Happy New Year

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your help in making this blog as successful as it is & to tell you that the best is yet to come, 2o15 is going to be a great year, I can feel it.

As the clock chimes on Big Ben here in the UK it is a great time to reflect on a great year, here are a few of my highlights of 2014:

  • Open Source GIS became competitive – 2014 saw QGIS turn from a great open source GIS to a cartographers right hand man. There are tools and styles which proprietary software can’t match!
  • ArcGIS went Pro! – This last quarter saw the release of ArcGIS Pro alongside the release of Desktop, thus enabling the world to work in 2D & 3D side by side…on the same screen!
  • Mobile GPS got usable (kind of) – With the release of the snapdragon GPS chip inside the new HTCs and Samsung Galaxys, accuracy was finally down to a couple of metres, quite impressive for a little mobile.
  • xyHt magazine went live – Professional Survey magazine rebranded and asked me to write some bits & pieces (along with some of my awesome GIS friends), the result? A huge success all round!

Looking over the blog, there has been almost 100,000 visits to the blog in 2014 with the most shared post being the “Can I use this data or map” over 10,000 visitors alone!


I hope that 2015 brings you all the success & happiness you desire and I hope that you continue to visit as there are some great articles lined up for this year including offshore & onshore renewable energy analysis, QGIS v ArcGIS, a web server shoot-out and maybe a little competition here or there…..

Nick D

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