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Geolocation has become the last ten years the bread and butter for how people navigate in their daily life. With he invasion of cell phone technology, automation cars, and social media marketing, everything these days gets translated to spatial geolocation. Most of the time, latitude and longitude are automatically obtained from machines and humans get the final result without worry how address gets converted into coordinates. However, now and then, a manual conversion is needed. If that is your case, this article will help you do that.
Maps are used since the ancient times in various ways. During the time maps have changed constantly as a result of progress in technology. However, modern maps are mostly in digital form and many of them are interactive maps. Nowadays, maps are present in our lives every day as part of different applications that we use daily on our smart phones, tablets and laptops. Moreover, if in the past only cartographers could create and work with maps, currently anyone uses maps in different purpose and almost anyone can create maps using different friendly platforms and just few clicks may help you to obtain a custom map.
The world can be easier understood using maps as geographic tools to visualize and analyze different features. Nevertheless, in the past decades mapping experienced a progress due to the digital technology and Geographic Information System (GIS). Moreover, GIS is the domain that nowadays has a remarkable progress and development. Consequently, based on the development of Geographic Information System most of the maps done on paper in the past are nowadays available in digital format. Accordingly, digital maps are available both as static digital maps or interactive digital maps. The advantages of digital maps are manifold and a large number of domains are using nowadays digital maps in a wide range of applications. However, we are sure that you have used or at least you know applications such as Uber, Booking.com, AirBnb or Strava. These applications use in their background digital maps and digital data that have been previously geocoded in order to show zip postal code addresses on the map.
Modern maps are created using Geographical Information System (GIS) and there are two types of primary data used to map both printed and digital maps, namely vector data and raster data. Both these data are combining in order to obtain all kinds of maps. During the mapping processes, different data conversion and data management are required to get the desired result. In the following paragraphs, you will discover few details regarding data conversion and data management in GIS environments and GIS maps production.
Since the ancient time, Cartography has an important role in human society. Moreover, the results of this domain, namely maps, have been a decisive tool in political movements, geographical discoveries and wars to conquer new territories. Having such a long history and many important roles in the actual geopolitical aspect of the world, cartography and maps have developed simultaneously with technology.
The problem of species extinction is greatly common nowadays. Unfortunately, a tremendous number of species have been extinct in the last decades at the global scale and numerous other species are under the pressure of extinction now. North America has also an important number of species those are endangered. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), currently more than 1,300 endangered species are counted in North America. This fantastic number of endangered species represents a real problem for the wildlife management in North America.
Crime and human communities
Despite the fact that human society has evolved during the centuries, violence and crime incidents are still present among humans. Moreover, big cities are some of those human communities having the highest rate of crime incidents. Consequently, these communities need some solutions to reduce and prevent such undesired human actions.
We are sure that you have seen many movies where detectives and criminal investigators were using different maps plotted on walls and pins were showing each crime on a certain area. Well, this way of marking crime events was specific for the 70’s or 80’s. Nowadays, based on the increasing of geospatial data and development of numerous Geographic Information System (GIS) software, crime mapping has evolved and it can be done more accurate, easier and more intuitive.
Tourism as a major economic field in modern global economy
Nowadays, tourism is one of the most important economic domains contributing to the global economy. Similar to other economic fields, tourism is highly influenced by the emerging technological applications that are released constantly. Technology and information technology development plays an essential role in tourism expansion and development.
Between tourism and location should use the sign of equal. Consequently, location based services in the tourism industry are necessary nowadays.
In the tourism industry, each attraction or hotel receive numerous pins or identifiers such as address, photos, descriptions and telephone numbers. But the most important identifiers are represented by geographic location and address because in order to reach any location on Earth you need to have the geographic coordinates of that point.
Moreover, even if you know the geographic location and you are in a big city, you have to know the address of that point. Due to this, geographic coordinates must be transformed into an address location. However, the reverse process is also necessary, since you may know the address of your hotel, but you don’t know exactly its geographical location. Due to this, it is necessary to transform the postal address into geographic coordinates. These processes of geographic location and postal address conversions are called geocoding, respectively reverse geocoding.
Geography as a great business
Nowadays, location is a key feature of our lives. Since maps are present everywhere nowadays – outdoor kiosks, automobile dashboards, smart phones and other mobile devices - maps are used by millions of people in a wide range of domains, all over the world. Consequently, geography is a major business and large amounts of money are involved in location industries and geospatial data providers.
What is location intelligence?
Location intelligence (LI), known as spatial intelligence, is defined as the methods and tools that interconnect geospatial information to business data. The aim of location intelligence is to identify the relationships and patterns of decision-making. Without a spatial representation decision-making process may be rather complex.
LI can be segmented by service, by geography, by organization size, by application and by industry.