VT Mapping Forum – June 11 – Colchester – Registration Open!

May 12, 2014

VCGI will soon transform into…VCGI (a division of ACCD)!

May 12, 2014

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The Vermont Legislature has passed a bill that changes VCGI’s legal standing. Once the Governor signs the legislation, VCGI will become a division of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). The legislation provides that 6 positions (same as the number of positions we currently employ) will be created and existing employees shall be permitted to transfer to the positions created within the new VCGI. VCGI’s duties have not been changed, so we will continue to provide public geospatial data, information, training, and technical support to the citizens, businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies of Vermont. We’ll let you know if any other changes come up!

Here is a link to the legislation (page 260!): http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/journal/HJ140510.pdf


VT Interactive Map Viewer BETA 2.0 Released

April 29, 2014

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The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to announce an “open beta release” of the new VT Interactive Map Viewer (VT Viewer).

You can participate in a guided tour during the free webinar on April 30.

This BETA 2.0 release includes numerous enhancements

  • The toolbar has been rearranged to make it more intuitive.
  • The look-and-feel of the VT GIS basemap has been significantly improved.
  • Several dozen new data layers (including parcel data) have been added to the viewer.
  • User can change the symbology of any layer.
  • Complete set of VT imagery and imagery indexes.
  • Several new supplemental background basemaps have been added such as contoured hillshade and the latest USGS Topographic Maps.
  • All layers have links to full documentation and downloadable data files.

Now we need to hear from you! Please take the new VT Interactive Map Viewer (BETA 2.0) for a test drive, then let us know what you think by completing the Feedback Survey.

VT Viewer (BETA 2.0): http://dev.maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewerbeta2/

User Survey: http://dev.maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewer/survey.html

The BETA 2.0 release will be available as an “open beta” until May 31st, 2014. After that VCGI will be reviewing all survey feedback and applying any needed adjustments/fixes to the site. We plan to release the final version by July 1st, 2014. It will replace the current VT Interactive Map Viewer.

You can participate in a guided tour during the free webinar on April 30.


VCGI Notice Regarding Heartbleed Vulnerability Bug

April 22, 2014

You might be aware of a widespread software vulnerability named Heartbleed, which has affected a large number of servers on the internet.

We want to let you know that VCGI’s website (vcgi.vermont.gov), web map services (maps.vcgi.org), and mapping sites (maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewer) are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. We have come to this conclusion by reaching out to our vendors to determine if any of their software products are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

For more general information on Heartbleed, visit http://www.heartbleed.com/


VCGI Update

April 14, 2014

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Request for Information posted re: VT Open GeoData Portal:

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) currently hosts Vermont’s Open GeoData Portal (herein referred to as the GeoData Portal), which allows users to access and use geospatial information and services. This Request for Information (RFI) is designed to gather information from geospatial technology providers regarding the development of a new VT Open GeoData Portal. The results of the RFI may or may not lead to the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP).

The full RFI has been posted here http://vcgi.vermont.gov/rfps

NOTE: All questions related to this RFI should be emailed to steves@vcgi.org by April 28, 2014: 3PM EST. All questions and associated responses will be made publicly available by May 5, 2014: 3PM EST on VCGI’s website.

All 2013 Orthoimagery has been posted:

Ortho imagery covering the northwest portion of the state as well as the Barre-Montpelier area was collected in the spring of 2013. All of the northwest corner was collected in 4-band color infrared as well as black and white with .5 meter pixels. Additionally, much of Chittenden County was collected at a resolution of .15 meter pixels, with the more mountainous eastern edge of the county being collected at .2 meter pixels.  The Barre-Montplelier area was collected as a resolution of .3 meter pixels.  More info here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/2013_imagery_available

Mapping it up in VT and NH (webinar) scheduled:

VT and NH both have powerful, newly updated online map viewers.  While each viewer is customized to the state’s GIS resources, they share a common framework and much of the same functionality.  Come for a tour of the new interface(s), layers and tools for both viewers. Participants in this webinar will learn how to make maps from the layers provided by VCGI and NH GRANIT, add your own data to the maps, save your map as an image or to print, and more.

Date:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/477757118


Grants Awarded for Northern VT Parcel Mapping!

March 24, 2014

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14 towns will receive funding from VCGI…

The Northern Border Regional Commission, whose focus is to help address the community and economic development needs of the most severely distressed portions of the Northern Forest region, awarded VCGI a grant for $169,100 in late 2013. The purpose of the project is to provide support to a subset of towns in Vermont’s Northern Border Region so that they can successfully contract with the private sector for the creation or update of parcel data for their town that meets the VT GIS Parcel Data Standard. Planning for a successful economic future in Vermont’s Northern Border Region requires visualizing current and future conditions. Maps are a vital tool in that process, and many towns in the region are hampered by old, inaccurate, or absent parcel maps. Modern mapping requires digital map data (also called GIS data) from a variety of sources, including municipal tax maps – the source of parcel data.

VCGI and its Regional Planning Commission Partners (NRPC, LCPC, NVDA) are looking forward to working with the following towns to support their effort to create or update and improve their parcel data: Derby, Troy, Jay, Glover, Holland, Waterford, Burke, Enosburg, Berkshire, Franklin, Sheldon, Wolcott, Eden, and Elmore.  In addition to providing about $160,000 worth of financial support, RPC and VCGI staff will provide technical specifications, template documents to guide the towns through a Request for Proposals process (in some cases), a mapping contract template, and support drafting a plan for future data maintenance to keep the data useful into the future.

This project is part of a larger effort to develop a statewide parcel data program in VT to ensure up-to-date, consistent, and useful parcel data is developed and maintained for all towns. The VT Enterprise GIS Consortium oversees that effort.

For more information: lesliep@vcgi.org or 802-882-3002


VT Parcel Boundary Map Service Now Available!

February 13, 2014

Leslie Pelch, VCGI

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VCGI has posted a Parcel Boundaries Web Map Service that will be updated at least annually as we receive updated parcel data. Web map services allow users to bring map layers and imagery into their GIS projects or map mashups without actually downloading any data by connecting to the service of choice via the internet.

Contact Leslie (lesliep@vcgi.org or 802-882-3002) if you need help understanding how to connect to this service. More info here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/web_services/map

 


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