5 Things on Friday 12 – Historical Topos, UAV Tech, Custom Maps and more

Here we are at the end of another week and pleased to share some more valuable, fun, geo tech tips! The goal here is to introduce you to atleast one useful and interesting resource that might help you in your job as a GIS or mapping professional, or wanna be GeoGeek! This week we share tips about historical maps, a recap from a popular UAV show, look at a cool open mapping tool, share an ArcGIS online tip and more – happy Friday!

National Map Historic Map Collection

Who doesn’t enjoy a good historical map collection? The USGS has a fabulous resource where you can access a vast collection of historical topo maps quickly and easily. The goal of The National Map’s Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC), which started in 2011, is to provide a digital repository of USGS 1:250,000 scale and larger maps printed between 1884, the inception of the topographic mapping program, and 2006 – bookmark this one!

usgs topos

Custom Street Maps with MapJam

MapJam is a really clever resource that enables anyone to quickly and easily create a fun, useful and attractive map for their website. Simply customize the look and feel of your map, upload images, set your links and descriptions, then save, embed, and share. IT really is easy and quite clever. Recently they shared details of a custom color scheme methodology to make an awesome, attractive map!

Image: Mapjam
Image: Mapjam


The Global Content Challenge

Word of a content challenge to students comes from Esri – enter the Global Content Challenge. Esri’s Global Content Challenge is open to undergraduate or graduate students at colleges or universities, as well as high school students enrolled in an Advanced Placement Human Geography or Environmental Science course. Get creative by using Esri’s land, ocean, and population premium content libraries to tell compelling stories that bring about understanding and action

global content challenge


Share your ArcGIS Online Profile

A recent Tweet got our attention as Bern Szukalski of Esri noted how he’s seen many users of ArcGIS Online don’t seem to have their profile set as “public”.  Interesting to note, it seems also that many users may in-fact believe that their profile is public, however, the default setting is for the profile to be viewable only to your organization. Bern has shared a quick, help post that describes how to quickly and easily remedy this.


Report from the Commercial UAV Expo

A colleague of ours, Kevin Corbley, just returned from the popular UAV Expo event in Las Vegas. Kevin is a long time marketing professional who works with many big names in the GIS and GeoTech space, this was also his first time at this event and he was gracious enough to share his experience and some valuable marketing tips for anyone entering the UAV space – note, tmely that GEO Jobe has recently rolled out our own UAV Services section on the website as we are quite active in that space! uav expo

We hope you found something of interest here. If you have a cool GIS, GeTech, Geo EDU, UAV or other story/tip of interest, please share with us via email (hit the Contact Us link to the right) or drop us a tweet @GEOjobeGIS

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