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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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1) GIS is a skill, not a profession. If you're not a developer, you'll be stuck on the low rung of the ladder forever. I got into GIS because I like mapping and data analysis, not coding.

2) In my early GIS days, I was optimistic to get outdoors and do real, hands-on research resulting in maps and data analyses. To my dismay, GIS put me behind a desk 100% of the time. MOST of those who do real, hands-on research with GIS make little $$$.

3) GIS has developed into an widget race...Everyone is bustling to come out with the next "big" thing to get rich, but it seems 80% of them lack purpose other than someone had a cool idea.

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Polygons are not true 2-D topology, they are just closed lines with a defined "in" and "out". Surface topology requires 2-D primitives, just like vertices and line segments which are sufficient for any 0- or 1-D topology.

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1) With the amount of efforts goes into data gathering,digitizing and data conversion to make final web application are really huge and seeing your effort are coming to nothing.This happen mainly in government etc organization where you deliver a GIS application and nobody uses it or nobody is there using it.

2) With huge amount of IT development going in this part of world and nobody is aware of GIS field and GIS engineer or GIS Developer are consider as alien.

3) GIS for me is something that makes decision making easier and make life easier compared to paper map and not some fancy site of map.

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that's true fact at-least in India : ) – Sunil Jul 12 '13 at 11:05
@Sunil I have experience this thing Indian as well as non Indian client but it is more prominent in India. – Gunner Jul 12 '13 at 13:13

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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I got into GIS because of love geography and problem solving... What have I learned since I started? Become a programmer to climb the ladder. I would have earned my degree in Computer Sciences if I wanted to be a programmer.

share|improve this answer TIGER files and 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
You mean sections 9 and 214? Doesn't that only prohibit release of confidential data? What's confidential about publicly posted house numbers that are also readily available commercially? If necessary, the GIS industry should lobby to change Title 13; it would be an improvement. – Witness Protection ID 44583292 Aug 22 '11 at 1:57
Note that the USPS already distributes individual house numbers in their DPV database, you just have to already know the house number because they use a one-way hash. If the CB did similar distributions for Tiger, it would make things a lot easier. – Witness Protection ID 44583292 Aug 22 '11 at 3:43
That's irrelevant. The current legal interpretation of Title 13 U.S.C is that the Census Bureau cannot disclose that information. It's not that they don't want to. It's that they can't. It's an issue to take up with the U.S. Congress, it's not the Bureau's decision. – Sean Aug 22 '11 at 13:26
If the USPS gets around Title 13 by distributing individual house numbers via 1-way hash, the CB can too. – Witness Protection ID 44583292 Aug 22 '11 at 17:39

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

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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
(continued): Thus only a one universal projection, or even a few can not satisfy all your requirements. For example in Robinson projections of the world, Greenland appears bigger then Brazil. While in reality Greenland is only 1/7th of Brazil. Again you have UTM projection system, which is used for small scale maps only. Because its accuracy is acceptable only for 6 degree longitudinal extent, and so on. – thelastray May 20 '12 at 11:07

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