NEURISA Ignite Spatial Event in Burlington – Sept. 22

July 21, 2011

Leslie Pelch, VCGI

NEURISA and the VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) are proud to be coordinating sponsors of the first NEURISA Ignite Spatial event in Vermont.  The event will be held on Thursday, September 22nd (7-9PM) at the Courtyard Marriot in downtown Burlington, VT.

This is an Ignite event with a spatial twist.  The five minute open format keeps the crowd engaged.  Each presentation is limited to 20 slides, each of which is advanced after 15 seconds.  A cash bar and appetizers will be available for attendees (and presenters).  Attendance is free!

We are actively looking for speakers.  Do you have a quick spatial story to tell?  Submit a presentation proposal online by going to

There are also sponsorship opportunities! Contact Leslie at or 802-882-3002 for more info.

Twitter: #ISVT is the hashtag, so it can be searched at!/search?q=%23ISVT

Topics include anything and everything spatial. Here’s a link to some past talks:



Finally a New Post!

July 21, 2011

Leslie Pelch, VCGI

My apologies for not keeping up with my blog duties! The spring got busy and I obviously need a little help with posting to this blog! Anyone who would like to post on an occasional basis, please let me know! Here is some info that is slightly dated, but hopefully still of interest:

Geospatial Revolution – Episode 4  – The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.

Video about using VCGI’s imagery map services – Downloading imagery can be slow, plus it takes up a lot of disk space.  The good folks at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) have put together a collection of map services that allow one to stream the best available color and pancromatic orthophotos in VT into ArcGIS.  It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s fast.  This short video I put together, posted to the AmericaView blog, will show you how to make use of the VCGI image map services within ArcGIS 10. Thanks to the good folks at AmericaView for funding the production of the video. From Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab –

Mobile web application for viewing statewide orthoimagery. The application is built on the OpenLayers and
jQuery Mobile JavaScript libraries and is completely open source and OS independent- currently tested on Android, iOS, WebOS. The app can be viewed on the previously mentioned smartphones or on the desktop using the Chrome browser.  Feedback is appreciated! From Bryan McBridemcbride.bryan@GMAIL.COM-

The tornado in Massachusetts – “On June 1, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm developed over western Massachusetts. The storm produced an EF3 tornado that cut a 39-mile (63-kilometer) track of destruction across southwest and south-central Massachusetts. Not only did the tornado remain on the ground for many miles, but it also widened to roughly 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) in Brimfield State Forest.” From Jonathan Frishtick

Oregon Public Broadcasting has developed an excellent show on lidar that explains the many uses and importance of this technology with clear and easy to understand language. From Lin Neifert of USGS

Great book on early cartography: Measure of the Earth by Larrie D. Ferreiro, ~$28 on Amazon
It’s about a French/Spanish mission to make an accurate measurement of a degree of latitude near the Equator in South America – in the early 1700’s! From Robert Peisch .