Updated Elevation Data Inventory Now Available


Aug 1, 2014 — Save time. Save resources. Find out what elevation data sets are available and where to get them by using the newly updated U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory. This curated source of information about available elevation data can reduce duplication of effort in data collection and provides one source for finding and accessing data. Inventory users get a comprehensive, nationwide listing of high-accuracy topographic data, primarily lidar, as well as bathymetric data, including NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar.

These data are shown on a map with their geographic extents, and each entry includes information about vertical accuracy, point spacing, and date of collection. A direct link to the data download site is included when available. The inventory was updated in June 2014.

This inventory is provided to the public through the NOAA Digital Coast and is kept up to date through a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Next-Generation GPS Satellite – See more at: http://www.sensorsandsystems.com/news/top-stories/corporate-news/34556-united-launch-alliance-successfully-launches-next-generation-gps-satellite.html#sthash.td0DNg2u.dpuf


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space Launch Complex-41. This is the second successful ULA launch in just four days.

“Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of our mission partners on the successful launch of the Atlas V carrying the GPS IIF-7 satellite,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. “ULA launch vehicles have delivered all of the current generation of GPS satellites, which are providing ever-improving capabilities for users around the world.”

This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter-diameter payload fairing.  The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10A engine.

“This launch marks the third time this year ULA has successfully launched two missions within a week,” said Sponnick “The ULA team’s focus on mission success, one launch at a time, allows us to be ready when our customers are ready to launch.”

GPS IIF-7 is the seventh in a series of next-generation GPS satellites and will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users.

ULA’s next launch is the Atlas V WorldView-3 mission for DigitalGlobe scheduled for Aug. 13 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The EELV program was established by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.

– See more at: http://www.sensorsandsystems.com/news/top-stories/corporate-news/34556-united-launch-alliance-successfully-launches-next-generation-gps-satellite.html#sthash.td0DNg2u.dpuf

Introduction to GIS and Mapping


Fall 2014 Open Online Academy and UNAUS Barcelona

Course Summary

Until recently cartography skills where hard to learn. Today, new technologies allow us to download geographical data, use cartographic open source or free software in any computer, or even do it online and store your maps on the cloud, publish them at your own site or print them for your fieldworks. Geographical data is complex. There are multiple formats and reference systems depending on where in the world it belongs and if it was created on a latitude and longitude system or UTM or WGS84. It is still not easy to find what you are looking for on the Internet and there are no meta search engines to quickly find it. Even when data is available, it is so hard to find it, and it doesn’t always match with other sources you have of the same territory because of the different reference systems. Every year, there is more mapping software available, as governments and other public platforms are releasing official geographical data. Collaborative data in software or apps allow sharing geo-referenced information. From freeware, as Google Map or Google Earth, to open source software as GIS (Geographical Information System) to manage complex geodatabase, and other online tools to create maps on the cloud. It is important to understand which are the best resources depending on what kind of map you are willing to do and why. In this course you will learn the most important geographical data resources, understand the data they contain, and be able to use it to create your own professional maps.


Week 1: Understanding a map

Week 2: Understanding and looking for geodata

Week 3: Mapping tools, software, and online mapping

Week 4: Creating your own map in three different ways


– Understanding a map and be aware of what we want to show and what we need

– Understanding the different formats of geodata and reference system and be able to transform them to meet specific needs

– Knowing the main world geographic resources to download official and collaborative geodata.

– Knowing the main software and mapping online tools in order to what you are willing.

– Creating your map in different open source software and online tools in a professional way.


The course takes 4 intensive weeks, so you have to be willing to work hard, practicing with the different resources and software to achieve agility enough to master the mapping tools. 12 hours per week are considered, so 50 hours the complete course.


Multiple choice exams at each lesson and final map evaluated by peer review.


OOAC and UNAUS will offer joint certificates for the course completion.


There is no prior knowledge required, but basic computer skills are needed to better develop the maps. And of course, you have to be a geographic data lover!

GIS Techniques for M&E of HIV/AIDS and Related Programs


This course presents a practical guide for using a geographic information system (GIS) to integrate, visualize, and analyze geographically-referenced data extracted from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other key data sets to facilitate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HIV/AIDS and related health programs. To make the course accessible to learners without commercial GIS software licenses, the course focuses on the use of free and open source software (FOSS).

The course includes a number of practical exercises which will allow you to apply what you have learned, using the FOSS – QGIS. These exercises are estimated to add an additional three hours to completing the course.


Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:
  • Define a GIS and articulate the value of using a GIS to integrate, visualize, and analyze program data.
  • Differentiate the primary uses of several free and open source GIS software options.
  • Explain the fundamentals of geographic data, including the shapefile format.
  • List the principal geo-referenced sources for HIV/AIDS data and explain how their geographic structure can be leveraged for M&E of HIV/AIDS and related programs.
  • Recognize the types of M&E questions that can be answered using the highlighted data sets and GIS software packages.
  • Use the free and open source GIS software package, QGIS, to perform essential GIS tasks needed to respond to typical M&E questions.
Target Audience

Although the course is designed primarily for M&E professionals working for or with HIV/AIDS programs in countries receiving Global Health Initiative/PEPFAR support, analysts and decision makers from other public health programs will benefit from the techniques and data sources explained.


2 hours

Related Courses

– See more at: http://www.globalhealthlearning.org/course/gis-techniques-m-e-hiv-aids-and-related-programs#sthash.Dq70FRk8.dpuf

You Can Help Map the Ebola Zone and Fight the Outbreak

Gillian Mahoney, ABC News  6 Aug 2014

To fight the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the American Red Cross is attempting to get ahead of the virus by creating the most detailed maps of rural towns and villages so officials can track the deadly virus as it spreads.

The aid group is enlisting volunteers — maybe even you — to help map the areas hard hit by the virus through its Geographic Information System program. Anyone who wants to volunteer can joinonline.

Dale Kunce, the leader of the American Red Cross Geographic Information System (GIS) team, said it works with input from people in the field to oversee volunteers as they detail maps by poring over satellite imagery of houses, schools and remote villages.

“One of the more interesting requests was from the [World Health Organization to] start looking at cemeteries,” said Kunce. “It’s very important in the Ebola outbreak because it’s where the infection [can occur.]”


Read more here.

Manage Webinar for “Mapping Grade Products from the Unmanned Aerial System: The photogrammetric Approach”

Free On-Line Seminar

Sponsored by ASPRS, CaGIS and GLIS

Date & Time: August 29, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT 

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) GIS Division in partnership with the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) would like to invite our members to attend our online seminar for the 2014 series.

Manage Webinar for “Mapping Grade Products from the Unmanned Aerial System: The photogrammetric Approach”

Abstract: There is increased attention by the mapping community here in the United States and abroad to the use of UAS for conventional mapping jobs such as corridor mapping, disaster sites, mine site, and any other small size projects. Woolpert purchase a UAS from Altavian and is in the process of converting it to a fully metric system. The presentation will discuss introduction to the UAS, system specifications, camera calibration, factors effecting flight and acquisition, evaluation of the derived More…geospatial data, and FAA current regulation.

Date & Time: August 29th, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT 

Remote Access / Registration:

Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/537798981017368833 

If you are unable to attend the live seminar, a recording will be posted at
http://www.asprs.org/GISD-Division/Online-Seminars.html several days after the seminar.

Learning Open Web Mapping (Webinar): Thursday Sep 4, 2-3PM EDT

Geospatial Webinars:  webinars@directionsmag.com

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Many GIS software professionals are interested in putting their maps online using free and open source software, but don’t know where to start. The array of available open source products can be overwhelming and the documentation fragmented, making it a challenge to integrate data, servers and clients into an efficient Web mapping architecture. Penn State University has created an online course called Open Web Mapping which covers the theory and architecture of Web mapping. The course guides students through the process of taking their raw spatial data and turning it into an interactive Web map. More..

For The Love Of Open Mapping Data

Frederic Lardinois in www.techcrunch.com

It’s been exactly ten years since the launch of OpenStreetMap, the largest crowd-sourced mapping project on the Internet. The project was founded by Steve Coast when he was still a student.

It took a few years for the idea of OpenStreetMap to catch on, but today, it’s among the most heavily used sources for mapping data and the project is still going strong, with new and improved data added to it every day by volunteers as well as businesses that see the value in an open project like this.  Click here to continue reading.