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When will GIS disappear?

September 2, 2015

By George Demmy

Geographic Information Systems (or one of the other subtle variants of the acronym) will never disappear completely, but they should be more invisible than they are. It’s remarkable how long the apparent (and mostly false) dichotomy between that’s what’s spatial and that’s what not spatial has persisted. Having spent a good part of my career letting people integrate place into their workflows and systems, however, I can understand why it’s there, however. There are thousands of different coordinate systems with their different purposes, etc., and one person’s place exactly where they think it should be is not where another might expect it to be. Further complicating things are units like rods and chains and feet (really, feet are still used, in some places. And there is more than one foot to choose from!). A grad for good measure (pi/200 of a radian, in case you were wondering). Making that all go away for people for whom that’s a raft of irrelevant implementation details is actually pretty hard work, and I have the source code to prove it.

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TerraGo Edge Smart Forms for Dummies

August 31, 2015

By Ian McNay

TerraGo Edge makes data collection incredibly easy for the novice user while maintaining the functionality for an advanced workflow. Our latest release of Smart Forms for Advanced Form Creation is a perfect example of this concept. 

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My, how the maps have changed…

August 27, 2015

By Bryan Burns

My, how the maps have changed…

It wasn’t too long ago that maps were a dark art, reserved for things like surveying, tactical operations and family road trips. Remember? And to obtain one of these map things you had to order it (as in postage), go to a truck stop or have it printed especially for you. It might’ve taken weeks to get it. It was paper (laminated if you were lucky) and probably reflected data from when your great grandpappy was runnin’ hooch through the hills of Dawson County.

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Reimagining and Reinventing the Form

August 26, 2015

By Dave Basil

Field workers in every major industry spend countless hours filling out paper forms. And much time has been spent extolling the benefits of going paperless.   And why not?  Using paper wastes time and money, takes up space and harms the environment.

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