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GIS Salary Survey Results

Posted on July 27, 2011. Filed under: ESRI, GeoSpatial Training Services, OpenLayers, ArcGIS Server, .NET, JavaScript, Python, AGIS Server API for Flex, ArcGIS Server for Silverlight, Open Source GIS, PostGIS |

We’re keeping the survey open through July 31st.  If you haven’t already participated in the survey please take a few moments to do so and forward this to your colleagues.

To date we have had 731 respondents.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • 40% of respondents list their job titles as either GIS Analyst or GIS Technician.  16% are GIS Managers/Coordinators/Directors, and 6% GIS Developers/Programmers.
  • 40% of respondents have 10 years of experience or greater.
  • 43% have a Master’s degree or higher.  Should You Get a Master’s Degree in GIS?
  • 70% of respondents are male.  I suppose this is better than it was 10 years ago, but we really need to attract more women to the field.
  • 41% of you are between the ages of 30-39.  24%  are between the ages of 40-49.  Less than 2% are above the age of 60.
  • Salaries appear to be widely dispersed with 29% between $50,000-$70,000/year.  I was surprised to see almost 13% below $20,000/year.
  • ESRI is far and away the most popular platform with 93% of respondents indicating this as one of their primary platforms.  This question allows more than one platform to be selected.  Open Source GIS software came in second at 14%.  I suspect this will grow quite a bit in the coming years.
  • Primary programming languages in use include .NET (55%), Python (50%) , JavaScript (27%), Java (20%), and Flex (17%).  You can learn more about Python, JavaScript, and Flex through our training classes.

You can get all the results here.

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Web Mapping Programmers Bundle

Posted on July 15, 2011. Filed under: ArcGIS Server, GeoSpatial Training Services, Google Maps, Open Source GIS, OpenLayers |

Today we are pleased to announce that our Web Mapping Programmers Bundle is now available for purchase.

This is a set of four self-paced, web based courses focused on developing web mapping applications with three of the leading JavaScript APIs.

Courses include:

This bundle of courses will be made available on Monday, July 18th.  Links to each of the courses will be sent out on that date.

Through July 22nd you can pre-purchase this bundle for $299.00.   After July 22nd the bundle will sell for $399.00.

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New Session of Open Source GIS Bootcamp

Posted on June 7, 2011. Filed under: Open Source GIS, OpenLayers, PostGIS |

The first session of our Open Source GIS Bootcamp (OpenLayers + PostGIS + GeoServer) has sold out.  However, we’ve opened a new session running from September 6th – October 7th.  Register by July 1st for our early registration fee of $567.  The regular course price is $715.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use open source GIS software to develop web based GIS applications? Here is your opportunity!

This is an instructor guided, web based course. It is self-paced so there is no particular time when you have to be available during the course session. You have access to the course materials for a year so you can review as necessary or finish up the materials if you run beyond the 5 week session.

The course uses PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. See our website  for more details.

You can view the syllabus here:

Our early enrollment period lasts through July 1st. Course fees through that date are $567. The regular course price is $715. Course fees include bound hard copies of the lecture notes which are mailed to you.

Open Source GIS Bootcamp $567
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Open Source GIS Bootcamp Registration!

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: GeoSpatial Training Services, OpenLayers, Open Source GIS, GeoServer, PostGIS |

 Have you ever wanted to learn how to use open source GIS software to develop web based GIS applications? Here is your opportunity! The first session of our Open Source GIS Bootcamp begins July 18th and runs through August 22nd.

This is an instructor guided, web based course. It is self-paced so there is no particular time when you have to be available during the course session. You have access to the course materials for a year so you can review as necessary or finish up the materials if you run beyond the 4 week session.

The course uses PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. See our website  for more details.

You can view the syllabus here:

Our early enrollment period lasts through May 31st. Course fees through that date are $567. The regular course price is $715. Course fees include bound hard copies of the lecture notes which are mailed to you.

Register Now ($567)
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Arc2Earth Version 3 Released!

Posted on May 18, 2010. Filed under: Arc2Earth, ESRI, GeoSpatial Training Services, Google Earth, Google Maps, OpenLayers |

Arc2Earth Version 3 is now available as a general release.

Do you need to get your GIS data online in a hurry? Or export your complex maps in KML format for viewing in Google Earth?
There’s no need for servers or server software, all you need is a single ArcView seat and Arc2Earth. Export locally, directly to Amazon S3 or to your own Arc2Earth Cloud instance. Click and you’re done.

Arc2Earth is the premier ArcGIS extension for exporting and importing your data into the leading GeoWeb formats. Import or Export complex KML files, map tile caches or use the new Cloud services to host your data online. And new at Arc2Earth V3, live editing with Cloud Layers. Upload and manage your data in an Arc2Earth Cloud, Google Maps Data or Open Street Map.

GeoSpatial Training Services is an authorized reseller of Arc2Earth. More information on Arc2Earth here.

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Arc2Earth V3 Coming Soon!

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Arc2Earth, GeoSpatial Training Services, Google Earth, Google Maps, OpenLayers |

The folks at Arc2Earth have been busy working on V3 of their popular Arc2Earth software for converting and publishing your ArcGIS data to view in Google Earth, Google Maps, Bing, and OpenLayers.

V3, which will be released in beta soon, will include many exciting new features including the new Arc2Earth Cloud Services, a new free Community version of the software, as well as much more functionality.

Community Edition
V3 will include a Free version of Arc2Earth called Community Edition.  You will be able to use this edition for both commercial and non-commercial projects alike as well as install it on as many computers as needed.

This version has limits on what can imported and exported but we feel that it will be very functional for many of your projects.

This version can also be used to edit Arc2Earth based Cloud Layers.

Arc2Earth Cloud (beta)
Each A2E Enterprise user can create their own Google AppEngine accounts for hosting their data. Arc2Earth maintains the software on these clouds but the billing is handled directly through the user and Google.

Each A2E Cloud instance contains APIs for vector and raster storage and querying as well as partial compatibility with ESRI ArcGIS Server REST API (9.3, 9.4 when its released). There will be limits on the number of maps and layers you can load with each A2E Enterprise serial number however it will be easy to add serial numbers to existing clouds for more capacity.

Each Cloud contains Datasources, Tilesets and Viewers that represent your vector, map tile and application files. All of the data is accessible from a login controlled RESTful API. For example, you can create a new Datasource and immediately start populating it with Feature data. ArcMap users that have your Datasource loaded as a Cloud Layer will see your edits as they happen. Datasource API

Google AppEngine is designed for instant scalability as well as true utility based billing (only pay for what you use in addition to generous free daily limits). We believe the significance of the Cloud is mainly the extensive CapEx/OpEx savings for users. For instance, this simple Parcel Mapplet has been running for over a month with an OpEx cost of $0.00 (OpEx includes CPU time, storage, bandwidth and most importantly, IT personnel to keep it running)

Google Maps Data API
In addition to A2E Clouds, we will also be enabling editing from other providers as well. The first are Google MyMaps layers powered by the new Google Maps Data API.

Users can import/export directly into any new or existing MyMap and also perform live edits on any loaded layer as well. Live edits are handled as an interactive graphics annotation layer in ArcMap. If a Google Map only includes features of the same type, they can also be edited using the Cloud Layers interface above.

Other New Features of V3

  • Arc2Earth Cloud Explorer and Cloud Layers
    A new toolbar and explorer window in ArcMap to manage, upload and download your data from the Cloud. It also includes built-in functionality for live editing your Cloud layers (or other Cloud layers you have been granted write access to). Cloud Layers automatically syncronizes a local cache with the online datasource as the user pans/zooms around the map. The layer can then be edited directly in the ArcMap editor and all changes are then saved to back to the Cloud.
  • Google Earth Enterprise Layer Support
    A new feature to convert any ArcGIS layer’s symbology/definition into a GEE Fusion definition. Currently, many GEE users must perform this operation by hand for every change of styling in their ArcGIS systems.
  • Accounts
    Store and use multiple Amazon S3 and Google Accounts for use with your exports and the Cloud. For Amazon Accounts, define the exact Bucket name to use in exports.
  • Embedded Globes (beta)
    A new ActiveView manager takes over the main ArcMap map/layout section and embeds both Microsoft and Google’s maps. Layers in the TOC can then be displayed in real time over the 2D/3D maps (as images only). The new views can also be used on the Page Layout and higher resolution versions of the view can be printed/exported.
  • Map Tile Layer
    The MTL has many bug fixes and enhancements. Yahoo Maps have been added back into the default configuration. Any Cloud tile layer can also be used in the MTL. Also, a new Offline Cache tool has been added so users can download all tile images for a given extent and levels.
  • New Search Window in ArcMap
    Users can type any street address or place location and it will zoom to that area on the map or embedded globe. The initial search window in V3 will be limited to this simple geocoding but there are many enhancements planned.
  • New Command Line
    The Command Line exporter (A2EExporter.exe) has been rewritten and includes many new features for creating batch exports and including them in your own workflows. The Map Tile exporter also includes a cutter parameter to specify how many workers for the export and then automatically splits the extent for each worker.

More Information
GeoSpatial Training Services
is an authorized reseller of Arc2Earth software.  For more information please visit our site or contact us directly at sales at geospatialtraining.com.

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Poll Results: GIS Web Application Development Platform

Posted on November 12, 2009. Filed under: ArcGIS Server, ESRI, Google Maps, OpenLayers, Virtual Earth |

Our recent poll (it’s not too late to vote) concerning current and future plans regarding your development platform for web mapping applications resulted in some interesting patterns.   You can view the results here.  We’ve had 643 as of now.

  • ArcGIS Server and it’s many developer choices accounted for 208 votes or 32%.
  • The ArcGIS Server JavaScript API appears to be the #1 choice among ArcGIS Server developers with 63 votes.
  • The Flex API is running second behind the JavaScript API
  • Interestingly, more people are still developing on ArcIMS than are using the ArcGIS Server Java ADF
  • Open Source development platforms including OpenLayers,  MapServer, and GeoDjango are increasingly popular with 221 votes between them or 34% of the vote.
  • OpenLayers was the leader of the pack….no surprise there.
  • The Google Maps API continues to be a popular choice with 82 votes or 13%.
  • Bing Maps remains far behind Google Maps
  • A fair amount of votes in the “Other” category with 70 votes.
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