USGIF Young Professional Group Networking Event with Open Street Mapping

Thursday, March 14, 2013
YPG Networking Event with Open Street Mapping
USGIF Headquarters

Have you ever wanted to start working with Open Street Map (OSM), but don’t know where to begin? Join us on March 14 from 6-8PM at the USGIF Headquarters located at 2325 Dulles Corner Blvd, Suite 450 in Herndon, VA. Volunteers will give an introduction to OSM and the tools used. We’ll even do some digitizing!

Bring a laptop and be prepared to learn and have some fun!

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to by close of business, Monday, March 11.

Free web development training courses

 The first link is to Codecademy ( which has very good online tutorials for learning HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Javascript, and more.   Then go to the Esri ArcGIS API for JavaScript ( ) to get into Web map development.

 Another good online resource for learning basic Web development is the W3Schools Website (

 During the Javascript API presentation by Esri at the conference, they mentioned some other resources that are available for free online training, such as


Spatial Data Resources; Geospatial volunteer?

The American Red Cross web pages are a great resource if you are looking for a links to geospatial data warehouses–particularly data sets used in responding to disasters.  Check out the following for more info:

Volunteer your geospatial skills at:  The American Red Cross also has internships and paid positions; some are for GIS professionals.  (Note:  the easiest way to volunteer with the Red Cross as a geospatial professional is likely to be as a GIS Corps member!)

“Building the World’s First GEO-MOOC” (Directions Magazine podcast with Penn State)

“On Feb 21, 2013 Penn State announced that it will join several dozen universities in offering massive open online courses or MOOCs via the for profit Coursera company. Among the Penn State MOOCs to be offered later this year is what is believed to be the first geography or GIS MOOC: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. Its author, Dr. Anthony Robinson discusses the role of MOOCs at Penn State and the development of the first Geo-MOOC.”

Check out:

Interested in taking the course?  Go to:

Want to Get Involved? (GIS Corps)

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer your GIS skills? Do you want to work with other GIS professionals? Interested in networking? Consider joining URISA’s GIS Corps! Check out for general information. For more detail, check out the webcast on GIS Corps history and projects:

Job Opportunity: Java J2EE Developer with GIS

Below are the job Requirments, the rate is $65 on 1099 during the contract period and the conversion salary is $125K.

Due to the nature of the requirement we need a clearable US Citizen for this oppertunity

REQ ID: 52965VA
Job Title: Java J2EE Developer with GIS
Primary Skills: Java/J2EE, Web Forms, XML, JavaScript, Web Services, SOA,REST, GIS,ESRII ArcGIS (including ArcMAP, ArcSDE, ArcObjects etc.)
Start Date: 2/8/2013
Duration: 3-6 months to perm
Number Of Openings:1
Location:Alexandria VA
Email ID:
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Local MapStorytelling Meet up Feb 27

Join us for our first MapStoryDC MeetUp where we’ll launch MapStory: Local, a new initiative for 2013 to get people mapping the evolution of the communities they call home. We’ll start off with our first MapStory Local example, which depicts the growth of Ames, Iowa from its founding until now. An open mic period will follow, so bring your stories!  We’ll have food, good people, and of course, free MapStory swaginee MapStory swag.

Wednesday, Feb 27  7:00 pm   Busboys and Poets