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Contributed by: Cele Morris, Research Analyst
Northwest Indiana Center for Data & Analysis

Please join us for the next meeting of the Northwest Indiana GIS Forum. Come share and hear about recent regional GIS accomplishments. Greg White of the Lake County Surveyor's Office will be demonstrating their new, interactive, mapping website.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Indiana University Northwest
Library Conference Center - Room 115 (1st floor - South Side of Building)
3400 Broadway, Gary, IN

Hope to see you there!

Please respond to the following email address if you plan to attend - cmorris@iun.edu

Seventy-six counties have now committed to sharing basic geospatial information about land parcels, point addresses, road centerlines, and local administrative boundaries. The map below shows these in green plus the 16 Counties that are not currently sharing this data.


About half of these 76 Counties are now available for viewing on the IndianaMap - Click Here to view.

For additional information on the Data Sharing Initiative: http://www.igic.org/projects/datashare.html
Earlier this month the NEW IndianaMap.org web site was launched by IGIC.


This site is now our new starting point to access the wide variety of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data that is the IndianaMap. The IndianaMap is a portfolio of projects that involve the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal partners. Components of the new site include:

Interactive Maps - Links to the IGS IndianaMap Viewer containing over 200 layers of statewide geospatial data, and other local and state government sites.

Resources for GIS Professionals - Web Map Services (WMS) to access all IndianaMap framework data layers as services.

Data Downloads - All IndianaMap vector data layers can be directly downloaded from the IndianaMap Viewer, while all raster data are available for download from the Indiana University Spatial Data Portal at UITS.

Links to Partners - The IndianaMap is a collaborative effort of the Indiana Geographic Information Officer (GIO), the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC), the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS), University Information Technology Services (UITS) of Indiana University, and other local, state, and federal partners.
The following is the monthly report submitted by Chris Dintaman and Denver Harper on behalf of Dr. John Steinmetz and the other contributors to the IndianaMap Viewer.

Web Design
On October 6, the IndianaMap Viewer and its associated Web pages were redesigned to provide an appearance that is consistent with Web pages of IndianaMap.org, hosted by the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC).


On October 6, the four layers that provide county-based framework data (including address points, street centerlines, land parcels, and governmental boundaries) were updated.

Updated layers named "Address Points (IDHS)" and "Street Centerlines (IDHS)" can be found in the following folder: INFRASTRUCTURE > Roads.

Updated layers named "Land Parcels (IDHS)" and "Government Boundaries (IDHS)" can be found in the following folder: DEMOGRAPHICS > Political & Other Boundaries.

These layers are not currently available for download. These layers represent the second set of data harvested through the ongoing Data Sharing Initiative program by IDHS from local government sources in September 2009. As a preliminary data set, these data have not been quality-control checked for completeness, accuracy, or content. These data are included on the IndianaMap for program demonstration purposes only. Please read the metadata for each layer for additional information.

During the period of September 17 through October 18, a total of 20 service requests were answered by personnel of the IGS. These involved responses to comments or questions received from the public by email, telephone, or personal visits. Six (6) of the requests were related to interruptions of the map service.

As of October 19, there were approximately 694 subscribers to the INDIANAMAPVIEWER-L listserv.

Thanks to everyone who attended IGIC's 3rd annual Local Government GIS Coordinator Forum on September 29th. The event was very successful, and produced more questions than we had time for. Forum Presentations, Notes, and Q&A for 88 Questions in 15 Categories are available here: http://igic.org/forum/index.html
Friday, October 23, 2009 2:00-3:00
IGIC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

ArcGIS Server Enterprise can be a big investment. Are you worried about getting the most out of yours? Or are you considering upgrading from standard edition? Join us for an online webinar to see how one Indiana county is creating tools and shortcuts in ArcGIS Server to streamline and enhance their services. Dave Estes and Chris Tallman, of Allen County GIS will be sharing tips, tricks and code they've developed demonstrating applications with customized viewers, simple editing tasks and embedded map services.

You are invited to attend IGIC's FIRST Regional Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 from 6 pm—9 pm at the University Plaza Hotel in West Lafayette, IN.

This will be great opportunity to network and catch up on the latest GIS events in a casual atmosphere. The evening will start with a cash bar from 6 pm - 7 pm, followed by dinner and a presentation from guest speakers Larry Biehl and Jie Shan of Purdue University.

This meeting is open to all IGIC members, their guests and anyone who wants to know more about IGIC, Indiana GIS and Remote Sensing.

Guest Speaker Presentation: Remote Sensing Activities at Purdue University
Presented by: Mr. Larry Biehl and Dr. Jie Shan

Mr. Biehl and Dr. Jie Shan will give and overview of remote sensing activities, flood mapping, and an update of the IndianaView and AmericaView consortium activities at Purdue University.

Mr. Biehl is the Systems Manager for the Purdue Terrestrial Observatory (PTO). His responsibilities include managing the antenna, computers and image data for the PTO. He has also been involved in helping initiate the IndianaView consortium and the development of the IndianaView (http://www.indianaview.org/) data archive server. Previously Mr. Biehl was a research engineer with Purdue University's Laboratory for Application of Remote Sensing (LARS) from 1974 to 2004.

Dr. Shan is an associate professor in geomatics engineering in the School of Civil Engineering of Purdue University, where he teaches remote sensing and geospatial information science and technology. His research interests are digital mapping, geospatial data mining, and urban modeling. Prof. Shan received his PhD in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan University, China. Previously Dr. Shan held faculty positions at universities in China, Sweden, and the United States, and has been a research fellow in Germany.

University Plaza Hotel
3001 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Cost: $25 per person
To Register Click Here: http://www.igic.org/products/?cid=25&cid2=25
If you have any questions call Janet Tomlin at 317-489-0091
or e-mail her at: jtomlin@igic.org
Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:30-3:30
IGIC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

When you are thinking about developing a web mapping application today, the first thing that comes to mind is what platform and technology should it be developed upon . There are a plethora of technologies that exist from free platforms such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Mapquest (which have standard maps with limited capability to load user defined content) to the robust ArcGIS Server technology (which is highly customizable with a wide variety of community shared data and custom content that can be loaded into your own server). There are various factors that determine what technology is appropriate for your needs and this presentation will explore the different platforms with an elaboration on the new ArcGIS Server APIs (Flex, JavaScript, and Silverlight).

At our October 15, 2009 Board Meeting the IGIC Council voted to approve the charter for our new Communication Committee. This committee represents a renaming and re-tasking of our former Publicity Committee. The IGIC Communications Committee will provide guidance and support for written and electronic communications methods and content in support of our membership and to promote IGIC's mission and objectives, including:

· Serve as a resource to all other IGIC committees and workgroups

· Provide marketing and outreach coordination

· Maintain IGIC/IndianaMap identity standards

· Collection and distribution of promotional materials (printed and electronic media)

· Establishing and maintaining media distribution channels and contacts

· Support the ongoing development of the igic.org and indianaMap.org web sites, content and technology

· Research, test and implement - members / non-members communications tools
(Listserv emails, Message Boards, Blogs, RSS feeds, wireless & mobile communications)

· Research, test and implement - IGIC-only members web collaboration tools
(Google Wave, Google Docs, OpenGoo, etc...)

· Research, test and implement - public social media tools
(Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, FriendFeed, Flickr, etc...)

· Research, test and implement - IGIC community-sourced web map mash-ups
(e.g. IGIC members, their State Legislators and other elected officials, IGIC Members Networking connections)

The Communications Committees is in an initial start up phase, with our first official meeting Tuesday, October 20, 2009 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at IGIC's new office (777 North Indiana Ave). A number of committee members have already volunteered, but we are still looking for more members interested in volunteering their time and energy to make this effort a success. If you are interested, please come to our first meeting, or email Phil Worrall at pworrall@igic.org.
From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, October 23, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will display its deployable response assets on Robert Orr Plaza between Indiana Government Center south and north buildings. The assets on display will include:

Incident Response Vehicle (IRV): The rapid response vehicle has satellite connectivity, a weather station, video teleconferencing capabilities and internal/external Wi-Fi capabilities. The vehicle also supports six workstations and a conference table and various communications capabilities including satellite radio and telephone.

Mobile Command Center (MCC):
This robust response vehicle (53’ semi-trailer) supports satellite connectivity, a weather station, video teleconferencing and internal/external Wi-Fi capabilities. The unit can support up to 20 personnel.

Satellite Office Solutions (SOS): These two systems support field/office operations. Each system includes a support trailer and generator, 1 -1.5 meter satellite dish, Wi-Fi capabilities, 15 laptops, and 15 voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) phones with video capabilities.

Field Deployable Operations Center: This tent system supports its own generator, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and video projection system. The tent system includes 12 workstations with integrated power, video and network connectivity, and can be used with a Satellite Office Solution (SOS).

Broadband Global Area Network Satellite Transponder (BEGAN) units: These 16 satellite transponders are each capable of supporting up to 11 users. They contain built in Wi-Fi and support data communications so users have access to the Internet, Internet mapping and other web-based resources such as email.

Mobile Video Solution: Three wireless cameras link to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) through satellite platforms. Cameras can be controlled from the EOC and have advanced detection capabilities and search tools. The systems can be powered from commercial grids, but are also able to operate using battery and solar energy. The video software package integrates EOC security cameras, and cameras from the Incident Response Vehicle and Mobile Command Center into one comprehensive video solution.

Glo-bug lighting system: This exterior lighting system uses a high powered 1,000 watt lamp and inflatable reflector balloon to provide 360 degrees of lighting around the unit. The system includes its own generator.
We're making an attempt to reach out to our current members, to "potential" new members, and to our geospatial community partners through a number of Internet social networking portals.

IGIC's primary communication channels will continue to be through...

Our main web site: http://igic.org
and our NEW IndianaMap web site: http://www.indianamap.org

Primary email communications will continue through our various listservs
All NEWS posting will still be made through IGIC's News Blog - http://www.igic.org/news. With an RSS feed of IGIC News available here

But, we plan to also post links to this information and explore new outreach and networking opportunities using these and other social networking sites.

We plan to test out Google Wave as soon as it becomes available. If you would like to see us participate on other social networks please let me know!
Quick Look, Quick Response
When ten inches of rain fell on saturated Indiana soils, it flowed into streams already swollen from a wetter than normal spring. The heavy rainfall resulted in severe flooding, causing three deaths, evacuation of thousands of residents, and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to residences, businesses, infrastructure and agricultural lands. In all, 39 Indiana counties were declared Federal disaster areas. To make informed decisions, timely flood data were needed by Federal, State and local agencies.

Purdue’s School of Civil Engineering, Geomatics Engineering produced flood maps and a Google Earth application for Indiana using Landsat satellite images. The images were acquired during the height of the flooding period and made available courtesy of the US Geological Survey (USGS). Once the areas of water were identified, basic information was layered over the images, including topographic elevation, city and county boundaries, roads and hydrography. Stream gauge data from USGS was used to determine water depth, and compared with normal levels found in Landsat images from earlier in the year.

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The information was published to Google Earth and as static maps. This information was made available to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and other emergency management officials who were coordinating the disaster response and recovery efforts.

These data layers, Landsat images, high-resolution aerial images and most importantly, flood inundation areas, provided a quick-look flood damage estimate for emergency managers from all levels of government. Having pdf files of the inundation maps and a Google Earth application gave users, many of whom did not have a GIS background, a choice between a static map of the state and a user-defined area of interest. Access to user-friendly quick-look flood inundation data provided officials with vital information to mitigate, respond and recover from this and other flood disasters.

The Purdue School of Civil Engineering, Geomatics Engineering were the winner of IGIC's 2009 Excellence in GIS Award in the Education & Nonprofit category for this project.


Click here to view the interactive Google Earth Map and the Static Map produced.
The technology (equipment, software, and methods) for capturing and producing imagery and elevation data changes almost on a weekly basis. It has become increasingly difficult to quantify and measure the accuracy of these various technologies and products using traditional methods and standards, especially when comparisons often appear to be "apples-to-oranges". In an effort to keep pace with this evolving landscape, here are some links to some relevant articles:

Links to 3 relevant ASPRS articles on Imagery products and accuracy...

Ortho Imagery Systems: http://www.asprs.org/mapping_matters/index.html (by Qassim Abduallah, Fugro EarthData)

Oblique Camera Systems: http://www.asprs.org/publications/pers/2009journal/february/highlight.pdf

Satellite Imagery: http://www.asprs.org/publications/pers/2009journal/june/feature.pdf

Links to 3 relevant articles on LiDAR products, applications, and accuracy...

http://www.eijournal.com/LiDar_Mapping.asp (by Jamie Young - Sanborn)

http://www.asprs.org/mapping_matters/march09.pdf (by Qassim Abduallah, Fugro EarthData)

http://www.eijournal.com/Lidar_Data.asp (also by Qassim Abduallah, similar to ASPRS article above)

If you know of other good articles, please share them.
The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing (CRC) will host a half-day GIS Day workshop on Friday, November 20 from 1-5p.m. in room 107 of the Hesburgh Library, the auditorium.

Our goal is to build a community of interest around an already active group of researchers working with geospatial information. The keynote speaker for the conference is Mr. Paul Collins (CEO, Skyline Software Systems, Virginia, and ND alumnus). Guest Speakers include: Paul Harwig (President, Fugro Horizons, SD), and Phil Worrall (Executive Director,Indiana Geographic Information Council).

We have additional speakers lined up from private, local government and federal government sectors. We would like to encourage speakers from the academic sector as well. We have slots still available for those who wish to present a 15-20 minute talk (1-5pm) or a poster during our poster session (5-6pm). If you are interested in presenting, please email the title of your presentation on or before October 20, 2009 to Dr. Dilkushi Pitts at: Dilkushi.Pitts.12@nd.edu

Registration is FREE. More details, directions and online registration is available by clicking on the GIS Day logo below.

GIS Day Logo
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences just announced this morning that Elinor Ostrom is one of two recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics. Professor Ostrom is the first woman to win this prize. Professor Ostrom is the keynote speaker at the November 18th GIS Day at Indiana University. For more information about Professor Ostrom's and her presentation click here: http://gisday.indiana.edu/keynote.html

To read more about her award: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2009/press.html
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
10AM - 3PM
Indiana University, Herman B Wells Library
1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Our 2009 GIS Day is shaping up to be a great event! The list of participants is growing. http://gisday.indiana.edu/schedule.html. GIS Day is a global event for users of Geographic Information Systems technology in an effort to educate people about how geography makes a difference in our lives and to demonstrate this technology to schools and organizations around the world.

The Earth As Art Contest webpage is now updated and a new 2009 Earth As Art Flyer. The contest is open to the general public , all ages, and even GIS Day committee members http://gisday.indiana.edu/poster.html. The updated web page has YouTube links to 2 videos written by the City of Austin, Texas, staff for the 2007 and 2008 GIS Days. Perhaps these will inspire contest participants. If you have not seen them, I encourage you to take a break and watch them – so creative and funny.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, October 29, 2009

Be a part of something great! IGIC is accepting nominations for the 2010 Board of Directors.

It is our Vision that all Indiana communities will be safer, healthier, wealthier and wiser because they are part of a robust statewide GIS infrastructure. Seats representing the sectors below will be open this year.

Board Member Responsibilities
The three-year term will begin at the IGIC Annual Business Meeting, February 16, 2009. IGIC Board Members are responsible for attending Board meetings, serving on at least one committee or workgroup per year, and acting as a primary point of contact for GIS coordination issues to their representative sector. Board members also perform GIS outreach, and act as moderators at the Annual GIS Conference.

All Board members receive points toward their GISP.

Available Seats
Critical Infrastructure
Regional GIS Consortia
At Large (two seats available)
Commercial GIS Service Provider

Self-nominations are welcome. Visit http://www.igic.org/activities/boardnoms.html to submit a nomination or learn more.
The economic situation has forced many GIS departments to be even more creative with shrinking budgets in the past year. Have you or someone you know been able to rise to the challenge? Have you found found better solutions for less, taken advantage of new technology, or found innovative uses for existing resources? Then it's time you got that pat on the back you deserve!

Nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2010 Excellence in GIS Awards.

Fill out one form, and you could be on your way instant fame. More information and nomination forms are available at www.igic.org/awards/gisaward.html

The deadline for submission is January 29, 2010, so download your form today!
A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 220 from October 4, 2009 has a interview with IGIC's former Executive Director, Jill Saligoe-Simmel. In the interview Jill talks about the creation of her new company MapDiva, and the development of Ortelius, their newly-released mapping application for the Mac platform. Click HERE to download and listen to the interview.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released 2009 TIGER/Line Shapefiles. These files are available here:

This will be the last public release of TIGER data until early 2011.

· This early 2011 release will include all of the updated 2010 tabulation geography that serves as the geographic framework for 2010 Census data tabulations (including the new 2010 Census tracts, block groups, blocks, voting districts, and much more).

· Around the same time as this 2011 geospatial data release, Census will be releasing the tabular data with 2010 Census population counts down to the Census block level.

· Click Here for more information, including changes under consideration and a request for input.