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
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
White River Junction, VT
$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.
February 18, 2016
2016 GIS Training at VERMONT TECH: Registration Open!
VTC hosts an Introduction to GIS and GPS class taught by VCGI staff. NEW THIS YEAR: Two different time/formats and times of year! We will be offering this course in the spring as an 8-week series of 2-hour evening classes in Williston. In the fall, we will offer it as a two-day course completed over two Saturdays. Choose the time frame and location that works for you!
Intro to GIS/GPS ($100) :
Participants will gain an understanding of fundamental geospatial concepts which they will then apply in learning how to use online mapping applications, consumer grade GPS receivers, and QGIS open source GIS software. QGIS will be used to explore and display geospatial data, to create new geospatial data, to perform simple geospatial analysis, and to compose basic maps appropriate for printing or publishing. Participants will develop a mapping question or project that they will explore and build on throughout the course.
April 14 – June 2 (Williston Campus) – Eight Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Click here to register: http://greentrainings.vtc.edu/gis-trainings.html
September 10 and 17(Randolph Campus) – Two Saturdays, 9-5 each. Click here to register: http://greentrainings.vtc.edu/gis-trainings.html
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:
December 17, 2015
Leslie Pelch, VCGI
Vermont’s Orthophoto Collection RFP Question period has passed and the questions and their answers have been posted! Check them out, along with relevant suporting documents, here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/rfps
December 9, 2015
Leslie Pelch, VCGI
1. Updated “About VCGI” Page Includes State GIS Report (FY 2015) and Interim Strategic Plan: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/about_us
2. 2015 Orthos Available as a Product
For your convenience…
You can now purchase all of the imagery collected during the 2015 Orthophoto collection on an external drive:
Southern VT – Windham and Bennington Counties
.5 meter pixel, 4-band color and black and white
You can still download individual images here: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/imagery, and the imagery will be available as a service and via custom download soon (all for free), but if having all of the imagery mailed to you on an external drive would make your life/work easier…click here to go to the products page to order the drive for only $100: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/products