This article is highlights the benefit of using GIS to help target HHS programs and initiatives.
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The UN passed its first resolution regarding geospatial data:
Our Mid-Year meeting wrapped up this week, and despite bad weather many of our members made the trek. My regret for the week is that you were not there. I missed you.
Our attendees were treated to another good lineup of speakers, federal agencies, sponsor updates, and opportunities to share with each other. I wrote a quote down from Sandy Dyre of Arizona. Sandy said, “My benefit at NSGIC is your wisdom.” Sandy’s pretty wise, and don’t be fooled, she’s a wealth of experience on 9-1-1 geospatial issues. Diversity is one of my most favorite things about our organization; that and the fact that all of our attendees care so much about GIS coordination in our respective states.
Another big treat was the industry insider information that always seems to unfold at our meetings. Just when you think you know everything, someone develops new technology, techniques, or systems and our sponsors are the best at teaching us about these important developments. I won’t try to tell you what all I learned, but to be sure, if you were not there you missed out.
There’s three more things you missed:
- members of the Expert Panel convened by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) shared their perspective on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Framework Report Card,
- a Policy Analyst from a US Senate Office shared breaking news about some forthcoming legislation that will codify the NSDI,
- and finally you missed one heck of a good story that I got to tell about my son.
I missed you, and hope to see you in Kansas City.
There is an interesting article at http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31602534 about the Sentinel-2 satellite launch scheduled for June 12th. This ‘bird’ flying out of Europe will provide some continuity with the Landsat mission, but it has additional multispectral bands, a much wider swath, and higher resolution color.
This is timely given our discussions at the mid-year conference on open data and transportation data.
While this type of mapping may not be very useful for us at a state level, it is really cool how they’re visualizing the variety of datasets. My favorite is the world elevation map.
NSGIC is a charter member of Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and, with the twelve other member organizations, we supported the release of the Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure. We are hopeful that the Report Card and other impending developments will result in some much needed attention for the issues that have slowed the development of the NSDI. Those issues include the FGDC’s lack of authority over Federal agencies, no clear mandate for building the NSDI, no Congressional oversight, the lack of sufficient stakeholder involvement, and insufficient resourcing to build the NSDI. The report card is one more step toward our nation recognizing the need for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure. You are encouraged to read this document and engage in the dialog that will begin at our Midyear Meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, on February 24th.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this video is pretty compelling.
I love these maps that change through time! This is a neat application showing how US population has changed in states since the late 1700’s.
This sounds like a pretty cool application.
I came across this article this morning and thought it marks what could be a significant improvement to locating 911 calls indoors.
This is a great article on GoPro, a company that may serve as the champion for UAV innovation and eventual regulation.
This is a great example of a user-friendly app to help citizens answer their own questions regarding what things are happening where.
Dear NSGIC Member,
It dawned on me today I have not communicated much with all our members since assuming the Presidential role. I wanted to take a minute to share a few thoughts. Some of these are my way of thinking about how NSGIC works and where we stand. I’ll try to be brief.
NSGIC has a proven leadership system in place. The organization has a President-Elect, a President and Out-Going President. The result, is a nearly seamless transition from year to year, and the passage of institutional knowledge about the organization works extremely well. I’ve been blessed to serve alongside very capable leadership from Tim DeTroye, Out-Going, to Kenny Miller who is transitioned to Out-Going, and Chris Diller, as President-Elect. The chemistry we have is excellent, and each other plays off our strengths. We talk about NSGIC nearly every day.
NSGIC is led by capable staff at headquarters including Kathy DeMarco, our Association Manager, Diane Schaffer, Director of Meetings, and our DC Liaison, Bill Burgess. On most days, they are operating in the background, and also in the foreground such as when Bill represents NSGIC at formal events.
NSGIC has an outstanding Board of Directors. These servants are the financial steward and the think-tank of the organization. They do monthly Board meetings where they conduct business, and they are so committed that nearly every Monday, they participate in a Leadership briefing where initiatives become results.
NSGIC’s Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are the gears of the engine. They all have missions and are passionate about serving. They strike a balance between their career job and their volunteer job by leading monthly calls, drafting position papers and shepherding their members. They advise the Board and steer on things that need to get done.
The early years of NSGIC were formative, that’s obvious. But NSGIC’s last decade has been one of influence. On national geospatial activity, NSGIC has been at the table. In several cases NSGIC has led. I would go so far as to say, that State influence on national geospatial policy is at an all-time high.
Curious or Hungry
Here’s an interesting tidbit. NSGIC has nearly 2,300 followers on Twitter which is a very large number compared to our dues paid membership of nearly 400. It makes me think those folks are curious about what we do; or even better, they are hungry for leadership, and understand that NSGIC leads. I may be over inflating our worth but I think it’s the latter.
Connect & Participate
I’d be failing my duty if I did not remind you to participate in our 2015 Mid-Year conference. The call for Abstracts is open and participation is valuable. We are returning to Annapolis, Maryland. The agenda is taking shape and true to our colors there will be focus on national geospatial policy. The details are here: http://www.nsgic.org/2015-midyear-meeting
I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve as your President. If you find ways I can serve you better or improve the organization I would sure like to hear from you. Rest-assured the sleeves are rolled up. Things are happening and I will try to do a better job of staying in touch members.
To kick of Geography Awareness Week, here’s an article that highlights some of the discussions related to how our field is changing. I think the challenge of state coordinators is to make our data and our tools applicable to all those interested in our ‘expanding’ field.