ASPRS Technical Tour MDA Information Systems, Inc., Nov 7th

ASPRS Potomac Region
                     ASPRS Technical Tour: November 7th 2013

ASPRS – Potomac Region and MDA Information Systems LLC are pleased to announce the following Technical Tour.

The Tech Tour will be hosted by MDA at

 MDA Information Systems LLC

820 West Diamond Ave., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1419

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The Magnetic Storm of Halloween 2003

From Directions Magazine:

http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/the-magnetic-storm-of-halloween-2003/364078#.UnGULX58kL8.email

The Magnetic Storm of Halloween 2003

Wednesday, October 30th 2013
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Ghosts and goblins, candle-lit jack o’lanterns and dark haunted houses, ominous screeching and maniacal laughter – these are some of the frightening fantasies we associate with Halloween. But ten years ago during the Halloween of 2003, while children in costumes paraded door-to-door for treats, the Sun was playing its own tricks with planet Earth.

 

Ghosts and goblins, candle-lit jack o’lanterns and dark haunted houses, ominous screeching and maniacal laughter – these are some of the frightening fantasies we associate with Halloween. But ten years ago during the Halloween of 2003, while children in costumes paraded door-to-door for treats, the Sun was playing its own tricks with planet Earth.

The consequence: a solar-terrestrial nightmare became a scary reality.

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DC Meet Up November 7th

 

Come to our next DC Meet Up on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the District Architecture Center. Discover how maps are being used throughout Congress to help elected officials communicate with those they represent and to better understand the impacts of policy. The featured speaker will be Tim Petty, deputy legislative director for Senator James Risch. Find out how and why ArcGIS Online is being used by Congress, other federal agencies, and the public, and enjoy some good old-fashioned networking. Continue reading DC Meet Up November 7th

Community College STEM Scholarship Application

2014-15 Community  College STEM Scholarship Program

The Community College STEM  Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students  enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more) at one of Virginia’s Community  Colleges.  Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including  careers in the aerospace sector.

Students must  apply during their freshman year of community college enrollment for an award  that will begin in the sophomore year. The  number of awards is contingent on available funding. This is a competitive  scholarship program based on academic merit funded by NASA and the Commonwealth  of Virginia recognizing high academic achievement and promise. <!–Students that continue their education and transfer to a VSGC member university are encouraged to apply to the Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship program in their junior or senior year.–>

Goals:

  • Encouraging students engaged in associate degree       programs who are preparing for careers in technology fields essential to       America’s industrial and technological competitiveness, particularly those       with aerospace relevance.
  • Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities,       females and students with disabilities in aeronautics, space and       high-technology fields.
  • Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Virginia Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program

The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) is a paid internship program funded by Virginia’s General Assembly, and managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. CSIIP offers paid internship opportunities to qualified students, and serves as a one-stop, centralized, online internship application system that provides Virginia’s undergraduate STEM majors the ability to search and apply for STEM-related paid internship opportunities with companies throughout Virginia. There is never any cost for students or companies to use CSIIP.

Starting next spring, we will be offering spring and fall internships as well as summer. CSIIP is open to full and part time students (minimum 6hr/semester).

http://csiip.spacegrant.org/

Oct-Dec URISA Webinars (free – low cost)

URISA is pleased to announce a series of URISA Connect webinars throughout October, November, and December. The first three webinars have been announced and more will be added in the coming weeks. The current list of webinars are:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: URISA Members $25, Non-members $40
Extending Broadband Mapping into Economic Development and Planning Initiatives

Speaker: Ashley Hitt, GISP: Connected Nation

Abstract: Initiatives are currently underway on the data collection and analysis of broadband service inventories across nine states and one U.S. territory as part of the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) Grant Program; funding and oversight of this project is provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Broadband data is submitted to NTIA on a twice annual basis for inclusion on the National Broadband Map.
While broadband data can be collected and analyzed from several sources, data collection is done by working directly with all known broadband providers. After data is collected, processed, and approved by the broadband provider, static maps and interactive mapping applications are updated with the aggregated broadband data for public consumption. Field validation and consumer-supplied inquiries are a critical part of the program that help verify the presence of broadband services on the ground, as corrections to the data and maps are based on these submitted affirmations or discrepancies.
Connected Nation has been working to extend the use of this collected broadband data as an economic driver for increased access, adoption, and use of broadband services throughout the country. Iinteractive mapping applications, allows policymakers, broadband providers, stakeholders, and the general public to interact with various broadband data layers, additional analyses, vertical assets, and much more to help develop expansion plans and increase economic development.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free for URISA Members and non-members
The GIS Management Institute and the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM): updates, overviews and implementations.

Speaker: Greg Babinski, GISP

For more information about the GIS Management Institute and the GISCMM please visit: http://www.urisa.org/main/gis-management-institute/

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 EDT
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: URISA Members $25, Non-members $40
The Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata

Speaker: Ryan Bowe, GISP: PhotoScience Inc. A Quantum Spatial Company

Abstract: Do you feel you are overrun with metadata requests? Does dealing with metadata make you want to lose your mind? With preparation, the care and feeding of metadata maintenance will no longer constitute time-killing drudgery.
In this webinar several tips and tricks for taming metadata will be presented. After reviewing the different options for geospatial metadata, each section of the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata will be discussed in detail. By the end of the workshop, participants should be comfortable enough with the CSDGM to take provided sample files and create their own template.
Ultimately, by taking a few small steps to making metadata meaningful and manageable, it will also go from savage to subdued.

To register for these webinars please visit the URISA Connect page here: http://www.urisa.org/education-events/urisa-connect/