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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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Pokémon Go, Ingress, and the New Evolution of Geographic Gaming

As it often happens on a summer afternoon, you may find yourself going for a stroll in the park just to enjoy the scenery and sunshine. As you approach the fountain, you see a group of people standing around and looking down at their phones. Though they are in a tight group, none of them are communicating with each other. Chances are you’ve just found your local Pokémon Go players. The new app sensation is modeled after earlier versions of…

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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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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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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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New Management for Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS)

The Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) announced it has retained the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) to provide association management services. “JMP&A’s significant experience in the association management field and expert knowledge of the surveying profession made them an attractive candidate in our search for a management company,” said Tim Quinn, PLS, (Rodgers Consulting, Inc., Germantown, MD), Chair of the MSS Search Committee. JMP&A President John Palatiello said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to…

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