UVM Staff Award Results in Geospatial Trophy!

May 28, 2014

From  http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&&storyID=18463

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“Six UVM staff members were recognized for their extraordinary contributions and overall impact on the university on May 5 at the inaugural President’s Our Common Ground Staff Award recognition breakfast in Billings Library.

Honorees were chosen from a pool of 24 nominees for exemplifying the qualities of the University of Vermont’s Our Common Ground, the statement of aspirations and shared values of our community: respect, integrity, innovation, openness, justice and responsibility.

Honorees were presented with a hand-crafted award designed by local artist Chris Reck that UVM President Tom Sullivan said embodies the values expressed in the President’s Our Common Ground award. Anchored by a piece of red cambrian sedimentary rock known as Monkton quartzite used in many of the university’s buildings, the award features the Our Common Ground statement transposed on an intricate woodcarving map of the campus.”

Chris Reck of Direct Design contacted VCGI for ideas regarding who might actually create the 3D wood topo map featured in this trophy. Leslie Pelch of VCGI sent a message out on the VT GIS email list serve and several people got in touch with Chris to say they might be able to help. In the end, Spencer Wright of Bristol Contours (802-355-0800) was able to create the maple topo map of a portion of the UVM campus.


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

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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

VCGI will soon transform into…VCGI (a division of ACCD)!

May 12, 2014


The Vermont Legislature has passed a bill that changes VCGI’s legal standing. Once the Governor signs the legislation, VCGI will become a division of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). The legislation provides that 6 positions (same as the number of positions we currently employ) will be created and existing employees shall be permitted to transfer to the positions created within the new VCGI. VCGI’s duties have not been changed, so we will continue to provide public geospatial data, information, training, and technical support to the citizens, businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies of Vermont. We’ll let you know if any other changes come up!

Here is a link to the legislation (page 260!): http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/journal/HJ140510.pdf

VT Interactive Map Viewer BETA 2.0 Released

April 29, 2014


The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to announce an “open beta release” of the new VT Interactive Map Viewer (VT Viewer).

You can participate in a guided tour during the free webinar on April 30.

This BETA 2.0 release includes numerous enhancements

  • The toolbar has been rearranged to make it more intuitive.
  • The look-and-feel of the VT GIS basemap has been significantly improved.
  • Several dozen new data layers (including parcel data) have been added to the viewer.
  • User can change the symbology of any layer.
  • Complete set of VT imagery and imagery indexes.
  • Several new supplemental background basemaps have been added such as contoured hillshade and the latest USGS Topographic Maps.
  • All layers have links to full documentation and downloadable data files.

Now we need to hear from you! Please take the new VT Interactive Map Viewer (BETA 2.0) for a test drive, then let us know what you think by completing the Feedback Survey.

VT Viewer (BETA 2.0): http://dev.maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewerbeta2/

User Survey: http://dev.maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewer/survey.html

The BETA 2.0 release will be available as an “open beta” until May 31st, 2014. After that VCGI will be reviewing all survey feedback and applying any needed adjustments/fixes to the site. We plan to release the final version by July 1st, 2014. It will replace the current VT Interactive Map Viewer.

You can participate in a guided tour during the free webinar on April 30.

VCGI Notice Regarding Heartbleed Vulnerability Bug

April 22, 2014

You might be aware of a widespread software vulnerability named Heartbleed, which has affected a large number of servers on the internet.

We want to let you know that VCGI’s website (vcgi.vermont.gov), web map services (maps.vcgi.org), and mapping sites (maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewer) are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. We have come to this conclusion by reaching out to our vendors to determine if any of their software products are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

For more general information on Heartbleed, visit http://www.heartbleed.com/

VCGI Update

April 14, 2014


Request for Information posted re: VT Open GeoData Portal:

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) currently hosts Vermont’s Open GeoData Portal (herein referred to as the GeoData Portal), which allows users to access and use geospatial information and services. This Request for Information (RFI) is designed to gather information from geospatial technology providers regarding the development of a new VT Open GeoData Portal. The results of the RFI may or may not lead to the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP).

The full RFI has been posted here http://vcgi.vermont.gov/rfps

NOTE: All questions related to this RFI should be emailed to steves@vcgi.org by April 28, 2014: 3PM EST. All questions and associated responses will be made publicly available by May 5, 2014: 3PM EST on VCGI’s website.

All 2013 Orthoimagery has been posted:

Ortho imagery covering the northwest portion of the state as well as the Barre-Montpelier area was collected in the spring of 2013. All of the northwest corner was collected in 4-band color infrared as well as black and white with .5 meter pixels. Additionally, much of Chittenden County was collected at a resolution of .15 meter pixels, with the more mountainous eastern edge of the county being collected at .2 meter pixels.  The Barre-Montplelier area was collected as a resolution of .3 meter pixels.  More info here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/2013_imagery_available

Mapping it up in VT and NH (webinar) scheduled:

VT and NH both have powerful, newly updated online map viewers.  While each viewer is customized to the state’s GIS resources, they share a common framework and much of the same functionality.  Come for a tour of the new interface(s), layers and tools for both viewers. Participants in this webinar will learn how to make maps from the layers provided by VCGI and NH GRANIT, add your own data to the maps, save your map as an image or to print, and more.

Date:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


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