February 15, 2013
The VT Technology Alliance passed along the link to the above-named report created by the VT Legislature, excerpted below. Link to full report is below the excerpt.
“III. Key Areas for Enhancing the Software and IT Economy; Findings and Recommendations
Based on the testimony and materials received, on individual members’ and small group research, and
on extensive Committee discussion, the Committee identified four key areas in which Vermont state
government can take important steps to enhance the software and IT economy. These areas are:
3. Finance; and
4. Collaboration and Networking.
Throughout its discussions, the Committee was cognizant of the state’s budget challenges, and
recognized that there is limited capacity for new or expanded appropriations or indirect tax expenditures
to support the Committee’s objectives. In recognition of this, the Committee endeavored to offer many
recommendations (e.g., policy changes) that would not require direct appropriations. In fact, only a few
of our recommendations require specific appropriations or tax expenditures, and we have clearly
highlighted those that do.
The Committee concluded that it would be unreasonable to expect the State of Vermont to compete with
larger states for incentives to relocate large-scale technology businesses to the state. Instead, the
Committee concluded that the State of Vermont should focus it efforts on the retention of existing
in-state technology businesses, with a new emphasis on strategies and policies to encourage and support
the growth and development of new and emerging technology businesses over the long term.”
Click here for the full report: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/reports/2013externalreports/285638.pdf
December 19, 2012
Steve Sharp, VCGI
VCGI is in the process of upgrading its GIT infrastructure, web site, and web services. We anticipate that these upgrades will enhance the services available from VCGI. In order to minimize disruption and clearly communicate our plans and intentions, VCGI has crafted a set of “life cycle policies” for specific web applications and services. You can review them by visiting this web page.
We will keep you posted as we get closer to our “go live” date.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns: steves at vcgi dot org or 882-3006.
December 4, 2012
Steve Sharp, VCGI
VCGI is in the process of upgrading its servers and services, and will be phasing out the use of ESRI’s ArcIMS software product over the next month. This will impact the following VCGI ArcIMS services
- VGIS_BASEMAP: Dynamic ArcIMS map services with “basemap” features
- GEOCODE_ESITE: ArcIMS geocoding service using E911 ESITE points
These and all other ArcIMS services will be “turned off” on 1/18/2013. If you use these ArcIMS services please consider switching to our replacement ArcGIS Server services including
- VGIS_BASEMAP_OS: Replacement for old ArcIMS VGIS_BASEMAP service being phased out.
- GEOCODE_ESITE: Replacement for old ArcIMS GEOCODE_ESITE service being phased out.
VCGI is working with partners (member of the VT Enterprise GIS Consortium) to implement a robust suite of web services defined in the EGC’s Web Services Strategy. We hope to have all of these online by the end of 2013.
December 4, 2012
Sara Moulton, VTrans
To put next week’s webinar into context . . . a reminder that a year ago I sent an email to the VGIS-Listserv asking for feedback about the Town Highway Maps. The overwhelming response was that people wanted hardcopy versions of the maps.
As a result of this, we worked with the ESRI Holistic Testing Team who devised a new approach to the production of these maps. A simplified version of the process is available online here
For more information about our actual process and production, tune in to the webinar titled
“Leveraging Python to Revolutionize the Production of the Vermont Town Highway Maps” scheduled for December 12
October 31, 2012
David F. Brotzman, Executive Director
UCGIS has released the documentation of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge. This document is probably the best attempt we are going to see for a while that defines the knowledge and skills necessary for GIS professionals in an appropriately broad manner that befits our industry. This document will be the foundation for a lot of the certification and educational opportunities in GIS&T that will be developed in the foreseeable future.