The GIS Notebook
© 1998-2008 Bill Thoen
These are short articles on various subjects related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). They include online resource pointers, interesting amusements, historical inforomation, GIS concepts and "how to" documents, and anything else I thought might interest you.
- Online Mapping with SVG (Mar 2004)
- Origins of the Compass Rose (Updated Oct 2009)
- A Guide to Unusual Maps on the Web (Updated May 2004)
- Colorado GIS Resources for Public Safety (Updated Jul. 2007)
- GIS Jobs resources (Updated Sep. 1998)
- Web GIS: Toy or Tool? (Oct 1995, Historical reference)
- ORES - Online Resources for Earth Scientists (May 1992, Historical reference)
Online Mapping with SVG
Origins of the Compass Rose
The compass rose has appeared on charts and maps since the 1300's when the portolan charts first made their appearance. The term "rose" comes from the figure's compass points resembling the petals of the well-known flower. More...
A Guide to Unusual Maps on the Internet
Humans map all sorts of things; not just geography. In many ways, we express ourselves in the most interesting ways through the cartographic metaphor, and this was the subject of my GEO World GIS Online column for August 1999. Here I've collected a list of the strangest and most fascinating maps you'll ever see online. More...