Tag: GIS

Division Staff Present Work at Esri User Conference

Each year Esri, the global leader in GIS technology and spatial analytics software, hosts the Esri User Conference. For the past several years Center for GIS staff members have attended. It is always a great experience. Not only does it take place in sunny San Diego, we are able to learn new best practices, hear fantastic presentations from inspirational speakers, and connect with other GIS pros from around the globe. This year, two of my colleagues attended and presented on two projects, gaining so much exposure for the work we do at Towson University. I recently sat down with...

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Maryland GIS Training Program a Success

As we approach the two year anniversary of delivering training for DoIT’s Statewide GIS Training Program, the Center for GIS at Towson University is proud to have trained over 600 Maryland State employees from 32 different agencies! In collaboration with WBCM and Salisbury University, the Center for GIS developed curriculum and are currently delivering three GIS courses. These courses feature lectures, demos, and guided exercises using data and resources from MD iMAP and Maryland’s Open Data Portal. For more information about the specifics of the training program, check here, or my previous blog post. Courses include: Thinking Spatially, Half Day (Also available online!) Intermediate ArcGIS...

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Collaboration on Display at TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference

There was a buzz in the air at the 30th year of TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference last week at Towson University. Without a doubt this is a great event for the geospatial community and beyond. TUgis attendees come from a variety of industries from within the private and non-profit sectors, education, and all levels of government from across Maryland. 2016 TUgis by the Numbers 550+ attendees 30+ exhibitors and sponsors 130+ first time attendees 70+ talks and panel sessions 300+ MSGIC members 150 participated in preconference workshops Increasing Collaboration Dr. Virginia Thompson, Towson University Geography Department Chair, kicked off...

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What’s In Store at TUgis?

The 2017 TUgis is just around the corner! On March 20-21, Towson University will host the 30th TUgis Conference. Presented in partnership by Towson University College of Liberal Arts, Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC), and Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Maryland’s Geospatial Conference brings together the top geo-technologists in our region—and promises something for everyone. What to Expect from TUgis This year the conference includes a full day of pre-conference training workshops and over 70 talks in the conference program. Attendees will have access to Mini-Workshops, Panel Presentations, Lightning Talks, and Individual Presentations. And, for a second...

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An Intern’s Perspective: Working with the Maryland Port Administration

This post was written by Newsha Amirihormozaki, a graduate student supporting development and enhancement of web applications at the Center for GIS. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Applied Information Technology at Towson University. As an AIT (Applied Information Technology) graduate student working at the Towson University Center for GIS (CGIS), I had the opportunity to help with the development of an engineering document search tool for the Maryland Port Administration (MPA). MPA has an archive of drawing sets associated with completed construction projects at their various Baltimore-area terminals. These hard copy and digital (.pdf) drawings contain information...

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2016 Esri User Conference Recap

Last week, my coworker Ashley Buzzeo and I were fortunate enough to join over 16,000 GIS practitioners and enthusiasts from 138 countries at the Esri User Conference in San Diego. The conference runs for a full week and is packed with speakers, sessions, workshops, social events, an expo center, and a huge map gallery. The Esri User Conference kicked off with a plenary session hosted by Esri President and Founder, Jack Dangermond. With big announcements, guests, and a keynote speaker the plenary was an inspiring start to the week. This year’s theme of “GIS – Enabling a Smarter World”...

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MD iMAP and Maryland GIS Training Program

Over the past decade, the State of Maryland has continued to expand available GIS data and spatial resources through the MD iMAP program. More recently, a statewide licensing agreement with GIS software leader Esri has allowed state employees to access traditional ArcGIS Desktop software as well as browser-based ArcGIS Online software. Along with the continued growth of cloud computing technology, these factors put Maryland in a great position to offer effective GIS training to its employees. As GIS professionals, we recognize the strategic value of tapping into the spatial dimension of data, and are excited to collaborate with the...

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2016 TUgis Conference Preview

Ardys Russakis is managing director at the Center for GIS at Towson University and chairs the TUgis Conference Advisory Committee and Facilities Sub-Committee. Calling all geo-geeks! On March 15, Towson University will host the 2016 TUgis Conference. Presented by Towson University College of Liberal Arts, Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC), and Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Maryland’s Geospatial Conference brings together the top geo-technologists in our region—and promises something for everyone. TUgis Conference Program This one-day event is packed full of content and provides networking opportunities across different sectors from education and private enterprise to non-profits and...

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Using GIS to Aid Maryland Cover Crop Program

When I think of Maryland industries, I often think of blue crabs. However, agriculture is the largest commercial industry in the state, with roughly 350,000 people employed in some aspect of agriculture. The Center for GIS (CGIS) at Towson University is using GIS to help the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Cover Crop program become more efficient and streamlined in data collection and approval for payments. Cover Crops Maryland has 2.0 million acres of farmland, with the majority lying in the north-central part of the State and the upper Eastern Shore. In fact, about one-quarter of the land in...

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Esri Maps for Office: Empowering Libraries With GIS Technology

Last year, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries program, and a partnership with the Eastern Shore Regional Library and the TU Library, TU’s Center for GIS started to explore possibilities for mapping library data and putting GIS decision-making tools into the hands of library planners. To check out the results from our library administrators’ focus group, see my previous post. Using Esri Maps for Office The outcomes of the focus group were used to develop a GIS pilot for staff from two Eastern Shore library systems to map their own data and explore available data pertaining to their local communities. Ultimately we decided to use the Esri Maps for Office plug-in for Excel for several key reasons. As a plug-in for Excel, Maps for Office offers a focused set of tools that are accessed from within Excel. Users can geocode address information from spreadsheets, create interactive color-coded maps and heat maps, and perform other geospatial operations using the Maps for Office toolbar. These maps can be overlaid with additional information (e.g., median household income, locations of Maryland schools) by adding hosted web map services from Esri or MD iMAP. In addition to mapping, Esri Maps for Office also allows users the ability to generate customized reports using a specified distance or drive-time from a library branch location. There are approximately 40...

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