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Atlas of ReUrbanism

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Preservation Leadership Forum

Atlas of ReUrbanism

Buildings and Blocks in American Cities

As the National Trust’s ReUrbanism initiative seeks to build the successful, inclusive, and resilient cities of tomorrow, the Atlas of ReUrbanism is a tool for urban leaders and advocates to better understand and leverage the opportunities that exist in American cities.

The Atlas of ReUrbanism takes the massive amount of data currently available about cities and makes it more accessible, allowing for the exploration and discovery of connections between older buildings and economic, demographic, environmental measures. Whether you’re an activist, journalist, developer, or resident, the Atlas of ReUrbanism contains detailed information about the businesses and residents, buildings and blocks that make cities work for everyone.

The Atlas of ReUrbanism was supported through the generous financial contributions of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Kresge Foundation, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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New York Times Article with Great Prison Map

This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?

A Look at GIS Salaries

From GIS Lounge:
A Look at GIS Salaries


How much do those working in GIS make? In trying to figure out the financial landscape for the GIS industry, there are a few different sources available for determining what kind of salary you can expect to make as a GIS professional. The Bureau of Labor Statistics periodically updates its Occupational Outlook Handbook which contains a several sections covering geospatial professionals (more detail here).

Another way is through a salary survey. URISA puts out an extensive GIS salary survey roughly every three to four years. A smaller and more informal salary survey was conducted by GIS Lounge back in 2013.

If you are looking for more fine-grained and current GIS salary survey information, one method is via the job aggregation site, The site offers a salary search tool that allows the user to enter in a job title and geographic location to see what the average salaries are for that position based on Indeed’s database of over 50 million jobs. When you search for a position, Indeed pulls listed salary information and presents an overall average salary amount as well as a graph showing how that salary information varies over the past four years.

Leaving the location box blank returns a national average for that position. You can also enter different titles to get a comparison of job positions. So how do the different GIS job titles stack up in terms of salaries?

I entered a range of common GIS job titles (e.g. intern, technician, specialist, analyst, and developer) and left the location box empty so I could see the national averages. Indeed assigns job types based not only on the job title but also pulls from the job descriptions. There is an option to restrict the calculations purely based on the job title by checking the box beneath the job search boxes.

Overall, the average salaries follows along the rough hierarchy one expects for GIS job titles. For example, that is GIS interns make the least amount of money, followed by GIS technicians. GIS Analysts average more than the GIS specialists and both GIS programmers and developers earn more than the Analysts. Among the management level positions, GIS coordinators make the least on average, followed by GIS Managers. Finally, GIOs make on average the highest salary among all the GIS positions I searched for.

Each of the GIS job titles is hyperlinked so the user can see a current list of job listings. If the salary information is listed, this information is posted along with the rest of the metadata for that job listing.


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Researchers Find Earth May Be Home to 1 Trillion Species

May 3rd, 2016

Sensors & Systems

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to a study from biologists at Indiana University.

The estimate, based on the intersection of large datasets and universal scaling laws, appears todayin the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study’s authors are Jay T. Lennon, associate professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology, andKenneth J. Locey, a postdoctoral fellow in the department.

The IU scientists combined microbial, plant and animal community datasets from government, academic and citizen science sources, resulting in the largest compilation of its kind. Altogether, these data represent over 5.6 million microscopic and nonmicroscopic species from 35,000 locations across all the world’s oceans and continents, except Antarctica.

“Estimating the number of species on Earth is among the great challenges in biology,” Lennon said. “Our study combines the largest available datasets with ecological models and new ecological rules for how biodiversity relates to abundance. This gave us a new and rigorous estimate for the number of microbial species on Earth.

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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.

Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

Feb 15th, 2016 Sensors & Systems

There has been considerable coming together between GIS and the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) design tools of CAD and BIM over the past few years. Not only has it become much easier to share data and models between these tools, there’s also a blurring of some functions. More GIS practitioners are executing drafting functions and more CAD practitioners are conducting geospatial analysis.

This development is a great thing for enhanced understanding of urban environments. The AEC community gains from the insight that geospatial tools provide, particularly around population demographics and quantifying change. The geospatial community gains much more realistic models, the ability to quantify takeoffs to improve project cost projections and the ability to tell compelling stories regarding the built environment.

The coming together also means fewer barriers of communication between disciplines. The idea to break down silos of modeling and visualization across disciplines is an old one. Today’s tools with their much easier modeling may provide the impetus for meaningful advancements in sharing, interactions and communication. Continue reading Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

DroneDeploy Announce 1 Million Acres of Drone Data

Sensors & Systems

Written by DroneDeployPublished: 17 November 2015-

DroneDeploy, a Silicon Valley tech company that develops software for commercial drones, announced today a milestone of 1 million acres of drone data and have launched their software for free to anyone in over 120 countries.

CEO Mike Winn explains: “Historically, most drone publicity has been related to one-off examples, or what might happen. What we’re announcing today is hundreds of real people, getting real results with DroneDeploy. 40% of our user’s data is related to agriculture, enabling farmers to get a bird’s eye view of their fields,” says Winn. The data, collected and processed with DroneDeploy, has enabled their customers to identify pests, water damage, irrigation issues, and determine the right time to harvest.

DroneDeploy is also announcing what it believes to be the world’s longest commercial drone map. Over 114,000 images were processed from 869 flights over Mexican highways in a project executed by DroneDeploy mapper Sergio Serrato of Skylab Industries. “DroneDeploy’s scalability is what enabled us to complete this data collection operation on time,” recounts Serrato. “We undertook a huge project to create a highly accurate map of 1,000 kilometers of highway. Our first image processing solution just couldn’t handle the huge volume of data. We’re happy we found DroneDeploy.”

DroneDeploy was built with the ability to scale—supporting large fleets of drones. “Now that our technology’s scalability has been proven, we migrate out of beta,” informs Nick Pilkington, CTO. “Today, we’re launching our service with a free tier, enabling anyone to produce high-quality maps and 3D models.”

DroneDeploy’s free mobile app is currently available for Android devices through Google Play and lets users automate mapping flights for drones manufactured by DJI. An iOS app is slated for release in the coming weeks.

About DroneDeploy

Founded in 2013, DroneDeploy is a San Francisco-based startup that provides cloud-control software solutions for drones which include automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing. The company has partnered with leading drone manufacturers like DJI to provide its software to end users in a variety of industries, including agriculture, real estate, mining, construction and many other commercial and consumer arenas.

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Save the Date: Friday, November 20th

We are planning another map-off with GMU against GW to celebrate GIS Day.  It will be at GMU on Friday November 20th in the evening (not sure what time).  Once again, we will be looking for volunteers.  If you are planning to continue your education at GMU, this would be a great opportunity for you!

As soon as I have more information, I will post!

Critical Need! DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu

Subject: DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu –  Activation

March 16,  2014

GISCorps  is officially deploying remote volunteers in response to a Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) request from UN OCHA to assist with baseline and response data mapping for Typhoon Pam, a typhoon that devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on March 14, 2015.   GISCorps will be working on this task with MapAction (who are deploying to Vanuatu) and PeaceGeeks (who will be bringing in volunteers who are familiar with Vanuatu’s geography and language).

Softwares requested for this work include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online,  and access to Skype and Google Drive documents. Volunteers are likely to also use additional tools such as Google Earth, Micromappers, and others.

Volunteer skills required (If you have one or more of the skills listed below – please join us):

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Online

Experienced geo-location skills

Media monitoring skills for data mining.

Verification skills.

GISCorps volunteers will be coordinating online via Skype and Google Drive.

Estimated deployment timeframe: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March, 22.

STEP 1: Please sign up for the deployment here and indicate your availability:

STEP 2: We will add you to the Skype chat window for the deployment and share the Data Scramble Google Doc.  Please check the Skype window for further instructions and to obtain tasks.

Deployment Leads:

Helen Campbell (ACAPS) –

Renee Black (PeaceGeeks) –

Heather Milton (GISCorps) –

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to working with you!