3 Geospatial Web Services Webinars Scheduled

February 16, 2017

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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

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New Interactive Map Viewer Available!

January 23, 2017

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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.

Key Features
  • 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.


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!

http://geodata.vermont.gov

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).

 


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.

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