Monthly Archives: October 2006

Food for thought… Resist assholeholics and the The No Asshole Rule

Speaking of Guy Kawasaki (see post from earlier today), Guy’s most recent words of wisdom touch on the topic of being an asshole! This made in reference to a Book Review of The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton. In familiar fashion, Guy has me in stitches describing the book and providing a list of what kinds of things make you an asshole! Guy admits to have being one and to have been in contact with a few as well.. I have to admit, I guess I’ve been one and have definitely known a few as well! For some fun Guy makes a suggestion on how you can come up with your very own Google Asshole ranking where you can guage in relative terms your asshole ranking (my words) – maybe the term “asshole-ocity” would be fitting? Good news… according to the test I’m only a fraction of the asshole that Guy is ;0) Finally, check out Guys tips on how to avoid being an asshole… words of wisdom. I like this one – Resist assholeholics from the start! See http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/10/you_have_to_lov.html

Rules of conduct for the GIS professional

As a GISP you are expected to conduct yourself and your business according to some codes of ethicsc as set up by the “Institute”. Just today the GIS Certification Instatute has layed out their Code of Ethics and rules for the conduct of GIS professionals. Among them; We shall acknowledge our errors and shall not distort or alter the facts, All data shall have appropriate metadata documentation sufficient to meet the minimum standard as stated here, When notified of an error in the database, the professional will take action to correct it… if you’re in need of some guidelines on how to conduct yourself see details here http://www.gisci.org/rules_of_conduct.htm or see the PR announcement here. If anything, these are some fine business rules that any company would want to strive to adhere to… compliance will no doubt enamour you to your clients!

A smart way to wrap up a GIS user mobile!

This one is for the “recently spotted” category. As I pulled in to a parking for lunch at a local sushi restaurant the other day I notice a cool little “smart” car in the stall next to me. The car is “wrapped up” in a 3D terrain map design and has a sign on it promoting a local GIS consulting firm. I have to be honest, I never heard of the firm but the paint job on the car was way cool… I’ve often said I want to paint up the Expedition as the GISuser Mobile – when I get to Fort Collins you may infact see this! – but for now, this was a great source of inspiration. Do you have a GIS themed company car? If so blast me a photo… you may wind up on the blog like this guy! Photos is from the Little Earth GIS Consulting Inc, Nanaimo, BC – photos is also posted on my GISuser flickr stream

A good read – GIS for the urban environment, ESRI Press

I haven’t had time yet to do a full-blown review, however, I have skimmed briefly a new title from ESRI Press and its pretty darned awesome! Anyone involved in urban geography, local government and GIS should grab a copy of this, read it, and keep it near your desk! The book starts of with the basics of GIS (even answers what is a map?) and then delves into spatial modeling, data classifcation, data visualization, data sources, and anything that a local government GIS user needs to know. Of particualr interes and setting this book apart from anything else I’ve seen is the focus on GIS Projects, including the project lifecycle, planning, and project management… nice! The book finishes up with a lengthy discussion on GIS ethics and offers up some excellent case studies. See GIS for the Urban Environment

GIS Data Search Engine withg 1900 more links indexed

Recall last week I made mention of the Google Co-op API and the new functionality that enables users (like me) to create their very own search engine. Since that time I’ve added some 1900+ of my favorite GIS resources (mostly data resources) which has resulted in a customized search tool that yields some awesome results if I say so myself! Many of the links come submitted directly to me for inclussion in vary sections at GISuser.com (ie. link section, free data resources, state clearinghouses etc…) Check it out and be sure to drop me a line if you don’t think your favorite data resource is listed yet See the GIS Data search Engine HERE

GISuser Data Search Engine with 1900 new resources (mostly for Free data)

Recall last week I made mention of the Google Co-op API and the new functionality that enables users (like me) to create their very own search engine. Since that time I’ve added some 1900+ of my favorite GIS resources (mostly data resources) which has resulted in a customized search tool that yields some awesome results if I say so myself! Many of the links come submitted directly to me for inclussion in vary sections at GISuser.com (ie. link section, free data resources, state clearinghouses etc…) Check it out and be sure to drop me a line if you don’t think your favorite data resource is listed yet See the GIS Data search Engine HERE

Location-Based social networking

Social networking is all the rage… its all about connecting with others. Think second life, youtube, flickr, SMS.ac, yadayada… how about networking based on location? That’s exactly what NavXS is all about… from the developer I get this… the smartphone / PocketPC application is used in combination with GPRS/UMTS/WLAN networks. Its an online navigation tool which use MapTile from MapProvider like google.maps, Microsoft, yahoo or ask.com. Additional features are: see your friends were they are in real-time, send them messages without SMS 😉 The service is in beta but is boasted to work very well. See http://navxs.com – supports Windows Mobile 5 and Java based devices. Note, they also have a blog to support them as well at http://navxs.blogspot.com