Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel

Folk Songs for the Five Points

New York map combines sound, art, and culture resulting in a remarkable cultural museum piece. This is an excellent example of creative cartography – “folksongs for the five points.” This map of New York City’s Lower East Side is so interactive you can almost smell it. Have fun!

Simplify your Shapefiles

As mapping professionals, we often want more detail – the more accurate the better. But occasionally we need to simplify our maps (specifically our shapefiles) for presentation purposes or to speed up web map applications. Now you can very easily simplify your shapefiles online using MapShaper. I’ve used it and it was a breeze. Here […]

Successful Response Starts with a Map – New Publication NAP

The Mapping Science Committee of the National Academy has released the following publication. “Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management Committee on Planning for Catastrophe: A Blueprint for Improving Geospatial Data, Tools, and Infrastructure,” National Research Council ISBN: 0-309-10340-1, 198 pages, 6 x 9, paperback (2007) http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11793.html Executive summary online […]

State Geographic Information Offices Relationship with State Census Data Centers

There are a number of models across the US of where the state Geographic Information Office is located/affiliated. I was interested in which states have their Geographic Information Office co-located with (or formally part of) their State Census Data Center. I conducted an informal poll of NSGIC State members/representatives. The following 6 states indicated their […]

Recognizing the Value of Geographic Information for Economic Development

Last week I presented at the Indiana Economic Development Association’s Indianapolis Winter Conference. The speaker right after me, Dr. Buzz Canup of AngelouEconomics, presented an enlightened view of how site assessment consultants for Fortune 500 companies do their work. Much of what he talked about was how he and his staff use geographic information systems […]

Thematic Mapping on Google

Up until recently, Google Maps mashups have been limited primarily to maps with up to about 200 points, limited line data, and overlays of static images. The Google Map Creator is a freeware application designed to make thematic mapping using Google Maps simpler. The application takes a shapefile containing geographic areas linked with attributes and […]

Information for Indiana: GIS Issues Brief

Information for Indiana is a collaborative project launched by Governor Mitch Daniels in July 2005. It brings together government, university, and private resources in an effort to build a solid foundation of data and analysis for improved policy-making and administrative decision-making by public and private leaders statewide. IFI is working with internal and external partners […]

Indiana I-TEAM for Homeland Security

The State of Indiana identified the Indiana I-Team as a strategic priority in support of homeland security in Indiana in a recently issued White House Office of Homeland Security report titled “State and Local Actions for Homeland Security”.  In the report, the organization in each State responsible for coordinating homeland security public-sector response enumerates the […]