4 ways to avoid failure in web mapping

Web map applications are growing in popularity year-by-year as they have the ability to convey data in a meaningful way, and provide spatial context to data. As such, businesses and organizations have had an increasing appetite for geospatial data, and the visualization of such data in maps. However the investment in staff and software to pursue this as a medium is not to be underestimated.  If you want your organization to succeed in utilizing web mapping as an approach to communication, there are a few strategies you need to consider to ensure its success.

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Does your map affect which home I buy?

Most modern real estate listing websites host a web map that allow visitors to search for potential properties in the context of their location. If you’ve ever searched for a new home yourself, it is undeniably a tedious task, which is why it’s important to provide an intuitive and reliable search experience for visitors.

Do you search with the filters or the map?
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5 Methods to track Return on Investment in GIS

I have had the pleasure in the last year or so to speak with many municipal GIS staff and departments. In some cities, GIS and mapping is limited, in others there are a myriad of applications to serve citizens and internal staff using GIS. GIS can be a valuable tool in sharing information with your citizens, the trick is making sure that the investment is worth it. Is the juice, worth the squeeze? How can we measure this? Here are 5 key Metrics you can use to determine if you GIS department is effectively communicating with your populace.

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3 Things Car Sharing applications don’t know about their customer.

I recently attended conferences in San Diego and in Austin and primarily used car sharing type applications to zip around on scooters and hire cabs. My experience in navigating the several brands and getting around was that there is competition in this marketplace. The main interaction point to start the transaction with these services is a map on your mobile phone. To properly understand their customer the developers of these applications need to understand the user journey on their mobile maps. Maptiks can provide 3 valuable metrics to use to compete in this market

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Esri UC Scavenger hunt tip

When attending any conference, training event or workshop it’s always great to take a break and get out and enjoy the outdoors and experience the wildlife in the area. A stroll down around the local area can really refresh you. Also, there are many helpful and educational places to stop along the way.

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Esri UC Scavenger Hunt tip – by the light of the Gas Lamp

Once, the hustle of the sessions and the bustle of the exhibition hall is behind us. After the evening’s wine and cheese events we are all likely to head out and explore San Diego. What better place to start than the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

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Esri UC Scavenger hunt tip – Jack Dangermond doesn’t tweet. 10 days to go.

With only 10 days to go before the Esri UC and all the excitement that goes along with it, Maptiks is looking to get the folks from Esri on board. Though we came up with our fun scavenger hunt to engage with Esri Users, Esri staff shouldn’t shy away. So how can we engage Esri staff? Lets start at the top.

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Esri UC Scavenger hunt tip – Don’t be so A lloof

Having a great time at the Esri User Conference talking to people about Maptiks. I sure wish I could free up some time to see the local sites. Like this interesting old School Lloof carousel built in 1895.

Esri UC Scavenger hunt tip #7- Tools for every Jobe.

Only one week to go until we will all be broadening our horizons at the Esri UC in San Diego. Since becoming part of the Maptiks team later last year I had the pleasure of meeting some of the team from GeoJobe at the Esri Partner Conference. These are the excellent people behind the very useful Admin tools product among other services.

However, I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Neill Jobe Founder and CEO. I think I’ll have to use that twitter program again. Hope to see you there Neill.