News, Events, and Announcements for the UD GIS community, Summer 2014


  • As a follow-up to our discussions on GIS Resource Strategy and roundtable on GIS technology changes,  I would like to hold a GIS Resources Strategy meeting #3 in the early summer.  In addition to our research community, we need attendance from our main academic GIS stakeholder departments to make this successful.  I will send a scheduling link via email and link to that here.
  • We have drafted a policy for acceptable use of UD’s ArcGIS Online subscription.  Please contact us if you would like to gain access to our subscription.
  • IT has ordered the hardware for the next community computing cluster.  There are still nodes available for purchase.  We expect this to be operating around the beginning of the fall semester.
  • FEMA Region III has developed a second HAZUS training opportunity for Federal, State, County, Municipal and University partners.  Visit the following link to learn more about the HAZUS-MH loss estimation tool:  This is a four day training that will take place onsite.  The first three days of the training will be a State focused, advanced HAZUS for Flood course.  This will be an official E172 HAZUS for Flood course ( … prequesite: Basic Hazus-MH
  • VSCSE Summer workshops on topics such as GPU/GPGPU and managing, processing and gaining insight from large amounts of data are open to the research community, including graduate students, but will be especially beneficial for those who are investing in the new community HPC cluster or currently involved in high performance computing.

 Collaborations, Publications, and Honors

Software Updates

Data Updates

  • Virtual Data Enclave (VDE) at ICPSR is now available to accept a variety of restricted-use data from depositors.  The VDE makes restricted  use data available remotely through a secure and separated virtual instance, which prevents restricted use data from being copied or used outside of the virtual enclave.


Past Events and Webinars

Other Opportunities

  • The NSF-funded  CyberGIS Fellows program is accepting applications through 5/30/14 to develop curriculum related to cutting edge changes in the field.
  • We have a limited number of free passes to Esri UC 2014
  • Washington Map Society Cartography Competition, Deadline 6/1/14
  • The ISPRS Tracking and Imaging Challenge 2014: Call for Participation
  • Speaker Series Podcast: The State of Lidar and 3D Mapping
  • Deadeline extended 5/18,  Abstract and paper submission for the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications, to be held on 6-8 October 2014 in Toronto

Area/Forwarded Job Postings (if no link, email me, and I’ll forward the email announcements)

  • UD’s Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) and Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center (DEMAC) seek an individual for the position of Environmental Applications Developer to assist with the development of web-based environmental data applications.  For more information about this job posting or to apply, please use the following link.
  • Internship (Paid) Delaware Emergency Management Agency, to last 10 weeks, responsibilities include: updating core Delaware HAZUS data and updating maps used in the State Hazard Mitigation plan.  Candidates have proficiency with ArcGIS and familiarity with HAZUS
  • Esri Philadelphia

Recent UD GIS Blog posts

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