Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Today, Wednesday, November 17 is also "GIS Day". This event is sponsored by organizations such as ESRI, the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey and the Library of Congress, has been embraced for several years by many localities in Virginia. Events are occurring in Northern Virginia, Richmond area, Tidewater and more. Check with your local jurisdiction to see if they are having an event and go out and support this interesting and fun activity.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is seeking input on its plan to modernize the National Spatial Data Infrastructure with The Geospatial Platform. As defined in the plan the Platform "... will offer a managed portfolio of common geospatial data, services and applications contributed and administered by trusted sources and hosted on a shared infrastructure".
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Part 1 Webinar was about the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (blogged here in a previous post), education and certification, has been archived and can be downloaded.
Part 2 will be held Wednesday, October 27 and will address jobs and job titles
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
VGIN has released its first application for the iPhone, called "VA Map", now available through the Apple App Store. The app highlights two VGIN services, the VBMP orthophotography and the Virginia Base Map. If you have an iPhone, go to the App Store and search for "VGIN" or "VITA" and download this free app and give it a test drive!
Friday, September 17, 2010
"The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact."
This GIS educational video may be of benefit to you with your decision makers.
Click Here to see the video
Friday, September 10, 2010
Chesterfield County was a winner in the Online, Not in Line category for its CitizenGIS web application.
Earning honorable mention in 3 of the remaining 5 categories were:
- Cross Boundary Collaboration: The City of Richmond and Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield for the Richmond Region Traffic Information and Mapping project.
- Innovation in Local Government: Fairfax County for Virtual Fairfax-3D and Washington County for Citizens Emergency Alert System
- Innovations in K-12 Education: James Madison University and Virginia high schools for the Geospatial Semester
Congratulations to our GIS colleagues for this well-deserved recognition.
Friday, August 27, 2010
The Census Bureau announces publication of the "Proposed Urban Area Criteria for the 2010 Census" in the Federal Register of 8.24.2010, available on the Federal Register's website. The Census Bureau is seeking public comment on these proposed criteria. Comments, suggestions, or recommendations regarding the criteria should be submitted in writing, no later than 11.22.2010, to Timothy Trainor, Chief, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233-7400.
The Census Bureau's urban-rural classification is fundamentally a delineation of geographical areas, identifying individual urbanzed areas of 50,000 or more people and urban clusters of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people; "rural" encompasses all population and territory not included in urban areas. The Census Bureau's urban areas represent densely developed territory, and encompass residential, commercial, and other non-residential urban land uses. Additional information about the Census Bureau's urban-rural classification is available on the Census Bureau's website.
The proposed urban area criteria for the 2010 Census as well as summaries of the proposed changes, are available on the Census Bureau's website.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
From the Strategic Plan: “Oversee the development of a Commonwealth-wide geospatial clearinghouse that connects all levels of government and other VGIN Stakeholders”.
Summary: The Virginia Geospatial Clearinghouse (VGC) will be a geospatial information gateway that provides access, either directly or through links, to geospatial data holdings in Virginia. Stakeholders include all levels of government, academia, non-profits and the private sector.
Date for Kick-off Meeting: August 18, 2-4 PM
Location: Chester (VITA Offices) Webinar will be provided
Meeting agenda and details will follow.
From the Strategic Plan: “Facilitate Geospatial Educational Opportunities”
Summary: The geospatial community in Virginia has identified a need for heightened coordination efforts in communicating the value and need for GIS, coordination of GIS as an educational curriculum, and the coordination of specialized GIS training for practitioners.
Date for Kick-off Meeting: September 21, 2-4 PM
Location: Chester (VITA Offices) Webinar will be provided
Meeting agenda and details will follow.
We are seeking motivated representatives from all Virginia GIS stakeholder groups who will proactively participate. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which workgroup you want to participate in.
Friday, July 23, 2010
- Abingdon, Tuesday, July 27, 1-3 p.m., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Room 233, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
- Roanoke, Wednesday, July 28, 9-11 a.m., Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016
- Staunton, Thursday, July 29, 9-11 a.m., 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA 24482
- Winchester, Thursday, July 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Timbrook Public Safety Center, Community Room – 3rd Floor, 231 East Piccadilly St., Winchester, VA 22601
- Richmond, Wednesday, August 4, 9-11 a.m., VITA CESC Multipurpose Room # 1222, 11751 Meadowville Lane Chester, VA 23836
The eastern half of the state was flown in 2009 but localities in the eastern portion may also request to be flown at the same time.
The invitation extends to parties in your organization or private entities that may benefit from the program. Please feel free to share the invitation. RSVP to email@example.com
We hope to see you there.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
A quick update on the 2010 LiDAR projects for coastal Virginia - all 3,000+ square miles have been successlly flown in separate missions by Dewberry and Sanborn. Some preliminary data are expected in the next few months and we should be on schedule for final product deliveries before the end of the year. Thanks are due to USGS, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Virginia LTER project for providing the funds.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
In the first versions of the JPEG2000 mosaics the infrared band (band 4) did not display properly in ArcMap 9.3.x. This is a known bug for certain versions of JPEG2000 headers. USDA has revised the header to allow proper display for most of the Virginia mosaics. VGIN has recently made the new versions (identified as Countyname.v6) on the VGIN download page. If you are using the old mosaics you may wish to update to the new version. If v6 is not appended to the county name only the uncorrected version is available at this time.
VGIN has also received from USDA the NAIP 2008 imagery in quarter quad tiles in GeoTIFF format. If you have a need for uncompressed imagery for specific areas feel free to contact John Scrivani for access to this public domain imagery.
An excellent example of the uses of leaf-on-infrared imagery is the Urban Tree Canopy Analysis being done for various communities by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Virginia Geospatial Extension (VGEP) at Virginia Tech.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Though the plaques were commemorated last week, the effort to survey and improve the boundary definition was completed and adopted by both state legislatures in 1997. The Leesburg Today recently covered the story with an article.
The indefinite nature of the West Virginia - Virginia state line, which mostly follows ridge lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains, generally does not get highlighted until issues of development arise (see previous blog post about the windfarm controversy in Highland County, VA). When the issue does arise, surveying is required and is challenged by historical descriptions going back 150 years or more to the political processes that created the boundaries.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
TFTN is important to Virginia GIS because it follows what we already have established, a "Transportation for Virginia" if you will, through the Virginia Road Centerline efforts. Thanks to data sourced from local governments who provide updated local transportation data to VGIN, who then combines the data statewide and includes VDOT data, Virginia has the most complete and comprehensive road network available in Virginia. These data are then leveraged with federal and private collaborators. An example of how the US Census is using Virginia RCL for the 2010 Census was demonstrated by this presentation from the US Census in slides 14-20.
Monday, April 12, 2010
VGIN has coordinated three projects this spring to collect LiDAR for over 3,233 sq miles of coastal Virginia according to the latest USGS National Map LiDAR specification (funding was provided by USGS, The Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia). The map shows these projects as well as some existing LiDAR data sets for coastal Virginia.
To help coordinate the development of better elevation data for Virginia, VGIN is forming an elevation working group, or Elevation Framework Initiative Action Team (FIAT). This group will:
- Conduct an inventory of existing elevation datasets
- Recommend elevation data standards and best practices
- Promote coordination and collaboration on the development of new elevation datasets
- Promote data sharing and incorporate elevation data in existing clearinghouses
If you are interested in serving on this working group please contact me, John Scrivani, on or before April 26th. To learn more about elevation efforts in Virginia you may want to look at my presentation to the VGIN Board from April 7th.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
From the draft model:
The Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) is depicted in a pyramid graphic with nine tiers. This shape illustrates how occupational and industry competencies build on a foundation of personal effectiveness, academic, and workplace competencies. Each tier is comprised of one or more blocks representing the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential for successful performance in the industry or occupation represented by the model.
All interested parties are encouraged to submit feedback as this has the potential to eventually trickle down from the US Department of Labor into our Human Resource departments.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"NTIA has awarded the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology $1,799,979 for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period and $500,000 for broadband planning activities over a two-year period in Virginia, bringing the total grant award to approximately $2.3 million. The Virginia Center for Innovative Technology is the designated entity for the state of Virginia.
Awardees will collect and verify the availability, speed, and location of broadband across the state. This activity is to be conducted on a semi-annual basis in the next two years, with the data to be presented in a clear and accessible format to the public, government, and the research community."
Partners with CIT include the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) and Virginia Tech.
Friday, March 12, 2010
A nice article in the Southside Sentinal about Middlesex County's new GIS web portal, including a discussion by VGIN Advisory Board member Stan Hovey on the value of orthophotography and GIS education.
The City of Waynesboro has unveiled their new online GIS. See the article in the NewsVirginia.com
James River Association
The James River Association was recently profiled in NBC12.com discussing their new "Runoff Calculator", which allows citizens to assess your impact on the James River watershed.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Virginia has several names listed in Government Technology Magazine's ""2010 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" article. Leading the list is Deputy Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, who has been the key driver behind Virginia's Broadband and Broadband Mapping efforts. Other notable Virginians mentioned in the article are Wanda Gibson, CTO, Fairfax County, Bill Greeves, communications and IT Director, Roanoke County, and Bill Hobgood, project manager, City of Richmond. With four of the twenty-five names listed, the most for any one state, Virginia is once again showing the way with its leadership.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
NSGIC News: Data Sharing Issues: What Works and What Doesn’t
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The Advisory Board action marks the end of a year long effort by VGIN to establish a stakeholder driven strategic plan. Now that the plan is "official" we enter the next phase, which is to formulate plans that address the strategic initiatives identified in the plan. "My thanks go out to all those that contributed to the process. Stay tuned for opportunities in 2010 to participate in work groups (Initiative Action Teams) to address the strategic initiatives" - Dan Widner, VGIN Coordinator.