The APSU GIS Center 2016-10-12T14:59:33+00:00
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Our aim is to provide world-class GIS and
technology solutions to the markets we serve.

The APSU GIS Center

At the Austin Peay State University Geographic Information Systems Center, our biggest goal is to foster the growth and understanding of applying spatial data towards solving every day problems in the real world. By providing high-tech, relatable geographic information systems (GIS) and techniques to solve these problems, we can further establish how important and essential geospatial literacy can be in helping our community grow.

  • Geographic Information Services
  • Web Development and Mapping
  • Application and Software Development
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Creating the Eclipse Story Map

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

To create the Story Map Tour I went to and signed in then scrolled down and clicked “Create a Story” choosing the map tour option. I then chose the import option that best suited my image storage needs.

If using Flickr, you will make sure the images you want to use are in an Album and are Public then you will search by the Flickr name and import that album.

I located the images on the import map by hand since many of mine weren’t geotagged; it doesn’t have to be exact as you can move the pins later.

After importing the images, I was able to customize the tour by organizing my images, changing the background and pin colors, adding my own icon and hyperlinks, and entering descriptions for my images.

  • Maps and Training GIS Basics

Training – GIS Basics (Overview)

December 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Training – GIS Basics

Our goal is to provide training to you and your organization regarding the basics of GIS terminology and functionality

Our GIS Basics Course can be taught at both our Clarksville Offices or at your location.

Some of the topics covered in our GIS Basics Course include:

GIS Topics

  • What is GIS?
    • What are GIS Attributes?
    • Brief Explanation of the various Coordinate Systems
  • Data Types
    • Point
    • Line
    • Polygon
    • Rasters
  • ArcGIS
    • ArcCatalog
    • ArcToolbox
    • ArcMap
  • Your Data
  • ArcMap UI
    • Add
    • Zoom/Pan
    • Extents
    • Identify
    • Measurements
  • Displaying Data
    • TOC
    • Labels
  • Symbolizing Data
    • Single
    • Unique
    • Categories
  • Selecting Data
    • Manual
    • Location
    • Query
    • Exporting
  • Creating/Editing Data
    • Create
    • Edit
  • Geocoding and GPS Data
    • Geocode
      • Single
      • Multi
    • Dealing with X,Y Data
  • Making a Map
    • Goals
    • Scale
    • Export

For more information about our training for GIS Basics, please contact us.


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Unmanned Aerial Systems in the United States

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Unmanned Aerial Systems

From at least 1900 – present, UAVs have typically been used by various military organizations around the world. Examples include an early remote boat/torpedo invented during the Spanish-American War. Immediately prior to World War I, American scientists tested the use of aerial “torpedoes”. The first documented instance of the term drone, was related to the “Queen Bee” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, developed by the British during World War II, for anti-aircraft defense and target practice. One of the most well-known instances of UAV was the German V-1 rocket. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), became widely used by the US military, a tradition that continues to this day (Newcome, 2004). At present, particularly in the context of the post-9/11 era, the use of drones is widely known and documented.

In a 2012 study, the Teal Group predicts worldwide UAV market will total $89 billion over the next decade. Additionally, the Teal Group projects that the US will account for 62% of worldwide research and development spending, and 55% of procurement spending (PR Newswire. 2011). In the modern battlefield, small UAS can be deployed by hand, and controlled via an Xbox controller and a visual headset (Carr, 2013). With the advent of these smaller, simpler and cheaper systems, the use of UAS in both military and non-military scenarios will certainly grow. According to Carr (2013), there are many sectors in the United States that are already either developing or using UAS technology.

Buczkowski (2016) notes that agriculture is primed to be one of the fields most able to leverage UAV technology and value. Training students in the use of UAS, particularly in agriculture, and earth sciences can be instrumental in assisting students to find employment opportunities in the evolving field of UAS.

Literature Cited

Buczkowski, Aleks. “Breakdown of Drone Remote Sensing Sensors.” Geoawesomeness. Geoawesomeness, 07 Nov. 2016. Web. Nov. 2016.

Carr, Evan Baldwin. 2013. “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:Examining the Safety, Security, Privacy and Regulatory Issues of Integration into U.S. Airspace.”

Newcombe, Lawrence. 2004. “Unmanned Aviation: A Brief History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.”

PR Newswire. 2011. “Teal Group Predicts Worldwide UAV Market Will Total $89 Billion in Its 2012…”

The APSU GIS Mission

Our aim is to provide world-class GIS and technology solutions to the markets we serve. We operate through applied research, community services, education, and technology advocacy. APSU GIS researchers, professionals, and student workers collaborate to deliver operational excellence and meet or exceed our commitment to the many constituencies we serve.

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