Monday, June 11, 2012

Online GIS Webinars

Too busy to attend a talk or conference?  Stuck in the office or at home?  Fortunately, Directions Magazine Online brings GIS webinars to your desktop for free.  These webinars are about timely topics in GIS by solid speakers, many are well-known in GIS or its related fields.

Over the past several months, I have watched numerous webinars and have been impressed by the speakers and topics covered.  Most importantly, I have learned from them as well.  The "audience" for these webinars is also impressive.  The most recent one had ~ 500 viewers from across the globe.

One could argue that the webinars sometimes over-advertise or try to sell a service or degree program a bit too much.  However, I have found that a tasteful balance is achieved between GIS content and giving the speaker(s) a few minutes to talk about their company, product, or school.

The most recent webinar topic was remote sensing and sponsored by Penn State's Department of Geography.  Other topics in the near future include: Open Sensor Webs and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), upcoming changes to ArcGIS Online and Online for Organizations, and geocoding.

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