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    February 2016
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Vision Zero Hackathon, Saturday, Feb 13

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and OpenGov Hub will host civic hackers, transportation experts, urban planners, academics and advocates at the first-of-its-kind Vision Zero Hackathon Saturday, February 13, 2016. During the event, participants will brainstorm and code their way to fresh insights about transportation safety, using newly released open data on crashes and enforcement.
 The in-person Hackathon will convene groups to perform further analysis and showcase new data visualizations, apps, and GIS analysis. The event aims to increase dialog about transportation safety policy and services, as well as provide an opportunity for hacking to offer new perspectives for using safety data.
 The District will publish three new data sets, containing records from 2010 to 2014:
• Crash Data
• Moving Violations
• Parking Violations
What:                  Vision Zero Hackathon
When:                Saturday, February 13, 2016
                            9 am – 4 pm
Where:               OpenGov Hub
                            1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005
The public is invited but you must register at this eventbrite link, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-vision-zero-hackathon-tickets-21014067642
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Geospatial Webinar Feb 17th: “Drones Flying Free”

“Drones Flying Free 2016” on Wed., Feb. 17.  It is an all-day affair with three parts:

1)      Safety and Regulations;

2)      Education (led by our friend, Chris Cruz); and

3)      Applications, Workflows, and Professional uses of drones

To register:


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Phones and Drones

Read about the largest crowd-sourced drone project in history!

Phone and Drone California Coast

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The 2016 Loudoun County GIS Forum will be held this year on Tuesday, May 10th at the AOL campus.  More info to follow!

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NASA Develop Program Summer 2016 Internship

The NASA DEVELOP Program is currently recruiting for the summer 2016 term. This is a 10-week paid contracting position open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces. Although the term is only 10 weeks, there are many opportunities to advance through the program to year-long contracts.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/. The summer online application deadline is February 12th. The summer program dates are June 6 – August 12, 2016. This program has three terms: spring, summer, and fall — the term dates and application windows are updated on the “Apply” page of the DEVELOP website. In addition to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, there are many other locations across the United States that you can find on the “About” page.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and composing deliverables including a technical paper, poster, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial and more competitive, are not required for acceptance.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20-35 hours per week for the summer term. Paid positions are funded as consultants using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.

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Join our Land-Lake Ecology Team This Summer!
Paid NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
at the Lake Erie Center, The University of Toledo, OH
$5000 Stipend, 9 weeks, June 1 – July 29
plus paid dorm, roundtrip transportation & research expenses
• Fun, Exciting, Meaningful Field & Lab Research
• Build the skills for your dream career
• Fields: Environmental Sciences, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Geography, GIS
• Develop life-long connections with top scientists,faculty, engineers, grad students & agencies
• Study and help combat environmental problems:
o Harmful Algal Blooms
o Water Quality
• Invasive Species
• Climate Change
• Use & Apply Top Technology: Sensor networks, water quality, environmental DNA, next-gen sequencing, Geographic Information Systems, ROVs, drones, etc.
• Field trips: canoeing, lake sampling, wetlands
• Social: Cedar Point, Mudhens, trampoline park, concert
• Rising college Juniors & Seniors preferred (rising Sophomores ok)
• Must be U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
Apply by Friday, Feb 26 by clicking here:


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Coursera GIS Courses


GIS through Coursera-scroll down to see all of their options including “Geospatial and Environmental Analysis” which will be offered in June.

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Job Opportunity

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

South Sudan

AECOM International Development (AISS) implements the Viable Support to Transition and Stability (VISTAS) program for the USAID Office of Transition and Conflict Mitigation (OTCM). The VISTAS program designs and implements activities with local partners through an in-kind grant mechanism to prevent the further spread of communal violence and rising tensions in critical areas where conflict may have national implications. In support of these goals, the program will seek to increase space and tools to manage conflict and tensions; to build cross-line interdependency to promote peaceful coexistence; to promote a more informed community; and to engage communities in trauma awareness that lay the foundation for individual and community healing and reconciliation.

Read on:  Job Opportunity

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A Day in the Life of Americans

From Flowing Data:




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Free Online Course

Anyone can build apps on the ArcGIS Platform.

You don’t have to be a software developer to build valuable geo-enabled apps that make your communities smarter and businesses more successful. This course will show you how to combine location and narrative in one application to better communicate and broadcast your story, create custom web applications that solve problems in your community, and build powerful native applications for iOS and Android devices without touching a piece of code. If you are a developer, you’ll be interested in Esri’s APIs, SDKs, and the buzzing GeoDev community.

Sign up by Feb 17th!


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