GeoCulture Consultation Meetings Process

We’ve had many email requests about the process of how we consult for a project, so we thought that we can review the process in the blog here.

The first meeting is about getting to know your company or agency and to meet us. We want to make sure that we  design data packages that are usable and accessible for the right users involved with a particular project. Depending on the project members from your company attending the meeting, at this point we can start discussing the initial project specifics and details. This meeting will approximately one to one and half hours long.

The second meeting we demonstrate initial mockups, designs and plans for discussion with your team. At this meeting, you will choose the plan and design for your project, if you have any supplementary data, we will incorporate it with your chosen design. Please keep in mind that all plans and designs can be mixed and matched to your specifications and needs. This meeting is for design consultation. We  maybe interviewing you for further specifications and details, so please bring as much project and data details and specifications as possible. This meeting will take approximately two to three hours.

The third meeting will be user experience of the data package before we deploy the live launch. We will be walking you through how to use the tools and what the tools are. After we demonstrate the tools to you, we will ask you to use the tools without guidance or further instruction, so we can identify any barriers and user errors that keep occurring. This will take approximately one hour to three hours, including your users’ feedback and comments.

The fourth meeting will be the last user testing meeting. The data packages will have the errors and barriers repaired or removed, any user feedback will be incorporated as much as possible into the final product. There will be another testing session with the users. This meeting will take approximately one to two hours.

Live deployment of the data package with your company and any staff associated with the project.

This is only an approximate timeline to help you see how we will work with you. Please contact us, if you any specific questions or concerns pertaining to a future or current project.  Email us atat : geocultureconsulting@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Fun Fact Friday- Geospatial Revolution

We love love what we do here at Geoculture. We have so much variety and we have the opportunity to meet so many interesting people as clients and colleagues in our geospatial and GIS world. We are also exposed to so many innovative and groundbreaking projects that other GIS and geospatial companies are involved in or specialize in. Each geospatial and GIS project is unique, even if there are common themes and goals.  Geospatial data and GIS is increasingly becoming a more commonplace tool to help solve a variety of worldwide issues from helping a person on the street look for an address in an unfamiliar location to assisting in delivering aid to natural and man made disasters. Geospatial data and GIS is only at its beginning, future endeavors are limitless  iwithout boundaries.

Here’s a great video clip series produced by the Penn State University extolling the virtues of GIS. This four part series is called “Geospatial Revolution.” And what a revolution it is! Click on the logo below to access the series. Happy Fun Fact Friday, everyone!

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How our Geoculture work help in non-profit work

Here at Geoculture we are in a fortunate position to choose and help many different companies and agencies with various types of projects. Some of these projects we have been involved with are non-profit agencies that deliver some amazing results helping their chosen communities with their projects.

We are happy to work with various non-profit agencies who have great ideas and plans to help a community. There are so many different ways that GIS and geospatial methods and techniques that can help bring non-profit agencies’ plans ideas into fruition. The results can be accomplished more efficiently and cost-effectively with the aid of GIS.

How does GIS help with non-profit agencies and their projects? The answer comes from  bringing innovative ideas designed and discussed by people who are on the front line of delivering services and resources to communities in need in combination with GIS technology. GIS technology involved with non-profits is not a new idea. GIS companies has been working with non-profit groups for many, many years now in a variety of capacities.

Here, at Geoculture we enjoy working with different non-profit agencies because the goals and parameters of non-profits are quite different than profit agencies. We are asked to work with different restrictions and criteria. And that makes our work even more interesting and engaging, if that’s even possible! 

So, if you are a non-profit agency looking for a different and fresh approach to accomplishing some your goals and tasks, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For registered non-profit agencies we charge on a scale that will work for your organization. We  would be more than willing to meet with you and discuss some of the options available to you and what we can do to work with you.

Fun Fact Friday: We are hiring!

Hi everyone! On Fridays, Amy and I typically write about something fun that is factual (Fun Fact Friday) but today I am writing to announce that we are hiring for… wait for it… a Social Media Officer! We are trying to expand our reach in the digital world and we need someone who 1) has a passion for social media, 2) knows at least the basics for GIS and, 3) is fun and innovative. If you think you fit these criterion, send us your resume and cover letter at geocultureconsulting@gmail.com.

Or if you are simply just curious about social media, watch the video below!

*** Please note that this is a class assignment and not a real job posting. Please do not send your email or cover letter to the email address above. Cheers!

It’s Finally Here! We are proud to present: GeoFam!

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Today is the day that Geoculture Consulting and Ancestry.ca can proudly announce the launch of our new app GeoFam! GeoFam is an app that allows you to track your ancestor’s migratory movements based on how much data has been added to the  Ancestry.ca database.  This wonderful app that we have been working on is a little out of Geoculture’s niche but when Ancestry.ca approached us, there was no saying no! GeoFam allows for traditional ancestry discovery, yet it is enhanced with Geospatial science that allows for a more visual representation of human migratory patterns and events. 

Features include:

  • View migratory movement of family and general demographics
  •  View migratory methods
  • View  global weather patterns and natural disasters over the past 300 years!
  • View global disease epidemics over the past 4oo years!
  • View military and political events over the past 400 years!
  • View population increases/decreases!
  • Weekly case studies explore one family’s history a week!
  • Index of family names and name changes
  • Recommended reading lists on historical subjects

We hope you check out our app! It’s only $2.99 and is currently available for download from the Google Play Store. Let us know what you think!!!

***Please note that this is part of a class assignment. GeoFam is not a real app that we’ve created, Geoculture Consulting is not a real company, and are thus not partnered with Ancestry.ca. Thank you.

Fun Fact Friday- Gazetteers behind photo sites

Earlier this week, we wrote about gazetteers and how gazetteers are one of the tools that we at Geoculture Consulting use in support with our other more high tech GIS methods and software.

Today being Friday, we’re like to have a little fun with gazetteers. Gazetteers come in different types and focus. And they can be used for a variety of purposes. They do not necessarily need to support “serious” work like we do at Geoculture.  There are fun photo websites that are crowdsourced of photos and information contributed by various users, the websites themselves use gazetteers  to support the websites’ photos’ coordinates geographical websites.

These websites will help you, our clients, have a little fun and see what and how gazetteers work in the background.

Historypin

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Panoramio

 

Gazetteers- one of the many tools of our trade

 

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Your first question may be what do gazetteers have to with geospatial data? Or maybe your question is more along the line of what’s a gazetteer?

How about we tackle what a gazetteer is.

A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary of location coordinates. Gazetteers usually supplement atlases, maps and other geospatial data online or print resources. Gazetteers include geological, topographical, demographic, geographical and even cultural features that are related to the coordinates.

To supplement and expanding the meaning of gazetteers, let’s quote from a geospatial data course taught by Olha Buchel at University of Western Ontario in her classroom presentation notes: gazetteers play a crucial role in gathering geospatial information gathering, they are used as reference tools, a labelling map source and it assists cataloguing, indexing and referencing photographs. (Buchel, 2013)

So now to answer the first part of the question what do gazetteers have to do with geospatial data? Everything! Without standardized forms of coordinates and labels of indexing and cataloguing, then it is really difficult to find a place or feature on the planet.

To tie this back to what Geoculture does, Geoculture uses a variety of atlases, maps and gazetteers to aid in clients’ projects. When there is a consensus and standardization of what and how information is labelled, catalogued and organized it great reduces redundancy, loss of information and helps closes many gaps. It is important the coordinates and features are described as close and true as possible.

Let’s illustrate this with a scenario: if a government health agency wanted to deliver portable health services to remote areas of a country, the health agency has need to know what, where, when and how to deliver the proper resources and service to a particular area.  A consulting geospatial data company  such as ourselves, Geoculture Consulting, can set up more portable, relevant and usable packages of information for the medical team to know what they are treating, who it is that they treating and most importantly where they are going. It would be waste of time, energy and money to send the wrong team to the wrong place treating the wrong ailments.  The information also needs to be in real time. This is where geospatial data mapping is important because an infection can spreading to different communities. Gazetteers will be able provide the most accurate information to medical teams to treat or prevent an outbreak.

That’s just one of the many important tools geospatial data companies, like Geoculture Consulting use to help their clients with.