Feature – States’ Rights: A Sure Bet on Location

This October, the Supreme Court will hear a landmark case on the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress in 1992. The act prohibits sports betting in all states except Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Delaware. These states were grandfathered in, and therefore exempt to the law. Continue reading “Feature – States’ Rights: A Sure Bet on Location”

Mapping Reform: Where are Things Likely to Change?

In the uncertain times following this election, one thing is for sure. Things will change over the next few years with a Republican president bent on change and a congress likely to cooperate with him. Continue reading “Mapping Reform: Where are Things Likely to Change?”

Feature – Essential Apps and Tools for GIS Professionals

I fell into being a GeoGeek accidentally. Like many experiences I had in college, I never intended to be a GIS professional. I wrote technical reports, loved maps, and wanted a way to integrate them into my reports, so I took a course from ESRI online. Then another, and another, and so on. I was addicted. Continue reading “Feature – Essential Apps and Tools for GIS Professionals”

Feature – GIS and the NFL: Sustainability and Millennial Fans

Some NFL television ratings have been suffering and for a number of reasons this season, and while it seems like a perfect storm, the week 6 tie between the Seahawks and the Cardinals on Sunday night saw a resurgence that says all hope may not be lost for the league and its advertisers. Continue reading “Feature – GIS and the NFL: Sustainability and Millennial Fans”

Trumped: The Map That Made Donald the Republican Nominee

Republican mapmakers gained what they perceived to be a huge victory following their landslide state election wins in 2010 through gerrymandering and redistricting dozens of states, so much so that their victory will probably last a decade or more.

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Feature: Social Media Mapping is Crucial for Market Research and your Social Strategy

Who Cares Where Waldo is?? Almost every day, I open up Twitter, and look in the left column at what is trending. I think of how I can leverage that to increase my likes and retweets. If something is trending on Twitter, it’s likely a factor on Facebook and other social media platforms. Continue reading “Feature: Social Media Mapping is Crucial for Market Research and your Social Strategy”

Feature – HERE and Now: Location Based Marketing and High Definition Mapping

Why would a retail giant like Amazon be interested in investing in a mapping company? That’s the first question many will ask when they discover the company is reportedly in talks with a consortium of German automakers for a stake in the high definition mapping company HERE. But there are several logical reasons, and they all relate to the huge role mapping and GIS will play in more and more businesses over the next decade. Continue reading “Feature – HERE and Now: Location Based Marketing and High Definition Mapping”

Is Sustainable Tourism Sustainable? Mapping Outcomes Using GIS

Tourism represents one of the top five exports for 83 percent of all countries and is the main source of foreign currency for 38 percent of countries. The industry continues to experience growth even in poor economic times. As consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of their actions, a trend toward “sustainable tourism” has become more popular, and many even take the Sustainable Tourism Pledge. But what is sustainable tourism? And is it actually sustainable? Continue reading “Is Sustainable Tourism Sustainable? Mapping Outcomes Using GIS”

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