An astounding new topographic map of the world is now available with imagery free to researchers. “A pair of satellites operating in tandem for five years have produced a depth map of the planet so exact you could theoretically zoom down to street level and tell an adult from a kid, or spot a breaking wave at Malibu. The immense database — some 2.6 petabytes — is available for free to researchers.”
50,000 trees. 20 neighborhoods.
We need you! Register today to participate!
PP&R Urban Forestry is partnering with neighborhood tree teams to complete street tree inventories in 20 communities! This monumental undertaking is undertaken by volunteers who collect and process data on an estimated 50,000 street trees. We are seeking team leaders, data collectors, data entry, arborists, and tree team members. If you love trees, we have a role for you!
2015 inventory neighborhoods include Buckman, Centennial, Hazelwood, Irvington, King, Mill Park, Montavilla, Mt. Scott Arleta, N. Tabor, Old Town - Chinatown, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Powellhurst Gilbert, Roseway, Sabin, S. Portland, Sumner, Tabor, Vernon, and Woodlawn.
For more details and to register visit: http://portlandoregon.gov/parks/treeinventory
To see full opportunities to participate in this project: https://t.e2ma.net/message/4omdg/09j2wh
Win a trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference!
The GeoTech Center and URISA are pleased to announce the 2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a video (approximately 10-15 minutes in length) which not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills. As Rodney Jackson, Dean of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies at Davidson County Community College states: “The ability to provide a competition for students to demonstrate their geospatial competency to industry partners, within the context of a national conference, has significant value within their educational experience.” More details to follow in the coming months; updates will be posted to the competition website.
Students who are at least 18 years old and currently enrolled during Spring 2015 in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, or GPS/GNSS) or geospatial technology program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year U.S. institution, and reside within the U.S., are eligible to enter. Questions regarding eligibility can be directed to either Tom Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Jeffrey at email@example.com. One entry per student and only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects).
Entries will be due by Friday, June 12, 2015 and will be judged by a panel of experienced geospatial specialists. The combined scores from all judges will determine the top five (5) student finalists. These finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015: Geography at the Nexus of Collaboration international conference in Spokane, WA on October 18-22, 2015, where they will be required to present their project. Judges will then determine the competitors’ final place ranking. It is anticipated that three (3) of the student finalists will be from two-year colleges and two (2) from four-year institutions. The exact split will depend upon the number of students who enter the competition and the quality of the work submitted (judges also reserve the right to invite fewer than five student finalists).
June 26, 2014
Portland, Oregon, USA
Call for Maps!We invite contributions to the FOSS4G Map Galleryto build an exciting and vibrant exhibit of the very best in mapping. This Map Gallery will not only demonstrate the work of delegates but also act as a reference point for the current state of mapping more widely. We encourage all delegates to share one example of their work and help us create a cartographic record of the FOSS4G 2014 conference.
Contributing to the FOSS4G Map Gallery is simple: make a map involving open source technology or open data, and share that map online! Details of the format and mechanism to share your work are provided below.
Making your mapMake your map using whatever combination of technologies and data you choose. Your map can be the result of a commercial venture or a personal challenge. The map exhibit will feature work in digital form; your map may be a PDF or may be a fully interactive web map application. You will be asked to provide a short description of your map and a statement of the methods, software and data you used in your map design and production and you are also eligible to enter your map into one of the the various competition categories…yes, there are prizes up for grabs! The only other criteria for submitting your work is that it should have been created during 2012-2014.
Submitting your mapThe submission form will open on June 26th and close on August 31st; that’s about eight weeks to pull together the projects you’ve been working with over the last year or more. You are encouraged to submit your application via the FOSS4G web site.
Fame and glory!There are several optional competition categories, and each will be judged by a panel of independent experts. The winners of each category will be announced during the conference. There will also be a People’s Choice Map Prize. Delegates at the conference will be encouraged to explore the map exhibit during the conference and vote for their favorite map.
The FOSS4G Map GalleryDuring the conference, submitted maps will be displayed in several ways. A digital map gallery will showcase work from all participants and delegates will be encouraged to visit the map exhibit and explore the entries. Maps will also be displayed throughout the venue on large format projected displays as well as be used in between sessions. Your maps will gain considerable exposure, and there may be no better way to network than being able to say “hey…that’s my map!” and start a conversation.
An oldie but goodie. Dating back from 1998...
"Five ways of mapping the world. One story about people who make maps the traditional way - by drawing things we can see. And other stories about people who map the world using smell, sound, touch, and taste. The world redrawn by the five senses"
Penn State is offering Maps and the Geospatial Revolution MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), for the 2nd time starting 30 April 2014 and runs for 5 weeks.
Free! An excellent learning opportunity AND an excellent opportunity to meet new colleagues from all over the world!
For short video explaining the objectives of the course and how to sign up:
New Release - U.S. Census Bureau International Population Data and Maps
The Census Bureau has added to and updated the online collection of subnational population data linked to maps (shapefiles) that are available at the Spatial Data Repository. The Repository contains a variety of data and maps primarily for countries that receive assistance via the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
To access the maps, start at the web page above and:
1. Click on Data in the ribbon below the title
2. Under the Select Countries tab at the left, click on Single Country
3. Choose a country in the dropdown menu immediately below the Single Country tab to see available data sets. Census Bureau population data and maps are available for the countries listed below.
- Africa: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- Americas: Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti
- Asia/Europe: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand
In the near future, the Census Bureau will release a seamless global map containing population estimates for tens of thousands of subnational administrative areas globally.
The website below contains links to other Census Bureau international data and map products, including gridded data sets containing population estimates for 100-meter cells for several countries. These are ideal for obtaining neighborhood-level population estimates.
Great opportunity to get involved with a community project and to see how City of Portland is using maps & spatial data to develop plans for transportation.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Drop by anytime from 5 PM to 7 PM. Overview presentation at 6 PM.
David Douglas High School North Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Ave
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is developing the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan to help improve local connectivity. We want to hear from you! Come to the open house and:
␣␣ Learn about existing conditions, needs, opportunities and constraints.
␣␣ Review potential new local street and pathway connections and improvements to existing connections.
␣␣ Tell us where better local streets and pathways are most needed and why. Tell us what is missing.
NEXT STEPS: Evaluate the potential connections and propose a street plan to share this Spring. Then complete a plan by Summer 2014.
ALSO FEATURED AT THIS OPEN HOUSE:
␣␣ Powell-Division Transit and Development Project - Effort to improve transit service and bring support- ing development and investment to the corridor.
␣␣ TriMet East Portland Transit Service Enhancement Plan.
␣␣ East Portland Access to Transit Project - project will build pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
Download Open House invitation here.
Village Earth is now offering its Community-Based Mapping online course through Duke University. This is a continuing education course and not for academic credit, therefore, admission to the university is not required. This course may be taken on its own or may be counted toward the Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.
For more details or to register for the course by end of day March 5: http://villageearth.org/training-and-consulting/online/community-based-mapping
This course covers the basic principles, theory, and ethics of mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development. Participants will learn some basic mapping functions including projecting GPS coordinates onto a map, downloading and projecting satellite images, creating features from aerial imagery, and basic use of an open source GIS program.
The instructor, David Bartecchi, has worked on many community mapping projects with indigenous peoples all over the world especially in helping Native American tribes with strategic land planning. You may contact the instructor directly with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.linkedin.com/in/davidbartecchi