3 Geospatial Web Services Webinars Scheduled

February 16, 2017

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:00 PM: Connecting to VCGI Web Services in ArcGIS and QGIS
Presented by Leslie Pelch, Outreach Coordinator at VCGI. Join us to learn how to connect to web map and imagery services provided by the VT Center for Geographic Information. We will cover connecting with both ArcGIS and Open Source software QGIS.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/736623693194632706

Wednesday, March 1, 2:00 PM: Geospatial Web Services – A Look Under the Hood
Presented by Steve Sharp, Operations Manager at VCGI. How do Web Map and Imagery Services work? Why are only some data layers available as services, and how are they connected to online mapping apps? Join Steve as he pulls back the curtain on the magic of geospatial web services at VCGI.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7149676994916032770

Thursday, March 9, 2:00 PM: Using VCGI’s NEW Lidar Services in ArcGIS – Hillshade and Digital Elevation Model
Presented by Mike Brouillette, Lidar Program Manager at VCGI. Join us to learn what you can create with the new lidar services in ArcGIS.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6787343932985681922


New Interactive Map Viewer Available!

January 23, 2017

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The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to release a new interactive map viewer that leverages the latest HTML5 capabilities and GIS data. Here are some key features of the new Map Viewer.

Key Features
  • Supported on all modern web browsers on desktop computers, tablets and phones.  No plugins!
  • Save your map via “Save” button (NOTE: must sign-in to ArcGIS Online account first – available for free).
  • Lidar terrain / hillshade data (~50% of the state).
  • Access to VCGI Open Data via a Layer Catalog
  • Download the data layers from the Table of Contents (refer to FAQ for details).
  • Determine when aerial photos were taken (refer to FAQ for details)
  • Change how layers are symbolized so they look the way you want.
  • Export/Print maps to many different formats.
  • Get a street view (Google Street View function).

Check it out here: http://maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/html5viewer/?viewer=vtmapviewer

We hope you enjoy the new VT Interactive Map Viewer! Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions to ACCD.VCGIInfo@vermont.gov.

P.S. The old Microsoft Silverlight Map Viewer will be supported until 3/1/2017 per VCGI’s Life Cycle Policy.


VT Open Geodata Portal Replaces VT GIS Data Warehouse!

January 4, 2017

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The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to announce the release of a new Vermont Open Geodata Portal (geodata.vermont.gov). VCGI, in close collaboration with Vermont’s Enterprise Geospatial Consortium (EGC), has built a website (Portal) that helps constituents find, explore, and access a wealth of geospatial resources. The Portal provides access to geodata, web services, and applications originating from many sources (publishers) including numerous State agencies (e.g. VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Agency of Transportation, VT Agency of Human Services, VT E911).

Highlights:

  • Download formats – Vector datasets are available in multiple download formats (shapefile, excel, and csv).
  • Smart search – All entries are fully indexed with tags and keywords making it easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Data visualization – Vector datasets can be visualized using the built-in map viewer. Users can even filter the data before they download it!
  • Big Data download tools – The Portal includes special tools for “big” datasets such as imagery and lidar. These include the Tiled Data Download Tool and Clip & Zip Tool.
  • Modern web platform – The Portal leverages modern web technology supported by Esri (Environmental System Research Institute, Inc.), providing the State with an upgrade path for the future.

VCGI would like to thank our State Agency partners for their ongoing dedication to improving access to Vermont’s geospatial resources!


VCGI Early Winter News

December 19, 2016

geodata1Parcel Data Posted: 39 towns (6 newcomers!) – details here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/parcels/update_2016A

New Open Geodata Portal Beta Posted: Different CMS, totally different look, still time to provide your feedback via the survey!

Link to BETA 3.0: http://geodata1.vcgi.opendata.arcgis.com/

What do you think?  Check out the site then please filling out this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TW92TC6 . The BETA 3.0 site will be available until 5PM 12/21/2016 (Wednesday) so don’t delay!

2017 Intro GIS Training Dates Set: Check the VCGI Trainings Web Page for more details about the trainings that will be offered in partnership with VT Technical College:


Public BETA Release – VT Open Geodata Portal!

November 3, 2016

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to release a BETA version of Vermont’s new Open Geodata Portal!

http://geodata.vermont.gov

VCGI and its partners have built a website that connects publishers and consumers and helps them find, explore, contribute, and use geospatial information and resources. The VT Open Geodata Portal (Beta) “federates” geodata, web services, and geospatial applications from many sources (publishers) including several State agencies (e.g. VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Agency of Transportation, and VT Agency of Human Services).  VCGI would like to thank our partners for their dedication to improving access to Vermont’s geospatial assets.

What do you think?  Please take a few minutes to explore the BETA site (http://geodata.vermont.gov), kick the tires, and let us know what you think (http://geodata.vermont.gov/beta_survey).  Your input will help us improve the website.  We plan to release a final version by the end of the year.  Thanks!

P.S. Known “bugs/limitations” have been documented here (http://geodata.vermont.gov/beta1_bugs).

 


Webinars and Workshops Coming Up Over The Next Few Months!

November 1, 2016
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November 12, 2016 – 9:00 am ArcGIS Online as an Instructional Tool
November 19, 2016 – 9:00 am ArcGIS Online as an Instructional Tool

VCGI Director Chosen

August 8, 2016

Exciting news from Pat Moulton, Secretary of ACCD:

Lucy Leriche and I are excited to announce that John Adams has been selected as the new Director of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information! Most recently, John served as Planning and Policy Manager at the Department of Housing and Community Development within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

John brings to VCGI experience and enthusiasm for using data and mapping to guide decision making processes across state government. Since beginning at DCHD in 2012, John has been a leader in land use policy, legislative initiatives and managing special projects – notably using GIS to improve workflows and to ensure Vermont’s public investments are supported by data. He is the primary author of Vermont’s new Planning Manual and has been a key figure in a wide variety of interagency initiatives relating to land use, housing, transportation and energy. As someone with track record of building consensus and commitment to improving customer service in state government, he was the recipient of a 2016 Public Service Recognition Award.

John is a certified professional planner who has worked at the municipal level and has taught Land Use Policy and Economics at the University of Vermont. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Development from McGill University. In his personal capacity, John volunteers on the Montpelier Planning Commission, roasts coffee and brews beer.

A search committee involving multiple agencies and partners selected John from a pool of incredibly well qualified candidates from around the country. John will start with VCGI on Tuesday, September 9th, 2016.

Please join us in congratulating John on this exciting new position!

Pat