Who would have thought, a GIS song!! 😀
YAY! I have finally finished everything for this semester and now I can finally enjoy the holiday season! 😀
Lets celebrate it with a lovely song called “G-I-S State of Mind”. It’s a fun take set to the song “Empire State of Mind” originally by Jay-Z, Featuring Alicia Keys. Created by GIS folks from Austin, Texas in honor of GIS Day in 2010. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!
There’s one exam left, just one! And then we have three weeks off. Tomorrow it’s GIS 303 Analysis and Automation. I probably should be studying right now, but I need a break. My brain needs a break. So what better way to take a break but to sit down and write. Really?!? Never thought those words would ever come out of my mouth (figuratively speaking). If you read my last blog written as a class assignment, aptly named “My First Blog :)”, you would know that I haven’t blogged before and never thought that I ever would. Well, really the thought just never crossed my mind. I suppose some people would prefer a drier, to the point, purely informational types of blogs, but that’s just not me. I write as I would talk to someone. I write with light-hearted humour. Maybe I will try to “blog” the other way, or maybe not. 😉
This semester has been cram-packed with assignments, labs, readings and trying to wrap your head around new ideas and concepts. Its been very interesting to say this least. I entered this program with very little exposure to GIS that really only had touched upon the basic ideas and components, but nothing really too in-depth. All of that has since changed. We have gone (and still will next semester and next year) into greater detail and analysis of GIS. We are being exposed to all GIS has to offer in its full beauty. My love for technology has grown immensely, which I didn’t think was even possible, but it has. I have to admit that I have Windows installed on my iMac, through Parallels, purely for ArcGIS purposes. Never thought I’d see the day that I have a PC OS in my home or say those words, but I am big enough to admit that it has its place. For ArcGIS. That’s it. Hopefully esri will adopt Arc over to Apple sooner than later!
Today was a great day, we had our Programming presentations of our final projects which show-cased a variety of different subjects and skills in Python, resulting in fantastic scripts. I do believe that a lot of them have the capability to be used out in “the real world” and I would be super happy to see if some of them actually did. While creating my power point presentation yesterday I came to realize that I really do like Python and programming in general and that I can’t wait to learn more. More Python, more programming languages. Looking forward to Java next year!! Here’s a slide from my presentation that sums up my feelings of Python.The minion being what I would have thought four months ago if I said that I like Python and it rocks. “WHAT?!?” Well I should go back to studying now, but I will be sure to elaborate some more about my courses and how great they are. And if the urge strikes, perhaps I will write something more along the lines of educational purposes. We’ll see. Maybe.
Just checked out this neat article by Matt Sheehan about how GIS is being used in new applications. The link is below and is worth a read!
A classmate’s fantastic hand-drawn map!
From the prehistoric Lascaux Cave drawings of 15000 BC, to the Greek geographer, mathematician and astronomer, Eratosthenes of 2200 BC, people have been exploring and recording the world around them. Famous explorers and cartographers like James Cook have left a legacy of geographical knowledge which, even today, influences the way we view our world. So what is cartography and why has it developed throughout the ages? In its most basic form Cartography is simply the art of map making, but those who delve a little deeper understand that the subject is more intricate then anticipated. Maps provide a vast resource of information, they are research tools to aide in informed decision making and function as historical documents offering a window into the past. As times change so has the discipline of cartography. Advancements in technology has sparked growth in the industry and, as the benefits of visual data analysis are…
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