The NY Times mapping staff does it again

They consistently use great cartographic resources for events that make the information discernible and understandable.  You’ve probably already seen this, but if not…

Free easy web mapping learning opportunity

ESRI & the National Geographic Council for Education are offering a free webinar.  Details are here:

10 Tips for Easy Web Mapping in the Classroom Tomorrow

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9pm EDT/8pm CDT (1 hour).

Webinar presented by: Esri Education Team and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). NCGE will host the webinar.  Register today at NCGE for the this joint Esri-NCGE webinar at

Cost: Free

About: Learn about the basics in web mapping technology and easy-to-implement strategies for the geography & science classrooms.

Critical websites and power tips will be provided to teachers new to geospatial tools – designed specifically for use “tomorrow”. We’ll even show you how to create your own map-enabled presentations, suitable for use in any academic subject area.

Autodesk Educational Software for free

Many thanks to a Scripps Institution of Oceanography colleague who posted this information.  Details are at:

Brief details are:  Autodesk makes its software available for free, with a 3 year renewable license, to educational users.  There are a few downsides, the worst being all printouts have an “Educational Version” banner around the edges.  The verification of your educational status is that you have a .edu mail address.  Some of the programs are available in both Windows and native Apple.  The Windows only programs are tweaked to run on Apples with Parallels Desktop.

Hope this is helpful!

Advanced LIDAR Summer School Opportunity

For more details, see their website and be sure to correspond with them directly.  The registration deadline is 4/30/11 and it looks like a great learning opportunity…

New Microsoft mapping products available to UC San Diego Community Members

Hello!  If you are able to purchase software through ACMS at UC San Diego, please be aware that there are two new mapping/GIS related products available called GeoSynth and Geosynth viewer.  Please contact ACMS directly if interested.

Our agreement will now include a new type of subscription option for annual users who can wait to start effective 7/1 each year if they are new subscribers.  For more details, please see:

Geosynther sub               $1,099   (

Geosynthvwr sub            $55

Select agreement licenses for Geosynther should be available in a short time period after order, as I understand it.

RMF-00007 GeoSynther ALNG SubsVL MVL $89.62

SCF-00007 GeoSynthSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL $149.36

RNF-00007 GeoSynthVwr ALNG SubsVL MVL $4.48

This is a wholly owned Microsoft company and is a companion to the other Microsoft GIS/Map products also available for license such as  Virtual EarthServer, BingMaps etc.

Have an idea of how to geospatial data infrastructure that is necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data?

Then maybe you should apply for one of the NSDI grants!  See below for details and contact them directly with any questions.

The 2011 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP) announcement has been posted on  The last day to submit proposals is January 6, 2011.

This year the FGDC is offering a total of $800,000 to award an estimated 21 geospatial related projects that are spread across six categories.  Each project will focus on ways to expand the geospatial data infrastructure that is necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data. The project awards are scheduled to be announced in February or March 2011 with obligated work to begin on each project no later than September 30, 2011.  More information and a link to the announcement on are available at

Help on submitting a proposal is available at  The October 28 and November 2 webinars are currently full but a recorded version will be made available on the FGDC training site as soon as it is available.

If there are any questions please contact me or the category leads listed in the 2011 NSDI CAP Web page (link above).

Gita Urban-Mathieux
NSDI CAP Coordinator
Federal Geographic Data Committee
MS 590, National Center, Reston, VA 20192
Phone: 703-648-5175
Fax: 703-648-5755

Computers in Data and GIS Lab are upgraded!

I’m very excited to say that there are now computers in the Data & GIS Lab whose software and configuration has been upgraded!

We currently have 3 out of the 6 up and running, with more computers being upgraded on a daily basis.  Come on in and test them out!

1.      Microsoft Office Suite 2007

2.      Adobe Reader

3.      WinRAR

4.      Notepad++

5.      ArcGIS 10, ArcInfo level functionality

6.      ArcGIS Business Analyst 10

7.      GME (Geospatial Modeling Environment)

8.      X Tools Pro 7, free version

9.      Google Earth Pro, newest version

10.  Google SketchUp

11.  ENVI remote sensing software (one floating license)

12.  Arc2Earth, Community Edition

13.  FME 10 software

14.  ArcGIS Explorer

15.  Stata 11

16.  PSPP (open source version of SPSS)

17.  SPSS 19


Got a GIS education or thinking about getting one?

Here’s an article that talks about opportunities for those in the field, or thinking of entering it…

HistoryPin…a way to see the past and the present together at the same time

Check it out – it’s really pretty cool!

Thanks to the Flowing Data blog for bringing this to my attention.  I really do like that blog.

GIS, GPS and Privacy in the popular media

Finally the notion of geographic information and privacy is hitting the mainstream media.  Check out this article in Time Magazine to read more about how geographic information can be used, and in ways you may not be aware of…,8599,2013150,00.html

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