I’m back from Annapolis and the NSGIC MidYear meeting today, trying to recover from three marathon days of discussions and workshops. Some of my colleagues are still in DC, meeting with congressional staff and, in one case, testifying before a congressional subcommittee (on that, more later).
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I’m sitting in a packed ballroom at the Loews Hotel in downtown Annapolis listening to a presentation from a geospatial manager at the Department of Homeland Security. This is the start of a full day of joint sessions with the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS). This post will be short and somewhat choppy; I wanted to take a moment to point you to some resources to help you follow this event.
From time to time, word comes across the wire about GIS and GIS-related jobs around our region. Here are a few recruiting notices picked up from our friends across the Mason-Dixon line; these are from the MSGIC listserv.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed an Executive Order entitled “One Maryland – One Map; Maryland Integrated Map (MD iMap)” (PDF) that establishes an organizational structure to guide and coordinate inter-agency and intergovernmental efforts to share geospatial data and tools in Maryland.
The order creates a cabinet-level executive council to oversee the MD iMap basemap, creates a State Geographic Information officer (GIO) position, and calls for a technical committee to work on GIS coordination.
More information, including comments from the new Maryland GIO, Kenny Miller, is posted on the NSGIC News blog.
The Census Bureau has released the 2010 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
The Bureau’s news release focuses on findings within the Abstract about text messaging, the state of the newspaper industry and other items of current topical interest, but the Abstract contains a great many useful tables and stats about the nation, states and, in a few cases, counties and cities.
It’s a good document to add to your bookmarks.
The Philadelphia Regional Census Center (RCC) is now accepting applications for geographic specialists. The Census Bureau is looking for staff to help out with a variety of geographic operational tasks related to the decennial Census.
The positions are temporary, but will give one in-depth knowledge of Census operations, especially about Census collection and tabulation geography. And that knowledge might be of value when the Bureau is looking to hire GIS folks in the future.
The job posting (PDF) has more details. Please feel free to pass this information on to any persons or groups that you think would be interested.
This is Geography Awareness Week, of course, and Wednesday is GIS Day. There’s a lot going on in celebration of both in Delaware. Among the events are a GIS open house at the City Hall in Dover, a fifth-grade field trip event at the Air Mobility Command at Dover Air Force Base, a public GIS Day Open House at the museum, and the University of Delaware’s Geospatial Research Day.
The following proclamation was approved by the City Council in Dover on November 9, and signed by Mayor Carlton E. Carey, Sr.
WHEREAS, technology plays a vital role in the continued growth of the City of Dover and the use, management, and exchange of geographic information technology is necessary for effective decision making by local, state, and federal governmental agencies; and
WHEREAS, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide data that allows for the identification of patterns and relationships of real-world conditions that ultimately lead to better decisions and improved delivery of services for the citizens of Dover as well as our surrounding communities; and
WHEREAS, geographic information has many useful applications and is a valuable resource used in the analysis of infrastructure, emergency services, homeland security, economic development, and long-range planning; and
WHEREAS, the City of Dover’s GIS Department has been nationally recognized for their outstanding efforts in the advancement of GIS and the foresight to create programs that can be used to better manage services in the city as well as tracking services for the thousands of people NASCAR races.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CARLETON E. CAREY, SR., MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DOVER, DELAWARE do hereby proclaim November 18, 2009 as GIS Day, and November 15 – 21, 2009 as
GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK