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Catholic schools use gis to expand opportunities to under served communities.

Private School Market Analysis:  Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools: While it might seem unlikely that schools would seek out the services of a GIS Consultant, this is the story of just such a scenario.  The GIS literature is sprinkled with examples of cases where GIS is used to help with school related issues.  Examples include …

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The Case for a generalist gis consultant

A few months ago I read an excellent article by Angie Wang of Omnitek Consulting. In Generalist vs. Specialist,  Ms. Wang explored the relative strengths, weaknesses, and roles of a consulting from two  perspectives. One, the development of a “well rounded” education and experience portfolio(a generalist approach); and Two, that of a Specialist; one who …

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Special Purpose Districts: Volume 1.

Special Purpose Districts (or SPDs) are unique geographic areas used, among other uses, to provide a means for taxes to be levied on certain commercial activities to support identified public needs.  These tap into large financial transactions (or a great many small ones) to provide funding otherwise not available to worthy functions needing funding through …

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“Sometimes it’s the little things” >> The Duct Tape Solution.

As Geo-Spatial professionals, many of us relish the opportunity to make use of high-tech, sophisticated equipment, powerful software, and complicated algorithms and models.  Why?  Because they allow us to collect, process, and understand a wide variety of data, in great quantity and accuracy, and learn important things to support our missions.  But let’s face it:  …

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You Too Can Map Hurricanes! (and other weather events).

Well, it’s Hurricane Season, and as usual, all eyes are on the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the southeastern coast of the US.  This week it is Hurricane Dorian, a large powerful storm that is providing some frustration to professional and amateur storm predictors and mappers delight, as well as a great deal of damage …

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