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USGIF Membership and Professional Certification

USGIF Individual Membership

Membership with USGIF provides you exclusive industry access and exceptional community opportunities to grow your professional network. Starting at only $35 per year, membership also includes members-only activities, discounts on event registrations, subscription to trajectory magazine, training and education offerings, an affinity program, and more.

Join USGIF as a individual member today to be a part of YOUR professional association dedicated to the GEOINT Community.


USGIF GEOINT Professional Certification


Detailed information on polices and procedures, as well as resources and sample exam questions, is available in the Universal GEOINT Certification Candidate Handbook.  The handbook also includes fee information.

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NSF Competition: Community College Innovation Challenge

About The Challenge

Are you a community college student who has a novel idea that uses science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) present the third annualCommunity College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) that asks student teams to innovate a STEM-based solution to a real-world problem. Teams will submit projects in one of three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. Form your team with a faculty mentor and community and/or industry partner to enter. An entry consists of a written portion and a 90-second video. Visit the Promotional Toolkit, where you can download posters, postcards and more.  Image description & credit

To learn more, click on the link: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/communitycollege/ 

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Paid, Part-Time Arlington Research Job


Are you interested in urban planning, transportation, or public policy? Do you like talking to people? We’re looking for undergrads, grad students, or recent graduates for a paid research project in Arlington, Virginia about people’s travel habits. This fall and spring, we’re surveying different residential, office, and institutional buildings to learn how Arlington residents and workers get around.

Our surveys take place Tuesdays and Thursdays during the morning (7-9:30am) and afternoon (4-7pm) rush hour. Each survey is at a different site in Arlington County. Most sites are within walking distance of a Metro station.

This is a temporary, part-time position that pays $15/hour. You can work as much or as little as you like, but we require that you show up on time and stay for the duration of each survey.

Over the past two years, this project has produced some really interesting findings about local transportation. If you’re interested in taking part, we’d love to hear from you:

Contact Dan Reed, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

email: dreed@nelsonnygaard.com

phone: 202/864-5096

Dan Reed  Associate


1400 I Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005

d 202.864.5096 m 202.256.7238


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Mobility | Accessibility | Sustainability


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Syria Map of attacks on Healthcare

From Top 5 Links of the Week Geospatial eNews


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New York Times: 50 Years of Earthquakes, Eruptions and Emissions

What 50 Years of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions Look Like

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New Favorite Map

From Top 5 Links of the Week Geospatial for eNews:

Haunted US sites:


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Coursera: Applied Data Science with Python

University of Michigan:


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GIS Day at GMU

GIS Day Wednesday, November 16th from 10am – 2pm

Please see flyer:  http://usgif.org/system/uploads/4726/original/GMU-GIS-Day-2016.pdf

GMU will also host a mapathon on November 18th from 4pm – 8pm.


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10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets

From GIS geography.com

10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets – GIS Geography

Where can I find free GIS data?

In a perfect world, you’d be able to find all the free GIS data you need in a single website. Of course, it would have to be free, downloadable from an authoritative source.

…But well, you know the drill. The world’s not perfect, life’s not fair.

So that’s why we’ve put together this list to turbo-charge your search for free GIS data. We provide a list of 10 free, downloadable global GIS datasets from highly reputable sources.

You might be interested in these useful resources for GIS data:


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Global Hunger Index and 3D Map of Earthquake Damage

Part of Top 5 links of the week from Geospatial for eNews:

Hunger Index:


Pescara, Italy damage map:


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