Author Archives: Cartographer

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Seeking volunteers for State of the Map US event in Seattle

What: State of the Map US 2016 conference. This year’s theme is “Building Community“, and volunteering will provide an excellent entry point for university students to connect with the diverse and dynamic OpenStreetMap community.

Where: Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

When: July 23-25, 2016

Why: Volunteer 3 hours per day in exchange for free registration!
Attending State of the Map US offers many opportunities to connect with other mappers, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, and hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvements. This would be a great networking opportunity to connect with other OpenStreetMap users from an amazing ecosystem of enthusiast mappers, businesses, government agencies, and non profits, all collaborating around the free and editable map of the world.

How: Apply to be a conference volunteer by filling out this volunteer form. If selected, you will be asked to participate in a virtual training session one week prior to the conference. In exchange for your agreement to volunteer, we will send you a registration code to get your free registration for SOTM US 2016.

Deadline: Thursday, June 16 at 11:59 pm PST.

Note on accommodations: inexpensive lodging is available on-site at Seattle University.

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Educational Engagement through Google Maps, Earth and Street View


MARCH 23, 2016


EXPL 3301


Educational Engagement through Google Maps, Earth and Street View


A decade ago the idea of being able to view your house, in an image capture by a satellite, on a phone, was pure science fiction. Yet now it is normal for a child to grow up knowing what their home town looks like from space. Since Google Maps and Google Earth were released in 2005, they have revolutionized how we view and explore the World. Along with Google Street View, these applications provide an an ever expanding global dataset of mapped streets, 3D terrain, satellite and ground level imagery.

More importantly they provide user friendly ways to view these data. Now anyone with an internet connection and web-browsing device can become an armchair explorer of Planet Earth.

Join us as John Bailey, the program manager for Geo Education on the Google Earth Outreach team demonstrates how Google’s Geospatial Tools can be used to navigate and tell stories about the world around us.

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Participate: Thunder Clap Tweet: Thursday, March 10th @ 4:00pm EST

Please participate this Thursday and encourage others as well… Thunder Clap Tweet: Thursday, March 10th @ 4:00pm EST

The #AAGmapathon will provide a 1st for all — a 3 day Mapathon @theAAG! @MapGive @GGSDepartment

(There is enough room here to add your own hashtag or twitter handle to the end if you want.)

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Management Analyst I – Fairfax County

Management Analyst I – Research Assistant
Job Announcement Closes March 18, 2016

EMPLOYER: Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
HOURS: 16 to 20 hours per week – this is an exempt temporary position not to exceed 900 hours/year
COMPENSATION: $23.54/hour, no benefits
Please submit resumes to:
Under direct supervision, performs professional-level analytic and technical work to assist with analysis, data collection and management, and research. Collects and analyzes economic, demographic and human services data. Accesses, extracts and compiles data in complex databases from both internal and external sources. Researches data and provides information for ad hoc requests. Employs a variety of computer software such as ESRI ArcMap for extracting, analyzing, modeling and reporting data. Designs and develops approaches for disseminating data and findings in accessible visual formats.
• Collects, updates, analyzes and prepares data for projects, presentations, publications and webpages
• Summarizes project results in presentations and written documents
• Designs and creates graphics and data visualizations
• Helps conduct literature reviews
• Uses GIS tools to perform tasks such as geocoding addresses, copying, modifying and dissolving features, selecting and extracting data, joining tables, changing map projections, and exporting data, layers and maps
• Creates maps and helps perform GIS density, network and spatial analyses
• Helps update and maintain databases
• Helps edit and proof statistical data
• Maintains emails and responds to information requests
• Other duties as required
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in economics, urban planning, geography, computer science, statistics or field related to the assigned functional area; plus course work in ArcView GIS or similar GIS software.
• Ability to pay attention to detail.
• Knowledge of demography and the characteristics of populations.
• Ability to use research methods to gather, analyze and interpret data under supervision.
• Ability to analyze statistical data and to draw sound conclusions.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to use word processing and presentation software to prepare documents, and to use spreadsheet and statistical analysis software packages to store, manipulate, analyze and present data.
• Ability to use ESRI ArcMap to load, edit and display data and to conduct density, network and spatial analyses.
• Knowledge of constructing databases, developing normalized tables, and interfacing with different database systems such as Oracle, Sequel and Access data repositories.

Applicants must be lawfully entitled to work in the United States (U.S. citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization). The County does not sponsor Visas of any type. Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans’ status or disabled veterans’ status.

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Dr. Fuhrmann gives Yi-Fu Lecture: Unfolding the Map

This week, Dr. Fuhrmann will give a Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture at the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The Yi-Fu Lecture Series features a wide variety of U.S. and international guest lecturers from all geographic disciplines. Lecturers at these Friday seminars also often speak at brown-bag lunches, one-on-one student sessions, and breakfast meetings with student interest groups as part of their visit. Doctoral students are invited to present their final research. The lecture series was initiated by Dr. Tuan and receives enthusiastic support as a department and campus tradition.

All lectures are presented on Friday at 3:30pm in Science Hall – Rm 180 unless otherwise noted. Alumni, friends and the public are always invited to attend.

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Full-Time Employment Opportunities at U.S. Census Bureau

The Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau has employment opportunities for qualified graduates in geography and related fields. The application deadline for this posting is February 10, 2016.

We are looking for well-qualified people with advanced training in geographic information systems, population geography or demography, remote sensing/satellite image analysis, and urban geography, among other specialties.

Salaries reflect experience and the level of education completed. All positions require U.S. citizenship.

Employment opportunities are permanent, full-time positions at Census HQ in the Washington, DC, area. Census HQ is located next to a subway station.

Openings for permanent positions offer qualified applicants an opportunity to work on a range of projects, including: analyzing the geographic distribution of population globally and in the U.S.; producing population estimates for other countries and studying their demographic characteristics at various geographic scales; developing image processing and analysis methodologies for high-resolution population mapping; geo-demographic activities using statistical units such as metropolitan areas, counties, states, and their foreign equivalents; and writing analytical reports.

This is an exciting time for the U.S. Census Bureau, and specifically the Population Division. Please forward this email to students, recent graduates, and colleagues who may be interested in working at the Census Bureau. For more information about the agency, including position opportunities, look under “About Us” on our website at

To apply for the openings, please visit USAJOBS no later than February 10, 2016:

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AAG Mapathon – Volunteers Needed

If you are going to the AAG Annual Meeting in San Fransisco this Spring, please come to the first ever Mapathon organized to disrupt this conference!  If you have some experience working with OSM, we also encourage you to consider serving as a volunteer for the mapping activities during this event.

The effort is organized by the State Department, George Mason University and involves the support and input from a number of other organizations (see the webpage for the full list).  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Mapathon Lounge will be your place to hear special keynote talks, papers, and panels, and to participate in open mapping sessions for actual international projects that need spatial data that will be used by organizers.

Come be a part of sharing how to make a difference with open mapping with a broad audience of an expected 10,000 attendees!  Plus, volunteering three hours or more gets you a free T-shirt!

For more information about this special event within the conference and see what projects will be mapped :

To sign up to volunteer to help other attendees learn to map using OSM (and perhaps some other logistical duties that may come up):

To view the conference preliminary program and check your schedule see:

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New ArcUser Publication: GMU 3D Campus Model

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students create a 3D model of our Fairfax campus.Their work is featured in ArcUser (Winter 2016). Congratulations Zhihang (Steven) Li, Michael Rodriguez, and Alec Zhang! Great job!

Read article:

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AAG Cartography Specialty Group Master’s Thesis Research Grant

Now accepting applications for the AAG Cartography Specialty Group Master’s Thesis Research Grant, due March 15th.
Masters students enrolled full time are invited to apply for the CSG Master’s Thesis Research Grant. This grant is intended to promote scholarly research in cartography by students enrolled in Geography or a related degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $500 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research, such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees.

Deadlines for application are March 15, June 15, and November 1 of each year. Applications and inquiries should be directed to the CSG Non-Academic Director, Sarah Bell, at

For more information and the application form, please visit CSG Research Grant Information

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GIS/Spatial Ecology Internship at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Conservation GIS Lab ( at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns, to start immediately. The Conservation GIS Lab focuses on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing for research and management of endangered species.

Required Skills & Experience:
• A good knowledge of computers, programming and statistics.
• Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or QGIS), remote sensing are desirable.
• Experience with programming software (R/Matlab/Python/etc.).

The internship includes a modest stipend and free dormitory-style housing. Internship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and positions are available immediately. Please send letter of interest and resume to Resume should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter.

For more information about the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University check: