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FEMA Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the membership of the newly created Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC). As directed by Congress, the Council is tasked with developing recommendations for FEMA’s flood mapping program to ensure that flood insurance rate maps reflect the best available science and are based on the best available methodologies for considering the impact of future development on flood risk.

NSGIC’s Florida State Representative is Richard Butgereit, GISP, from the Division of Emergency Management. He was appointed to serve on TMAC in the category of STATE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) REPRESENTATIVE.  For more information, please follow this link.

DC 911 Mobile Calls

I found this article to be very interesting in detailing the incredible challenges facing our 911 dispatchers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/10/calling-911-from-your-cell-phone-in-d-c-good-luck-getting-first-responders-to-find-you/ 

Digital Homestead Records

Heard this story on NPR Radio yesterday afternoon “Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History” – http://www.npr.org/2014/07/02/327797193/digital-homestead-records-reopen-a-crucial-chapter-of-u-s-history.

The Homestead Records Project seeks to digitize the over 800,000 Homestead Records from nearly 200 land offices in all 30 Homesteading States. Nebraska records were the first to be digitized, and they are now complete.  Next up is Arizona, followed by Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, and Alaska (in that order), but for now the records for the remaining 29 states are only available in hard copy in the National Archives – http://www.nps.gov/home/historyculture/track-the-progress-of-the-homestead-records-project.htm.

http://www.nps.gov/home/historyculture/homesteadrecords.htm – NE Records are currently available on –  http://www.fold3.com/title_650/homestead_records_ne/, but fold3.com is not a free site.  This could be an interesting historical set of land records to geocode to our state GIS maps when they become available [and if they are free].

Posted for Phil Worrall, Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council, Inc.

Mapping 'Big Data'

This article scratches the surface of what can be done with all the data floating around out there.  How can you put it to work in your state?

http://mashable.com/2013/07/17/big-data-projects/#lead-image:eyJzIjoiZyIsImkiOiJfdGg3dWU3bHByeWIyeTUxcSJ9

How old is your house?

This is a fascinating map that shows the average age of housing units by zip code block.  It paints an incredible picture of demographic patterns across the country through the years.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/24/map-the-age-of-housing-in-every-zip-code-in-the-u-s/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Friday afternoon considerations

I just saw this disturbing map…thoughts to ponder as you enter into your weekend.  Be safe and encourage those around you to do the same!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/27/alcohol-abuse-kills-88000-americans-a-year/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

How do you spend your time?

Here is a series of 10 maps that shows how folks across our country spend their time, from how much they read each day to how long they spend ‘grooming’.  It’s pretty interesting!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/20/ten-maps-that-show-how-much-time-americans-spend-grooming-eating-thinking-and-praying/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Mapping our Energy System

This is a great series of maps showing what our energy infrastructure looks like.

http://www.vox.com/2014/6/12/5803998/the-us-energy-system-in-11-maps

Northwest Group Acquired by Hexagon AB

On Wednesday, Hexagon AB announced that it had acquired Northwest Geomatics, Ltd. (aka Northwest Group) which is a longtime NSGIC Platinum Sponsor.  Tim Crago (Vice President, Northwest Group) briefed NSGIC’s leadership on the acquisition and reaffirmed his commitment to sponsoring NSGIC.  He also alluded to exciting new product offerings, resulting from the acquisition, that he hopes to announce at the NSGIC Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.  Stay tuned…

Esri's Contribution to ConnectED

Daniel Edelson is vice president for education at the National Geographic Society and directs National Geographic’s Center for Geo-Education. He recently posted an interesting article on their Education Blog that describes the value of Esri’s commitment in support of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative.  Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online to all elementary and secondary schools in the United States.  Follow this link to learn more about this initiative.  The Huffington Post published a related article titled “The New Space Race” by Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design, at the University of Minnesota.  The Association of American Geographers also published an article in it’s newsletter about Esri’s donation to this important program.

Smithsonian Article on History of GIS

In case you haven’t seen this interesting article:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unlikely-history-origins-modern-maps-180951617/?no-ist

Gerrymander, anyone?

This is a great article demonstrating the craziness of (some of) our Congressional election boundaries.  Who did their GIS, anyway?  What a nightmare!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/15/americas-most-gerrymandered-congressional-districts/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Mother's Day data

Here’s a series of charts and maps in honor of Mother’s Day.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/05/09/11-maps-charts-and-graphs-for-mothers-day/?wpisrc=nl_wonk

The Economic Potential of Geospatial Data

While I’m preaching to the choir, this op-ed makes some good arguments to share with others.  I especially like the point at the end, that GIS is poised to generate the next transformation of data online.

http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/03/op-ed-unlocking-economic-potential-geospatial-data/79894/

How healthy is your county?

Ah the power of maps!  Here is a series of 10 maps on a variety of health metrics.  I found it eye-opening for my neck of the woods.  How does yours measure?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/03/26/the-ten-maps-that-illustrate-the-healthiest-counties-in-america/