open_gis_education_issues

This post’s title partially repeats a topic of my speech at a wonderful open GIS user meeting which took place at the Institute of Geography [of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine] at the end of January. But like in any other public speech the most important things were not those said by me, […]

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GIS-agriculture

Today, geographic information technologies in Ukraine are still seen as novelty. Considering how widely and how often they are used across the industries, then this statement is quite true. And even though there is a wide range of open source application solutions available, representatives of various sectors rarely use GIS for process optimization. One reason […]

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gis-online-courses-list

While term ‘geospatial’ is becoming more and more trendy, many do still not know what hides behind the term. List of reasons for learning some geomatics as soon as possible could probably make a whole dedicated post. This time though, we won’t be convincing you that geospatial technology is amazing, but will give a list […]

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ricas_police_kh_ua

Last week we had invited representatives of Kharkiv police to have a frank conversation about something very important – maps and geoinformation. This may seem somewhat confusing. Local law enforcement had never associated with our field. Even right before the interview we had our doubts. The thing that struck us most, though, during our communication […]

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ACTS

This post is about cartography, corruption and philosophy. A weird combination, but it does make sense, I promise! Last week a final stage of regional selections to the first Ukrainian incubator 1991 Open Data Incubator took place in Kharkiv. This event gathered various projects, start-ups, that use state-provided open data for the greater good of […]

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osm_in_education

When I need to explain what OpenStreetMap (OSM) is, I say something like “Have you heard of Wikipedia? Well, it’s the same but for cartography”. Some of my colleagues may call this answer primitive, remind of Wikimapia, dozens of other crowdsourced services, or even may imply that “drawing lines on the Internet” has nothing to […]

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User_Open_GIS_Meeting_30012016_IG

Last Saturday, on the 30th of January, a meeting of the open GIS users took place. This meeting brought some surprises to both organizers and participants. Find more details about the event from Oleksandr Golubtsov – our author and one of this meeting initiators. Enjoy it! 120! That’s how many people gathered at Open GIS Users Meeting […]

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school-girl-geography-438364-h

Teaching GIS is quite an important part of the general process for nature resource management education. The training curriculum for various specialties now includes learning the basics of professional GIS. But unfortunately Ukrainian universities face an ever relevant problem in GIS education:  lack of funds. Software prices reach up to several thousands USD per user. […]

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mobile_apps

In this post you will learn about several mobile GIS and data collection apps, some of their strengths and weaknesses. Everyone who deals with geodata may have also encountered data collection in the field. Traditionally field data collection was performed using paper forms, paper maps, theodolites, compasses, circumferentors and so on. Now we can use […]

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arcgisearth

When it comes to GIS technology most people think of Google Earth and Google Maps first. This is not surprising as it was the release of Google Earth back in 2005 that initialized mass market oriented rapid geospatial technology development. In the following years GIS technologies have undergone drastic changes. But still if any GIS […]

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