orbitgis_geodata

Where can journalists get GIS data?

Clem Henrikson, senior marketing analyst of the Environmental Research Social Institute (ESRI), the GIS market leader states: “When you use a computer to map you need data because if the user doesn’t have data the computer won’t have anything to show, it’s such an obvious statement that t so often gets overlooked.” “In the 21st…

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What GIS software should journalists use?

There is no shortage of GIS software available to journalists whether desktop applications or online variants, free and proprietary, and ranging in the depth of analysis capability and in complexity. The industry standard is Environmental Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) ArcGIS and it is the most sophisticated GIS software available on your desktop and the favourite…

UKIP

Feel Free to Protest but is UKIP the Party for Wales?

Last year’s landmark result for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in Eastleigh, Hampshire has sent us the message that we should no longer ignore UKIP’s presence. Nigel Farage, UKIP’s leader rightly claimed after the result: “There has been a closed shop among the three main parties and in much of the media about UKIP’s…

mapping the news

An academic study into the use of GIS in Journalism

This blog post explores; background to the study; spatial analysis; the important of spatial analysis to the journalist; what a geographic information system (GIS) is; the emergence of GIS in journalism; the emergence of data journalism; proprietary and open source GIS; the threat of web mapping services to GIS; other GIS issues; proprietary and open…

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The Legacy of Thatcher in the South Wales Valleys

Last April witnessed the funeral of one of the most controversial prime ministers this country has had when Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest at a lavish ceremony paid for out of public funds and attended by a whose who of Britain’s powerful and governing elite. Also present at St Paul’s Cathedral were a carefully…

state integrity

The Right to a Fair Hearing – Lost in Translation?

The law of the Land demands that every person standing before a court in England and Wales is entitled to a fair hearing in order to answer any allegations made against them. This entitlement is central to the principles of liberty and justice, so much so that it is firmly established as a fundamental human right…