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


  • Sea Grant demonstrates weTable for GIS
  • “Delaware Geological Survey discovers evidence of past earthquakes.”  The data behind the discovery was compiled as part of the ongoing Delaware Groundwater Monitoring Network, which appears to be GIS-based.
  • Ever wondered if GIS can be used for very large scale spatial analysis?  Check out this article on how it’s been used to map and analyze features inside bones.
  • After more than a year of study of the risks posed by sea level rise, Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee has completed its statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment report.

Software Updates

  • ArcGIS Online Subscription service is now available.  This long awaited upgrade to our ArcGIS Online capabilities extends AGO’s capabilities to cover many things that used to only be possible with a standalone ArcGIS Server instance and a Desktop client.  We already have one class using the AGO subscription, but our credits are limited, so please contact us if you’re interested in integrating this into your teaching or research.
  • Esri had reported a bug for those using Business Analyst Desktop on ArcGIS 10.0 after the 10.1 license upgrade (which UD did in August).  They’ve posted a patch, here.

Data Updates

  • Esri announced that it has further improved support for Landsat imagery, including simplified workflows for ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop and improvements in the World Landsat Services on ArcGIS Online. In addition, Esri and the Department of the Interior (DOI) worked closely to make all Landsat Global Land Survey (GLS) imagery, including the latest—GLS2010—available through dynamic, multispectral, multitemporal image services on ArcGIS Online.

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


  • 10/22-10/24/12: MAC URISA 2012, Atlantic City, NJ
  • 11/16-11/18/12: GIS & Spatial Thinking in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • 6/4-6/7/13: Spatial Statistics 2013 Ohio State Columbus, OH

Past Events and Archived Webinars


Other Opportunities

  • CFP for 2013 GIScience sessions at the annual Esri User Conference.  Papers need not be based on Esri technologies.  Accepted abstracts and papers will be published in the peer-reviewed Transactions in GIS (now ISI indexed).  See last years published papers (abstracts at least) at Wiley Online.
  • $2 Million in Grants Available for Natural Resource Imagery Projects for use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and RASARSAT-2 and RapidEye imagery
  • I met a representative from DELASOFT at the Delaware GIS Conference.  DELASOFT is a Newark-based IT firm that does a significant amount of geospatial software development and implementation.  They would like to hire an intern for potential full-time employment upon graduation and would also welcome any opportunities to present.  Qualifications: a student in GIS or Computer Science to work up to 15-20 hours per week.  Delasoft Inc. is a certified woman owned minority corporation with 186 employees in software consulting and development.  Among recent projects have been many custom software applications for the State of Delaware.  I can provide contact information upon request.


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


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