#2015 #GIS #Nerd #Wishlist

If you’re pondering what to get a #GIS #nerd for #Christmas, hopefully this might give you some ideas.

I was pondering this morning on some great Christmas gift, given that it’s Christmas Eve.  Though if you’re planning to get it under the Christmas Tree, it might be tough, unless you’re in North America where there are actually some premium services that almost guarantee it’ll be on time for Christmas Day.  At the bottom of this post, I have one FREE gift suggestion (I promise is GIS-related).

For the friend that constantly ask GIS questions, help them turn into an expert.

  1. GIS For Dummies (also check on the internet there may be a free excerpt floating around)
  2. Getting to Know ArcGIS
  3. GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook
  4. GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook
  5. GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook

All of the books I’ve personally read, and the tutorial is great.  The books also come with a trial version of the software (if I recall correctly) so you can follow along (don’t quote me on this…..).

For the GIS expert, looking to learn programming, there are a number of free tutorials you can access on YouTube (as you can see we supply GIS themed tutorials on YouTube for free). So I would reckon their next step is programming.  The following book is something I was recommended to try (though, I haven’t had the time to read it).  It was recommended just because it didn’t cost like $100, its like less than $20.  So affordable.

Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python

Lastly, if you’re like me and you like the cheap & FREE gifts, link them to a good YouTube find or the TeachuGIS Channel.  Using the built in Search Function, you can search for any video that we have uploaded.  Just a tip, if there is something we can make a video on, post it in Discussion (often folks post it in the Comments of Video, but, its really hard to follow because we get SO MANY COMMENTS!).  Since we have started the YouTube Channel, we have received close to 500 comments (and I would say a majority has been answered by our Team).

Let your friend know this is one channel that definitely interacts with viewers.  And if you Subscribe, you get the latest notification on new video tutorials!  Also, don’t forget to Thumbs Up a video if you found it useful, it helps other YouTuber gauge what they might be watching.


Starting 2016, we are working to expand our videos on Google Maps.  To cater to the growing tablet, device and phone users, we are releasing a set of videos that you might find #fun and #free to do on your device!  As always, we enjoy sharing tutorial videos using #opensource #freely available data so you can download the data and follow along.  We are making an effort to use free software so you can follow along and try it yourself!

As always, Happy GIS-ing and we’ll catch you in the next video!  Cheers!

Amazon.ca Widgets


Learn how to #access #Google #Maps #offline

Learn how to access #Google #Maps #offline.

What I like about this feature is you can save areas you need and it does not take too much space on your device.  Just a fun fact, you can also run the Navigation Beta features of Google Maps using the offline saved map.  Perfect if you don’t want to be burning your through data plan while on the go.

Compared to a vehicle GPS, having the tactile map is always nice, definitely a handy thing to have on the road.

Happy GIS-ing!

How to #Track #Santa on #Google #Maps #Android

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to upload some creativity to this YouTube.  As always, we enjoy interacting with many of our viewers through #Twitter and #YouTube and this #Wordpress outlet.

Today’s tutorial is all about how to Track Santa using Google Maps on Android.  Our team have been discussing on how we can make some meaningful tutorials, one of which we came up with is using freely available software.   To follow along with this tutorial, you need a few things.

  1. An android device (or another OS that supports Google Maps)
  2. Internet (to update your device since this update came out around Dec 1)
  3. Some sticky kid fingers who love to know where Santa is!

This feature is easy to do, simply Search “Where’s Santa” and you’ll be able to track Santa on Christmas Eve.

If you’re a regular #Google #Map user, you may have seen a similar feature around Halloween with the witch.

Cheers and have fun!

How to determine the #GIS #raster #resolution and #calculate #area

Here is a video on how to determine the raster resolution and calculate area. This video was made in response to Youtube +cojut who posed an interesting comment that you cannot use “calculate geometry” in raster, as one would in polygons. That is a true statement, in fact, to do so can be done by deriving the raster cell resolution and counting the number of “data”-containing cells. Enjoy.

Happy GIS-ing