Friday, November 17, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

Several datasets have been updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards.  These are:

TIGER 2017 Roads (new, replaces 2016, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau)

GNIS Landmarks (updated, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey)

County Roads (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via web-based data services.  More information on these datasets can be found on the GIS Hub Data Portal. You can search for these datasets (e.g., type in: tiger) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data using the Topics filter.

After you've located the data of interest, click on the title of the dataset and then click on a button to the right of the data resource, e.g., the "Go to resource" button.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

Several datasets have been updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards.  These are:

2017 School Districts (updated, courtesy of the ND Department of Public Instruction)

2017 School District Centroids (updated, courtesy of the ND Department of Public Instruction)

City Boundaries (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

Surficial Aquifers (updated, courtesy of the State Water Commission)

Fire Districts (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via web-based data services.  More information on these datasets can be found on the GIS Hub Data Portal. You can search for these datasets (e.g., type in: school) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data using the Topics filter.

After you've located the data of interest, click on the title of the dataset and then click on a button to the right of the data resource, e.g., the "Go to resource" button.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 North Dakota GIS Users Conference Wrap-Up

The 2017 North Dakota GIS Users Conference, held September 19-20 at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College was a great success!  Attendance was 165 with 44% from the private sector, 20% from state agencies, 16% from counties, 7% from cities, 6% from higher education, 4% from utilities, and 3% from federal agencies.

Here's a great overview video of the conference, courtesy of Dr. Joseph Kerski who was one of our awesome keynote speakers:  North Dakota GIS Users Conference Highlights

Here's the video of the two keynote presentations: Keynote Video  Dr. Kerski provided the first beginning at 5:50; Dr. Philp provided the second which starts at around 40:20.  At around 1:06:15 the discussion with the audience begins.

There is no way for a few photos or text can capture everything that went on at the conference, but what follows are just a few snippets.


A Buffet of Lessons







The Esri Hands-On Learning Lab was once again in high demand.  This is a great way to learn more about the software and have direct access to an Esri instructor. Thank you Esri for your support!



Attendees of this conference know first-hand that our keynote presenters raised the bar of excellence. Dr. Joseph Kerski and Dr. Alex Philp kicked off the conference with individual presentations which were followed by them leading an audience discussion.

Keynote Discussion

As the conference continued, both Dr. Kerski and Dr. Philp provided additional presentations. 

Dr. Philp - Geography of Disease Workshop


Augmented Reality Sandbox




The University of North Dakota and Bismarck State College each provided augmented reality sandboxes.  By simply rearranging the sand in the box with one's hands, and by hovering one's fist over the sand and then unclenching the fist, one can change the displayed contours, fill depressions with what appears to be water, and watch the flow of the "water." 

At this conference not only did we have breakout rooms for presentations and workshops, we also had presentations, exhibitors, lunch and breaks, all in the same room.  
Lunch!

In this age of easy to use tools and rich sets of data sources, it's extremely easy to not think about what is going on behind that OK or NEXT button.  Dr. Kerski provided the closing keynote, with a very applicable topic:


Don't Forget about Data Quality!


Our Awesome Sponsors







This conference would not have been possible without our sponsors.  Thank you!!











Links to Presentations


Thank You!

The conference co-chairs Ann Fritz and Angie Milakovic would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their help and assistance:

  • Bismarck State College for hosting the conference
  • Skip from the NDDOT for the poster in the exhibit area
  • Alison of the BSC Conference Services for taking care of the logistics

We also extend a special thanks to those who spent their valuable time preparing for the presentations, workshops, and exhibits...to share their ideas with the GIS community.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Angie Milakovic, Bismarck State College
  • Ann Fritz, ND Dept. of Health
  • Alison Zarr, Bismarck State College, Continuing Education
  • Bob Nutsch, ND Information Technology Dept.
  • Brad Rundquist, University of North Dakota
  • Cameon Eisenzimmer, Ackerman-Estvold
  • Dan Janes, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Jim Mertz, Bolton & Menk
  • Steve Shivers, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Solli Frank, Juniper Environmental


We hope to see you at the next conference! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

Two datasets have been updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards.  These are:

2017 School Districts (updated, courtesy of the ND Department of Public Instruction)

2017 School District Centroids (updated, courtesy of the ND Department of Public Instruction)

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via web-based data services.  More information on these datasets can be found on the Hub Data Portal. You can search for these datasets (e.g., type in: school) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data using the Topics filter.

After you've located the data of interest, click on the title of the dataset and then click on a button to the right of the data resource, e.g., the "Go to resource" button.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

Several datasets have been updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards.  These are:

Army Corps of Engineers (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Department)

National Grasslands (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Dept.)

National Parks (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Dept.)

National Wildlife Refuges (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Department)

Waterfowl Production Areas (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Department)

Bureau of Land Management Surface Lands (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Department)

Wildlife Management Areas (updated, courtesy of the Game and Fish Department)

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via web-based data services.  More information on these datasets can be found on the Hub Data Portal. You can search for these datasets (e.g., type in: grasslands) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data using the Topics filter.

After you've located the data of interest, click on the title of the dataset and then click on a button to the right of the data resource, e.g., the "Go to resource" button.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

Two datasets have been updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards.  These are:

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via web-based data services.  More information on these datasets can be found on the Hub Data Portal. You can search for these datasets (e.g., type in: assessed) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data using the Topics filter.

After you've located the data of interest, click on the title of the dataset and then click on a button to the right of the data resource, e.g., the "Go to resource" button.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

North Dakota GIS Users Conference

North Dakota's largest GIS gathering is right around the corner! The 2017 North Dakota GIS Users Conference will be held September 19-20 at Bismarck State College in the National Energy Center of Excellence. If you haven't already registered, registration is now open and we hope that you can be a part of this conference.  If you have already registered, thanks, and we look forward to having you there! The conference will be kicked off with two fabulous keynote speakers.

More information on the conference including schedule, registration, and lodging is available on the conference website. You can also check out the Conference Facebook page and follow NDGIS on Twitter for additional information as we get closer to the conference.

We invite you to consider providing a presentation, exhibit, sponsorship, workshop, poster, or some combination of all - we are accepting abstracts! We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us in Bismarck!