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: email@example.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
Map of Sri Lanka after mapathon
December 3, 2015
From Noah Ahles at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
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
January 14, 2015
RFP for Parcel Mapping Posted:
Lemington today, Brunswick, Stannard, and Sutton coming soon…
I am excited to report that I have posted the first of (at least) 4 parcel mapping RFPs that will be made available in the next month or so: Lemington, VT!
The link for the RFP is near the bottom of the page, but feel free to check the other information about this funded project (which will be done at the end of this year).
VTrans Youtube Videos of Bridge and Culvert Data Workshop:
In October 2014, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) hosted a workshop to help GIS users of Vermont data understand what bridge and culvert information is available, and which data set is appropriate for their needs.
A series of videos of the information presented at the workshop have been produced by Eric Goldman, Multimedia Specialist, and Sara Moulton, GIS Specialist of the VTrans Division of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development. The videos can be accessed on YouTube at
December 9, 2014
VTrans has engaged the services of AppGeo to perform a Return on Investment Study as well as a Parcel Lifecycle Report. They are seeking input from a wide variety of people who live or work in VT in order to gather knowledge and opinions about the value of parcel data (one of the key ingredients of a tax map). Visit the Statewide Parcel Data page to learn more ( http://vcgi.vermont.gov/parcels ) or click here to go directly to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTParcelROI.
December 12, 2013
From Sensors and Systems:
“Is my property being taxed fairly?”
“Are zoning variances being granted in a consistent manner?”
“Is my flood insurance rate justified?”
These are the types of questions concerned citizens may ask, both in their own interest, and in the interest of maintaining a responsive and equitable democracy. Our democratic system of government is supposed to conduct the public’s business fairly and consistently within the explicit directives of the citizens’ elected representatives. But how can citizens know if that is happening? And how can citizens know that their representatives are actually conducting “the people’s business” rather than their own? Transparency is required for maintaining our governments’ accountability to its citizens.
Transparency means giving citizens access to their governments’ records, to the same information that government agencies themselves use to make decisions and conduct operations. With it, interested persons can understand, verify, and possibly challenge a governmental action. Since most governmental actions impact specific locations, geographic information is critical to governmental accountability, and GIS technology and professionals are critical to analyzing that information.
– See more at: http://www.sensorsandsystems.com/article/features/32431-democracy-depends-upon-access-to-government-geodata.html#sthash.BL6JWJAy.ZjdkA9g7.dpuf