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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 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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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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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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