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Delmarva Gis Conference Coming Up May 2014

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by mpomilio

DGDC welcomes our GIS friends from in and around Delaware to be a part of our 2014 Delmarva GIS Conference.

“We’re All Connected” is the theme of the 2014 Delmarva GIS Conference (formerly the Delaware GIS Conference). On Thursday, May 8th, 2014 the conference will be held at the Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville, Delaware.

The plenary speaker will be Barney Krucoff, Geographic Information Officer for the State of Maryland.  Mr. Krucoff also serves on the Board of National Information Sharing Consortium.

The Conference Planning Committee is already hard at work planning for this event. Think about what you might like to contribute either as an abstract or a poster submittal. Presentations and posters can contribute points toward GISP certification. Abstract or poster submittals can be made to

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GIS Day 2102 – Successful Field Trip

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 by mpomilio

Wednesday, November 14, 2012:  Another successful GIS Day Field Trip for 5th graders in Delaware!

This field trip provided a hands-on learning experience for nearly 280 students throughout Delaware.  Activities included the Earth Balloon, GIS Scavenger Hunt, Flight Simulator, What is GIS?,  Mapping Connections, Map Jeopardy, a hands-on GIS lesson using a weTable, along with tours of the Air Mobility Command (AMC)  Museum’s Control Tower to learn about air traffic control.

The GIS Day Committee would like to thank the volunteers which made this day such a success. From the GIS Professionals who provided the station activities to the students’ tour guides.  We’d also like to express our sincere gratitude to the AMC Museum for hosting our GIS Day event for the 5th year and their volunteer staff for staffing several stations and enriching the student’s learning experience.

This event was sponsored by Artesian Resources, DelaSoft, Esri, JMT, Tidewater Utilities, Inc. and the Dover AMC Museum – thank you for your continued support!

Sussex County – Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award

Friday, August 10th, 2012 by mpomilio

Congratulations to Megan Nehrbas and Sussex County Addressing and Mapping Department for their international recognition in the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award.  At the ESRI International User Group meeting in San Diego California, Megan Nehrbas accepted the SAG for Sussex County’s work to transfer 170,000 records into a public map-based interface allowing access to a wealth of information from tax and permitting information to land use and assessment data.  “It’s very flattering to be recognized for the work we’re doing.  We’re thrilled to work with this technology and to have earned the praise of our peers. But the real reward will be for the public being able to use these tools in the future to improve their understanding of the community they live in.”, said Megan Nehrbas.  This new service is expected to be available on the County’s website later this year.


It’s Official, We Have a 911 GIS Coordinator!

Friday, March 18th, 2011 by mike.mahaffie

matt with camera

Matt Laick has moved from DelDOT over to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) to serve as GIS Coordinator for Delaware’s E911 division. DSHS Secretary Lewis Schiliro made the announcement yesterday at the E911 Emergency Services Board Meeting.

Matt, who has served as GIS and addressing administrator in Sussex County and more recently helped guide GIS use in DelDOT’s IT section, will now work with the state’s nine PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points, the 911 centers) to make sure that they have access to the best GIS data we can provide as they handle our emergencies and send police, fire fighters and emergency medical folks to help us when we need them.

The idea for a 911 GIS Coordinator grew out of work that Matt and others, particularly the County GIS teams, have done to help the 911 centers in the past. The PSAPs are one of the places where all of our data sets meet and must work well together for the sake of people’s health and safety; from the addressing and road information maintained by the counties to the statewide aerials and other data sets.

That’s Matt’s new job and we wish him great success.

Draft Minutes Posted for the March 10 DGDC Meeting

Friday, March 11th, 2011 by mike.mahaffie

A set of draft meeting minutes is now posted (in PDF format) from the March 10 gathering of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee.  A large “thank you” is due to Sandy Schenck for his help in taking notes, but any errors in these minutes are mine alone. I trust you’ll let me know (gently) if you find any.


“Copy. Paste. Map. Simple.” (Then have some coffee)

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by mike.mahaffie

The FCC and FortiusOne today formally released a very simple data mapping tool. IssueMap is a web-based tool to go directly from a spreadsheet to a thematic map in an effort to help foster clear and concise policy discussions. It is the result of a partnership between the FCC and FortiusOne.


Draft Minutes for the December 9 Meeting Posted

Friday, December 10th, 2010 by mike.mahaffie

A set of draft meeting minutes (PDF) from the December 9 gathering of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee are now posted. The meeting covered a great deal of material, from the recent celebration of GIS Day, through the pending release of large amounts of Census data, to detailed discussions about creating web-map content for different audiences.

The meeting featured the announcement of the release of the Delaware Geospatial Data Exchange, which is designed to serve as a data distribution tool and metadata catalog for the state of Delaware.

Thanks are due to Sandy Schenck for his assistance taking notes at the meeting. Any errors you might find are most likely my fault and not his. If you do find some, please let me know.

For a quick view of what was discussed, you might enjoy the “prezi” created to step us through the agenda.

Mark your Calendars: 2011 DGDC Meetings Schedule

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 by mike.mahaffie

A schedule of quarterly meetings of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC) has been set for 2011. The meetings will continue in the now traditional pattern of the second Thursday of every three months, starting in March:

  • March 10
  • June 9
  • September 8
  • December 8

All meetings will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Kent County Administration Building, at 555 Bay Road (Route 113), in Dover. The March 10 meeting will be followed by a meeting of the ESRI Delaware Users’ Group (DUG), starting at 1:30 in the same location.

As always, many thanks to our hosts at Kent County.

Second Episode of the Geospatial Revolution Focuses on Service Delivery

Friday, November 5th, 2010 by mike.mahaffie

The second episode of Penn State Public Broadcasting’s documentary on GIS and geospatial data focuses on providing service to citizens and customers.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Two from Penn State Public Broadcasting on Vimeo.

Episode 2 of The Geospatial Revolution runs about 15 minutes. It focuses on the use of geospatial data to improve governance and services in cities, the use of GIS tools to improve deliveries by UPS, and using GIS to plan for infrastructure (in this case, food supply in cities).