What’s an atlas?

As surveyors, it is so easy to hear the word ‘map’ and have our mind go straight to boundary surveys and contour maps that we forget what the general population thinks of when they hear the word map; atlas. Of course an increasing number of my younger employees even know what an atlas is, with their fancy smart phones and on-board vehicle navigation systems. The point of the matter is, most people think about driving when they think about maps. Conrad Blucher saved many Texas Highway Maps throughout the years, and every time I see one I immediately look… Read more »


Prehistoric GIS

Little known fact: prior to the Computer Age brains had to serve as our GIS and cartographic outputs were penned. In this collection we have thousands of historic maps and plats. For the most part they are boundary and topographic surveys at large scales (high detail, small area for those that have forgotten). Not to detract from the amount of work that went into these project, but they cannot compete with the complexity of most geoprocesses used in a quality geographic information system. That is why today I would like to present to you what I am calling ‘the oldest… Read more »


ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies names Spatial {Query} Lab ‘Lab of the Month’ for January 2017

I am very proud to announce that the Spatial {Query} Lab has been named ‘Lab of the Month’ in January 2017 by the International Cartographic Association Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies (ICA). This honor should certainly be shared by the fantastic students in the lab working on the open source-related curriculum as well as the community that uses the content and provides valuable feedback. Thank you all for your hard work. The ICA announcement can be viewed at: http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/01/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-texas-am-university-corpus-christi-usa/


Second Edition of Mastering QGIS Book Published

After months of writing, rewriting, editing, and late nights, I am proud to announce that the second edition of ‘Mastering QGIS’ has now be published. We have added a brand new chapter and 66 pages of new content taking the book up to 486 pages of content. Additionally, we have updated all content to work with QGIS 2.14, which is the current long term release. In short, you will learn the following in this book: Create and manage a spatial database Get to know advanced techniques to style GIS data Prepare both vector and raster data for processing Add… Read more »


GeoAcademy Team Wins GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award 2015

Dr. Richard Smith, Director of the Spatial {Query} Lab, was awarded GeoForAll – Global Educator of the Year Award as part of the Team award. The award was presented to Kurt Menke, Nate Jennings, Jon Van Hoesen, Richard Smith, and Phil Davis  at the FOSS4G – 2015 – Europe Conference in Como, Italy. All of these individuals played an important part in creating the GeoAcademy Curriculum. The GeoAcademy Curriculum is being maintained by the Spatial {Query} Lab and is composed of thirty-five labs across five college-level courses. The curriculum is available here.


GST 104 – Cartographic Design – Updated to QGIS 2.8 and Inkscape 0.91

It’s finally here! The GST 104 – Cartographic Design labs are completed and available as part of our award winning GeoAcademy curriculum. The seven labs feature QGIS 2.8 and Inkscape 0.91. The lab topics are: Creating a colorful map of the United States of America Exploring Coordinate Systems and Map Projections Map Elements and Design IDP and Refugee Proportional Symbol Map IDP and Refugee Proportional Symbol Map – Designing the Final Map Countries with Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Over 1 Million Map Design Design and Label a Downtown Street Map Here are a few examples of maps students… Read more »