News, events, and announcements for the UD GIS community, May 2013


  • The Delaware DataMIL will no longer be available after June 30, 2013.  You can read the complete announcement at the DataMIL.  Users can still access Delaware Spatial Data Framework layers through the Delaware Geospatial Data Exchange, and aerial photography tiles through UD’s Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center (DEMAC).
  • The newest version of Maptiler now has a Mac OS GUI/Installer.  This should be great news for Mac users, as previous installation and use steps were difficult.  Maptiler was recently featured in our Digital Humanities GIS workshop.
  • As has been noted on the UD GIS email list,  Bing Maps use in ArcGIS has changed.  Complimentary Use of Microsoft’s Bing Maps with ArcGIS to be phased by year’s end.  ArcGIS will continue to be usable with Bing Maps, but you will have to obtain your own Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft and then input the key into ArcGIS products.  I would recommend using one of the other (free) basemaps available through ArcGIS … the World Topographic Map is my favorite.

Recent UD GIS Blog Posts

Software Updates

Other New Webinars


Past Events and Webinars

  • As a follow up to the Spatial Digital Humanities Workshop (for which we posted opening remarks on the last UD GIS Update), we now have a narrated screencast of the material, posted
  • I attended FME World Tour 2013’s stop in Washington, DC.  I was impressed by FME’s workflow automation capabilities, which I think should be considered for anyone currently using the ArcGIS model builder.  FME is made available for free to UD by the developer, SAFE Software, via the UD GIS software page.  In particular, the capabilties for publishing regularly updated datasets in a variety of formats (e.g., to email, ftp, web services, feeds, KMLs) were impressive.  As well as parsing/writing verbose and multidimensional output (LIDAR, NetCDF,etc.), and processing real-time inputs.
  • I attended a Philly Python User’s Group meeting on machine learning and natural language processing.  The conversation mostly focused on algorithms for intelligently parsing text (using scikit-learn and the Natural Language Tool Kit), but there may be applications for geospatial analysis in feature extraction and classification.

Other Opportunities

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.