. Here […]

Successful Response Starts with a Map – New Publication NAP

The Mapping Science Committee of the National Academy has released the following publication. “Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management Committee on Planning for Catastrophe: A Blueprint for Improving Geospatial Data, Tools, and Infrastructure,” National Research Council ISBN: 0-309-10340-1, 198 pages, 6 x 9, paperback (2007) http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11793.html Executive summary online […]

State Geographic Information Offices Relationship with State Census Data Centers

There are a number of models across the US of where the state Geographic Information Office is located/affiliated. I was interested in which states have their Geographic Information Office co-located with (or formally part of) their State Census Data Center. I conducted an informal poll of NSGIC State members/representatives. The following 6 states indicated their […]

Recognizing the Value of Geographic Information for Economic Development

Last week I presented at the Indiana Economic Development Association’s Indianapolis Winter Conference. The speaker right after me, Dr. Buzz Canup of AngelouEconomics, presented an enlightened view of how site assessment consultants for Fortune 500 companies do their work. Much of what he talked about was how he and his staff use geographic information systems […]

Thematic Mapping on Google

Up until recently, Google Maps mashups have been limited primarily to maps with up to about 200 points, limited line data, and overlays of static images. The Google Map Creator is a freeware application designed to make thematic mapping using Google Maps simpler. The application takes a shapefile containing geographic areas linked with attributes and […]