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DoD, Partners Share Mapping Technology for Disaster Relief

The Defense Department is using GeoSHAPE tool that will soon be available to assist countries and organizations dealing with the deadly consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters and humanitarian crises, experts from DoD. The open-source tool is not directly related to shapefiles; the acronym stands for geospatial tool for security, humanitarian assistance and partnership engagement.

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European OpenStreetMappers Meet as Project nears 10 year Anniversary

A gathering of the European OpenStreetMap communit, State of the Map Europe,  took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in June. Hundreds of attendees met to discuss various aspect of the project. Ed Freyfogle details how OpenStreetMap (OSM) has come a long way....Read more

Michael Byrne Nominated for Service to America Medal

The awards are new to me! The Partnership for Public Service annually honors outstanding federal employees who have made a significant difference in the lives of Americans, presenting awards that have come to be known as the "Oscars of government...Read more

MOOC from Open Online Academy Starts this Fall: Introduction to GIS and Mapping

Introduction to GIS and Mapping starts this fall from the Open Online Academy. The course page suggests it's either four weeks or eight; it's not clear. Until recently cartography skills where hard to learn. Today, new technologies allow us to download...Read more

GIS Government News Weekly: Saginaw Alerts, Irish Open Data, $83 Deeds

Saginaw Alerts Landlords of Police/Fire Calls When Saginaw police officers or firefighters respond to a call at one of Saginaw's nearly 5,000 registered rental properties, the landlord will be notified the following Monday. The new feature of the GIS goes live...Read more

GIS Education News Weekly: Certificate of Competency, Geo for All grows, MS Students Win

Certificate of Competence in GIS from Hawaii Institutions Starting this August, UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College and Kaua‘i Community College will offer two accelerated, eight-week credit courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) leading to a...Read more

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