3 Geospatial Web Services Webinars Scheduled

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

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!


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).


VT Geospatial Forum 2016 Schedule Posted and Registration Open!

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

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

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.

Events and Opportunities Coming Up!

May 26, 2015

Leslie Pelch, VCGI


Fall NEARC Conference (Burilngton, VT, Nov. 8-11) – Call for Submissions Open, deadline is June 19!

VT Geospatial Forum, June 2, Montpelier, VT

Intro to GIS/GPS Summer Training, two locations in July, registration is open!

Intro to GIS and GPS Training is Scheduled and Registration is Open!

April 15, 2015


Leslie Pelch, VCGI

VT Tech hosts an Introduction to GIS and GPS 2-day class taught by VCGI staff. Trainings are offered at both the Williston and Randolph campuses in July for $100 so pick the dates and location that meet your needs! Details and links to registration can be found at the VCGI web site: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/node/826

The VT LiDAR Initiative Presents: A LiDAR Based Web Service Prototype

October 18, 2014

Join us for a Free Webinar on November 5, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

In an ongoing effort to “democratize” access to the wealth of information present in LiDAR data, the Vermont LiDAR Initiative (VTLI) sponsored by the Enterprise Geospatial Consortium (EGC) sub-committee “VTeam LiDAR”, presents the first Vermont LiDAR image service prototype of the 2012 Addison County project area. This freely accessible data “service” will ultimately expand to make all available LIDAR project data accessible in both basemap and imagery services. After a very brief introduction on “What is LiDAR?” we will overview the proposed suite of LiDAR-based Web Services to be created and hosted by VCGI and how it can be accessed by all users. Closing out the webinar, we will provide a brief update on the status of LiDAR data collection and distribution efforts across the state before having an open floor discussion on related topics. For a primer on LiDAR basics before the presentation please overview – http://tinyurl.com/WhatIsLiDAR

More about the VT LiDAR Initiative Here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/LiDAR

Webinars Scheduled, LiDAR Information, Parcels Service Updated

October 1, 2014


by Leslie Pelch, VCGI

Parcels: the parcels web map service has been updated to reflect additional or updated parcel data (also available for download)


  • In addition to completing the Rutland County collection (orange in map above), the entire Winooski River Watershed plus some additional area will be collected in 2014 or 2015. The project will cover more than 2400 square miles (light green in map above), complete Lake Champlain Basin coverage on the Vermont side and include a new coverage for Chittenden County. Total project funding was $880,000 and a total of six cooperators contributed to the project.
  • A pilot area Web Map Service of LiDAR data will be available soon!
  • Updated ArcGIS Online VT LiDAR map makes finding information about available LiDAR and derivatives easier: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/LiDAR

Fall Webinar Series Scheduled (all will be recorded and posted at VCGI’s Youtube channel):

VCGI and Census Webinars Coming Up!

May 22, 2014

Webinar: Remote Sensing of Lakes: They’re Not All Just Blue!

Come join us for an exploration of the remote sensing of lakes with Shane Bradt of UNH! While most common land remote sensing approaches treat surface water as a single class (“blue” most of the time), a great deal of information about the dynamics and water quality of lakes can be obtained through remote sensing. This webinar will detail the important considerations when using remote sensing on inland water bodies, and summarize some of the recent advances in the remote sensing of lakes.

Webinar takes place May 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM

Reserve your FREE Webinar seat now at:


U.S. Census Bureau: Free Data Access Summer Camp (Webinars!)
This summer our Partnership and Data Services team will be conducting a series of free data access webinars. Join us online to learn about our datasets and data retrieval tools.We will be conducting thematic sessions utilizing different data tools such as the American Fact Finder, Quick Facts, Data Ferret, Local Employment Dynamics, Business Dynamics Statistics, Voting Hot Reports, etc. All sessions will be conducted by a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau, and will last approximately 2-3 hours.More details and links to register:


VT Mapping Forum – June 11 – Colchester – Registration Open!

May 12, 2014