June 23, 2017
VCGI is pleased to announce the rollout of more lidar image services covering all or parts of Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Rutland and parts of Caledonia and Orange Counties. The remaining area should have services by the end of 2017. The links below will take you directly to the Rest Endpoint Page for each service. If you are not sure what to do with a Rest Endpoint Page, check out our help video on the topic:
- VCGI is aware that both slope services descriptions erroneously refer to the service units as “degree slope”, when in fact they are “percent slope”. Technical issues are blocking our efforts to correct the description. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.
- Both the ASPECT and SLOPE image services were intentionally published with the default gray scale color ramp to support flexibility for the user. For details on how you can generate derivatives on the fly using this service, please watch the March 2017 webinar on how to use the new lidar imagery services, The Powerpoint used is posted here
- The ASPECTSYM and SLOPESYM image services were published with pre-determined color ramps (that cannot be changed) to provide users with a “cartographic ready” option.
- ASPECT and SLOPE data used in these services are not yet completely available for download (soon!)
February 16, 2017
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
January 23, 2017
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.
- 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.
December 19, 2016
Parcel 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:
November 3, 2016
The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to release a BETA version of Vermont’s new Open Geodata Portal!
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).
June 9, 2016
In crisis situations like an earthquake, volcanic eruption, avalanche or epidemic, first responders need up-to-date digital maps to navigate the affected area. However, many remote regions around the world simply do not have the data necessary for aid groups to safely traverse city streets and locate rural villages post-disaster. In the event of a disaster, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) mobilizes volunteer mappers around the world to focus their efforts on data deficient regions.
UVM’s HOT holds mapathons once or twice a month at a computer lab in the Aiken Center on the UVM campus in Burlington. Read about recent mapathons here: http://letters-sal.blogspot.com/2016/06/uvm-humanitarian-openstreetmap-team.html and contact mapathon coordinator Noah Ahles to be added to the notification list: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 914-960-4613
Your company or organization can help support these effective volunteer events:
- Help pay for refreshments for the volunteers!
- Send volunteers!
- Contribute directly to the International Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in honor of the UVM Team (let us know so we can thank you and give you credit!) – https://hotosm.org/donate
- We will acknowledge your contributions at our events and at our event registration web pages.
- Contact Noah (above) if you would like to contribute.
Map of Sri Lanka before mapathon
Map of Sri Lanka after mapathon
April 8, 2016
A professional development conference for geospatial professionals that includes concurrent sessions, general sessions, discussions, and posters!
Link to Schedule and Descriptions: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/geospatialforum_2016
May 5, 2016, 8:30 AM – 3:45 PM
White River Junction, VT
$40 before April 20, 2016; $50 on or after that date.
Link to Registration: https://secure.vermont.gov/ACCD/eventreg/event.php?eid=74
Share your work by bringing a poster! There is no competition so the options are wide open:
- a cartographic product
- research project
- exploration of analysis or aesthetic techniques
- 3’x4′ or smaller
- When you register to attend, you will be able to indicate that you are bringing a poster and to type in the title of your poster.