Archives for October 31, 2006
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!
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
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