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Posted From: Indianapolis Star, July 9, 2014

A transportation panel presented a 73-page report to Gov. Mike Pence, which included a roadmap for furthering Indiana’s reputation as a crossroads state. The governor said the report “exceeded my expectations” and will be shared with state agencies for them to study and possibly incorporate into official state transportation planning.
Read the full Indianapolis Star story HERE
You can also download a copy of the full 73-page report HERE
June 24, 2014: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released updates to the OnTheMap for Emergency Management tool. The public data tool provides an intuitive Web-based interface for viewing the potential effects of disasters on the U.S. workforce and population. Users can easily retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms and federal disaster declaration areas.

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For more information click HERE.

Story Contributed By: Jim Sparks
Indiana Geographic Information Officer
Indiana Office of Technology

100 North Senate Ave.
N551 Government Center North
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Office: (317) 234-5889
Cell: (317) 560-9033
gio@iot.in.gov
www.in.gov/gis

During last week’s annual Indiana GIS conference, I shared a few thoughts about changes that I feel are going to have a significant impact on what we do as GIS practitioners and how we do it. Specifically, I mentioned three areas that we need to give special attention: open government data, data visualization / business intelligence software, and community resiliency.

Open Government Data
I read the following in today’s InformationWeek Daily newsletter related to new open data efforts. It is worth a read. Notice the specific references to geospatial data.
White House Issues Open Data Action Plan
Agencies must incorporate feedback from users to prioritize efforts and improve data as part of G7 Open Data Charter pledge.
The Obama administration has issued a new US Open Data Action Plan calling for agencies to solicit feedback from government data users to improve the quality of government data and prioritize its release to the public.

The 20-page document, released May 9, builds on a pledge made by US officials at a June 18, 2013, international Open Data Charter meeting of G7 leaders to publish a roadmap for improving the availability and use of government data for the public.

Data Visualization/Business Intelligence Software
And this was in yesterday’s GIS Café Newsletter: Putting Business Intelligence on the Map

Business Intelligence (BI) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has been fusing over the last couple of years. Why are we seeing this fusion and, perhaps more importantly, why is this something beneficial to analysts? The simple answer is that data displayed using map visualization, when compared to basic charts, is visually more powerful.

Did you know that over 80% of business data has some kind of location component? It’s no wonder why Cognos, MicroStrategy, Business Objects and Information Builders have invested in mapping technology, specifically Esri’s mapping technology, to integrate location analytics seamlessly into their solutions. Even SAS and Tableau have built integration points in their products that can consume and produce geospatial intelligence. So what’s the point? The point is that when 80% of all your data has some kind of location component, it makes sense to visualize the data geospatially.

Community Resiliency
Finally, to round things out, here is a snapshot of recent natural disasters by state to underscore why “community resiliency” will be our new mantra. These FEMA Disaster Declarations were collected by Bill Burgess, Washington Liaison, National States Geographic Information Council. Notice that all of these incidents happened in the last six months.

Florida Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4177)
Incident period: April 28, 2014 to May 6, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 6, 2014

Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4176)
Incident period: April 28, 2014 to May 5, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 2, 2014

Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-4175)
Incident period: April 28, 2014 to May 3, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 30, 2014

Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-4174)
Incident period: April 27, 2014 to April 27, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 29, 2014

Indiana Indiana Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4173)
Incident period: January 5, 2014 to January 9, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 22, 2014

Montana Ice Jams and Flooding (DR-4172)
Incident period: March 1, 2014 to March 16, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 17, 2014

Tennessee Severe Winter Storm (DR-4171)
Incident period: March 2, 2014 to March 4, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 11, 2014

Maryland Snow Storm (DR-4170)
Incident period: February 12, 2014 to February 13, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 10, 2014

Oregon Severe Winter Storm (DR-4169)
Incident period: February 6, 2014 to February 10, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 4, 2014

Washington Flooding and Mudslides (DR-4168)
Incident period: March 22, 2014 to April 28, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 2, 2014

North Carolina Severe Winter Storm (DR-4167)
Incident period: March 6, 2014 to March 7, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 31, 2014

Washington Flooding and Mudslides (EM-3370)
Incident period: March 22, 2014 to April 28, 2014
Emergency Declaration declared on March 24, 2014

South Carolina Severe Winter Storm (DR-4166)
Incident period: February 10, 2014 to February 14, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 12, 2014

Georgia Severe Winter Storm (DR-4165)
Incident period: February 10, 2014 to February 14, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 6, 2014

South Carolina Severe Winter Storm (EM-3369)
Incident period: February 10, 2014 to February 19, 2014
Emergency Declaration declared on February 12, 2014

Georgia Severe Winter Storm (EM-3368)
Incident period: February 10, 2014 to February 14, 2014
Emergency Declaration declared on February 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storm (EM-3367)
Incident period: February 4, 2014 to February 20, 2014
Emergency Declaration declared on February 6, 2014

Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm (DR-4164)
Incident period: December 5, 2013 to December 6, 2013
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 30, 2014

Vermont Severe Winter Storms (DR-4163)
Incident period: December 20, 2013 to December 26, 2013
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 29, 2014
The National Information Security and Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC) a Dept of Labor funded center has posted five courses as part of the National Training and Education Resource site. Topics include intro to GIS, cartography, remote sensing and all are based on the Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) - http://www.careeronestop.org/COMPETENCYMODEL/competency-models/geospatial-technology.aspx

These training courses are well written, and can be used without the labs so GIS software in not necessary to benefit from the courses, but the hands-on experience provide through the labs are a valuable addition. The labs Iv'e looked at are written for ArcGIS 10.1, but they could be adapted for other software, including the free OSGeo-Live suite of geospatial software - http://live.osgeo.org/en/index.html. Once you register on the site and access one of the courses, you can take the course online or download all of the training materials, labs and data - (very cool!!!)



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Geospatial Technology, Introduction to Geospatial Technology (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2501

Geospatial Technology, Spatial Analysis (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2502

Geospatial Technology, Data Acquisition and Management (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2503

Geospatial Technology, Cartographic Design (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2504

Geospatial Technology, Introduction to Remote Sensing (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2709


About THE NATIONAL TRAINING & EDUCATION RESOURCE (NTER) - https://www.nterlearning.org/home
NTER is an open source suite of browser-based software solutions built to help institutions develop, deploy, and manage educational and training courses for audiences of any type. This system was built with the capability to securely share content across all institutions and with the public. As an open source project, the NTER platform is free and has no licensing fees, allowing end users to free up resources for improved content development and customization. The costs associated with running your own NTER node are largely dependent on the number of users, the number of courses, and institutional IT experience to provide installation and maintenance support.
The USGS Streamer web site is a very cool and easy way to explore our major waterways. Click here to visit the new USGS Streamer web site: http://nationalmap.gov/streamer/webApp/welcome.html

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With a simple map click, anyone can trace rivers and streams from a starting point all the way downstream to where a stream drains.
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Streamer also produces a report that includes a map and information about the people and places encountered along the streams traced.
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Even more impressive, they can click on a stream and trace all others that drain to that point.
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A new map layer displays the locations of real-time streamflow stations across the country. Streamer updates this information hourly and symbolizes these stations to illustrate current streamflow conditions compared with each station’s observed mean streamflow on the same day of the year. You can tell at a glance whether conditions are above, below, or at normal levels at each station.
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Another new map layer has been added that shows weather radar across all 50 States.
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Click here to visit the new USGS Streamer web site: http://nationalmap.gov/streamer/webApp/welcome.html
Contributed by: Phil Worrall
Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council, Inc.
pworrall@igic.org


In 2012 Jim Sparks, Kevin Mickey and I were discussing over drinks [coffee not beer] our disappointment over the lack of effective National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) programs to develop key framework data layers at a state and national scale. During this same period of time, with no budget and no permanent funding, Indiana had been very successful in our own State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) efforts. Why? To simplify, we will chalk up Indiana’s success to Hoosier Hospitality.

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A few Indiana examples: The IndianaMap and Indiana Spatial Data Portal were built with over 260 layers of statewide geospatial data freely available, our 2005 statewide orthophotography and 2011-2013 Ortho-LiDAR projects, our County Data Sharing Initiative, our Local-Resolution NHD development project, and our Broadband Mapping program. Looking at Indiana's success we recognized that we had a story worth sharing, and we also saw key pieces of the puzzle that we could identify [morals to the story] as best practices / lessons-leaned from a number of previous, current and planned state and national efforts that we could document and share.

We also conjured the notion that a strong NSDI would make our jobs easier here in Indiana. We wanted to see Federal Agencies stop using our tax dollars to build redundant and closed geospatial silos of framework data layers. We wanted to see the “Build-Once, Use Many Times” model of the IndianaMap show the way. We wanted to see Federal Agencies become true partners in NSDI initiatives by not only sharing their standards, management, technology, data warehousing and distribution - like we do every day, but also their money. With Federal Agencies as true financial partners we believe the problem of inadequate geospatial data development funding for national initiatives can be solved simply by pooling and reallocating a portion of the existing budgets to go directly to the data producers and stewards wherever they exists at the Local, State or Federal level for each of the framework data layers.

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Each framework layer has to be evaluated separately by looking at a "Federal Government->State Government ->Private Industry->Local Government" partnership model and workflow that best fits the data. There are three basic workflows that we have successfully used here in Indiana - we just need a larger Federal contribution/partnership in the first two to make them work perfectly. In each of these models the State serves at the “Middleware” (to use a software term) to make it all work and flow up and down the stack.

1. Top-Down: (Ortho, LiDAR). Federal structured and funded program and nation-wide contracts in place. Feds partner with States for support and coordination within their geography. States serve as liaisons with agency/local/regional governments for state government financial contributions, local/regional buy-ups, quality control, data distribution, and local support.

2. Bottom-Up: (Addresses, Parcels, Centerlines, Jurisdictional Boundaries). In most of the 50 states, Locals governments are the authority for these layers, and in the others the States are. A bottom-up approach with federal and local funds pooled to support the creation and maintenance at the local levels, with support at the state level for data roll-up, cleanup, and improvement (State effort with private industry support), followed by State roll-up of data to the different Federal Agencies for their specific uses.

3. Middle-Out: (NHD, Broadband). States serve as Stewards for statewide data development, maintenance and management (working with private industry). Feds provide technical and financial support to states, and locals provide local knowledge to state to help build the data, perform quality control and maintain the data.

Based on this thinking we collaborated to write the following paper to describe this model and to identify the existing best practices to make it work:

A DISTRIBUTED MODEL FOR EFFECTIVE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL DATA MANAGEMENT: BUILDING A NATIONAL DATA SHARING INFRASTRUCTURE

Just this week the new URISA GIS Management Institute (GMI) published our paper on their web site. GMI plans to occasionally publish GIS discussion papers on their site to stimulate thought and open discussion about issues related to GIS management that are important to the GIS community We are very pleased to be the first paper that GMI has published, and we look forward to the discussion.

Link to the URISA GMI Home page: http://www.urisa.org/main/gis-management-institute/

Direct link to our paper: http://www.urisa.org/clientuploads/directory/GMI/Discussion%20Papers/GMIDiscussionPaper1.pdf

The moral[s] of our Geospatial Fable are documented throughout the paper, but it’s still to be determined if we can successfully piece them together at the national level. Until then – we will keep on moving forward in Indiana!
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE

The theme for our 2014 conference is “Mapping a Difference”. Presentations that will tell stories about where GIS is Mapping (Making) a Difference across Indiana. How are GIS mapping initiatives; from the small to the large, and from local, regional to statewide – making a difference in our communities’ infrastructure, services, safety, health, economy, efficiencies and in our lives?

We hope to see everyone back with us again this year in Indianapolis for two days of……

  • Networking - Meet with other Indiana GIS professionals and leaders in the GIS industry

  • Hands on and classroom workshops - Get in-depth instruction and hands on experience taught by GIS experts.

  • Inspiring presentations - Learn new techniques and how GIS is changing the state.

  • Vendor Booths and Sponsorship opportunities - Showcase your products and services and show your support to Indiana’s GIS community.


This year we have packed in over 60 outstanding presentations into this two-day event, including the following featured presentations:

  • 8:30 am Wednesday morning we open our 2014 Annual GIS Conference with our featured Keynote Speaker, Indiana’s Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.

  • At Wednesday’s Lunch Session we have two featured speakers – IGIC’s 2014 President, Dave Estes from Allen County, and our second Keynote Speaker Jim Poyser, Executive Director, Earth Charter Indiana.

  • Our Wednesday evenings Vendor Reception is shaping up to be unlike anything we have ever done before. All we will say right now is that you must be present to win!

  • Back by popular demand this year we will also include two CLUSTERS of IGNITE presentations. The first will be at Wednesday’s General Session led by Indiana’s Geographic Information Officer Jim Sparks, and the second at Thursday’s General Session led by IGIC’s Executive Director Phil Worrall.

  • Finally, at Thursday’s Lunch Session, IGIC will present all of our 2014 Annual GIS Awards and Poster Awards!


For more Information: http://www.igic.org/conference/
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Tomlinson is generally recognized as the "father of GIS.” He is the visionary geographer who conceived and developed the first GIS for use by the Canada Land Inventory in the early 1960s. This and continuing contributions led the Canadian government to give him its highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, in 2001. Text for that award reads, “he pioneered its uses worldwide to collect, manage, and manipulate geographical data, changing the face of geography as a discipline.”

Tomlinson tells the story of how this came to be. In the early 1960s he was working as a photo interpreter for Spartan Air Services in Canada. They had a contract to identify the best location for a tree plantation in Kenya. They turned to their young geographer Tomlinson and asked him to develop a methodology. He tried various manual methods for overlaying various environmental, cultural, and economic variables, but all were too costly. He turned to computers and found the solution. Subsequently he sold this approach to the Canada Land Inventory that had the responsibility of using data to assist the government in its land use planning activities. His GIS approach reduced the task from three years and eight million Canadian dollars to several weeks and two million dollars.

He went on to serve the community in many ways. He chaired the International Geographical Union’s GIS Commission for 12 years, where he pioneered the concepts of worldwide geographical data availability. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Geographers a recipient of its rare Canadian Award for Service to the Profession.

Other awards followed including the James R. Anderson Medal of Honor for Applied Geography (1995) and the Robert T. Aangeenbrug Distinguished Career Award (2005) from the American Association of Geographers. He was the first recipient of the Aangeenbrug award and also the first recipient of ESRI’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1997). National Geographic gave him its rare Alexander Graham Bell Award for exceptional contributions to geographic research (2010). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the recipient of multiple honorary doctorates – in addition to his own PhD from University College London.

Since 1977 he operated Tomlinson Associates, Ltd., Consulting Geographer which has advised clients like the World Bank, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. departments of Commerce and Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of the Census, the Canadian Forest Service, and numerous U.S. state and Canadian provincial and municipal government agencies. The Order of Canada award documents the impact of that work. “Governments and scientists around the world have turned to him to better understand our environment and changing patterns of land use, to better manage urban development and our precious natural resources.”

His book, Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers, provides guidance for both senior managers responsible for a broad range of activities in their organization and the more technical managers responsible for actual implementation of GIS. The 4th edition of this popular book was published in 2011.

Here is a link to a nice NPR p​iece about Roger Tom​linson: http://www.npr.org/2014/02/13/276522411/tech-innovator-and-master-of-maps-dies-at-80


Story Contributed by:
Tony Hendricks, LaPorte County Surveyor,
ahendricks@LaPorteCounty.org
and Christine Keil, Crew Chief ckeil@laportecounty.org
http://www.laportecounty.org/Surveyor/

It is possible to utilize the vast amount of geographic data available from the Indiana Spatial Data Portal and IndianaMap while working in AutoCAD Civil 3d. A FREE software add on in from ESRI is available to help the autodesk engine connect to the vast amount of useful information these web sites make available. (http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis-for-autocad)

From highway routes to watersheds, from voting districts to multiple years of aerial photography the information is connected by server inside your cad files to be used as you need them. No need to download the myriad of information and store it on your computer. IndianaMap has it ready for you 24 hours a day and it’s updated consistently to give you the best available information.

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At the LaPorte County Surveyor's Office we have just begun using this invaluable data services and its potential seems limitless in saving time and bringing information together. These data services give us the ability to bring in information quickly and efficiently to give us the chance to work on the details and leave the base data to the IndianaMap and the Indiana Spatial Data Portal.