It is that time of year again, and the GIS Open House Poster Session is being held on December 10, 2009 from 1 - 2:20 pm in MacMillan Hall Room 101. Please stop by to enjoy the interesting ways the students in this year's class have applied GIS to various environmental, social, and scientific questions.
Providence will be the host city for the 2009 Urban and Regional Information Systems Association addressing conference, taking place August 4-6 at the Westin Hotel. This conference is for GIS professionals, addressing coordinators, E911 and emergency response specialists. Registration is open now; the conference home page is http://www.urisa.org/conferences/Addressing/Info
This important area of the GIS industry has provided vital information
to our nation in the pursuit of improving the level of Public Health. The conference will be held June 5 - 8, 2009 at the Westin Providence. The conference home page is here. You can review abstracts, register, and submit a poster on their site.
Enrollment is now open for the semi-annual GIS Institute, June 1-13, 2009 offered by the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences initiative.
The institute will provide two weeks of intensive training in tools for analysis and visualization of spatial relationships. Topics range from cartography to spatial statistics. With guidance from faculty and staff, participants will learn to apply GIS to a problem of their choosing.
The Institute is free. It is a cooperative activity of S4 along with the University Libraries, Earthlab, and PSTC.
Graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff are eligible to enroll. We particularly encourage participation by doctoral students who may have a use for these skills in their research. Additional details are available on the webpage and on the attached flyer.
Please consider sharing your experience and interesting projects with
the rest of the NEARC community at this year’s Spring NEARC
Conference. They are soliciting posters, panel discussion sessions and
presentations. You can sign up for 20-30 min. presentations, or 45-60
min. presentations/panel discussions/workshop. If you have a great idea,
new technique or a great project, please share your experience with the rest of
us and register your proposal athttp://www3.amherst.edu/~aanderson/nearc/presentationsubmission.html
proposals is Friday, April 10, 2009.
Go ahead and register now for Spring NEARC! Don’t
wait until the last minute this year. All the registration information is
on the NEARC website at:http://www.northeastarc.org/.
CIS has posted the executables for ArcGIS Desktop and Workstation 9.3 on the download page. After installing, please remember to install Service Pack 1, available from ESRI here. The Service Pack file is named ArcGISDesktop93sp1.msp. Download and run this file to ensure you have the latest bug fixes.
A few of the "goodies" in the 9.3 upgrade are:
- Basemap layers of the entire world which can be streamed from ESRI
servers to your own .mxd document, including streets, shaded relief, and
imagery, and a built in gazateer.
- Improvements to geocoding (address-matching) including updated
methods for reviewing unmatched candidates.
- The ability to turn graphic shapes that have been digitized on-screen
directly into a shapefile or feature class using the "convert graphics
to features" tool.
- The ability to embed feature attributes, map layers and coordinate
system information in exported .pdf files.
- Map layers with transparencies enabled are reflected correctly in
- New spatial analysis tools including ordinary least squares
regression and geographically weighted regression and and updated Near
tool that works with points, line, and polygons.
- Geoprocessing error messages now link to a description of the problem
and recommended solutions.
Several recent updates have been made to the RIGIS database:
"Soils" have been updated and retitled as "Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) Soil Polygons". Please note only the attributes have been updated (it is no longer necessary to download a separate attribute table). These data also now sport detailed metadata and an accompanying reference guide in pdf format, and are available with helpful symbology (usable by ESRI software) and a reference soils database (usable by Microsoft Access software).
"NRCS HUC 12 Drainage Basins for RI" have been updated and retitled simply as "Watershed Boundary Dataset", reflecting the nomenclature used by NRCS. The update itself consists of the most recent hydrologic unit boundary data available from USDA NRCS for the subwatershed (12-digit hydrologic unit code) level. RIDEM has contributed local watershed names to the attribute data, which differ from some of those used by USDA NRCS.
RIPTA Bus Routes, Bus Stops, Park & Ride Routes, and Park & Ride Bus Stops have been updated with route and stop information effective January 2009, and also feature updated metadata.