Recently, I saw a question come across one of the many GIS email lists I am on asking about whether or not the spelling sensitivity setting in an Address Locator also worked with addresses located using names and a Place Name Alias table in ArcGIS. This question intrigued me because though I have done my share of geocoding over the years, I have not used place name aliases much. I was unsure how this would work so I decided to do some testing. Click here to find out moreTripp Corbin, CFM, MCP, GISP CEO eGIS Associates, Inc.
By consensus at the last quarterly meeting of the Pee Dee GIS Users group, the November meeting date has been moved to after the Thanksgiving holiday from the 21st to the 28th. RSVP’s will be sent as usual in advance of the meeting as a reminder.
Microsoft Excel is an amazing tool that allows users to store information, perform calculations, link data, and a more. This tool is used by multiple professions and practices in support of day to day tasks to store critical and useful information. As a result GIS users often need to make use of data stored in Excel Spreadsheets to perform their daily duties.
While an Excel spreadsheet can act similar to a traditional database, it is not. A spreadsheet allows users to perform functions within, such as assign equations to individual cells or records, which are not allowed in a database. This additional functionality often causes problems when a GIS User tries to integrate spreadsheets into their workflows and analysis within Esri’s ArcGIS platform. To be successful, they must be aware of the limitations.
IT skills are becoming more critical to maintaining and managing a GIS with the expansion of server, web and mobile technologies. eGIS Associates, in partnership with Microstaff IT, have developed a series of IT classes specifically focusing on skills and knowledge needed by GIS Manangers and Database Administrators. Course topics include basic networking, Windows Server 2008, Internet Information Server and SQL Server.
So far we have developed four courses which include:
- Network Infastructure 1: Intro to networking basics for GIS Users
- Network Infrastructure 2: Windows Server & Internet Information Server (IIS)
- SQL Server 1: Managing & maintaining data in Microsoft SQL Server
- SQL Server 2: Installing & Configuring SQL Server
We will be offering these as online Instructor Led Courses. Those in the Columbia South Carolina area will also have the option to attend the courses at MicroStaff IT’s facilty. In addition we will also be holding traditional GIS training classes at this location. Please check our current training schedule for a complete list of upcoming classes.Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP eGIS Associates, Inc. www.egisassociates.com