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2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Deadline is June 12, 2015

Win a trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference*!

The GeoTech Center and URISA are pleased to announce the 2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition, created to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. The competition website has been updated to include all competition rules, judging criteria, and the official entry form.

Projects will be judged on categories including project design, organization, analysis, and overall presentation quality. An official rubrichas been made available. All materials must be submitted no later than midnight Eastern Time on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The initial round of the competition will be judged by a panel of experienced geospatial specialists, and the combined scores from all judges will determine the top five (5) student finalists. These finalists will receive an all-expense-paid* trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015international conference in Spokane, WA on October 18-22, 2015, where they will be required to present their project during the final round of the competition (judges will determine their final place ranking at this time).

To enter the competition, students must submit the following along with their entry form:

  • a 150-250 word abstract that describes their project, demonstrating their knowledge and proficiency of geospatial technology and
  • a no-longer-than 10 minute video (check out the competition website for video tips and requirements).


Students who are at least 18 years old and currently enrolled during Spring 2015 in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, GPS/GNSS, etc.) or geospatial technology program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year U.S. institution are eligible to enter. Applicant must reside in the U.S. Only one entry allowed per student and only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects). Questions regarding eligibility can be directed to either Tom Mueller at mueller@calu.edu or Scott Jeffrey atsjeffrey@ccbcmd.edu.

*Paid expenses include airfare, vehicle mileage, hotel, meals (set per-diem rate), travel to/from hotel and airport, and other travel-related items approved in advance by the GeoTech Center Director. Students must follow the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) travel regulations and use JCTC’s official travel agent. Advanced approval of travel, along with all required travel forms, must be received 30 days prior to the event. Complimentary conference registration will be provided by URISA.

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10th Annual Loudoun County GIS Forum (Wed, May 6, 2015)

This is a great event each year.  And a super opportunity to network with folks who “do GIS” for a living.  AND, you can enter your favorite map (maybe your term project?) in the mapping contest.  I hope to see you there!

Click the link below for more info and registration materials.

Tenth Annual Loudoun GIS Forum Registration Documents 2015 FINALS

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QGIS 2.8 Online Course

A new QGIS introductory course is being offered online for $49.00.  For more information:


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GIS Program Head, Northern Virginia Community College

Job Title 9 Month Teaching Faculty -GIS (Loudoun)
Department Communication and Human Studies-
Posting Number 01161P
Campus Loudoun, VA – 20164-8699
Full or Part Time Full Time
Position End Date (if temporary)
Required Travel
Relocation Covered
Base Pay $47,465.00 – $72,984.00

Position Summary Information

Basic Function The primary responsibility of a faculty member in the Virginia Community College System shall be to provide quality instruction for the students. The major emphasis shall be on good teaching by working with students in classrooms, laboratories, individual conferences, and related activities—to help the
student develop their interests and abilities to their fullest capacity to become a better person, a better worker, and a better citizen.
Duties and Responsibilities Duties include teaching courses in GIS as well as overseeing the entire GIS progam, chairing the GIS Advisory Board, developing connections with business partners, and community outreach. Duties also include growing enrollment in the program and expansion of online courses.
Minimum Qualifications Applicants must have Master’s Degree in Geospatial Information Systems or Master’s with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching field. College level teaching experience and/or relevant work experience. Ability to use instructional technologies. Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and oral/written communication skills. The successful candidate must be willing to teach a combination of day, evening, weekend, and online classes with the ability to be flexible to work at any of the College’s locations. Successful completion and passing of a criminal background check is required.
Preferred Qualifications Doctorate in Geospatial Information Systems.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Demonstrated teaching ability at the community college level and/or four-year college level; outstanding command of instructional technologies; ability to speak and write well; demonstrated commitment to advising students; experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at NOVA.
Operation of a State Vehicle No

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/26/2015
Close Date 04/16/2015
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Humanitarian Mapping: Ebola Crisis

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Map-off this last friday.  This article about humanitarian mapping and the ebola crisis is for you!

From Trajectory Magazine:


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GIS Drones Could Be a Game-Changer, Lift US Economy

“We are a data company, not a drone company.” quote from Mark Heynen, Senior VP of commercial drone-startup, Skycatch.  Data gathered from drones can be gathered in real-time and for a lot less cost.  For more please click the link:


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Like Movies, Like Maps?? Awesome Movie Story Map


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Cool Maps

The title says it all!!


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As If You Don’t Have Enough To Do…Coursera Courses

According to the FAQ towards the bottom of each webpage, you can take the courses for free if you are not going for a specialization certificate.  There is an intro class to Python which starts May 22nd:


AND a data scientist track which includes R programming (April 6) and statistical inference (April 6):


Please let me know if you try any of these courses and if you would recommend them to other students!


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Don’t forget the map-off next Friday!!  Sign up using eventbrite:


Great networking opportunity!!

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