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Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Resources | 0 comments

ESRI (UK) Case Study

ESRI (UK) Case Study

Buried deep in the ESRI (UK) website is a case study I helped put together showcasing some of the ways we use GIS (specifically ESRI products) within UCL Department of Geography and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. ESRI (UK) co-sponsor my PhD research and I have had a very positive and productive relationship with the company. I know that they are keen to promote the use of their software within higher-education (and at secondary schools) and you can find out more here. Click on the image below for the case...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

G-I-S State of Mind

For GIS nerds only: Just to prove that GIS users are “hip” and “cool” here is a video that takes a contemporary “rap” artist’s song and adapts it with GIS- specific lyrics. I really “dig” this, especially the “sweet” line about...

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Resources | 1 comment

ArcGIS Desktop 10 Service Pack 1

ArcGIS Desktop 10 Service Pack 1

ESRI have released the first service pack for ArcGIS 10. The list of fixes is enormous and having encountered several of the bugs so I would highly recommend you perform the update. The ArcGIS Desktop 10 service pack is 361mb in size so make sure you have a decent internet connection.The download page is here. When I tried it I was getting a download speed of less than 1mb/ sec so if you administer for multiple users it may be worth uploading the file to your own server. It is reasonably straightforward to install. Simply double click your downloaded file and follow the steps. Don’t believe the estimated time remaining as it said 2 minutes for me throughout the installation that took approximately 5. If you rely on a license server you may need to re-approve the external connections required and then re-open ArcGIS Desktop for it to...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Resources | 4 comments

ArcGIS for iPhone: Review

ArcGIS for iPhone: Review

ESRI have just launched their ArcGIS for iPhone Application. I have tested it out and thought I would share a my first impressions. I conducted the test on my iPhone 3GS running software version 4.0.1 and with 1 to 3 bars of 3G signal. Overall I found the app to be very impressive. You are greeted with a world map that you can instantly interact with by panning and zooming in the usual way. The map tiles loaded surprisingly quickly- it took approx 5 seconds to zoom from the above view to building level with only 1 bar of signal. Users can search for places of interest… …but this provided the only disappointment with the map appearing to lack the required data. Zooming out a little resolved this problem, but I am not sure how many people would think to do this. I suspect the problem is relatively easily  addressed and may well be in future updates. Offering standard maps is not particularly innovative and not what the app...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The UCL Geography ESRI Development Center

The UCL Geography ESRI Development Center

UCL Department of Geography is proud to be an ESRI Development Center (or Centre). Each year we have to submit a report that outlines the past year’s activities. We have had another busy year hosting two visiting professors (Prof. Keith Clarke and Prof. Keiji Yano), receiving over 1 million visits to our research blogs and outreach websites and helping to organize the AGI Education Keynote given by Jack Dangermond. EDC researchers have presented over 20 conference papers and published in over 20 peer reviewed journals. My own contribution is shown on this blog and my slideshare account. For those who want to know in more detail about the UCL Geography EDC activities the full report can be downloaded...

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