Monthly Archives: July 2009

Can You Show Me My House?

This was the question posed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley during the plenary session at last week’s Esri International User Conference. Esri founder Jack Dangermond presented O’Malley with the President’s Award in recognition of Maryland’s pioneering GIS work, in particular the StateStat website, which O’Malley initiated and champions as a government performance-measurement tool.

O’Malley repeated the question throughout his acceptance speech, saying that it represents the fundamental desire people have to understand the world around them and create connections between themselves and their environment. In other words, people want to visualize where they are in relation to where other people and things are. Of course, the GIS cognoscenti have long understood this.Click to enlarge Continue reading

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ArcCatalog Basics: Tips for Accessing and Exploring Your Data

ArcCatalog is the ArcGIS application used to explore and manage geographic data, and it seems to be a little less well known than its sibling ArcMap. As with ArcMap and ArcToolbox, you have lots of options to adapt ArcCatalog to match your preferences and workflows. Below are just a few ideas you may want to try out to make your work in ArcCatalog more satisfying and productive. Continue reading

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