Meet Kristin Ditterline, GIS Analyst

Meet Kristin Ditterline, GIS Analyst

Hey! I’m Kristin Ditterline and I have been with GeoDecisions since 2010, based out of Camp Hill, PA[DRJ1] . Since I began working for the company, I have transitioned from an internship opportunity into a GIS Analyst role for the past five years, with a primary focus on local government and transportation sectors.

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GeoDecisions Awarded Contract with City of Chicago Department of Information Technology

GeoDecisions Awarded Contract with City of Chicago Department of Information Technology

GeoDecisions has been awarded a contract to modernize the City of Chicago Department of Information Technology (DoIT) geographic information system (GIS) data editing and desktop tools. The DoIT GIS Division maintains a central data repository where spatial data is shared across departments and integrated into web services and interactive map services. Partnering with W4Sight, a Chicago-based WBE, GeoDecisions efforts will help Chicago’s GIS Division manage the quality and timeliness of base data to support enterprise-wide geocoding, address verification, and mapping.

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Valuable Skills and Qualities for Emerging Spatial IT Professionals (Part One)

Valuable Skills and Qualities for Emerging Spatial IT Professionals (Part One)

Participating or leading recruitment and hiring processes here at GeoDecisions for over a decade provides me with a unique perspective regarding identifying skills, aptitudes, and personality traits we deem valuable for emerging spatial IT professionals.  While similar qualities are expected among established professionals we hire, seasoned specialists typically offer most of them already.  I believe it remains important that students and young professionals understand the skills and qualities that are sought by successful and innovative spatial IT consulting services firm among its applicants, which I intend on describing within a two-part blog post.

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Leading Pennsylvania Geographic Education

Leading Pennsylvania Geographic Education

In an ideal geographic setting, younger children enjoyed rousing rounds of geographic “Simon Says” on the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education Giant Map of PA as older students asked astute questions about Esri® story map portfolios and digital mapping possibilities. In addition to mapping the state, the event’s diverse agenda included NASA’s “Journey to Mars” Planetarium show and a storm view of Winter Storm Jonas from space (see slide four); gallery talks with museum curators; and interactive activities to explore Pennsylvania’s history.

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A Story Map Worth a Million Words

A Story Map Worth a Million Words

An esteemed colleague of mine once posited that:

If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words...and…

A Map is Worth a Thousand Pictures...then…

A Map is Worth a Million Words

How true that remains today as powerful and engaging story maps take us to places we may only dream of, recount tales of adventure from which we learn volumes, and help us discern answers to the complex challenges we face. Story maps fuse traditional cartography with textual content, images, video, and infographics for a more powerful knowledge transfer platform. 

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