GIS & Mapping update for the week of October 27th through November 3rd, 2013.
Work Update- Both Breakthroughs & Challenges:
To start off, I finished incorporating all of the competitive analysis points and information into my sales strategy document (draft). This took some extra time outside my normal duties for Frank and the Google project we are working on. It was fine to allocate some hours this way because the intensity of normal-billable hours weren't as high. Part was due to the communication stream between Frank and I. He was out of the office Friday and Monday, and it led to a slower week overall (from a billable hours / delegation of tasks) workweek. The good that came out of it was that I figured out the transformation of projections issue with our polar maps. In addition, I made a valuable contribution (via e-mail) to the workflow of georeferencing these maps. I mentioned the pixel boundary condition on a masking feature that coincides between our maps and the Google mapping software. We are still getting some residual bugs and errors from the reprocessing of the arctic and antarctic images, but should be able to figure that out this week. In relationship to the Google contract, Frank has me now working on more oceanic and maritime maps for the future. This thematic area of mapping is an expansion of my professional understanding. I can't wait to dive deeper (pun intended) in these ocean-related maps. The majority of these maps are at small scale, so I'll be working on a more generalized GIS data level and image processing level (with various levels of resolution). Needless to say, I'm very excited for this scope of work growth.
I was able to complete some tutoring hours this week with some of my students. They seemed to be grasping the information well and I was happy to contribute to their education. As I progress through my persona and professional career, I tend see more and more stock rising in the education / academia field. This leads me to believe that the combination of my cartographic, technical skills and instruction experience will be invaluable to my long-term offerings as a geographer. Which translates to my next breakthrough of the week, and somewhat spills over into next week (Monday).
I was contacted by Rowan Technologies / The Viola Foundation on Thursday morning. Tim, the executive director of the Viola Foundation asked if I would be open to a second follow up interview for a new cartographer position with their organization on Friday. I took the interview and spoke with Tim and Michael B. I thought the interview went well, and they scheduled me for a third interview on Monday with the CEO of Rowan Technologies (Tony Manganiello). The discussion between them and I is ongoing. I look forward to speaking with them more, and contributing to their historic maps project.
For the week ahead, I am working on a variety of ocean maps, researching the network analyst extension within ArcMap, continuing my georeferencing of historic National Geographic Map assets, continued writing of the GeoStories Sales Strategy, tutoring four hours, providing editorial and technical support to our clients, and authoring more of the 20 Dream Hikes Geostory.
Map of the Week: 2
This week's map is brought to you by Carticulate Maps. I started to appreciate Matt and Kate's work when I stumbled upon their re-definition of Asheville's transit map. They have a clear passion for eloquent and effective map publications (whether they be online or print). They recently produced this adventure map for SENE Expeditions & Nomadic Experiences in Tanzania for Mount Kilimanjaro. It simply details the possible summit routes and gives contextual understanding of the overall park area. A very clear two dimensional overview (with interactive points and lines) of Mount Kilimanjaro. I look forward to potentially catching up with Matt and/or Kate in New York City next week while I am visiting.
This week, my other information falls within the categories of music and quidditch. I have joined the Denver Dementors quidditch team. I played my first tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma this past weekend. The Dementors had a great time interacting with all of the other college/university teams there. There were 11 teams representing 5 different states. Our team played well, going 3-3 and learning a lot about our strengths and areas in which we could improve. This sport is quirky, fun, and difficult. There is a lot of strategy and thinking involved on top of the physical demand (especially in day-long tournament play).
Musically, while writing this update, I've been jamming out to the 2009 Wax Tailor album, In the Mood For Life . A recommended listen!