USGIF Scholarship Program

DEADLINE:  May 15th

To further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assist promising students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields. The annual USGIF Scholarship Program recognizes the achievements of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

USGIF has awarded $1,003,000 in scholarships since launching the program in 2004. The Scholarship Program is funded by donations, the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNC), USGIF membership dues, and the USGIF Allder Golf Classic.

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NOVA Alum- USGIF Young Professional Spotlight

FitzGerald graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management. She then owned and operated a local construction company before finding her passion in geospatial intelligence. Going back to school while continuing to work, FitzGerald earned a geographic information systems certificate from Northern Virginia Community College. She currently works as a geospatial analyst with Icaros, and has accepted an offer as a geospatial analyst with NGA to begin later this month.

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A Database of World Events

From Trajectory Magazine:

By Lindsay Tilton Mitchell

Jan 5, 2017

Imagine a database that holds information on all world events and historic records reported in the global news media over the last 30 years, along with the narratives, emotions, and images that defined those events. What you’re envisioning is the real-life GDELT project.

GDELT—which stands for Global Database of Events Language and Tone—is a free, open data platform that applies machine learning to gather news from all over the world and curate what GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru calls “a catalogue of society.”

“Today, we have sensors and satellites blanketing the earth, we know what the weather is, when an earthquake happens, and how many people are affected,” Leetaru said. “We have so much data about the natural Earth, but when it comes to the human Earth, to cataloging human ‘earthquakes’ like mass protests or coups, we were in the stone ages. Before GDELT we never had a database that could give you a list of all the protests happening right now around the world. That’s the goal of GDELT—to let you see the human world just as well as you can the natural world, letting you map global protests as easily as you can map global earthquakes.”

Leetaru began working with supercomputing and web mining in 1995 when he launched his first Internet startup. In 2013, he developed GDELT, and it has been his main focus ever since. Leetaru is also a senior fellow with George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.

GDELT has evolved beyond its original scope, and now collects broadcast, print, and web news and images from around the world—updating every 15 minutes. Several different data sets bring together more than 400 million event records in 300 categories, more than a trillion emotional measures, two billion mentions of location, and more than 175 million images covering world events from 1979 to present.

GDELT captures the emotion and tone of the articles and images. The project brings together a number of algorithms to detect the author’s emotion in an article, ranging from traditional positive/negative to more complex emotions such as anxiety and motivation. The database also distinguishes the emotion of an image—for example, whether it is violent or if the people in the image are looking away in horror.

GDELT identifies and disambiguates every location mentioned in each article, which can be used to map the geography of specific topics such as wildlife crime or civil unrest.

“Wildlife crimes are fragmented and groups are doing their own thing with little communication, never being able to put it all together to see the big picture,” Leetaru said. “Being able to use GDELT and see the patterns and what’s happening around the world puts the dots on the map and the context behind it in order to see where poachers will strike next. That’s the power of GDELT.”

GDELT is available for anyone to use for free. The GDELT cloud-based analysis website offers a number of built-in visualizations users can leverage to explore the data. Users can also download the raw files on the GDELT website or explore any of the GDELT data sets via Google BigQuery.

NASA DEVELOP Summer 2017

The NASA DEVELOP Program is currently recruiting for the summer 2017 term. This is a 10-week paid contracting position open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces. Although the term is only 10 weeks, there are many opportunities to advance through the program to year-long contracts.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at The summer online application window is January 9 – February 17.  The summer program dates are June 5 – August 11. This program has three terms: spring, summer, and fall – the term dates and application windows are updated on the “Apply” page of the DEVELOP website. In addition to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, there are many other locations across the United States that you can find on the “About” page.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and composing deliverables including a technical paper, poster, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial and more competitive, are not required for acceptance.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20-30 hours per week for the summer term. Paid positions are funded as consultants using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.

2 NASA Internships

Opportunity Title: GIS developer/analysts
Opportunity Type: Internship
Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) hosts and serves multidisciplinary, multi-dimensional, multi-scale spatiotemporal Earth science data products derived from Earth Observation System (EOS) satellites and from science models. These data are useful for a wide range of GIS research and applications in areas as climate, atmosphere, hydrology, weather, and agriculture. As we have seen an increasing number of GIS users accessing and using our data in various GIS platforms and software packages, we would like to provide this opportunity for this internship to further our efforts in making NASA earth data better used in the GIS communities, through either enhancing our GIS service capability or developing real world applications. The GIS service enhancement mainly involves enabling GES DISC data in ArcGIS services (image and feature servers) and presentation/visualization in ArcGIS portals (portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online). This internship will involve mini GIS projects or use case scenarios by utilizing GES DISC data. The following are some of the applications as an example, but the intern is highly encouraged to propose his/her own project after browsing through the science data parameters from GES DISC: 1) downscaling regional scale precipitation and soil moisture (or other parameters such as temperature) for local applications, 2) crop growth suitability analysis through using such data as solar radiation, temperature, precipitation, soil moisture, 3) natural disaster susceptibility analysis, such as landslide, hurricane, flood, and drought, 4) spatial and temporal analyses of extreme ecoclimatological events or phenomena, such as soil moisture deficiency, dust, air pollution.
The results of the internship should provide enough material for a poster presentation at an AGU conference or similar professional meetings and also for an entry in the GES DISC cookbook/recipe to help other GIS users.
The student should have taken introductory GIS courses and familiar with the ArcGIS software.  Knowledge/proficiency in ArcPy is a plus.
Session and Student Info
Summer 2017

(Note: Freshman-Senior refer to college students, not high school)
College – Sophomore
College – Junior
College – Senior
Academic discipline(s) that interested students should be studying.
Science – Earth Sciences
Science – Environ Sciences
Science – Life Sciences
Science – Physical Science
Science – Physics
Technology – Comp Science
Science – General
Work Site Location
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

8800 Greenbelt Rd
/ : Greenbelt Maryland
20771 2400

& : Bld 32 / S130E
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Open Source Tool Will Help Drive Emission Reduction

From Informed Infrastructure:

Parul Dubey on January 11, 2017 – in News, Projects

A new research project seeks to develop a tool to identify and reduce carbon in the construction supply chain. The project is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh Business School and Costain Group and is funded by the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) initiative hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment.

The Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool project (CITT) started from the need to solve two key problems facing the construction industry – the pressing need to reduce GHG emissions, and the highly fragmented nature of supply chains.

“In large infrastructure projects there are large amounts of emissions at stake. The supply chain is also very fragmented, with many different stakeholders. It’s important to ensure we have a consensus across the whole chain to reduce emissions,” says Dr Matthew Brander, Lecturer at University of Edinburgh Business School and Project Manager for CITT.

The research project seeks to develop and implement a tool that will help construction companies identify and reduce carbon. It will pinpoint opportunities to reduce carbon through innovation and supply chain engagement. It will also enhance the amount of communication and dialogue across the supply chain.

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