December 15, 2018

Canada Open Data -

Not to be confused with Canada’s open data portal (yes, I know it’s confusing!) Geogratis is the home of data, maps and publications from Natural Resources Canada. The CGDI is an on-line resource that improves the sharing, access and use of geospatial information – information tied to geographic locations in Canada. It helps decision-makers from all levels of government, the private sector, non–government organizations and academia make better decisions on social, economic and environmental priorities. Data are organized according to the country’s major resource sectors: Energy, mines, forests, while other main topic areas include The North and the Environment. A quick search of popular data reveals access to digital vector data products (CanVec), digital topographic maps, and a very comprehensive atlas of Canada Maps. 

For downloadable digital data, visitors are sent offsite to several resources. These include: 

The infrastructure itself consists of data, standards, policies, technologies and partnerships that are in place to allow the sharing and visualization of information on the Internet.  

Twitter: @NRCan 

November 01, 2018

Drone Mapping with the new DJI PHANTOM 4 RTK

The all-new DJI Phantom 4 RTK is the tool that takes construction mapping to a new level. This week DJI announced the new DJI PHANTOM 4 RTK About the UAV (via DJI)… Exceptional surveying deliverables can be achieved thanks to its built-in centimeter-level navigation and positioning system, as well as the high-performance imaging system that supports both RTK and PPK.

Learn more:

February 12, 2017

Kerski looks at TNRIS portal

A look at TNRIS. From Joseph regarding the portal... One of the oldest and yet most useful of all regional or state portals is that of the Texas Natural Resources Information System, or TNRIS.  Indeed, TNRIS predated digital spatial data, for it was founded in 1968, housing paper topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs for years before hosting digital spatial data.  TNRIS allows searches by county or by data theme.  If one zooms in on a the statewide map with county boundaries, the familiar USGS 7.5-minute grid is displayed, from which one can download such data as digital raster graphics, elevation, wetlands, geology, and historical and current satellite imagery.  Statewide themes include bathymetry, land cover, soils, census data, transportation, and many others.  Metadata is not only available but it is conveniently packaged, and the site doesn’t burden the data user with needless frills and fancy ways to download–it is, in my view, what a data portal should be–with the ability to quickly go in and get what one needs, in a variety of formats.

Read the full review here

Esri FedGIS Conference Showcases Cutting-Edge Technology

Esri president Jack Dangermond will kick off a series of talks by government users that explore the latest groundbreaking ways that government agencies are using spatial analysis technology to improve the nation and the world and make better-informed decisions. The conference is expected to host 4,000 attendees.
“Today’s complex issues require a new way of thinking,” said Jeff Peters, head of the national government sector at Esri. “Our users are leading the charge, using mapping and analytics to empower digital transformation, accelerate understanding of big data, and democratize technology. It is inspiring to see how they create more effective government and citizen services and improve public policy.”
The conference is the site for announcements about the innovative use of the Esri platform.
Learn more at
Join the conversation @Esri @EsriFederalGovt #FedGIS

New Jersey Announces OpenData site

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an open data law that requires agencies to publish their data on the internet so that citizens, businesses and other executive branch agencies have free and easy access to information.

Signed on Feb. 6, the New Jersey Open Data Initiative will expand on the state’s current Open Data Center and the Transparency Center — which house the state’s financial data as well as some mapping files and a licensed child care center search function, according to NJ Spotlight.
Responsibility for overseeing and implementing the open data site falls to the Treasury Department’s Liz Rowe, the deputy CTO for policy and New Jersey’s chief data officer.
For the central site, agencies can provide non-proprietary, machine-readable datasets or provide a link to open data on their own sites.

Visit NJ OpenData at

Source: GCN

Learn Python - Python Programming Cookbook

Python is a widely used high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java. The language provides constructs intended to enable clear programs on both a small and large scale.
In this eBook, we provide a compilation of Python examples that will help you kick-start your own projects.
We cover a wide range of topics, from multi-threaded programming to web development with Django. With our straightforward tutorials, you will be able to get your own projects up and running in minimum time.

With this free eBook you will also receive weekly news, tips and special offers

New Jersey launches Open Data Initiative

More data for New JErsey and a great move for OpenData and OpenGov...

Signed into law Monday, a New Jersey Open Data Initiative requires state agencies to either provide datasets to the state's chief data officer for publication on a central data portal or to publish data on their respective websites.
The state already operates an open data portal, but the new legislation requires the CDO to establish and enforce rigorous standards and best practices for data formatting, sharing and frequency of updates that are expected to bring new depths of maturity to what have so far been ad-hoc efforts. The legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie also formalizes an operational role held by deputy chief technology officer Liz Rowe, who is now officially the state's chief data officer.

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April 21, 2016

Drone2Map for ArcGIS Up Close

What can you do with Drone2Map? A presentation about the new, Drone2Map for ArcGIS filmed on location at the 2016 Esri DevSummit event, Palm Springs, CA. Learn about the capabilities of this new product from Esri, expected to be released later in 2016

In the field, Drone2Map for ArcGIS offers rapid imagery processing, so users can make sure they’ve captured everything they need right away, avoiding costly return trips. The imagery can be used immediately in ArcGIS to provide a clear, accurate picture of any asset or area for mapping, analysis, and decision making.
The photogrammetry engine in Drone2Map for ArcGIS is powered by Pix4D, an industry leader in professional image processing software.
Free trials of Drone2Map for ArcGIS are available through a beta program.
See also, Esri releases Drone2Map

July 16, 2013

Geo Tech Jobs on GeoJobsBIZ - new career portal

GeoJobsBIZ from Spatial Media (think - Our fabulous, new resource for GIS, geo technology, surveying, mapping and positioning career opportunities and resumes. For a limited time GeojobsBiz is offering Free job and resume posting during the initial launch (Beta) period. Check it out at Geojobs.Biz.

April 18, 2013

Newly Updated National Elevation Inventory

An interesting data tip from NOAA… The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory has been updated. The inventory is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, primarily lidar, as well as bathymetric data, such as NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. The data are shown on a map with their geographic extents and each entry includes information such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, date of collection, and often a direct link to download data. This project is an ongoing collaborative effort between NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the FEMA.  The inventory is current as of November 2012 and will continue to be updated annually. See

April 08, 2013

4 Key Recommendations for Cloud Integration in Government Organizations

Forward-thinking government organizations need to choose integration solutions that can address not only the needs that cloud computing presents today but also adapt to future challenges.
Hybrid IT and Cloud computing are changing how both businesses and the federal government manage their IT assets and blurring the boundaries of business-to-business applications. The elasticity, ubiquity and extensibility of the cloud demand a new class of integration solutions that must adapt to changing technology needs.

This white paper presents four key recommendations around:
  1. Key characteristics of cloud computing
  2. Integration challenges this deployment model introduces
  3. Recommendations for what to look for in a solution
  4. Key questions you should ask
IT professionals should download this resource to become better informed about the latest cloud computing trends and challenges. 

April 28, 2012

Trimble To Acquire Google SketchUp 3D Modeling Platform

Big news from Trimble recently... As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and further developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models. The site enables users to create collections of models, including 3D Buildings, and share them with fellow modelers around the world.  Individual models can be loaded, saved and viewed in 3D from within SketchUp or a web browser.  For the foreseeable future, Google will host and operate the 3D Warehouse for Trimble and together the companies will continue to offer the same capabilities, functions and services that are offered today. The ability for users to submit 3D Buildings for potential acceptance and viewing in Google Earth will be maintained
See also the Google blog - A new home for SketchUp

April 09, 2012

Get into Google+

A useful, free guide on G+ - You may have heard of them. Even if you already have other social networking accounts, you should sign up for Google+ simply because Google is going to be around for a very long time. It's almost impossible to avoid using Google products in your online life. Joining Google+ means you will be poised to take advantage of all that Google has to offer. From personalized search results to instant photo uploads, you will soon see the value of Google+ even beyond its main benefit: sharing and discovering content that you are interested in. Being familiar with Google+ and how it works is a good idea - and not just for your online social life. Increasingly, employers are hiring people who are comfortable using the Internet and social media - including Google+. Whatever your reason for joining Google+, you won't regret being familiar with the Internet giant's social network. 
Request your copy HERE

April 02, 2012

Geo Tech Career Hunting Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions To Score an Interview

Finding a job can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Many are turning to social media, in particular Twitter, to help score a new gig. Here’s some helpful social media job hunting resources, a few tips, and some simple ideas that could help.
  • Keep your resume and cover letter templates up to date
  • Just starting out as a recent College grad? Consider adding some industry certification to your resume (like a GISP)
  • Create multiple resume versions and cover letters tailored for a specific type of job
  • Create a good LinkedIn profile – many if not most hiring agents use LinkedIn
  • Keep your social media profiles and accounts clean and professional – HR people will search you!
  • If you see jobs posted in discussion boards on LinkedIn then reply Privately to the posting person
  • If it doesn’t jeopardize you in some way be open! Share on your social streams that you are searching for a new job and briefly tout your expertise.
  • Don’t surf the web and apply for jobs while at work
  • If you know people at companies that interest you then come right out and ask if anything is available or perhaps coming available soon… be aggressive!
  • You may think business cards are “oild school” but don’t fool yourself, carry one with you ALWAYS – get custom “ME” cards made at
  • Provide logical, clear, professional contact information on your resume – don’t use some lame email address like and be sure to also include a phone number. If you have to, secure a free Google Voice number, very handy!
  • Use niche job boards – Monster and Dice are great for job ads from big companies, however, if you’re interested in smaller companies you’ll want to hit the industry specific boards. For Geo tech brows the, GeoSearch, GISlounge, and our own GISuser job board.
  • For geeky, hard-core developer jobs (for example, companies like Ubisense, Geocommons, WeoGeo, Zekiah etc…) be sure to monitor their blogs. Quite often these companies will rely mainly on their social networks and blog to reach people that they know already believe in them and are fans!
  • Are you sure you are willing to relocate? Before you apply for a job that’s 3,000 miles away make sure and don’t waste everyone’s time.
  • Will you hire foreign workers or will you move to another country? Believe me, I’ve been through this and there’s MANY issues to deal with and its no cake walk, particularly for the worker on a visa.
  • Google yourself and double-check ALL your social media streams… it’s amazing what you’ll find!
  • Be genuine, don’t lie on your resume and don’t suck up {too much} – and don’t call yourself an “expert” unless you can back up that statement!
  • For a helpful read check out Lifehacker and How to promote yourself without being Sleazy!
See more – Using Social Media and Twitter To Land The Perfect Job – Tips, Tricks, Trends and a Happy Ending

Where2.0 2012 #Whereconf Livestreams

Once again it’s time for Where2.0, the popular location technology event taking place this year April 2-4 in San Fran. Some good news for those of you who can’t make it to the event as the O’reilly Media team is offering up a livestream. Complete details and the stream can be seen on this O’reilly Page, and we’ll also have the stream embedded here and on Livestreams will start on Monday (no schedule known, sorry) and the Tuesday and Wednesday morning keynotes will also be streamed so be sure to check back here and see also the #Whereconf hashtag on Twitter for updates. See the Conference website HERE
Note, the complete Where2.0 Video compilation can be purchased HERE

February 07, 2012

2011 Salary Survey of GIS Professionals and How We Stack Up Against Others

As GIS professionals we are subject to the same budget cutbacks, restrictions, and decreased revenue sources as everyone else. Read on for a look at that state of the GIS Professionals' Salary in these findings from 2011.
We’re all being asked to do take on more responsibilities - often with the same or even fewer resources.  From time to time we all wonder how we stack up against others in our occupation not only in terms of financial compensation but also how we fit in demographically.  In this article I’d like to share the results of a recent GIS salary survey conducted by GeoSpatial Training Services as well as highlight various resources that you can use to answer questions
See 2011 Salary Survey of GIS Professionals and How We Stack Up Against Others

Rugged, Compact AW100 Camera by Nikon, Maps by NAVTEQ

Building on my post the other day that applauded Nikon for integrating GPS into their new S series of devices, now NAVTEQ is touting that they are the map provider for the very sweet Nikon COOLPIX AW Series of Digital Cameras. The AW100 is rugged, waterproof, shock resistant, GPS enabled and get this,  allows geo-tagged images to be pinpointed via Point of Interest (POI) data supplied with the NAVTEQ map – nice!
About the device… Unique to the AW100 is the ability for users to view their exact location on the map display that comes pre-loaded within the devices. Both devices are equipped with built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) functionality that allows geo-tagged images to be pinpointed via Point of Interest (POI) data supplied with the NAVTEQ map.
See more details and specs Nikon Selects NAVTEQ Map for Their New COOLPIX AW Series of Digital Cameras
nikon Coolpix AW100
The Nikon AW100

January 24, 2012

10 Tips And Techniques For More Effective Presentations

Why present? Or better yet, why learn how to present well? Simply put, because your life is one big presentation. You are presenting all the time, and many people's lives have been defined by presentations. Promotions have been made or missed. Deals are won or lost. An election was just won due largely to one candidate being a far better presenter. It's an important skill, a skill most people wish they had. We've all been there - sitting through an excruciatingly boring, dry, scripted presentation with nothing to look at on the screen except bullet points, full sentences and lowsy clip-art. Making it even worse, the presenter has made no effort to keep you interested, help you understand the material, or create anything worth looking at. You're in hell, and you're counting down the minutes until you can leave – but it doesn't have to be that way.
"10 Tips And Techniques For More Effective Presentations"

January 19, 2012

Social Media Cheat Sheets for Twitter, fadcebook, Gmail

Ok, this isn't exactly GEO, however, for those producing and sharing media, Geo data etc... there's loads to know about social media and how to leverage these tools. I recently found some handy cheat sheets that are available for download (PDF). A simple request form is required (painless) and these handy sheets are pretty useful!
 Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts: Facebook provides users with about a dozen of handy shortcuts that users may use for faster navigation through Facebook. For instance, Alt+1 will take you to your home page. Alt+M will take you to a new message screen. There are many more and this cheat sheet list them all, including codes for Facebook chat emoticons.
 Twitter Shortcuts: Many people don't know, but ever since Twitter redesigned its website they have added a bunch of handy features including support for keyboard shortcuts. This cheat sheet lists all shortcuts that you can use to navigate Twitter faster.
 Gmail Shortcuts: When it comes to Gmail there are a bunch of very useful shortcuts that make it easy to navigate and perform certain actions in Gmail. Download the Gmail cheat sheet. It's free.

December 06, 2011

USGIF EDU Tip - donate to USGIF Academic Programs

This year, USGIF awarded almost $100,000 in scholarships to 20 students studying the geospatial tradecraft. The Foundation has given out almost half a million dollars since the program began just a few years ago.

Part of USGIF's mission is to promote the geospatial intelligence tradecraft through education and ensure its robust future. To help us continue to achieve this mission, USGIF is calling on federal employees to donate. Learn more about USGIF Academic Programs and how they are supporting the future of our community.

Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated on the development of a notably enhanced global elevation model named the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) that replaces GTOPO30 as the elevation dataset of choice for global and continental scale applications.  GMTED2010 provides a new level of detail in global topographic data. The GMTED2010 product suite contains seven new raster elevation products for each of the 30-, 15-, and 7.5-arc-second spatial resolutions and incorporates the current best available global elevation data. The new elevation products have been produced using the following aggregation methods: minimum elevation, maximum elevation, mean elevation, median elevation, standard deviation of elevation, systematic subsample, and breakline emphasis.

Additional Information:

GMTED2010 Metadata

December 01, 2011

Intergraph and DigitalGlobe offer a geospatial challenge

An interesting competition being offered up to the ERDAS user community from Intergraph and DigitalGlobe. The competition challenges the user community to exploit tools from ERDAS and imagery from DigitalGlobe. Enter the challenge to get free imagery for your study and a chance to win five WorldView-2 scenes of your choice. In addition,  three finalists will be sent to present at ASPRS in Sacramento, CA on March 21-23, 2012. Entries will be accepted until December 12. DigitalGlobe will make 8-band imagery available to qualifying contestants to exploit WorldView-2 imagery using ERDAS IMAGINE for:
  • Spatial Modeling and Analysis
  • Image Visualization
  • Image Processing
  • Stereo Compilation and Elevation Modeling
  • Image Analysis
  • Feature Extraction
For those seeking a little extra help on this topic, ERDAS will be hosting a free webinar on Automated Feature Extraction with DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 Data – the webinar will take place online on December 7, 2011 and December 8, 2011.

Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated on the development of a notably enhanced global elevation model named the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) that replaces GTOPO30 as the elevation dataset of choice for global and continental scale applications.  GMTED2010 provides a new level of detail in global topographic data. The GMTED2010 product suite contains seven new raster elevation products for each of the 30-, 15-, and 7.5-arc-second spatial resolutions and incorporates the current best available global elevation data.
In addition to the elevation products, detailed spatially referenced metadata containing attribute fields such as coordinates, projection information, and raw source elevation statistics have been generated on a tile-by-tile basis for all the input datasets that constitute the global elevation model.

November 29, 2011

Running Android or iOS as a Windows phone

Windows phone for android
Originally uploaded by @gletham GIS, Social, Mobile Tech Images

So, you've heard all about the new Windows Phone OS, you know, the OS that Nokia has adopted for all their new high end devices moving forward. Well, thanks to a tip via engadget, you can now hit a very cool demo site on your iPhone or Android smartphone and you'll get a really good idea what its like to be running in the WP mobile environment (like on a Nokia Lumia 800). Very cool stuff! You can hit the emulator by pointing your mobile web browser to - Image shown was captured using a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.

October 26, 2011

Android Tip - A Guide to Droid Devices

Looking for resources to help stay informed of the latest mobile devices, in particular those running on the Android OS? If so, here’s details of a free guide that may be useful to you – These Are The Droids You’re Looking For: An Android Guide. Some details of the resource:
Android is among the most influential operating systems crafted this century. Along with iOS, it has paved the way for mobile devices that offer an unprecedented level of functionality. Currently Android is the most common mobile operating system–and there’s no sign that its popularity will wane anytime soon. If you’re reading this guide, it’s likely because you have an Android device. This 23 page guide will go over Android’s history and the different versions on the market.
See These Are The Droids You’re Looking For: An Android Guide

October 12, 2011

Tip - Gmail for Power Users- Free Video Tutorial

In Gmail for Power Users, Susan Cline shows how to personalize email, manage multiple accounts, and be more productive with Google's email service.
The course offers tips and tricks for customizing Gmail to suit your needs; working efficiently with shortcuts; taking advantage of labels; integrating with Calendar, Google Docs, and social media; using voice and video chat; implementing time management in Gmail; and much more. 
Gmail for Power Users- Free Video Tutorial

September 14, 2011

ThinkPad Tablet (Android)

ThinkPad Tablet (Android)
Originally uploaded by @gletham GIS, Social, Mobile Tech Images

The new Thinkpad Tablet has been released for those interested in this latest Android OS device. ThinkPad sells for about $499 and sports the following features:
NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 Dual-Core 1GHz processor
Android™ 3.1
10.1" HD multitouch display with pen input
Starting at 1.6 lbs
Up to 8 hours (with WiFi enabled)
Up to 64GB storage
Up to 1GB DDR2 memory

September 06, 2011

The Google Public Data Explorer

A handy data visualization resource from Google - The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don't have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.

August 17, 2011

Suggested Reading - Thinking About GIS

Some Suggested reading... Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers presents a planning model for designing data and technology systems that will meet any organization’s specific needs. Designed for two primary audiences—senior managers who oversee information technologies and technical specialists responsible for system design—this book provides a common platform on which to conduct GIS planning. The fourth edition reflects the latest trends in geospatial technology, and includes new case studies, exercises from author Roger Tomlinson's course Planning for a GIS, and video of his "Planning and Managing a GIS" seminar from the Esri International User Conference.