The National Map

The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored various forms of volunteer map data collection projects over the past two decades. Citizen cartographers revised many maps during this period, but the program was suspended in 2008.

New technologies and Internet services have made it easy to georeference many different types of information and share this information with others on map-based Internet platforms and social networking sites in recent years.

This activity has been referred to as crowdsourcing, and the information produced has been called volunteered geographic information (VGI).

In light of this rapidly changing technical landscape, the increasing use of social software for citizen mapping, and the mandates for more transparency and citizen involvement in government, the USGS has revitalized its volunteer program.

As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to once again encourage citizen participation.

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Learn More About the Importance of Location Analytics ESRI


Speaker: Mark Smith CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013

Time: 11:30 am PT/2:30 pm ET

Fewer than 50% of businesses have implemented systems to maximize insights from location data in their business intelligence, although most say location is critically important.

Hear how others have implemented successful location analytics strategies. In this webinar of key findings from the newly released Location Analytics Benchmark Research from Ventana Research you’ll learn:

  • How others are applying location analytics to their      business systems
  • Critical factors for success

Key insights on the importance of location analytics in the future.

October Online Geospatial Training-Intergraph Geospatial

Join Intergraph Geospatial for Online Geospatial Training in October!  $99.00 each class

Below you will find a list of online training courses offered in October. Please click on the course title for complete description and registration information.

October 1, 2013 – Introduction to GeoMedia

October 8, 2013 – Introduction to ERDAS IMAGINE

For a complete list of both online and classroom training courses, please visit the website. These courses can be purchased online using a credit card. If you have  any problems registering or questions about a particular course, please  contact Paul Kennedy.

US Customers: Click here to purchase training on the Hexagon Marketplace.

ASPRS Scholarships and Intern Program

Each year the ASPRS Foundation gives out 13 awards totaling over $50,000.  Applications for the 2014 scholarships and awards are due by October 18, 2014.   Please click on the link for details:

Geospatial Intern Program:  ASPRS has implemented this program whereby students can take the ASPRS certification exams prior to graduation to become a Geospatial Intern, with accredited certification pending completion of the required experience.  For details concerning this program, go to

GIS in Transit Conference

Conference Summary:

The upcoming Transit in GIS Conference will be held on October 16-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C. at the TRB Keck Center .  Over one-third of all conference podium presentations will be made by officials from public transit agencies.  The program content is truly extraordinary and we are hoping to broadcast word of the conference out to transit professionals across the country.  Sharing this info is timely  as two key dates are approaching: early bird registration ends September 6, 2013 and special hotel room rates expire August 30, 2013.

Attend the “GIS in Transit Conference” this fall!

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Mentoring Opportunity: Dream Project Mentoring Program




Mentor Application


 The Dream Project is a non-profit organization that encourages and supports promising immigrant youth in their pursuit of higher education through mentoring, scholarships, advocacy, and community outreach.


The mentoring program is geared towards preparing local high school students to gain admission to and succeed in college. The mentees of the program are current high-school seniors from Northern Virginia. The mentors of the program are current college students from surrounding colleges and universities in the area.


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Career Information Session U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The US Customs and Border Protection agency will be on campus conducting career information sessions on the following dates:

Sep. 10th 4-5pm in LW 118            Sep. 17th 1-2pm in LC 102K

They will also have a booth set up during NOVA Day, Sep. 10th 12-3pm.  The agency has a variety of career opportunities that they would like to share with NOVA students.  Interested students can sign up for the sessions at the Counseling center front desk in LR 253.

Note: Students who are seeking employment can check out the job announcement board on the NOVA website.  Here’s the link:

Intergraph Corp.’s ERDAS (Imagine) Geospatial Challenge

Details on Intergraph Corp.’s ERDAS (Imagine) Geospatial challenge follow:

2014 Geospatial Challenge

As geospatial advancements evolve across multiple industries, Intergraph places great emphasis on involving future generations in key problem-solving activities to stay ahead of the curve and prepare them for what’s ahead.  As part of our 2014 Geospatial Challenge, we’re asking students around the world to submit an abstract describing their geographical area of interest, the problem they want to solve, and the data and Intergraph software used to solve it. From the abstracts selected, qualifiers are asked to provide a research paper and accompanying video demonstration showcasing how Intergraph software was used to transform their data into actionable information.   Winners will be selected based on creativity and technique and will receive a free one-year license and maintenance of GeoMedia® Professional AND IMAGINE Professional®, a $2,500 travel sponsorship to attend the HxGN LIVE 2014 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, publication via Intergraph’s website and Perspectives magazine, and more!

Deadline for entry is October 15, 2013. For details, please see the rules and submission guidelines.

Student Opportunities at NGA

Student Opportunities at NGA

Students who perform successfully and meet program requirements are invited to continue in the program for the duration of their degree programs, and may be granted the opportunity for conversion to permanent employment upon graduation.

Application Timeline

  • Applications      are being accepted Sept. 3 – Oct. 11
  • Official      Transcripts (is applicable) deadline is Oct. 18

Also, join us for the first-ever Intelligence Community Student Programs Virtual Career Fair on Sept. 24.

Space is limited. To guarantee entrance, pre-registration is highly encouraged. Reserve your spot today!

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