GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com Visualize, analyze and share your geo data online. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:06:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Future of Your GIS Workflow http://www.giscloud.com/blog/the-future-of-your-gis-workflow/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/the-future-of-your-gis-workflow/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:10:41 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7688 Then…

Not so long time ago, we were still manually drawing maps, populating survey forms in the field with a pen and inputting collected data manually in Excel as a part of an extensive paper based workflow. And what about if ‘heavens forbid’ we had to review the data…off we go back to the field with more paper forms. Then back to the office to cross-reference the data then and now, but only after we inputted the new data in excel. Hmmm… and then we printed out a map with administrative areas and did some massive coloring.

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Then came the Desktop GIS and man did ‘coloring’ get better. Now we had an option to spatially have all the data on a map on a computer that had the data associated to each location we collected with a GPS device. We could join Excel tables and review data all in one place, overlaying multiple layers on top of each other and geospatial analysis suddenly got faster and better. It’s just… we became inpatient to wait for the team to bring back the data from the field with their GPS units. Especially considering we had all these meetings we had to attend across the country. Common now, we want it faster if not instantly… like in real time please!

…and now

So now we sit in our very minimalistically decorated office as we don’t have tables covered in papers nor big desktop computers that require massive storage units. Even better, now we can be in Orange County on a meeting while our crew collects data in Florida and sends it to you. You receive it instantly, data is updated in real time and you can automatically show the progress to your colleagues. Quickly filter the data based on an attribute (same city let’s say) click on locations and get info associated to it like photos, lat, long, GPS accuracy, notes from the field… the list continues. Done in your browser… in the Cloud.

Future

As GIS practitioners we can say the progress has been fast and mind blowing so far. Making GIS more integrated in various industries and simplifying workflows than ever before. So what has changed so much? At GIS Cloud, we believe that GIS is a concept that you customize to you and your needs rather than customizing and adapting yourself to the GIS standards. Future is in:

    Integration Real Time Mobility High Accuracy Fast Performance Non GIS Expert user friendly solutions

Simplify your workflow today!

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GIS Cloud Support Center http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-support-center/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-support-center/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:42:52 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7645 Every good GIS story begins with good GIS tools. Our mission at GIS Cloud is to make your GIS journey as user friendly as possible, helping you every step of the way. There are plenty of materials that are useful, and that perhaps you were not aware are out there specifically created for you.
Manual

Our Support team puts a lot of effort into updating the Manual on a daily basis, so all the new features that are released weekly, are immediately explained for your pursue.

Developer’s Page

If you need information that is more developer’s related, check our Developer’s Center that provides you with useful info on leveraging the GIS Cloud platform.

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Video Tutorials

Explore bunch of video tutorials on our Vimeo Page.

Live Support

Click for live help in the bottom right corner that gives you access to online support with our team.

Direct Contact

For everything else, contact us directly at:
info@giscloud.com for sales and general queries
support@giscloud.com for ‘how to’ and support questions

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Cloud Mapping (Rev)Solutions continue… http://www.giscloud.com/blog/cloud-mapping-revsolutions-continue/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/cloud-mapping-revsolutions-continue/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:01:24 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7611 At GIS Cloud, we were always inspired to push online mapping to the next level, beyond its borders. There is a reason why there is the Cloud in GIS Cloud…the Cloud is said to make your life easier, and then…so can GIS Cloud. Benefits that Cloud offers are growing more and more, and Cloud related features that were perhaps uncertain couple of years ago like data volume and format, map performance and control of your data privacy is now pure practice.

When asking yourself what GIS is and how it could help you in your business or a project, one might think of a ‘school definition’ of what GIS represents…but GIS has become so much more. It infiltrates in so many spheres that were impossible before and so there is no simple GIS definition any more. Cloud has enabled a whole new dimension of GIS, continues to do so and from that perspective GIS definition is now versatile and adaptive depending on what you do. So where is GIS Cloud in Cloud GIS and how can it be adapted to you?

Handling the ‘Big Data’

Let’s start with the fact that GIS Cloud team has developed the fastest mapping technology available today. Besides being able to produce raster map tiles it is able to produce vector tiles as well which means even faster performance. Even if your map has thousands or millions of features, you can experience it with high user experience right in your browsers. But why would you limit yourself to the desktop only, when you can use smartphones, tablets and iPads, making your GIS an effective and interactive solution.

City of Fort Collins Big Data – Raster

Effective solutions in Real Time

When working with maps and data in a system like GIS, user usually needs to create maps and projects and see results fast. Communication with the application, sending and retrieving data to your projects and maps is done in real time through GIS Cloud’s REST API. Real time data handling gives the possibility of immediate response to different departments which means optimization of your work process.

Seattle Big Data – Vector

Control your Data

Many barriers have been broken by moving GIS into the Cloud, making decision making, collaboration and data sharing fast, effective and safe. Exchange and contribution of information as well as data collection between departments is crucial for the goals to be achieved. GIS Cloud platform enables your entire organization to collaborate by using the same apps while having different levels of access. With defining different permissions for users within your organization you have a full control of privacy authoring for your data.

Curious about how your projects or your business solution would look like in GIS Cloud? Try it out for free or Contact us to get even more information.

Check out 100 awesome uses of vector and raster data!

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GIS Cloud at INTERGEO Conference http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-at-intergeo-conference/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-at-intergeo-conference/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:10:42 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7588 We are happy to announce that GIS Cloud is attending INTERGEO conference in Berlin from 7th to 9th of October.

NTERGEO is the world’s leading conference trade fair for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management. With over half a million event website users and over 16,000 visitors from 92 countries at INTERGEO itself, it is one of the key platforms for industry dialogue around the world.

Conference celebrates its 20th anniversary by ‘Showcasing the very best Europe has to offer’ which is the key guiding principle of the conference. The defining focus is to highlight Europe’s best examples of the use and role of Geographic Information and Geo-technologies in a variety of thematic fields. Be sure to ping us and see you there!

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Where is the Cloud in GIS for Watershed Management? http://www.giscloud.com/blog/because-no-matter-where-we-live-we-live-in-a-watershed/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/because-no-matter-where-we-live-we-live-in-a-watershed/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:46:55 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7504 With the recent increase in frequency of flooding events (followed by the usual ‘I haven’t seen this in the past hundred years’ comment), a GIS-related observation came to mind. It is highly unlikely that we will ever be 100% sure in terms of preventing ‘Mother Nature’s rage’, but we do have tools to help with the side effects of these events. So what would be some of the key values when talking about GIS for evaluating watershed conditions and environmental processes affecting them? Technology, Cloud and Collaboration come to mind.

Taking advantage of technology

It’s there so why not use it. Different apps and tools are being developed and upgraded constantly so keeping track of them is quite a challenge. Planners, consultants and decision makers recognize the spatial significance of resource management at a water body scale. So here comes GIS to save the day. But how, you might ask yourself? Do I need to be a GIS expert to incorporate tools into a water oriented decision making plan? Not at all as the beauty of GIS is to adapt it to your needs and your workflow. User friendly apps, developed for both GIS and non-GIS experts are ‘the thing’ to look for.

Bringing in the Cloud

Why lock yourself to the desktop? Water management thrives on data from the field so having the timely and accurate collected data helps you to:

    understand relationships between variables being monitored
    communicate impacts on water and environment
    compare historic and new data to make effective strategies

So, where is the Cloud in GIS you ask, and where is the connection with water? Cloud helps you to have your newly collected data and previously obtained data available to you from any place, any device, at any time. Follow the progress from the field while being on a different side of the world, and decision making becomes ‘real’ in real time.

Collaborating to the fullest

Isn’t this the most important value of a GIS strategy? Get an input from different departments, different companies, having an insight from the team in the field, as well as in the office… By having a way to collaborate ‘on the go’, you are minimizing your time rate put into a project while getting more out of it in terms of efficiency and accuracy. And who wouldn’t want that.

Bring in different layers of information, manipulate big data sets, share it within your organization and out so that you can easily understand what goes on in watersheds, what processes affect them and what decisions need to be made to preserve them. Because after all, no matter where we live, we live in a watershed.

Orange County interactive Watershed Map

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Ask what GIS Cloud Apps can do for You http://www.giscloud.com/blog/ask-what-gis-cloud-apps-can-do-for-you/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/ask-what-gis-cloud-apps-can-do-for-you/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:54:53 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7387 What is the difference between Map Editor, Map Viewer and Map Portal?

Let’s explain it through a project example and divide it in 3 parts so that each app corresponds to a specific part of your project.

Creating (Map Editor)

Your project requires tools for creating and editing the maps that will display your data in a spatial way. You would like different sources of data to be used as well as different data formats to be displayed. Working on maps together with coworkers would also be a necessity preferably in real time simultaneously.

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Key values:
  • Upload & edit different types of data (.shp, .kml, .gpx, .tif, .sid, …)
  • Supports multiple sources: WMS, ESRI ArcMap, Basemaps (Google Maps, Bing), Mobile devices, MapBox, PostgreSQL, Excel, CSV
  • Bring in your existing data – publish from ArcMap
  • Perform spatial queries and analysis
  • Export data/maps
  • Define accessibility to other users (view/edit/export/collect/update)

Sharing (Map Viewer)

Part of your project requires a tool that will enable you to share your mapping with your clients/users in a user-friendly way. By defining permissions, you have a full control of which parts of your maps/layers/data can only be viewed/edited or exported. Make this tool more personal and recognizable for your users by white labeling the app.

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Key values:

  • Secure access to private and public maps on any device in real time
  • No previous GIS knowledge required
  • White Label the app by giving it a more personal touch with a logo and your domain
  • Display your data with associated media to it – pop up window

Publishing (Map Portal)

You want to show to a larger audience your maps/data sets in a private or public way by publishing them in a simple way. Create maps in Map Editor by bringing in your data or publish existing maps from ArcMap. Customize your map display through Map Portal for your audience and have them access your maps on any device at any time.

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Key values:

  • Use your own base maps
  • Define the access to your maps as private or public
  • No IT or servers needed
  • Customize your layout view
  • Have your audience access the maps on any device from any place at anytime
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Measure for Measure http://www.giscloud.com/blog/measure-for-measure/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/measure-for-measure/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:33:42 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7438 Well, this is not an intro to a Shakespeare play but an intro to your even more precise projects. For everyone who wants to get even more precision when drawing new features or when measuring existing features, GIS Cloud has a special treat for.

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When editing in addition to snapping you can now activate measuring display and measure your newly created feature at the same time as you are drawing it.
Also, Measure tool has been improved to be even more precise, so from now on you get decimal precision when measuring your features.
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Why Mobile Data Collection Portal? http://www.giscloud.com/blog/why-mobile-data-collection-portal/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/why-mobile-data-collection-portal/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:52:34 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7280
For everyone who wants to take their field data collection to the next level, here are some interesting facts about Mobile Data Collection Portal.

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Creating forms, accessing the form/project in MDC app and making edits within the app from anywhere, anytime on any device

Key values:
  • Free sign in/use your existing username
  • Create and edit as many custom forms and projects as you want
  • Add as many fields as you want like select lists, radio buttons, hidden fields, barcode, latitude, longitude
  • Access the projects and forms with your Mobile Data Collection app
  • Full and real time data display
  • Share your projects with other users (manage your permissions)
  • Create and save reports (with all the data and media collected) to your desktop (hit ctrl+s)

For more ideas on how to utilize MDC and MDC Portal check our Field Data Collection and Inspection Solution

Use cases:

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As we are gradually updating our new GIS Cloud webpage (lot of new material coming up), new look has been released for our apps as well.

From now on, new layers panel along with the new toolbar are available in all of our apps and have been improved to be more interactive, user friendly and intuitive. Be sure to check them out on your tablets and smartphones as well and share us your thoughts.

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As always, thank you all for your non-stop support and feedback.
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Offline Maps are out! http://www.giscloud.com/blog/offline-maps-are-out/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/offline-maps-are-out/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:28:59 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=7178 Offline Maps are now available in Mobile Data Collection app for both iOS and Android devices.

The Offline Maps option makes a map available when there is no Internet connection available for a defined area.

You can define your area of interest while being online by choosing the area to download and panning/zooming to the area of capture.

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Two levels of zoom will be available by default but you can change the zoom level by sliding the Levels button to the desired value.

This is still an experimental phase of the Offline Maps so we invite you to test this feature and send us your feedback.

Contact us for more information.

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