Story Maps by Journalists

Journalists embrace story maps as an interactive news medium.

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Geospatial Intern, within the Business Intelligence & Geospatial Development Program @ Travelers Insurance

Looking for robust experience in cutting-edge mapping and analytics projects in the field of Geospatial? Travelers is looking to fill our Geospatial intern class for the Summer of 2017. The successful candidate will assist on an innovative geospatial collaborative Property & Casualty insurance initiative. Candidates should have proficiency with basic GIS concepts for data downloading, review, and compiling, metadata creation and editing, as well as spatial analysis to generate new data sets.

This 10-12 week position is expected to begin on June 2017.
Opportunities are available in both Hartford, Conn. and St. Paul, Minn.
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Maps as art – highway interchanges

Go to to see Interchange Choreography maps.interchange map

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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.

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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:

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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.

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