Webinar: Geospatial Data Act of 2017

The Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) will be hosting a webinar by John Wertman of the Association of American Geographers on the Geospatial Data Act of 2017. The webinar will take place online on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 11:00 am – noon, PDT. To attend the webinar, go to http://www.gita.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=997052.

From the press release:

John Wertman from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) will lead a webinar on the Geospatial Data Act (GDA), legislation that could effectively exclude everyone but licensed architects, engineers, and surveyors from federal government contracts for GIS and mapping services of all kinds – not just those services traditionally provided by surveyors.   The GDA is primarily focused on reauthorizing and implement several key federal geospatial data programs.  The bill, however, also includes provisions creating a system of exclusionary procurement that would prevent most companies and organizations in the dynamic and rapidly growing GIS and mapping sector from receiving federal contracts for a very-wide range of activities, including GPS field data collection, GIS, internet mapping, geospatial analysis, location based services, remote sensing, academic research involving maps, and digital or manual map making or cartography of almost any type.   Join this informative webinar to learn more about the GDA and how organizations have been responding to the legislation.

Bio: John Wertman serves as Senior Program Manager for Government Relations at the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He is a past Chair of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and is now the AAG’s delegate to COGO.  His career has focused on positions in and around politics, and he previously served as Special Assistant to the Director of Presidential Letters and Messages at the White House during the Administration of President Bill Clinton.  Wertman also held government relations positions at the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the University of Virginia Medical Center, and the American Urological Association.  He interned on Capitol Hill for both former Congressman Tom Davis and former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt.  Wertman holds a BA in Government from the University of Virginia.

2017 ArcGIS User Seminar

Missed the 2017 ArcGIS User Seminar?  Did you know there was one?  I actually forgot about it myself.  However, ESRI kindly sent me an email to remind me I missed it and had a link to the videos.  The seminar covers ArcGIS Pro, Insights for ArcGIS, ArcGIS apps, and much more, to help you get the most out of ArcGIS.  Check it out.


ArcGIS API for Python

ArcGIS API for Python provides GIS users with a Python API for their Web GIS (Online, Portal, or Enterprise in the cloud).  It provides simple and efficient tools for GIS users sophisticated vector and raster analysis, geocoding, map making, routing and directions, as well as for organizing and managing a GIS with users, groups and information items.

In addition to working with your own data, the library enables access to ready to use maps and curated geographic data from Esri and other authoritative sources. It also integrates well with the scientific Python ecosystem and includes rich support for Pandas and Jupyter notebookContinue reading

August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

For those of you that have read this blog for a while, you might remember me mentioning the Great American Solar Eclipse for 2017 in a post back in October 2015!  Well, it looks like the media woke up about it, because it is all over the news now.  It is finally here, just one week away on August 21st!  More info here.

Are you going to travel up north or to the east to see it?  Below is a handy map showing how may hours it will take you to drive to the closest area to view the total solar eclipse:


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New Maps

For you map collectors, here is a list of new maps and books that might interest you:

Kaufmann, Obi.  The California field atlas.  1 atlas (608 pages), scales differ.  Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, pub. 2017.  ISBN: 9781597144025

Mad Maps.  Scenic road trips of Northern California: Avenue of the Giants, the Lost Coast, Napa & Sonoma, Mount Hamilton, Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey & Carmel.  1 map, scale ca. 1:600,000.  San Francisco, Calif.: Mad Maps, pub. 2016.  ISBN: 9781933911397

National Geographic Maps.  Mojave National Preserve, California.  1 map, scale 1:125,000.  Evergreen, Colo.: National Geographic Maps, Trails Illustrated topographic map 256, pub. 2016.  ISBN: 9781566953832

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