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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MDP Participants in 2015 TUgis Conference: Observations & Reflections

28th annual conference Last week, multiple MDP staff attended and participated in the Towson University Geospatial Information Sciences (TUgis) conference.  Some of us have been going to this conference for over 20 years while others went for the first time.  This is the third year for their new one-day format and, with over 600 attendees and 100 different sessions, was an excellent conference.  It provided a great opportunity to obtain detailed technical information, enhance our understanding of where the industry is heading,…

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Thoughts On TUGIS 2015

I spent yesterday at TUGIS, Maryland’s GIS conference. It is an annual, one-day event, held at Towson University. As such, it is a bit of a sprint, especially when bracketed on either end by a double-beltway commute. The day started with the plenary which included a brief talk by Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, who reaffirmed the new administration’s commitment to the importance of data and metrics in decision-making. Julia Fischer, the current MSGIC Chair, also gave an update…

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National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Report Card

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is a charter member of Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and, with the twelve other member organizations, NSGIC  supported the release of the Report Card on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. NSGIC is hopeful that the Report Card and other impending developments will result in some much needed attention for the issues that have slowed the development of the NSDI. Those issues include the FGDC’s lack of authority over Federal agencies, no clear mandate for building…

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Updates from Maryland’s Open Data Council

The second meeting of the Maryland Open Data Council was held Friday, October 3rd at the Governor’s Reception Room at Maryland’s State House in Annapolis. Topics ranged from whether it is still acceptable for local governments and municipalities to charge a fee for GIS data, streamlining state Public Information Act requests, to a lengthy discussion on Montgomery County’s Open Data portal. Background “It is the policy of the state that open data be machine readable and released to the public…

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I Applied for My GISP and You Should Too!

There are two types of GIS people in the world, those who have their GISP’s and those who don’t. (Technically a third group exists for those in the process of applying, but let’s include them in the latter.) Gaining your GISP certification is an invaluable way to advertise your talents and can set you ahead in the competitive GIS field . Surveys have shown that those with GISP’s have been able to gain promotions, raises, and better jobs because of this certification. A GISP…

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