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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council Releases its New Regional GIS Data Center

There is no doubt that digital data has become one of the most efficient resources for data-driven decision making for projects such as transportation management, neighborhood statistics, and even emergency preparedness research. Taking data collected over years, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council has decided to relocate it to a centralized portal. The Regional Geographical Information System Data Center contains information maintained by BMC for Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s County. The Data Center is a hub…

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Girls Innovation Academy Explores the World of GIS with ESRGC

This is a re-post of a June 2017 blog entry from the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative website. Find out more about ESRGC and read more articles on their blog at ESRGC.org. On Tuesday afternoon the ESRGC hosted the Girls Innovation Academy summer camp.  The Girls Innovation Academy (GIA) is a three-week summer camp at Salisbury University for middle school girls and focuses on technology, communication, and leadership.  Dr. Lembo began the session with an overall discussion of the definition of…

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New Electronic Construction Map

Many of us will be traveling for memorial day weekend, but your summer travels don’t have to be impacted by construction. A new online map has been released to the public, which can help you avoid the traffic. The Maryland State Highway Administration recently released a map that pinpoints constructions zones, so that commuters can plan to navigate around them. It couldn’t come at a better time too, as the Maryland Department of Transportation will have a record high of construction projects this…

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2017 Spring Quarterly Recap

The rainy spring weather did not deter the over 50 attendees from making their way to the Washington County Public Library in Hagerstown for the MSGIC Spring Quarterly meeting on April 19, 2017. As always, the agenda was packed. In case you missed it, here are some highlights of the day. Pat Mcloughlin, MSGIC Chair, got the morning started by unveiling the new and improved MSGIC website and placing an open call out to the MSGIC membership for participation in…

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Regional Spotlight: GIS Helps Ensure Equity in Transportation Planning

The National Capital Region’s (NCR) Transportation Planning Board (TPB) recently adopted an Equity Emphasis Areas (EEA) Map that marks a new approach by the organization to ensure equity in their Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). The map was a collaborative effort involving staff from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), TPB and other local leaders. The adoption of the EEA Map is the first phase in a federally mandated Title VI analysis of the CLRP to “test for…

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Looking back on the Getting Ready for Next Generation 911 education sessions

The MSGIC-sponsored URISA training sessions entitled ‘NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow’ were held on November 29th and 30th in Frederick and Crownsville, respectively. Both sessions were lively and very well attended. The Frederick session was attended by over 35 people and the Crownsville session was a full house. Sandi Martin organized the training sessions, which featured presenters Sandi Stroud (Michael Baker International), Peter Hannah (Baltimore City) and Lynda Warthen (Frederick County). These sessions were attended by a diverse group of…

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Next Steps on Next Generation 9-1-1

In some systems we accept faults, but when it comes to safety we expect perfection. In Baltimore last month, officials met to discuss how our emergency 9-1-1 system could be upgraded along side our rapidly growing technology, in the pursuit of that ideal. Part of this includes using GIS to accurately locate a caller in need. Here is an article reporting on Maryland’s round table discussion about Next Generation 9-1-1, which took place in September. ____________________________________________   County Emergency Managers, Public Safety…

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ESRI now offering FREE TRAINING

Whether you are completely new to GIS or you have been working with the software for years, ESRI is the place to go for ArcGIS training.  ESRI offers training for all academic levels including new users, students, GIS managers, data editors, GIS analysts, map designers, GIS technical leads, GIS application developers, or anyone else interested in learning about GIS.  The best news is that they now offer FREE TRAINING.  You can sharpen your skills or learn a new skill altogether…

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GIS Blunts Winter’s Threat in Maryland – County Tracks Snow Operations in Real Time

If you’ve been following weather forecasts, this August is gearing up to be one of the warmest on record in Maryland. Though you may have some sunburn from your summer activities, (sunscreen is an everyday essential at this point) it’s best to appreciate summer before it’s gone. I for one would take beach traffic on my commute over dangerous icy roads any day. To remind you of cooler thoughts, here is an article about GIS being used to dispatch snow…

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The National Address Database: It’s time to “Just do it!”

The National Address Database (NAD) represents a single database containing address information for every residential and non-residential structure and interior unit, and optimally, for every point of ingress to real property. Providing accurate address data in a centralized open data portal will benefit nearly every aspect of government service, consistently improve the delivery of services, and spur innovation in the public and private sectors. Advanced technologies make the NAD possible today. The necessity for an open NAD is real and…

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