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GIS Career Path

GIS Career Path

While attending primary school, geography meant that students learned basic geography, which included US states and capitals, continents, and other fun facts. The class lasted for a year. I never really thought about geography again and how it would eventually play a larger role in my day-to-day life and decisions I would make as an adult.

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Making Connections

Making Connections

TNGIC is all about making connections and networking….  Right? “But I hate networking.” The term networking gets a bad rap and I think most of the time people are turned off when they hear it. I certainly have a prejudged perception of an event or meeting when I hear the term. I have visions of forced participation and ice breaker conversations.  Huzzah.  

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Data Detectives

Data Detectives

I'm a longtime listener of podcasts and some of my favorite series are by an economist named Tim Harford. His series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy is great, especially his episodes on clocks and how they eventually led to GPS. His most recent series, Cautionary Tales, is an excellent case study in how people make bad decisions (his most recent episode is all about Florence Nightingale's data visualizations). Tim has a new book out titled The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics. I listened to an excerpt on a recent podcast episode and decided it was worth a read. Seeing as how we all act as data detectives in our geospatial work, I think it's worth sharing just a few of the 10 rules Tim outlines in his book.

Rule 1

 Take a moment and read the headline from the news story below.

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