Author: Ashley Buzzeo

Introducing GIS and Locational Data to Towson University Marketing Students

Did you know that where you live gives marketing professionals a good idea of your lifestyle, demographics, and other consumer preferences to assist in targeted marketing strategies? Where you live can reveal what you like to buy, who you are, and even help marketing professionals create a profile that define those that live around you based on similar tastes and behavior. I was recently invited to present to Professor Trevor Iles’ Principles of Marketing course in TU’s College of Business and Economics on the use of GIS technology and spatial data to support targeted marketing analysis. Visualizing customer data...

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Teaching GIS to Business Students

Location. Location. Location. From deciding where to locate a new store to analyzing how well marketing campaigns are working in various markets, maps help business leaders make better decisions. Recently, I taught two classes to Towson University business students, which focused on how businesses can use geospatial technology to enhance decision-making. Introducing GIS to Business Students Associate Professor Tobin Porterfield teaches Project Management and Business Analysis, among other courses, at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. Professor Porterfield invited me to his class to expose his undergraduate business students to the potential for enhancing business decision-making using GIS technology. The...

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On the Map: 7 Questions with Julia Fischer

For the past 10 years I have been working in the GIS field and have met some interesting, talented, intelligent, and motivating GIS colleagues.  Hopefully this blog series will share with you some exciting tidbits of information from each person who has touched my career in some way. I am heavily involved in the MD iMap technical committee, in which Julia is a Co-Chair. She does a tremendous job in organizing and presenting the materials, running the meetings, and bringing new and exciting ideas to the table.  She is a detail-oriented, prepared, smart and fun person to be around!   Quick Facts about Julia Fischer GIS Coordinator at Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Born in Baltimore, Maryland Graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2000 with a B.S. in Geographic and Environmental Systems and a Cartography Certificate MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in Geospatial Information Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Expected in Spring, 2013. When I asked Julie about what she loves most about her job, she replied, “the opportunity to come to work each day and use GIS to help make someone else’s job a little easier, their workflow a little smoother, and help the GIS industry discreetly take over the world.”  I personally couldn’t agree more!  Here are some fun facts about Julie before we delve into the hard...

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On the Map: 8 Questions with Jim Cannistra

As I have been working in the GIS field for 10 years in Maryland, I have met some interesting, talented, intelligent, and motivating GIS colleagues along the way. Hopefully this blog series will share with you some exciting tidbits of information from each person who has touched my career in some way. I was first introduced to Jim last year at a MSGIC meeting and then subsequent MD iMap technical committee meetings. I was immediately drawn to listening to Jim as he speaks because of his experience with both GIS and imagery and the way he communicates. Jim is able to look at the big picture and disseminate information in a clear, concise manner. Maryland is very lucky to have someone like Jim as a GIS leader! Quick facts about Jim Cannistra Director of Data Planning Services for the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) Born in upstate New York Attended the State University of New York at Plattsburg, and the University of Tennessee Tell me something fun about your job. I like working for MDP for many reasons. Our agency is a very GIS-centric organization. The leadership within the agency recognizes and appreciates the value of GIS technology in support of smart growth and planning analysis work. I am also fortunate to be able to work with a very committed, technically knowledgeable, and diverse team of professionals. MDP has...

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On the Map: 9 Questions with Barney Krucoff

As I have been working in the GIS field for 10 years in Maryland, I have met some interesting, talented, intelligent, and motivating GIS colleagues along the way. Hopefully this blog series will share with you some exciting tidbits of information from each person who has touched my career in some way. I first met Barney Krucoff at a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments GIS committee meeting in 2006. At the time, Barney was the GIS manager for Washington DC and I was very impressed with his knowledge of spatial technology and the cohesiveness of DCs GIS. When I heard the news that Barney was coming to work in Maryland, I knew that Maryland GIS would be in good hands. Quick Facts about Barney Krucoff Maryland’s State Geographic Information officer at the Maryland Department of Information Technology Born in Washington, DC Degrees from Vanderbilt University and Georgia Institute of Technology Tell me something fun about your job. Governor O’Malley has a special interest in geospatial technology and really uses maps and data to manage and lead the state. I bet that I’m the only state GIO who sits in his governor’s senior staff meetings. The challenge is delivering data and applications fast enough. What is one of your favorite hobbies? Ultimate Frisbee Where are you from? I was born and raised in Washington, DC, and have lived in Bethesda,...

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On the Map: 6 Questions with Kenny Miller

As I have been working in the GIS field for 10 years in Maryland, I have met some interesting, talented, intelligent, and motivating GIS colleagues along the way. Hopefully this blog series will share with you some exciting tidbits of information from each person who has touched my career in some way. I first met Kenny Miller through early replication centerline efforts between the State, SHA, Esri and CGIS. I have to admit I was intimidated and somewhat frightened of Kenny’s experience and knowledge in the field, and of course his ability to charm. Then, as MD iMap began to grow to more than just a vision, I began to work with Kenny more directly and have learned quite a bit from him. He seemed to place a lot of confidence in my GIS ability, and without people like Kenny, I would not have grown as much as I did both technically and professionally over the past 5 years. Quick Facts About Kenny Miller Maryland’s Deputy State Geographic Information Officer at the Maryland Department of Information Technology Born in Chincoteague, Virginia Attended Old Dominion University Tell me something fun about your job. Achieving “Ah Ha” moments with customers, especially people in positions of influence policy-wise across state government. Seeing someone get excited about how GIS technology can solve problems, improve workflow and decision making. Watching their faces light up...

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On the Map: 7 Questions with Michael S. Scott, PhD

I’m excited to bring you the first in my blog series with GIS colleagues in Maryland. As I have been working in the GIS field for 10 years in Maryland, I have met some interesting, talented, intelligent, and motivating GIS colleagues along the way. Hopefully this blog series will share with you some exciting tidbits of information from each person who has touched my career in some way. I first met Dr. Mike Scott when we started working on the Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative project together. He is outgoing and incredibly knowledgeable in the field of GIS and geography. Throughout this project I have found myself looking forward to hearing his viewpoint on a topic or asking him for his opinion. Dr. Scott’s advice is far reaching, and his passion for teaching and leadership with MSGIC is admirable. Quick Facts about Mike Scott Professor, Department of Geography and Geosciences, Salisbury University Graduate Program Director, MS in GIS Management Director, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative Chair for 2011-2012, Maryland State Geographic Information Committee Tell me something fun about your job. Working with young people, teaching them about the power and possibilities of Geographic Information Systems, couldn’t be more fun! What is one of your favorite hobbies? I love solving jigsaw puzzles, although I don’t have much time for it. Where are you from? I was born just outside Washington, DC...

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Readying MD iMap for Mobile Consumption and Enhancing the GIS Service Search Capability

More and more MD iMap users are accessing applications and searching for data using mobile devices. In fact, several State agencies have purchased iPads for their employees to replace their Blackberry phones. To accommodate this growing user base, CGIS generated a mobile friendly version of the Portal website and a mobile friendly version for MD iMap application, GreenPrint. Also, a search capability on the MD iMap portal has been set in place that allows users to find GIS services on MD iMap in a fast, up to date and easy to use manner. Mobile GreenPrint Application or http://www.mdimap.us/greenprintmobile This mobile-ready application for GreenPrint allows users to turn on and off the data layers, view a dynamic legend, change basemaps between streets and aerial imagery, use an identify tool, and search by location. The GreenPrint application determines how the user is connecting – either with a mobile device or tablet or via a computer – and then launches the appropriate mobile site or the full mapping application. Mobile Website for the MD iMap Portal or http://www.mdimap.us/imapmobile This mobile-ready application for the MD iMap portal provides: service alerts information on how to connect service URLs event information link to the Twitter account GreenPrint mobile mapping application. The MD iMap Portal determines how the user is connecting – either with a mobile device or tablet or via a computer – and then...

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Migrating MD iMap to ArcGIS Server 10 – Testing Results

The past few weeks have been devoted to testing the migration of MD iMap to ArcGIS Server 10. It is important to limit potential issues and ensure all services and applications function appropriately after the upgrade. If you have ever successfully done an upgrade, you know how important it is to test, test, and do more testing. Because ArcGIS Desktop, ArcSDE and ArcGIS Server are spread out among multiple machines within the MD iMap infrastructure, we can upgrade the different components at different times. So, we are only upgrading ArcGIS Server at this time. And, MD iMap has seven instances of ArcGIS Server: 2 staging, 1 pre-release and 4 production servers. We upgraded one of the two staging instances to ArcGIS Server 10 so we could test away. The Center for GIS’ goal is have all instances upgraded by the end of November. Please note that ArcSDE is still at 9.3.1 until we do a domain migration at the end of November. Once the migration is complete, we will upgrade ArcSDE to 10.0 as well. While I understand that every environment is different, I wanted to share two problems we have discovered in our upgrade testing. 1. No special characters in WMS-enabled services Issue: Several map services would not draw in ArcCatalog and we received the following error when adding them to ArcMap: “Could not add the specified data...

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How to Get Active with GIS in Maryland

If you are interested in getting involved with GIS in Maryland, there are several avenues you can pursue, including statewide committees and initiatives as well as local user groups and conferences. MSGIC You can start by becoming a member of the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC).  This volunteer organization is made up of members from all levels of government, academia, regional organizations, and private industry.  There is an Executive Committee that meets the second Wednesday of every month in Columbia at 9am.  While this meeting is open to all, there is a larger quarterly meeting that is held on the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October.  This venue is perfect for networking with fellow GISers and keeping up with statewide coordinated activities. The next quarterly meeting is April 27th at the Caroline County Health and Public Services Building in Denton MD.  MSGIC has a group on LinkedIn: MSGIC MD iMap Another great resource is Maryland’s Internet Map (MD iMap), which provides a wide variety of products and services to the citizens and government employees in Maryland at no charge. It represents a centralized collection of the most commonly used, best available GIS data and applications in the State.  Take a look at the MD iMap Portal.  This website details the current MD iMap initiatives in Maryland.  You can also get involved with the MD iMap initiative by...

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