News, events, and announcements for the UD GIS community, August 2012


  • We’re applying for a Google Earth Pro grant.  We’re hoping to get permission to use a few licenses to support use across campus.  The advanced features of GE Pro include: Premium movie making, GIS data import tools, spreadsheet importer, Google Earth Pro Datasets, high-resolution printing capability and area and radius measurement.  If any of these features are useful to your teaching or research, please let me know, and I’ll include that on the application.  Go here to try GE Pro for 7 days.
  • Our Python study group has begun meeting on Tuesdays.  Here’s a link to our group page.  Python is the main language for doing workflow scripting in ArcGIS, and writing add-ons for ArcGIS and QGIS, the open source equivalent.
  • The renewal time for all of our centrally licensed software is this time of the year.  If you’d like to start using ArcGIS, ENVI, IDL, or ERDAS IMAGINE, please let us know.
  • We’ve updated all geospatial software in our research computing lab.


Software Updates

  • ArcGIS Online Subscriptions were added to our site license.  I’ve been waiting for this for awhile, these are hugely powerful – allowing things like map services based on free cloud hosting of data.  Here’s a comparison between the personal and subscription levels of the service.
  • In case you missed it last month, ArcGIS 10.1 is now available on UD GIS Downloads.  There’s a quick tour of what’s new, that you should check out.  My experience so far has been very good – it seems quite stable – though I haven’t really had time to get into some of the big new features.  The buzz at the Esri User Conference (which I didn’t attend this year) is integration with Microsoft Office.  Apparently you can now do some basic map-making in Office without even opening ArcGIS.
  • Service Pack 5 for ArcGIS 10 (not 10.1) is now available on UD GIS Downloads, for those who don’t wish to upgrade to 10.1 yet.


Data Updates


New and Updated Esri Virtual Campus Courses (contact for free access)

  • Esri Virtual Campus courses for 10.1 will begin coming out in the 3rd quarter of this year


Other New Webinars



  • 8/6-8/9/12: CyberGIS ’12, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • 10/22-10/24/12: MAC URISA 2012, Atlantic City, NJ … early-bird registration has been extended, but not for long
  • 11/16-11/18/12: GIS & Spatial Thinking in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA


Past Events and Webinars

  • I attended Computing for Geospatial Research Institute on 7/1-7/3.  The conference was billed as being focused on big data computing and sensor networks, but was honestly a bit of a disappointment.  I have slides on DVD if you would like to check them out.
  • Visualize 2012 (ENVI/IDL) slides and abstracts have been posted here.


Other Opportunities

  • N/A


Area/Forwarded/Interesting Job Postings (if no link, email us at, and we’ll forward the email announcements)


As always, please let us know if you have any questions or ideas that you’d like to discuss