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!



Tuesday, March 28, 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:

  • Basemap_Imagery (Updated with NAIP 2016, Bismarck-Mandan 2016, Cass 2016, courtesy of the USDA-APFO, Bismarck-Mandan MPO, Cass County, respectively)
  • State & Federal 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 Hub Data Portal. You can search for these datasets (e.g., type in: basemap) 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, February 14, 2017

New GIS Hub Data Portal

The GIS Hub Data Portal has been upgraded.  While the past GIS Hub Data Portal has served us well and will continue to be available until the end of March 2017, it has become dated and is not designed to work on mobile devices. The new GIS Hub Data Portal provides a fresh, new interface and is designed to work on desktop computers, phones and tablets.  The new GIS Hub Data Portal is built upon a platform that also provides open data capabilities which we hope to leverage in the future.

The primary purpose of the Hub Data Portal is to make GIS Hub data, which is maintained by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards, publicly available as downloads and as web-based data services. Data is found by searching or by simply browsing the data found in Datasets, Groups, or Topics:



When browsing or searching, be on the lookout for the filters such as Topics, Tags, and Format that can be applied to help limit the number of items being displayed.  Also take note of the colorful data type icons associated with each dataset to help you identify what sort of resources are associated with each dataset:


Each resource within a dataset corresponds to a method of accessing the dataset, for example, downloading the data and viewing the data in tabular format:


If the tabular data is point data containing latitude and longitude, that information can be mapped.  For example, click on the Preview button:


And then click on the Map tab:

We hope this quick introduction to the new GIS Hub Data Portal provides enough information to get you started using it.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

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

Mile Markers (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

State & Federal Roads (updated, courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

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

Please note that the structure of these datasets have changed to accommodate a new method being used by the NDDOT to maintain the data.

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via data services.  More information on this and other datasets can be found on the old Hub Data Portal (from here on out, we'll be referring to the new Hub Data Portal. You can search for these and other datasets (e.g., type in: markers) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data within the Categories section of the Hub Data Portal. After you've located the data of interest, click on the More Information button and then scroll down to the Transfer Options section. In that section, click the Download link to download the data or click one of the other links such as the 'Esri REST including WMS' link to obtain the data service information.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Updated and New Datasets on the GIS Hub

One new dataset has been added and another one updated on the GIS Hub by the North Dakota GIS Technical Committee data stewards. These are:

NAIP 2016 Aerial Photography (new, courtesy of the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP))

Abandoned Mines (updated, courtesy of the Public Service Commission)

These datasets can be downloaded and/or delivered via data services.  More information on these and other datasets can be found on the Hub Data Portal. You can search for these and other datasets (e.g., type in: abandoned) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data within the Categories section of the Hub Data Portal. After you've located the data of interest, click on the More Information button and then scroll down to the Transfer Options section. In that section, click the Download link to download the data or click one of the other links such as the 'Esri REST including WMS' link to obtain the data service information.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Updated Datasets on the GIS Hub

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

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 data services.  More information on this and other datasets can be found on the Hub Data Portal. You can search for these and other datasets (e.g., type in: aquifer) or you may find it convenient to simply browse to the data within the Categories section of the Hub Data Portal. After you've located the data of interest, click on the More Information button and then scroll down to the Transfer Options section. In that section, click the Download link to download the data or click one of the other links such as the 'Esri REST including WMS' link to obtain the data service information.