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What are the most annoying facts about our industry/market?

What makes you angry? Is there anything that you can't stand it?

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People who think GIS is google maps. –  CaptDragon Apr 13 '11 at 17:53

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The industry's painfully slow response to big data geoprocessing.

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Company/customer was much interested and willing about using Open source GIS software(as they say). Actually what they want to do is 90% digitization and can be done with QGIS. After installing QGIS and required plugins. They will say- "We must buy ArcGIS for atleast 1 year license" and rememeber this is during data collection period which will last for 2 years for the project.

Ok. they have a reason after 5 mins looking at QGIS: "Menu are different in QGIS than that of ArcGIS."

Now you can't say it loud then but I think "Congratulations! for inventing world's thinnest argument"

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Census.gov TIGER files and usps.gov ZIP+4 files that only specify address ranges instead of individual addresses. It's time to catch up to Zillow/Google Streetview/county parcel files/et al. (I realize the .gov entities claim US Title wording imposes privacy restrictions, but information that can be gleaned by walking down a street isn't actually private.)

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Title 13 forbids the Census Bureau from disclosing address information whether it can be gleaned by walking down the street or not. At least, that's the current interpretation of it. –  Sean Apr 20 '11 at 19:24

People are taking an advantage to use GIS to gain jobs? Can they be for the GIS people with degrees in Geographers and Cartographers ??

Once we train them they take an adavnatage of your skills and your expereinces, they move on to other GIS positions.

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I don't really understand where you are going with this. –  Nathan W Mar 17 '12 at 12:36

This answer is from someone with a technical background (engineering/software) who's new to GIS:

Why are there so many projection standards? I would have killed myself if it weren't for spatialreference.org.

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The huge number of projection systems are due to the complexity of the root subject, namely geodesy. The idea here is to transform an irregular 3d surface into a 2d surface using mathematical transformation equation, knowing you can not do it 100% correct. There are 3 mutually exclusive properties of such transformations, the shape, the size and the distance. You can only satisfy one of them at the expense of the other two. More over it's accuracy depends on many other factors, like the area of coverage, your area of application and others. –  thelastray May 20 '12 at 10:56

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