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


  • New Trade Data (1990-2002) Available at the Morris Library
  • Say hello to Farber, UD’s newest research computing cluster named for UD professor and Internet pioneer, David Farber.  We plan to provide ArcGIS on Farber, through arcpy, as we did on Mills.
  • The State of Delaware new GIS data system will be called FirstMap.  This replaces the Delaware DataMIL system that was hosted at UD for many years.  OMB/DTI says “The testing phase of the project has been completed successfully.  DTI continues to prepare the historic imagery services for the production phase of the project.  It is anticipated that all current and historic imagery will be available by the full production launch in mid to late September.”
  • UCGIS has announced a new series of webinars, “focusing on topics relevant to GIScience in higher education”.  These are free to UD through our UCGIS membership.  Two of these are listed below, under “Events”.
  • We’ve removed ERDAS IMAGINE from the selection of geospatial software that we license.

 Collaborations, Publications, and Honors

  • UD-IT is teaming up with the Center for Drug and Health Studies (CDHS, fka CDAS) and the State of Delaware’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) on a project to reduce prescription drug abuse by identifying hot spots of over-prescription, sales and use.
  • UD-IT is working with Dr. Victor Perez (Sociology), through an IT Innovation Grant award, to develop a course on spatial knowledge and geospatial visualization in the Social Sciences

Software Updates

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Data Updates

  • Esri Roads and Highways has been added to the Esri Education Site License Program. With Esri Roads and Highways, users can integrate data from multiple linear referencing systems (LRS) networks to get a comprehensive view of their roadways. Esri Roads and Highways may be of interest to researchers and students in transportation planning, civil engineering, or other disciplines that use highway network data.  You can download this from UDeploy.


Past Events and Webinars

  • Summer Faculty Institute: Bringing Maps to Your Teaching and Research … this might be  of interest for those of your considering cloud and open source software for your teaching … how to mix and match to get the feature set you need

Other Opportunities

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

  • On behalf of Marlena Gibson at the Delaware State Housing Authority: Planner I (attached and also under About Us / Employment on The Delaware State Housing Authority, Dover, DE
  • USGS post doctoral position: Terrain Feature Modeling and Extraction for Mapping and Earth Resource Applications
  • Assistant Professor opening in Geographic Information Science, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Review begins Sept 1, 2014.

Recent UD GIS Blog posts

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