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


Great networking opportunity!!

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Women Mapping the World Conference

Explore the role of women in the evolution of mapping and use of maps by women both in the past and today through a series of illustrated presentations by some of the leading experts in the field including Tanya Atwater, Annette Krygiel, Roberta Lenczowski, Letitia Long, Janice Monk, Kathleen Smith, and Judith Tyner. On Saturday, March 28, attendees may also enjoy a special tour of the extraordinary collections of the Geography and Map Division at The Library of Congress.


For more information, visit the website: http://www.iswg.org/event/women-mapping-the-world-conference/http://www.iswg.org/event/women-mapping-the-world-conference/

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How Long Does It Take to Fill a Pothole in DC?

Who doesn’t like reading about potholes??!  Please see link below!


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Critical Need! DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu

Subject: DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu –  Activation

March 16,  2014

GISCorps  is officially deploying remote volunteers in response to a Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) request from UN OCHA to assist with baseline and response data mapping for Typhoon Pam, a typhoon that devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on March 14, 2015.   GISCorps will be working on this task with MapAction (who are deploying to Vanuatu) and PeaceGeeks (who will be bringing in volunteers who are familiar with Vanuatu’s geography and language).

Softwares requested for this work include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online,  and access to Skype and Google Drive documents. Volunteers are likely to also use additional tools such as Google Earth, Micromappers, and others.

Volunteer skills required (If you have one or more of the skills listed below – please join us):

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Online

Experienced geo-location skills

Media monitoring skills for data mining.

Verification skills.

GISCorps volunteers will be coordinating online via Skype and Google Drive.

Estimated deployment timeframe: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March, 22.

STEP 1: Please sign up for the deployment here and indicate your availability:


STEP 2: We will add you to the Skype chat window for the deployment and share the Data Scramble Google Doc.  Please check the Skype window for further instructions and to obtain tasks.

Deployment Leads:

Helen Campbell (ACAPS) – helen_rcampbell@hotmail.com

Renee Black (PeaceGeeks) – renee@peacegeeks.org

Heather Milton (GISCorps) – hmilton@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to working with you!






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TUgis Maryland’s Geospatial Conference

HURRY!!  Conference is scheduled for tomorrow at Towson.  Here is more information:


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SAVE THE DATE: Loudoun GIS Forum

Wednesday, May 6th-for more details, click on the link below:


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International Drone Day 3/14/15

The International Drone Day is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of March and this year will be more geek because 3/14 is also the Pi Day  :-)

If you are interested to attend, the DC Area Drone User Group is organizing a cool festival in Warrenton, VA to show the positive use of Drone technology

More info in the links below:



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NASA Is Just Killing It With These Earth-Watching Satellites

Eric Roston in BloombergBusiness 27 Feb 2015

Five satellites launched in the past year are keeping an eye on Earth, wind and fire. And water.

This map shows solar-induced fluorescence, a plant process that occurs during photosynthesis, from Nov. through Dec. 2014 as measured by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. NASA/JPL-Caltech

This map shows solar-induced fluorescence, a plant process that occurs during photosynthesis, from Nov. through Dec. 2014 as measured by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2.

Anybody can drive a shovel into the ground to see how moist the soil is. What’s tricky is doing it over every square yard of land on Earth. From 426 miles above the surface of the planet. Every 100 minutes.

Fortunately, we don’t have to. Now there’s SMAP, the newest NASA Earth-observing satellite, which from its orbit can read soil moisture levels two inches deep, just about anywhere there’s soil. It will help predict floods and weather, watch droughts, and monitor agricultural conditions, particularly where people’s lives may be urgently at stake.

SMAP is one of five Earth satellites launched in the past year, all of which will produce data helpful to hurricane first-responders, weather forecasters, farmers, climate scientists, or anybody who likes to look at beautiful animated graphics on the Internet.  Click here to read more.

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Learn From a Master-Edward Tufte Course

Please see link below for a great educational opportunity!!  Full-time students get a significant discount to take the course- $200 rather than $380 plus you get copies of 4 books.  The course is called, “Presenting Data and Information”.

“One visionary day….the insights of this class lead to new levels of understanding both for creators and viewers of visual displays.” WIRED

“The Leonardo da Vinci of data.” THE NEW YORK TIMES


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Hexagon Geospatial is sponsoring a contest this year for the international conference that takes place in Las Vegas June 1-4.  The winner, both student and their professor, get an all-expense paid trip to the conference and will present their abstract there.

The details can be found on the website here:


Students must be 21 to participate.

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