Tag: Towson University Center for GIS

Guidelines for Creating Effective Static Maps

This is part of a series of ‘tips and tricks’ blog posts for GIS professionals. Topics to be covered include ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcMap, as well as static maps. Maps are important tools that tell a story or illustrate an idea. Therefore, creating a map that effectively displays the intention is important. However, creating an efficient map can be challenging. Below are some ideas and guidelines for creating static maps for a project. Best practices. Contact your agency’s GIS department to inquire about agency map templates, official logos, shared data, and other best practices. Consider the audience of...

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Making the Switch from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro

It’s coming up on a year since I first started using ArcGIS Pro at the Center for GIS at Towson University. Esri recently released Pro 2.1 so I figured it was time to share some of the things I’ve learned in the past year of learning Pro and introducing it to others through the Maryland Statewide GIS Training Program. Although I still use ArcMap for some existing projects, I am increasingly drawn to Pro for its enhanced charting, symbology, and display capabilities. Here are a few things to know when switching over to ArcGIS Pro. Pro is faster. As...

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Nurturing Empowerment Through GIS

As we enter 2018, I’ve been reflecting a lot about the impacts I am personally making each year and how I can improve to ensure I am making a difference in my area of study and my career. This reflection often leads me to think about words that resonate and push me to be successful and that also fit within the culture and mission of Towson University Center for GIS (CGIS). One word that immediately comes to mind is empowerment. Miriam-Webster defines empowerment as “the act or action of empowering someone or something: the granting of the power, right,...

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Geospatial Data Management Critical to Emergency Response

In the world of emergency management, it is important to know who and what is, or potentially could be, impacted by a disaster. The Center for GIS at Towson University recently developed a new Impact Analysis Tool for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA). This tool provides on-the-fly analysis to users of MEMA’s current interactive web mapping application, OSPREY. A Critical Role in Emergency Management MEMA has worked to leverage specific spatial data provided and cross reference it with areas impacted by disaster, giving response and recovery operations the ability to generally find out who and what is in...

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Center for GIS Developing Climate Impact Visualization Tool

September 2017 was the most active month on record for Atlantic Hurricanes. Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Jose slammed parts of the east coast and Puerto Rico, bringing with them intense winds and destruction. But, according to the National Hurricane Center, it is storm surge, the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm above the predicted tide, produced by hurricanes that is often the greatest threat to life and property. Understanding storm surge is important for communities across the country and to much of Maryland. Developing a Climate Impact Visualization Tool Towson University’s Center for GIS (CGIS) has teamed...

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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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Mapping the Defense Industry in Maryland

As my colleague, Dr. Julie Knight, discussed in an earlier post, the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to research the defense industry in Maryland. Specifically, the grant is interested in identifying companies within the defense industry, determining their dependency on DOD funding, and finding ways to support economic diversification within Maryland. As part of Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute’s efforts to identify companies within the Defense industry in Maryland, our team combed through the last three years of USA Spending data. USA...

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Connect With Us On Social Media

Last year, when I was new to my job, I wrote about getting to know the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University. A main focus of my job is to manage and edit this blog. Another focus is overseeing the management of the Division’s social media accounts. With a goal of connecting Towson University to the greater Baltimore region, our social media presence helps to tell our story and highlight the work of my colleagues. Have a look and connect with us. And if you have any feedback, let us know!     Division of Innovation and...

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University-Community Partnerships: A Thriving and Competitive Economy

In a recent blog post, my colleague wrote about the creation of the Baltimore-Towson University (BTU) framework, a priority that is aimed at elevating the work that TU faculty, students, and staff are already doing with our partners to better address the needs of Greater Baltimore. One of the five primary impact areas of BTU is creating a thriving and competitive economy. TU’s faculty and staff work with partners in government and business throughout the region to grow Maryland’s economy and improve the quality of life for its citizens. Below are three examples of the work we are doing...

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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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