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An App Transforms Land Administration

'What if we put fit-for-purpose land administration thinking into a single app?' wonders Brent Jones, the man who oversees Esri's worldwide strategic planning, business development and marketing activities for land records, land surveying and land administration. 'How would we do that?' Wh... (read more)
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Benefits of GIS in Urban Planning

Traditional methods of information management are hard to use in the planning process of problematic urban areas such as squatter settlements. GIS provides the capability for dynamic query and analysis, display of information and a more understandabl... (read more)
Focus Stories

Every month we will focus on a specific theme, featuring a selection of articles which have previously been published in GIM International magazine. GIM brings you a bi-weekly round-up of Focus Stories related to the theme through our newsletter (sign up here).


Petabytes of geographic and spatial data are being captured every day, but how to store, retrieve, manage, display and analyse this mind-dazzling quantity? A Geographic Information System (GIS) is the technology for making better decisions about location and the solution to capture, manipulate and present all types of geospatial data. This month is dedicated to GIS and therefore, we feature a selection of articles which have previously been published in GIM International magazine.

Focus on: GIS

INSPIRE Boosts Spatial Data Sharing

The INSPIRE Directive was introduced in 2007 and should reach full implementation in 2020. Today, over halfway through the process, various important milestones have already b... (read more)

Urban Planning, Management and Decision-making in the Cloud

SmarterBetterCities is a software company located in Zurich, Switzerland, which creates CloudCities: a cloud platform for smart city planning and smarter urban management. In... (read more)

Real Estate Price Distribution Analysis with GIS Technology

To improve the situation of the extremely high price level of real estate and to address the issue of adequate housing, the Taiwanese government has established the Real Estat... (read more)

Bringing Geography into Everything

As Google’s geospatial technologist, Ed Parsons is responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. GIM Int... (read more)

Staying Debt-free Gives Us the Freedom to Do the Right Thing

“Staying private and debt-free gives us a level of freedom to do the right thing that we would never have in a heavily-leveraged company or public company,” Jack D... (read more)

Let’s Make the World a Better Place with Maps

Menno-Jan Kraak is the newly elected president of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). Cartographer Kraak is a professor in Geovisual Analytics and Cartography at... (read more)

Pioneering Location with an Out-of-the-box Approach

Esri recently exhibited at The Next Web Europe, a conference focused on entrepreneurship, technology and startups in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. But why was Esri involved? Is... (read more)

Serious Gaming: Improving Stakeholder Communication in Urban Development Projects

Today’s advanced computer technology enables several players to play the same game at the same time. Can the visualisation technology used in 3D multiplayer games design... (read more)

Heroes of the 21st Century – An Ode to GIS

The term ‘superhero’, to which the copyright is owned jointly by the two biggest comic-book firms in the United States – Marvel and DC Comics – general... (read more)

Is GIS Dead?

Three colleagues and I have been wrestling for two years with how we can best deliver a new version of our GIS textbook. The three previous editions have been successful, havi... (read more)