The Grave-Site Map – A Presentation at The Robbins Heritage Center

Given a map of your area, could you indicate where the historical family plots, churchyards, and cemeteries reside? MSGIC’s very own Ashley Samonisky could, with her comprehensive map of grave-sites in Dorchester County. After over six months of data collection in the field, she presented her findings at the Robbins Heritage Center in Cambridge this week. The project began when she was inspired by her grandmother to research her own family history. Starting with local records, and using a combination of…

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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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Esri Receives Champions of the Chesapeake Award

Chesapeake Conservancy Honors Esri for Providing GIS Software and Support Benefiting Restoration and Conservation of the Chesapeake Bay Annapolis, Md. – Last night, the Chesapeake Conservancy presented Esri with a Champions of the Chesapeake Award at the second annual Champions of the Chesapeake Awards and dinner celebration. “The Chesapeake Conservancy is pleased to honor our partner Esri; for their innovative GIS software and staff support that helps propel the Conservancy’s work in GIS mapping and precision conservation to the forefront…

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NEW DATUMS – NAD2022 & NAVD2022

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is preparing new horizontal and vertical datums for release in 2022, as part of the NGS Ten-Year Plan. What does this mean for MSGIC?  MSGIC is advocating education about the new datums and engaging the community by forming a sub-committee on New Datums.  Executive Committee member Matthew Webb will head this subcommittee, which will guide MSGIC through the change, as we go from today to 2022. The sub-committee intends to help educate and prepare the…

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Interactive Mapping for the Maximize2040 Long Range Plan

Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan is the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board’s newest long range transportation plan (LRTP). The BRTB is required by federal law to identify the demand for transportation services over the next 20 years and determine the potential regional affects to land use, economic development, jobs, and housing. The LRTP looks at both highway and transit projects. Cost, existing infrastructure, system efficiency, and regional impacts are all considered in the plan. The goals of the plan are to…

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Teaching GIS to Business Students

(Originally posted on the TUinnovates.com blog) Location. Location. Location. From deciding where to locate a new store to analyzing how well marketing campaigns are working in various markets, maps help business leaders make better decisions. Recently, I taught two classes to Towson University business students, which focused on how businesses can use geospatial technology to enhance decision-making. Introducing GIS to Business Students Associate Professor Tobin Porterfield teaches Project Management and Business Analysis, among other courses, at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. Professor Porterfield invited…

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Easy-to-Open: Launching an Esri Open Data Site

At the 2015 Esri UC I put the Open Data application on my agenda to attend technical sessions and ask questions of Esri staff. I learned a lot, I learned what I needed, and I came home inspired to plan out and fire up new services and a new Open Data site. Within a short matter of days I had everything I wanted in place and was able to retire a burdensome and feature-bare GIS download page on the City…

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GIS Career Workshop at CCBC

Recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as an Outstanding Career and Technology Education Program (Postsecondary) the Geospatial Applications Program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is designed to provide the highest quality of education and training in the fields of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and GPS/GNSS to its students.  More specifically, the CCBC Geospatial Applications program Provides CCBC students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to enter and be successful in the geospatial…

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MD Geo Share launches Damage Assessment Collection App

Maryland Geo Share is the second of Maryland’s ArcGIS Online Organizations. This resource is an online collection of data, maps, apps, tools, and geographic knowledge, built to maintain a strong relationship between Local, Regional, Universities and State GIS. It also offers access to groups committed to sharing data and information during emergencies and steady state to help Maryland be a more resilient, prepared, and responsive state. MD Geo Share is a platform that not only allows local, regional and university…

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Update on various lidar projects around Maryland

I wanted to keep everyone posted on the most recent updates on the lidar collection in Maryland. I have seen the projected delivery schedule for the NCR QL2 Sandy lidar which includes: DC, most of Fairfax, Arlington County, Alexandria VA, PG, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The contractor has completed the Pilot Data phase and USGS QA has approved that phase. This includes Fundamental Vertical Accuracy reporting of unclassified .las points, and 5 sq mile of sample classified points in…

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