News, Events, and Announcements for the UD GIS community, Spring 2014
- Delmarva GIS 2014 is coming up next month, on May 8th. This is the major GIS conference for Delaware. Come out and represent UD, and our strengths in geospatial knowledge fields!
- We held a roundtable on some of the big changes in GIS technology on 4/7. The focus was on UD’s resources for ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server, as guided by the attendees.
- A quick run down of our conclusions:
- a clear policy is needed for acceptable use of UD’s ArcGIS Online subscription (have drafted this page that to serve as landing for the subscription and policy). This should also be crafted into a questionaire to be used to evaluate projects for potential charge or exclusion from using the subscription.
- the ArcGIS Server/Portal instance for Facilities/Civil Eng. /Public Safety will serve as a proof of concept for others for a centralized ArcGIS Server instance. Desktop interface with ArcGIS Server needs to be be effortless, proven, and perceived as sustainable.
- department/center IT-run VM’s will be promoted, can use IT build image in vmware. If your department or center is interested in running your own “map server in our cloud” (vm in our cluster), let me know
- You can view Notes or a recording of the roudtable here (note: let me know if you have difficulty watching this on your system and I will convert into a better format).
- 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.
- Exelis (maker of ENVI and IDL) is offering a number of workshops at their offices near Washington, DC. These are FREE to us because of our site license with Exelis.
- The inaugural Art and Science: Connections and Intersections symposium will be held on Friday, April 25, at the ISE Lab) on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. Presentations will circulate around this year’s theme of the “Interpretation of Images, Objects, and Data”
Collaborations, Publications, and Honors
- Willett Kempton, professor in CEOE, and his colleagues have partnered with the State of Delaware to strategically place electric vehicle charging stations at optimal locations.
- ArcGIS 10.2.1, ENVI 5.1, IDL 8.3, and FME 2014 have been posted on the UD GIS Software Page.
- You may want to hold off on updating to ArcGIS 10.2.1 (Service Pack 1) unless you are experiencing an issue that’s addressed, since Service Pack 2 is going to be released soon. Areas addressed by the ArcGIS 10.2.1 update include reconcile/conflict management, replication, geometric network tools and improved performance against enterprise geodatabases. Many other bugs have been addressed as detailed on “Issues Addressed List“.
- ENVI 5.1 includes a simplified mosaic workflow among other new features. IDL 8.3 was also released What’s new in IDL 8.3.
- FME is now on Mac (not clear to me if you have to run it on top of VMWare Fusion, Bootcamp, Parallels) but there’s a Mac “version”, in any case (a .dmg). FME 2014 increases functionality for big data (Amazon DynamoDB, S3, Google BigQuery, etc.), Cloud-based mapping (moving data to the cloud, Google Maps Engine read/write, leveraging ArcGIS Online analysis services in workflows), and web services (reading and writing in workflows). For the full “What’s new” or the updated list of supported formats.
- IMAGINE 2014 was also released, but we have chosen to not release the updated software on our downloads page as this license will be phased out, and their license manager is not backwards compatible (and license is not forwards compatible).
- An update to ArcGIS Online was released on March 4th. Changes include: new map layer types leveraging services and open standards, improvements to geocoding and driving directions, new web app templates, new and updated content and basemaps, dynamic layer symbology. For more details
- The first full release of GeoTools 11.0 and GeoServer 2.5.0 have been made on the 20th of March.
- GeoTrellis 0.9 High Performance Raster Geoprocessing Library
- Nothing updated yet
- 4/23/14 GeoDev Meetup, Philadelphia, PA (FREE)
- 4/25/14 Interpretation of Images, Objects, and Data, ISE Lab (UD)
- 4/25/14 Remote Visualization with Python and R (FREE)
- 4/30/14 Pictometry User Group Hyattsville, MD (FREE)
- April 2014, NRC Training Students to Work with Big Data
- 5/14/14 Spatial Database Webinar (ArcSDE/SQL Server Express)
- 5/8/14: Delmarva GIS 2014, Bridgeville, DE
- 7/8-7/11/2014: 11th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
- 7/14-7/18/2014: Esri International User Conference
- 8/4-8/8/14: “Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching“, U. of MD College Park
- 9/8-9/11/14: GIS-Pro ”URISA’s 52nd Annual Conference for GIS Professionals”, New Orleans
- 10/6-10/8/14: AutoCarto 2014, CaGIS, Pittsburgh, PA
Past Events and Webinars
- Time Enabled Workshop (ArcGIS Online Storymaps)
- 1/23/14 IT Professionals 4th Unconference (notes, slides on the schedule page)
- 1/24/14 Smith Hall Rm 010, UD’s ArcGIS (10.2) in a Nutshell
- 1/23 Managing and Exposing Structured and Unstructured Metadata/Content Using Open Standards
- 1/29/14 Smith Hall Rm 015, UD GIS Resource Strategy Meeting
- 2/6/14 ArcGIS 10.2 and ArcGIS Online Briefing (What’s New)
- We have a limited number of free passes to Esri UC 2014
- Deadline 4/25/14: United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) 2014 Scholarship Program
- Dr. Linda Loubert of Morgan State University is attempting a crowd sourced map of women in GIS. It would be great to see this map dotted with hundreds of potential role models! Linda is asking women working with GIS, in the GIS industry, teaching GIS, or GIS student to contribute to a map. Please share this message with other GIS minded women you know. To add your information, click Edit, choose the appropriate symbol designation for yourself, and add your dot. Questions and comments should go to Dr. Linda Loubert, Morgan State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The Google Summer of Code program is designed to encourage student participation in open source software development. $5000 Stipend. Student applications 3/10-3/21/14.
- Washington Map Society Cartography Competition, Deadline 6/1/14
- MAC URISA Call for Presentations, Deadline 4/7/14
- ICPSR 2014 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, four-week course June 23-July 18 and July 21-August 15, and are open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Several three- to five-day workshops beginning in May also are in development. For more information.
- For those that have a K-12 Connection, check out the Delaware Student GIS Contest and GIS in Education Award.
- The ISPRS Tracking and Imaging Challenge 2014: Call for Participation
- Speaker Series Podcast: The State of Lidar and 3D Mapping
- Abstract and paper submission is now open for the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications, to be held on 6-8 October 2014 in Toronto, Canada
Area/Forwarded Job Postings (if no link, email me email@example.com, 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
- 4 GIS Summer interns to do measurements in DC by Bike! Casey Tress, Washington, DC
- Applications Business Analyst III-NERC Pepco Holdings, Inc Newark, DE and Bethesda, MD
- Esri is hiring interns for the summer, in multiple locations www.esri.com/students
- GIS Analyst City of Lancaster Lancaster, PA
- Two Postdoctoral Scientist positions at North Carolina State University. Each position will involve interdisciplinary research that integrates spatial, social, and ecological sciences, with a focus on one of two areas: modeling of forest disturbance and solutions for sustainability
- Interactive Web-Based Content Developer for Historical, Sociological, Political Science and Demographic Materials, NY, NY
- Funded MS & PhD Positions in Computational GIS – Texas A&M University, College Station
Recent UD GIS Blog posts
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or ideas that you’d like to discuss
(1) a clear policy is needed for acceptable use of UD’s ArcGIS Online subscription (2) the ArcGIS Server/Portal instance for Facilities/Civil Eng. /Public Safety will serve as a proof of concept for others (3) department/center IT-run VM’s will be promoted, can use IT build imageChanges in GIS Software roundtable, 4/7