Mike is founder and principal consultant of Decision Support Resources (DSR). DSR is an information technology company that specializes in developing geographic information systems (GIS) and incorporating spatial databases, maps, and web-based mapping applications into environmental and land use planning and decision-making processes.
Mike serves as a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado. In the graduate school he teaches: Geo-Planning: GIS for Planners, Graphics for Planners. At the undergraduate level he has taught: eParticipation and Web-based Visualization, GIS for Planners, and Computers in Planning.
A couple of weeks ago, I was able to attend the 2012 Where Conference, held in San Fransisco, California, and I am pleased to say that this year’s event surpassed all of my expectations. For those of you not familiar with this conference, the annual event features the latest and greatest in location-based social applications, mapping technology, and innovative GIS related public engagement best practices. While many of the presentations at this year’s Where Conference focused on leveraging location-based social media apps installed on our smart phones and tablets, it was the presentations about creating compelling stories about place and space that caught my attention as they relate specifically to public involvement, which can provide planners with some very useful resources in citizen engagement. Overall, I would say that “doing GIS” is getting easier.
We’ve been playing around with making maps from geotagged photos for the last couple of years. In terms of hardware, we’ve talked about how you can use the iPhone and iPhone apps to geo-tag photos and upload the photos to the web. As far as geo-tagging cameras go, there are a number of different brands of GPS-enabled cameras out there. The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado recently purchased several Panasonic Lumix cameras. I like this camera because:
It looks like MapQuest is following in Microsoft’s footsteps…they will incorporate data from OpenStreetMap into a “beta launch of four new European mapping sites”. Visitors to the sites will be able to update the data on the sites using a MapQuest UI.
In his article “iPads for Planning” (posted on Planetizen, April 2, 2010), Robert Goodspeed states that the iPad and iPhone are excellent tools for planning because they are highly mobile, location aware, and can be connected to a 3G network.
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