Saturday, August 20, 2011

GIS what you were looking for? #edtech

I owe a double post tonight.  The first is about a utility for a subject I'm not all that familiar with - but have always wished I was. GIS stands for "geographic information system" and allows you to "visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts." and has an application called the GIS Explorer and I'm only going to touch on the exploring portion of GIS Explorer tonight. While the GIS Explorer utility allows you to create your own GIS presentations, I'm not even going to pretend I know what I'm doing with it.  You have to options to use the explorer.  There is a desktop version and an online version.  Obvioulsy, I'll be focusing on the Silverlight version that you can use online.  It is a 365 web 2.0 project after all.  There are literally thousands of presentations to search and explore within the GIS Explorer utility.  Everything from historical reports tracking the birthplace of prominent figures to more traditional information like a Chicago 2010 Supermarket saturation map. This is really fascinating stuff and I hope one of my readers finds it useful.  For me, it's a different way to present information and of course because it's visual, I am extremely impressed.
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