Sponsorship Opportunity: University of Vermont (UVM) Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Mapathons

June 9, 2016

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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: noah.ahles@gmail.com 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

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Map of Sri Lanka after mapathon

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VT Geospatial Forum 2016 Schedule Posted and Registration Open!

April 8, 2016

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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

When:
May 5, 2016, 8:30 AM – 3:45 PM

Where:
Hotel Coolidge
White River Junction, VT

How Much:
$40 before April 20, 2016; $50 on or after that date.

Link to Registration: https://secure.vermont.gov/ACCD/eventreg/event.php?eid=74

Posters:
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.

Digital Land Records in Colchester!

March 22, 2016

From the VT League of Cities and Towns Newsletter:

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More here… http://www.vlct.org/assets/News/Newsletter/2016/vlctnews_2016-04.pdf

 


Ortho RFP Q&A Posted

December 17, 2015

Leslie Pelch, VCGI

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Vermont’s Orthophoto Collection RFP Question period has passed and the questions and their answers have been posted! Check them out, along with relevant suporting documents, here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/rfps


VCGI Update

December 9, 2015

Leslie Pelch, VCGI

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1. Updated “About VCGI” Page Includes State GIS Report (FY 2015) and Interim Strategic Plan: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/about_us

2. 2015 Orthos Available as a Product
For your convenience…

You can now purchase all of the imagery collected during the 2015 Orthophoto collection on an external drive:

Southern VT – Windham and Bennington Counties
.5 meter pixel, 4-band color and black and white

You can still download individual images here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/imagery, and the imagery will be available as a service and via custom download soon (all for free), but if having all of the imagery mailed to you on an external drive would make your life/work easier…click here to go to the products page to order the drive for only $100: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/products

 

 


Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team – Nepal, Mexico and Afghanistan

December 3, 2015

From Noah Ahles at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab

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Imagery of Kathmandu, Nepal provided by Bing

The last week in October was exceptionally busy for members of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team at UVM. On October 25th the Spatial Analysis Lab hosted a mapathon to create detailed digital maps in Nepal in response to a massive landslide that blocked the Kali Gandaki River. Coincidentally, hurricane Patricia had just hit Mexico’s western coast and we were able to delegate a team of volunteers from Tri Delta to work in Puerto Vallarta. Thankfully, Mexico was well prepared and there was a minimal loss of life, although there was severe damage to infrastructure as a result of flooding and winds. Despite breaking records for highest sustained wind speeds globally and barometric pressure in the Western Hemisphere, Patricia quickly dissipated once it made landfall after hitting a steep gradient of elevation into a mountainous region.

Read more here: http://letters-sal.blogspot.com/2015/12/humanitarian-openstreetmap-team-nepal.html


Mapping Winooski River ice conditions in Montpelier

April 8, 2015

This is from the UVM Spatial Analyis Lab Blog, click below for the full post and other related posts!

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This is a follow-up to our previous post on using high-spatial, high-temporal resolution imagery from our senseFly eBee to map changing ice conditions on Vermont Rivers. The Winooski River in Montpelier has a history of ice jams and flooding. As part of our Department of Transportation grant we have been gathering color-infrared imagery of the Winooski River to evaluate the use of such imagery to map changes in ice conditions.

Click here to read the rest of this post!


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