Data Project Meet Up

Women Data Scientists DC  Sunday April 3rd 1pm-4pm

Laptops are required for this meetup!!!!!

The purpose of this workshop is to help members put a(nother) Data Science project on their resume.

You are welcome to come with your own data to work with, but we will have two different data sets provided by OCTO:

Moving Violations: (4,103,766 total records) ) Raw: [masked] (less 2013)- 6yrs worth of data; layers are broken out by Month/Year

This information comes courtesy of DPW from partner agencies MPD, DPW and DDOT. Data is in tabular form and has been geocoded.

Vehicular Crash Data: (106,908 total records)

This information comes courtesy of MPD via DDOT crash data section (100k + GIS records) .  DDOT received some assistance in the geocoding efforts from the University of Colorado. (Attributes like YEAR/DAY OF WEEK/ TYPE / ROAD SURFACE / FATALITIES / CONDITIONS OF WEATHER, TRAFFIC

We will brainstorm some analysis ideas for these and other datasets, both as a large group and in smaller groups.  I will walk around and help with R programming.

Caveat: You are not meant to finish this project at this meetup!  This is simply to give you a head start with some others also working on a data project.

The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America

From CityLab:

The first part in a series exploring little-seen contributions to cartography.

In the 1970s, early in her career as map librarian at the New York Public Library, Alice Hudson started researching women mapmakers throughout history. With few other women in her chosen field, she wondered how many had come before her. “I thought I might find 10,” she tells CityLab.

But over the years, as she combed through maps, censuses, newspapers, and tips from colleagues, she was amazed by how many women there were in the early days of mapmaking. By the late ‘90s, she’d found over a thousand names of women who had drawn, published, printed, engraved, sold, or traded maps prior to 1900 alone.

Reading mainstream history books, or even CityLab’s coverage of oldmaps, you might never know that women historically had much of a role at all in cartography. But really, they’ve been involved in mapmaking about as long as any man has. This week, I’ll present a selection of maps, profiles of mapmakers, and stories that testify to this history. Women have made maps to chart territories, educate students, sell propaganda, convey data, argue policy, and make art. In other words, women have made maps, period. And they continue to, as this century’s geospatial revolution turns.

Which women, and when? Mapmaking spans genders, centuries, cultures, and technologies. A complete history of women in cartography would require many volumes of pages, and possibly a graduate degree. To make this series sensible for online readers, I’ve narrowed my selection to works by women mapping North America over the past 300 years. Within this “small” range is a diversity of stories, styles, and approaches that, collected together, should provoke curiosity about the many more ways women have mapped the world.

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ESRI GeoDev Meet-up May 11th

GeoDev Meetup – Washington, D.C.Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC (map)

  • We will be hosting an Esri GeoDev Meetup on Wednesday, May 11th. Food and beverages will be provided at the meet up.

    This event is a social gathering for developers to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology, geo services, web and mobile mapping apps, app design, cloud solutions, map data or anything else related to solving real-world “geo” problems.

    Developers of all levels of expertise are welcome, from seasoned GIS professionals to those new to geospatial development. At these meet ups, you can: Meet cool people. Show us what you got by demo’ing your application or framework. Present a cool new/interesting concept or idea. Impress someone by sharing your experiences. Make BFFs for life – connect with other developers!

    Meet Up Schedule

    5:30 – 6:30 PM Registration and Social (Appetizers and Beverages served)

    6:30 – 7:00 PM Introduction, plus demos from Courtney Claessens and Andrew Turner, Esri R&D Center.

    7:00 – 8:00 PM Lightning talks

    8:00 – 9:00 PM Raffle, Networking and Social.

    Two great prizes:

    • 1000 ArcGIS Online Developer Subscription credits

    • DevSummit 2017 Registration

GeoTech Center 2016 Geospatial Skills Competition

 The GeoTech Center is pleased to announce the 2016 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a Poster that not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills.

The competition is software neutral.

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Applicants must meet all of the requirements below to qualify for the competition (questions regarding eligibility can be directed to either Tom Mueller ( or Scott Jeffrey (

  • Applicants must be the age of 18 or older;
  • Applicants must be enrolled during the Spring 2016 term in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, GPS/GNSS, etc.) or geospatial technology program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year U.S. institution (undergraduate status);
  • Applicants must reside in the U.S.;
  • All work and cartographic output must be the original work of the applicant;
  • Only one entry allowed per student; and
  • Only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects).

The Great Migration–Please check out this amazing map!!

From Trajectory Magazine USGIF:

According to the United Nations (UN), more than 12 million people—including 5.6 million children—have fled Syria to escape the horrors of the country’s ongoing civil war and invasion by ISIS. Worldwide, the UN reports an unprecedented 59.5 million people are displaced by crisis. The flow of refugees toward Europe from Syria and other war-torn nations has caused the continent’s greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Finland-based Lucify, which creates interactive data visualizations to help organizations analyze and communicate important data, recently tackled the refugee migration to Europe. Using UN data from 2012 through December 2015, its interactive map offers a time-lapse view of refugee migration and country-by-country statistics. Between April 2011 and November 2015, more than 800,000 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe. When viewing worldwide data, the map reveals that among European countries Germany has experienced the greatest influx of refugees, taking in nearly 600,000 since 2012. View Lucify’s interactive data visualization below. – See more at:

Elmhurst College Digital Earth MOOC

Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC (massive open online course) is a FREE, 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society. Offered through Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Courses<>.

Registration Opens March 1

Run Dates: April 3 – April 30

Course Description

Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, “where?” is important to all of us from various perspectives.

Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.

In this course, participants will:

*   Understand basic geographic concepts and be exposed to the geospatial workforce.

*   Identify skills associated with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).

*   Use geospatial tools and technology and apply some business fundamentals using GIS.

*   Recognize employment opportunities in the geospatial industry.

*   Use and interpret spatial data and data sources.

*   Gain core geospatial abilities which are consistent with those of someone working in the geospatial industry.

Completing the Course

Upon successful completion of Modules 1-6, participants will be issued a certificate of completion. Upon successful completion of Module 7, participants will receive an additional certificate.

*   Module 1-6’s certificate of completion may be used as a waiver to GIS 100 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies, the first course in the  Online Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems<> at Elmhurst College.

*   Module 1-7’s certificate of completion may be used as a waiver to AGS 500 Fundamentals of Geospatial Technologies, the first course in the  Online Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate in Applied Geospatial Sciences<> at Elmhurst College.

For more information, and to register for the course, please visit:

Citizen Science GIS Summer Opportunity

UCF NSF REU Site in Belize

Welcome: U.S. undergraduates join us for a paid summer research experience that will change your entire perspective on what it means to be an international community scholar! Welcome to the website for the University of Central Florida’s Community GIS and Citizen Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site funded by National Science Foundation Award #1560015.  Our international REU Site is part of the UCF Department of Sociology and the UCF GIS Cluster Initiative at the second largest university in the United States and America’s Partnership University. We are looking forward to hosting a group of at least 8 outstanding undergraduate students from across the country in summer 2016 in Belize and in Orlando, Florida.  We emphasize engaged, community-based research while also preparing students for future academic and non-academic careers in GIS, geospatial technologies, geography, geosciences, sociology, education, community development, public health, and land use planning.

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Looking for a Job in Geography?

AAG Jobs in Geography and GIS Center Adds New Features and Functionality

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Jobs-site-seekersLooking for a job in geography?

The AAG Jobs in Geography and GIS Center is the preeminent source for academic jobs in geography, as well as a wide variety of jobs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. It’s the best place to find your next great opportunity or even your dream jobIf you’re a student, it’s also a strong source for graduate assistantships, postdoc positions and internships.

With our redesigned website, we’ve made it easier than ever to start your search. Set up an account to save versions of your CV/resumé and cover letter, create tailored searches to customize job ad results to your interests and set up alerts for new job postings. You can also save job openings, communications with employers and any notes about companies and opportunities.

Directly apply for individual job postings by sharing your resumé and/or post your resume anonymously in the job bank where employers search for and view professional profiles. If contacted via the blind process, you can decide whether you’d like to be considered for the position.

You’ll also find great resources to help you prepare for your career, analyze salary data and trends, attend special events, learn about what other geographers are doing and locate geography programs.

And, if you’re an AAG member, you can take advantage of the 14-day preview of new jobs to get a head start in the application process.

Sign up at and … find your place.

Millie the Mapper

Library of Congress March 11, 2016 by Carlyn Osborn

We’ve all heard the story of Rosie the Riveter: women, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who entered the workforce during World War II to aid the American war effort. From Lakehurst to Oak Ridge to Willow Run, women became involved in an enormous range of jobs pertaining to wartime manufacturing, production, and preparation. Some of these women also became involved in drafting, photogrammetry, computing, and mapping. Called “Millie the Mappers” or “Military Mapping Maidens” these women played an integral role in producing accurate and up-to-date maps used by various branches of the military and government during World War II. Continue reading Millie the Mapper