Our Next Generation of Geographers

Our Next Generation of Geographers

Growing up, I had a big interest in maps. I would draw maps, look at road atlases, and pore over gas station road maps. I also would spend hours looking at my grandparents’ globe from the 1950’s and a Rand McNally World Atlas. When it came time to go to college, I thought there were only two paths - engineering/science or business. I wasn’t the best at math, so I chose to pursue the business route. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I realized geography was an option. I remember sitting in an excruciatingly boring economics class and found myself looking at a plastic relief map on the wall and daydreaming. Later that day, I told my mom I had made a big decision- I was going to switch my major to geography. I was met with silence. After a few seconds, she replied “What kind of job are you going to get with that degree?  All you can do is teach!”

They call geography the “the ultimate discovery major”…  I now know why.

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2017 Esri® DevSummit Highlights

2017 Esri® DevSummit Highlights

DevSummit is cool. It’s like the Consumer Electronics Show in Last Vegas, Nevada, only for GIS geeks, with unexpected cool toys hiding in the corners. As a GeoDecisions representative during this year’s Esri Developer Summit in Palm Spring, California, from March 7-10, I experienced the latest generation of Esri’s developer tools in the big ballroom. In the smaller conference rooms, I had a blast watching folks present less mainstream projects that push the boundaries of what GIS tech can do.

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Walk the “Pit” and Do Less of the Sit, 2017 Esri DevSummit

Walk the “Pit” and Do Less of the Sit, 2017 Esri DevSummit

As I fly home from my latest trek to the Esri® DevSummit in beautiful Palm Springs, CA, I have the time to reflect on the sessions I watched and the conversations I had.  

This year’s DevSummit had a different perspective for me. This was the first time since getting married, 10 years ago, that my wife and I could travel together without kids - thanks Nunnie and Puppie!!  In doing so, my wife got to see a bit of what Palm Springs has to offer, and hear about the conference agenda and topics from myself and fellow Tech Directors at GeoDecisions.  This was a true treat for us.  Second, after two years since my last visit to the DevSummit, I was able to jumpstart some major topics of conversations with the various product owners and developers regarding tools we use every day as we continue to push the limits at GeoDecisions.

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NYC School of Data

NYC School of Data

The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), in collaboration with the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, will be launching the NYCyclist data editing web application this spring. The application will be a yearlong pilot that allows users to edit the geometry and attributes of the City's bike routes and building footprints spatial data. GeoDecisions Project Manager Caitlyn Meyer, , assisted the client with the project implementation and supported our subcontractor, Boundless, who completed the application development.

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