Harvard WorldMap

Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) has created Harvard WorldMap, an online open-source mapping platform developed to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information.  WorldMap was created to provide a mapping platform that supports large datasets that also allows collaboration.  Anyone can create their own online mapping portal, upload large GIS layers and overlay them with other layers, and control access to their data.  Check it out!


Proposed 38 States of the USA

In 1973, a California State University geography professor suggested that the US redraw its state boundaries and reduce the number of states to 38.  State lines were to be drawn in less populated areas, isolating large cities and reducing their number within each state.  Thus with fewer cities vying for state tax dollars, more money would be available for projects that would benefit all citizens.  Alas, the idea died in Washington.  Click below to read more about it.


More info here.  And here.

IPAWS National Test Today

FEMA and FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.  That means today you will receive a WAS test message on your cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.  Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18pm EDT (11:18am PDT).

So when your cell phones start screaming at you, that is what’s going on!  For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.


How is Your State Faring Economically?

According to an analysis of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia data, the top five states that lead other states in economic gains since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 are New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California and Georgia.  Click the map below to read the short article.


What would be interesting is another map showing what it was before Trump, or a map showing % change.

GIS Technician Position

Position Description:
Orca Maritime, Inc. is an underwater services company established by two retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts with extensive experience in military EOD and salvage diving, underwater mine countermeasures, unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations.

Orca Maritime is searching for a talented GIS Technician to join the Orca Maritime GIS team. Orca Maritime’s GIS team is responsible for post-processing AUV datasets including, but not limited to, interferometric bathymetry data and side scan sonar. Large sonar datasets are post-processed using specialized hydrographic data processing software and migrated into Esri’s ArcGIS platform for final delivery of custom products to clients.  Continue reading