Geospatial Revolution: Transforming How We Map Our World

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  • Geospatial Revolution: Transforming How We Map Our World

    1. 1. The Geospatial Revolution: Transforming How We Map Our World Jim Lacy Associate State Cartographer Wisconsin State Cartographer’s office www.sco.wisc.edu
    2. 2. GEO Geography. People, places or things in our world.
    3. 3. SPATIAL Orientation of objects in space.
    4. 4. GEOSPATIAL Broadly refers to the tools, techniques, data, and skills used to inventory and analyze the relationship of people, places, and things in our world.
    5. 5. OR IF YOU PREFER… Geospatial technologies let us use digital maps to make better-informed decisions.
    6. 6. Cartography ArcMap
    7. 7. Geographic Information System GIS
    8. 8. A GIS combines layers of information about a place to enable a better understanding of that place.
    9. 9. Database: Not easy to interpret
    10. 10. Visualization: “Worth a thousand words”
    11. 11. Spatial Analysis Real power of GIS is the ability to model features of our world and analyze information across many different data layers that represent those features.
    12. 12. McFarland site selection example
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    20. 20. Geospatial tech is more than just GIS…
    21. 21. Aerometric slides
    22. 22. “EVERYDAY” USES OF GEOSPATIAL TECH…
    23. 23. GEOSPATIAL CAREERS
    24. 24. Skills Desired by Employers  First, do you want to be an “-ologist” or a “mapper?”  Attention to detail, problem solver  Communication (written and verbal)  Project management
    25. 25. Skills Desired by Employers  Real experience in geospatial tech • Intern or volunteer (please!)  Programming skills in very high demand • Python, Javascript  Web design and development  Database management
    26. 26. Where can you study Geospatial Tech?  UW Colleges – GEO 106 (online)  Most, if not all, public Universities in WI have some type of geospatial program available to students  GIS Certificates growing in popularity (Madison, Milwaukee, Stevens Point)  Do you want to be an “-ologist” or a “mapper?”
    27. 27. Questions? Jim Lacy State Cartographer’s Office University of Wisconsin-Madison Lacy@wisc.edu WWW.SCO.WISC.EDU

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