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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I have an appetite for knowledge and a desire to share it! I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Mass Communication. However, I soon found that this path did not provide the stimulation I craved. I became more and more interested in the changing technologies around me, so I went back to school t...o study computer programming for a short time before making my way in the tech industry. I provide technical support for all six Golden Software products. I enjoy hearing how our customers use our software in their professional and personal lives. Working at Golden Software provides me the opportunity to learn new things every day while also satisfying my desire to help others. The best part of my day is answering users' questions and helping them solve their problems and display their data in an engaging and informative manner! When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, making my own health and beauty products, seeing live music, and getting outdoors! More

Using Didger and MapViewer to Build a Site Map

Using Didger and MapViewer to Build a Site Map

I recently took a trip to Tennessee to attend the 14th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival takes place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. In addition to music and art installations, Bonnaroo has campgrounds organized by pods, a cinema tent, a comedy theater, and more! Upon arrival to the festival, attendees are given a map of the festival site. With stage names that include What Stage, Which Stage, This Tent, That Tent, and The Other Tent, the map is a necessary tool for many attendees! For this post, I used a combination of Didger 5 and MapViewer 8 to recreate the map and export it to KML to display in Google Earth.

To begin, I downloaded the PDF version of Bonnaroo's map (pictured below) from their website.

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World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day 2015

Tuesday, June 8, was the 7th annual World Oceans Day since its official recognition by the United Nations in December of 2008. The yearly observance is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of the world's oceans and their products, celebrating the natural beauty of the oceans, and inspiring others to take action on behalf of the seas.

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2015, Google updated their Oceans Street View collection with stunning underwater images of oceans around the world. Images were collected by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, a project for scientists and the public to document the health of coral reefs. The images, collected since 2012, will be used as a baseline to monitor the reefs' health over time. Over 100,000 GPS-located images have already been collected by the SVII camera. Additionally, the images are being analyzed, and the data is available in the XL Catlin Global Reef Record.

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Why We Are Excited for the AAPG ACE 2015

Why We Are Excited for the AAPG ACE 2015

Approximately 8,500 geologists, geophysicists and engineers from around the world will gather in Denver this coming Sunday for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition. We will be exhibiting this year and wish we could talk to all of you. Sure, we want to show off our powerful and affordable data visualization software, but what we’re really excited about is what we will learn from you.

If you use our software, we want to learn how you use it and what features you like the most. We also want to know how we can improve our software to make your job easier, thereby allowing you to focus on more important tasks.  If you’re not a user, we’d like to know what software products you find beneficial and why. 

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Free Seismic Data and Maps from USGS

Free Seismic Data and Maps from USGS

There have been many reports of earthquakes in recent news. Areas from Nepal to Japan to Papua New Guinea to the United States have been struck by earthquakes, big and small. Contrary to what I thought and according to several reports around the web, we aren't experiencing an increase in earthquake occurrences, but we are experiencing an increase in earthquake reportings.

If you're as fascinated as I am by this seismic activity, you may be interested in learning more. The USGS website provides real-time data feeds, regional information, and various maps pertaining to earthquakes around the world. The website also provides a place to report earthquakes on the Did You Feel It? page. 

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Do You Use GIS Software Without Knowing It?

Do You Use  GIS Software Without Knowing It?

Forbes Magazine recently published a five-part series about GIS (geographic information systems). GIS combines geographic, spatial, and other information into a dynamic system. Golden Software products are often used as a part of such a system. MapViewer and Surfer are often used to create visually stunning maps to present layers of data in a meaningful way, Voxler can be used to present geographic and other data in true 3D, and Strater, Didger, and Grapher also have various applications in GIS. I thought author Louise Kidney brought up some good points that would be of interest to Golden Software users.

 You probably already use a GIS more often than you realize!

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