Maps as art – highway interchanges

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Esri Global Content Challenge

Esri Global Content Challenge!

Esri is challenging students all over the world to unleash the power of Esri content by way of their own geographic analyses, visualizations, predictive models and more to tell a compelling scientific story. The story must be presented using the Esri Story Map Journal app. We’ll point you to the best of our data and our map journal tips and tricks. You do the rest! Judges will select the best map journals to be awarded prizes. Esri will also share the winning Map Journals on our Collaborative Resource Portal and feature them at Esri’s Federal GIS and Education User Conferences, and Young Professionals Network events.

Esri’s Global Content Challenge is open to undergraduate or graduate students at colleges or universities, as well as U.S. high school students enrolled in an Advanced Placement Human Geography or Environmental Science course. Get creative by using Esri’s land, ocean, and population premium content libraries to tell compelling stories that bring about understanding and action.

There will be winners in each of three categories (land, ocean, and population) who will receive:
First Place: $10,000 or software equivalent
Second Place: $5,000 or software equivalent
Third Place: $2,000 or software equivalent

Key Dates:
August 29, 2016                  Competition opens
November 11, 2016            Competition closes at 5:00 PM (PDT)
December 5, 2016              Winners announced

For more info or any questions:
Dawn Wright, Ph.D., GISP, Esri Chief Scientist
Esri | 380 New York Street | Redlands, CA 92373 | USA
T 909 793 2853 | | | @deepseadawn

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Louisana needs volunteer on-line mapping help

As the Louisiana’s emergency management agency tries to evaluate flooding damage, one challenge they face is assessing the number and type (commercial, residential, etc.) of damaged structures. However, there is a lack of mapped structures. So volunteers are needed to create an account on the USGS web site below and then, working with pre-flood imagery, map structure locations in the flooded areas as points by dragging  a pre-set structure-type icon onto each building visible on the imagery. In other words, a volunteer looks at structures on the pre-flood imagery, following provided guidelines decides the structure type, and then maps a point for that structure that, based on the icon they choose, classifies the structure point by type. Then once structure points are mapped, staff at FEMA and in the state’s emergency management office can work with post-flooding imagery to assess structure damage. Users of this app will NOT be doing damage assessment, just mapping building points. The Quick Start on the link below provides a clear overview of the work that’s needed.

At FEMA’s request, USGS has created a crisis mapper to help identify residences and commercial buildings in Louisiana. This effort will help FEMA to identify properties potentially damaged by the recent floods. The USGS TNMCorps Emergency Response editor is available here:

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Free website for printing topographic maps

National Geographic launched a free website for printing detailed topographical maps:

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Service Fellowship in the Division of Vital Statistics @ CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Vital Statistics (DVS), located in Hyattsville, Maryland, is seeking an Associate or Senior Service Fellow. As the nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS’s mission is to provide statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.

DVS coordinates the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), which provides the nation’s official vital statistics and is being transformed to support near real-time public health surveillance. For more information, visit the NVSS homepage or….

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Great Opportunity with Audubon

Data Visualization Specialist
National Audubon Society
Position Summary:
Stakeholders in the Environmental/Conservation arena need credible information on which to base their decisions at local, national, and international scales. The synthesis and visualization of existing data, collected by Audubon and its partners, offers the potential to provide actionable insights to these critical individuals and groups. Consequently, Audubon and its partners are developing interactive scorecards for all conservation activities to inform field staff and to communicate efforts to various supporters and funders. As part of Audubon’s National Science Division, the Data Visualization Specialist will be primarily responsible for leading the organization’s visualizations of key conservation datasets for its priority projects in the Strategic Plan. Reporting to team leader for Conservation Scorecards, the Specialist will lead the creation of compelling visualizations for multiple audiences as part of a dashboard/scorecard team. S/he will engage in, but not be limited to, the following:

    • Acting as a storyteller, translating complex analytical results into easily digested visualizations.
    • Partnering with data engineering and strategy/planning teams to correctly interpret,understand and use available data.
    • Creating and managing a system for generating automated reports on a regular basis using publication-quality metrics for measuring the impact of on-the-ground conservation work.
    • Creating polishing and re-purposing slideshow presentations.
    • Designing visualization concepts that present Audubon’s conservation successes to general audiences and, working with Audubon’s content team, implementing through web stories.>
    • Developing and continuously improving processes, tools and techniques.
      Essential Functions:
    • Work with field and science staff to pre-stage data from multiple sources in preparation for data blending and subsequent analytics.
    • Design and implement accessible, high-impact visualizations that clearly communicate conservation results, elucidate patterns, promote accountability, generate actionable insights, and facilitate decision making.
    • Work iteratively in collaboration with the strategy/planning team to refine initial concepts and prototypes that can be presented to stakeholders for feedback.
    • Lead the complete lifecycle of visual analytics; from development of mock-ups and storyboards to complete production ready, automated visualizations.
    • Oversee a repository of re-usable data visualization templates and views.
    • Manage permissions to access visualizations.
    • Foster collaboration by communicating effectively with staff from different disciplines and with varying levels of technology expertise.
      Qualifications and Experience:
    • BA or BS degree plus 3-5 years of experience in data visualization, data mining, and data analysis.
    • Proven skill designing and presenting complex data sets in a variety of visually compelling formats.
    • Advanced skills in working with data visualization tools such as Tableau, Pentaho, or similar data discovery, visualization, or infographic technologies.
    • A self-starter, one with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in keeping current with emerging tools and technologies.
    • Proficiency with large relational databases and SQL is required; experience with other data manipulation technology is helpful.
    • Familiarity with ESRI software products and their integration with visualization tools.
    • Excellent communication skills, including presenting to technical and business stakeholders at various levels in the organization.
    • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated experience in data manipulation and statistics.
    • Willingness to participate in all levels of project work when necessary and continuously serve as a team player.
    • A passion for data and visual storytelling to achieve conservation goals.

To Apply:

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GIS Specialist position in Maine

The Greater Augusta Utility District is accepting applications for the position of Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist.  The GIS Specialist will perform advanced technical services work in operating and training other personnel to operate the Geographic Information System, will assist with pipe network analysis, and will develop, maintain, validate, and update the GIS database. Will require occasional field work primarily in the validation or gathering of data. Candidates should have experience working with GIS and possess knowledge of resource analysis and sources of mapped and tabular data. Familiarity with ESRI mapping software including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, and ArcSDE, and database management systems, preferably  Microsoft SQL Server, is desired.  Previous experience with water and/or sewer infrastructure is a plus as is working knowledge of AutoCad.  Must have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and work effectively and accurately with minimal supervision and direction. Position requires a six (6) year combination of education, training, and/or experience directly related to the operation, development, and/or maintenance of GIS. A valid Class C Maine driver’s license required. Position is a full-time, non-union, non-exempt classification with an hourly pay grade Range 5: $18.09 to $21.09. The Greater Augusta Utility District offers a comprehensive benefit package including competitive retirement plans, family medical/dental insurance and generous leave benefits.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources,16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME 04330 or no later than  Friday, June 24, 2016

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Students present posters, win prizes at GIS conference

Eight E&ES 344 Advanced GIS students presented posters at the Northeast Arc Users Group Spring Spatial Technologies Conference, May 9, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The posters highlighted the students’ semester-long research and service-learning projects incorporating applications of advanced geographic information systems skills. Titles and abstracts for the posters can be found at Stephanie Ling (’16) won the poster contest with her innovative spatial humanities research with Prof Gary Shaw examining the spatiotemporal mobility of bishops in Medieval England. E&ES 344, taught by Kim Diver, is a project-based learning course that is part of the Academy for Project-Based Teaching and Learning hosted by the Center for Pedagogical Innovation. The 14 students in the course conducted independent research projects, worked with faculty on their research projects, or collaborated with community partners on service-learning projects. Half of the course’s projects were represented at the conference.

IMG_0010Stephanie Ling explaining her prize-winning poster to a conference participant





IMG_0020Pierre Gerard and Laura Dempsey next to their poster outlining service-learning work for the Middlesex Land Trust




IMG_0011Sophie Breitbart next to her poster about the spatial distribution of fish genetics





IMG_0009John Hossain talking with a conference participant about his coastal flooding project

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Dynamic Mapping of Secondary Cities Symposium at Harvard

Dynamic Mapping of Secondary Cities Symposium
June 14-15, 2016
Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis
Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Secondary Cities in the developing world are rapidly growing urban areas that are regional hubs for commerce, services, and governance in developing countries that often do not have adequate planning mechanisms for future development and growth. This symposium will focus on the foremost data collection tools and technologies used to map urbanization in such cities. It is part of the Secondary Cities initiative, a global collaboration of universities and organizations supported by the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer of the State Department.

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit…

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GIS Tech position at MassGIS

GIS Technician (contract position)
Start date: July 5, 2016
Application Deadline: June 8, 2016

MassGIS is presently building the statewide GIS needed to support the Next Generation 911 (NG911) emergency response system. The mapping for this project includes Emergency Service Zones, address point locations, and a street network; these are linked to tables including a master list of street names and of addresses and of their respective aliases/variants.

As a member of a small team, you will work on upgrading and maintaining components of a complex master address database in support of Next Generation 911.  All tasks involve editing or otherwise improving the information in a sophisticated, fully relational address data model (emergency service zones, streets, street names, address points, and master address list). Specific duties will involve GIS data editing and also working with existing code and, if you have or can learn the necessary skills, developing new code, either SQL queries or Python programs, to expedite these duties.  Some of this work may involve significant interaction via phone and email with municipal staff. Duties may also involve editing raster data using ArcGIS editing tools.
Preferred qualifications
– Bachelor’s degree
– At least one summer or semester-long internship involving full-time experience using ArcGIS software in a professional environment OR at least two semester-long GIS courses
– Experience using ArcGIS for editing both spatial and tabular data
– Logical, efficient, organized, and detail oriented
– Strong oral, written, and inter-personal communication skills
– Evidence of ability to learn new concepts and technologies independently
Ideal Background
The ideal candidate will have one or more of the following:
-Experience with creating and/or using a multi-table relational database use in a GIS
-Experience creating and applying QA, particularly in developing methodology for new processes
-Experience documenting complex and technical procedures
-Experience working with data models
Knowledge Acquired on the Job
Familiarity with a fully-developed complex relational data model for streets, address points, emergency service zones and related data layers; experience with ArcGIS and SQL queries; NextGen E-911 terminology and GIS data use; familiarity with MassGIS and its database and with state government function and organization.
Application Instructions
Your combined cover letter and resume (in PDF format) must be named lastname_firstname (e.g. nutting_paul.pdf) and be sent to Paul Nutting at

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