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.
January 4, 2017
The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to announce the release of a new Vermont Open Geodata Portal (geodata.vermont.gov). VCGI, in close collaboration with Vermont’s Enterprise Geospatial Consortium (EGC), has built a website (Portal) that helps constituents find, explore, and access a wealth of geospatial resources. The Portal provides access to geodata, web services, and applications originating from many sources (publishers) including numerous State agencies (e.g. VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Agency of Transportation, VT Agency of Human Services, VT E911).
- Download formats – Vector datasets are available in multiple download formats (shapefile, excel, and csv).
- Smart search – All entries are fully indexed with tags and keywords making it easier to find what you’re looking for.
- Data visualization – Vector datasets can be visualized using the built-in map viewer. Users can even filter the data before they download it!
- Big Data download tools – The Portal includes special tools for “big” datasets such as imagery and lidar. These include the Tiled Data Download Tool and Clip & Zip Tool.
- Modern web platform – The Portal leverages modern web technology supported by Esri (Environmental System Research Institute, Inc.), providing the State with an upgrade path for the future.
VCGI would like to thank our State Agency partners for their ongoing dedication to improving access to Vermont’s geospatial resources!
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).
February 16, 2016
State-Wide FEMA DFIRM Data Posted
A state-wide FEMA DFIRM data set (where DFIRM is available – see map) has been posted in Vermont’s Open GeoData Portal: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/opendata. This new data posting replaces the individual county-based and town-based DFIRM data sets that were previously posted to the portal. This new data set is catalogued in the portal with the database name EmergencyFlood_DFIRM; It can be found by searching with the keyword “DFIRM”.
The DFIRM data set is available through the portal as a .zip package that contains shapefiles, tables, metadata files, and a .lyr file.
VCGI appreciates VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff for keeping VCGI abreast of the status of DFIRM data and providing symbology that is incorporated into the .lyr file.
NOTE: New flood maps in Bennington County just became effective on 12/2/2015.
NOTE: See the Flood Ready Vermont web site at http://floodready.vermont.gov/ for information on flood readiness.
All VT Imagery Service Now Includes 2015!
VCGI’s full suite of imagery services have been updated with the latest 2015 VT ortho imagery (covering southern VT).
2015 Orthos have been integrated into the following services
- All “Best of” services + caches (color, color infrared, and black & white) have been updated
- All statewide “ortho only” services (color, color infrared, and black & white) have been updated
- Individual cached 2015 ortho services have been created (SP + WM)
- The “All VT Imagery and Indexes” service (version 3) has been updated to include 2015 imagery + indexes (including tie-cut lines).
NOTE: These services also take advantage of stable “layer ids” for those hackers out there, so you can count on them staying the same when you write your code.
Additional details are available here:
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