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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Interactive Google Sheets, Virtual Reality in Infrastructure, and More

Here we are at the close of another week. For those who have fared well this week, we salute you. For those who have a struggle that more than one cup of coffee could not fix, we want to remind you that it is Friday and that the weekend can fix almost anything. Before you clock out though, we wanted to round up the #DailyBrainCandiii posts from this week and share them with you once again. Here goes!

How to Make Awesome Interactive Maps Using Google Sheets in Under 1 Minute?

Article describing tools for creating interactive maps using Google Sheets.

When you need to make a quick and simple map on the fly is your go-to Esri’s ArcMap? What if you could create it with the help of Google? Well, according to this article, you can. Google Sheets, the Google web-based equivalent of Microsoft Excel, allows you to turn data into a publishable web map. The drawbacks are that this map can only contain two pieces of information – such as geographic location and data – and the result is not nearly as customizable as what would otherwise be achieved in a platform that caters specifically toward mapping. However, the ease of use does make it a suitable substitute for those who do not necessarily have access to the more robust and expensive software out there.

Five GIS Trends Changing the World According to Jack Dangermond, President of Esri

As technology grows and advances, so too do the trends in which we find ourselves. One of the greatest aspects of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is that this field experiences constant movement and is never stagnant. This article details a few of the trends currently found in this field, as told by the president of Esri.

GIS Gains Altitude in Archaeology

What comes to mind when you think of archaeology? Is your vision of a fedora-d gentleman racing through tombs or a group of dust-clad scientists carefully sweeping away soil from a roped off site? Do maps and drones ever factor into your vision of this field?

All industries have introduced Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and applications into their workflows at their own pace, with archaeology slowly making use of the map tricks of the trade.

This article is an example of ways drones and ArcGIS’s Drone2Map feature have helped one archaeological site take a step forward in GIS and a leap forward into learning more about the civilization buried beneath it.

Using Augmented and Virtual Realities to Help Address Aging Infrastructure

Virtual reality (VR) has been all the rage lately. What with VR headsets becoming a common marketplace item and Pokemon Go realizing its own phenomenon, it is no surprise that this technology has the potential to be continually enhanced and applied on different platforms over the coming years. This article talks about this possibility as it is applied to redesigning and imagining infrastructural changes, using a combination of virtual reality and augmented reality to more