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Written By: Rick Hill, Assistant Director, Technical Services Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

History

IndianaMap began in 1999 as the “Southwestern Indiana GIS Atlas,” a cooperative project involving the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS), Bernardin Lochmueller and Associates, Inc. (BLA), and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). The IGS was contracted to gather geologic and other spatial data from numerous state and federal agencies and other public sources, and enter it into a GIS system for analysis by BLA, INDOT, and others. The data, together with detailed metadata for 173 layers, were distributed to the public on CD-ROMs that were provided to 26 county libraries in southwestern Indiana and as an Interactive Mapping Services Web site, named the “GIS Atlas of Southwest Indiana.” The Web site soon became very popular.

In 2003, the Indiana Geological Survey submitted a proposal to INDOT to expand the Atlas to include GIS data covering the entire state. The contract was approved, the project moved forward, and a new Web site named the “GIS Atlas for Indiana” was created. In 2009 the Indiana Geographic Information Council, the State Geographic Information Officer, the IGS, and INDOT agreed to rebrand the GIS Atlas for Indiana to “IndianaMap.” Typically, IndianaMap serves about 12,000 unique visitors every month, including representatives of businesses, consulting firms, government agencies, academia, and the general public.

IndianaMap Technology
IndianaMap and its predecessors were developed by the staff of the IGS and is a custom JavaScript application using ESRI’s Internet Mapping Services. IndianaMap accesses more than 230 GIS layers from three sources—the Indiana Geological Survey SDE Database, University Information Technology Services SDE Image Database, and ESRI’s Geometry and Geocoding Services.

Additionally, IndianaMap Internet Mapping Services and Web Mapping Services are also available and include: Indiana Historical Aerial Photos, Framework-Government Boundaries, Framework-Cadastral, Framework-Elevation, Framework-Geodetic Control, Framework-Hydrography, Framework-Orthoimagery, and Framework-Transportation.

Updates
IndianaMap is updated the first Tuesday of the month (TFTOTM, pronounced “tuff-toe-tum”) as newer data become available. Many of the data stewards that contribute to IndianaMap contact the Indiana Geological Survey to make arrangements to provide updated GIS layers. As GIS layers are updated, so are their metadata. Nearly all the GIS data that have metadata are available for download.

Staffing for IndianaMap
There are numerous staff members from the IGS and University Information Technology Services, Indiana University that maintain, develop, and update applications, databases, high-performance networks, disk farms, servers, metadata, and numerous data sets for IndianaMap and associated mapping services. Job positions such as Oracle Database Administrators, SQL Database Administrators, SDE Administrators, System Analysis Programmers, Server Administrators, High-Performance Network Administrators, Web Administrators, and more all contribute to the successful operations of IndianaMap.

The Future
IndianaMap is currently being rewritten by the staff of the IGS as an ESRI ArcGIS Server application using Microsoft’s Silverlight development platform. There are many challenges that must be considered and addressed as part of a full application rewrite—things such as image caching, design, layer management, features, and performance, just to name a few. In addition, other IndianaMap products and services are being discussed to broaden the use and availability of Indiana’s GIS data.
Contribute by: Joel Bump, Indiana Department of Transportation, Enterprise Data and System Architecture Manager
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The Survey Department of the Aerial Engineering Division of the Indiana Department of Transportation coordinates a network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS). Each CORS site provides Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS - GPS and GLONASS) carrier phase and code range measurements in support of 3-dimensional positioning activities throughout the state of Indiana.

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Surveyors, GIS/LIS professionals, engineers, scientists, and others can apply CORS data to position points at which GNSS data have been collected. The CORS system enables positioning accuracies that approach a few centimeters relative to the National Spatial Reference System, both horizontally and vertically.

RINEX data in the form of navigation, observation and glonass files are available for each of our sites. The data may be browsed via our FTP site found at: ftp://ftp.incors.in.gov. Files are available for two months from the current date.

Providing a real-time kinematic (RTK) correction service over the internet, and RINEX files for post-processing . End-users don’t have to be a Leica user to enjoy the benefits of INDOT's GNSS. If your GPS or GNSS receiver can connect to the internet, INDOT can deliver the data you need. With this service offered by INDOT using Leica's GNSS Technologies you don't need to invest in an extra base station to get accurate positions. You don't need to setup a base station first, worry about its safety. Just start your GNSS rover and connect. A few seconds later you can survey with cm-accuracy

Currently the InCORS is providing Network RTK in RTCM (Real Time Correction Message) 2.3, and 3.1 in the MAX (R2K2 Full) and i-MAX (R2K2 LITE) formats via NTRIP (Networked Transport of RTCM via Internet) and TCP/IP, as well as CMR and CMR+ in the MAX (R2K2 Full) and i-MAX (R2K2 LITE) formats via NTRIP , and TCP/IP. The main difference between MAX and i-MAX is the processing is done at the ROVER for MAX and with i-MAX the processing is done at the servers.

In order to access these messages the user will need a wireless modem device that can access the wireless web. The modems come in all shapes and styles and through different wireless providers. INDOT does not recommend one provider over the other, the user must determine the coverage in his/her particular area to determine the best solution.

The users also need to complete the RTK users agreement which is available as a link on the INCORS website. Once the RTK users agreement is signed and returned to INDOT, INDOT will provide the IP address, port number, account username, and account password of the system to the user.


For more information go to http://incors.in.gov/
Why would the State of Indiana invest in a CORS network and then make it available for both government and commercial use? Because it's good for the future of Indiana.

In a story posed recently on the GISLounge web site, the world-wide market for Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) products for use in GIS Mapping is estimated grow significantly. Read more here.
Contributed by: Leane Welsh, GIS and Information Systems Analyst, Informatics, The City of Westfield

The City of Westfield made the cover story of ESRI's Telcom Connections (GIS for Telecommunications) Spring 2010 newsletter. To read the full story click here: http://www.esri.com/library/newsletters/telecom/telecom_connections_spring10.pdf

Contributed by: Carol Rogers, Deputy Director and CIO of the Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University

Director of the U.S. Census Bureau Dr. Robert Groves announced the final 2010 Census mail participation rates on April 28: http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=68805

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Indiana Rocks
With a national participation rate at 72%, Indiana's participation in this phase of the census was excellent, finishing is the top 3, with 78% of Hoosier Households sending in their census forms. In the top 50 places in the U.S., Carmel, IN came in 5th and Clay Township came in 6th, both with an 85% response rate.

We are now entering the census phase known as Non-Response Follow-Up. This phase involves trying to account for the roughly 48 million households across the U.S. that did not mail back their Census form. The Census Bureau will be sending approximately 635,000 census takers out to count these non-responding households.

WHAT INFORMATION ARE WE COLLECTING? 10 questions isn’t going to yield much data...
- Total population (by age, by race, by sex)
- Living in housing units (owned or rented) or in group quarters( dorms, nursing homes, jails, prisons)

But, the data collected from the Census in 2010 will provide critical benchmarks of...
- HOW MANY live in our jurisdictions
- How MANY homes, institutions and structures are there and where are they

So when will be see the results of the 2010 Census? Here is a broad timeline...
- 2010 – By law, the Census Bureau must deliver the national and state counts to the President by the end of the year
- 2011 - P.L.94-171 files (so-called) will be delivered to Indiana by March 2011 (IBRC will make these data available ASAP after delivery.)
- 2011 through 2012 - a variety of statistical products and geo-products will be released.

To view an interactive map to see how your local community did, click here - http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/
In a new Pew Research Center report on public usage of government websites, Government agencies have begun to open up their data to the public, and a surprisingly large number of citizens are showing interest.

In a recent presentation Jim Sparks, GIO for the State of Indiana spoke about how these new Obama administration Open Government directives designed to provide more access to public information to help drive innovation, support accountability and transparency "are not new to Indiana's GIS community, and that we have been doing this for more than 10 years, and should be proud of our IndianaMap efforts and be a model for other states."

Some key findings of the Pew Research Center report report include:

Data driven
– Efforts by government agencies to post their data online are resonating with citizens. Fully 40% of online adults went online in the preceding year to access data and information about government.

Organized around new online platforms – Citizen interactions with government are moving beyond the website. Nearly one third (31%) of online adults use online platforms such as blogs, social networking sites, email, online video or text messaging to get government information.

Participatory – Americans are not simply going online for data and information; they want to share their personal views on the business of government. Nearly one quarter (23%) of internet users participate in the online debate around government policies or issues, with much of this discussion occurring outside of official government channels.

For more details on the Pew Research Center report click here.

Other Efforts:
Interestingly, the U.S. is not the only country using the Internet to make data available for free. In a related (and somewhat surprising) news story, the United Kingdom's Ordnance Survey, which has been a long time advocate of selling their data, is now giving away map data for free. The UK is even taking their own data.gov.uk efforts one step further, by promoting and in some cases licensing back applications built by private organizations that add value to their raw data.

As an example, a number of applications are currently promoted for geocoding and geolocating specific resources: http://data.gov.uk/apps/list
USGS's The National Map (TNM) Viewer is part of their National Geospatial Program (NGP).

This new platform provides both visualization and download services, and is based on the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)'s Palanterra x3 platform. Click here to open the NEW TNM viewer.

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Contributed by Steven Hook, Noble Co. GIS Coordinator, and IGIC Past President

ESRI is about to release its next major update to the ArcGIS product line. With a release date set for June 2010, the pre-release version of ArcGIS 10 is available for download by those of the user community participating in the Beta program. One is made aware to apparent changes in the user interface. This brief report provides comments on what to expect with ArcGIS Desktop 10.

The way one interacts with the user interface has changed. The user interface now provides the ability to hide the table of contents. This helpful feature provides more map real estate. Some of the menu items are rearranged or gone. ArcCatalog is now included as a dock able window inside ArcMap. This provides for efficient management and retrieval of needed datasets; however, previewing a dataset is only possible using a thumbnail preview.

The ArcGIS Desktop Help has been revised. The help is now divided into categories based on one’s interaction with the software. Sections have been written to assist developers and production staff. One section provides a brief review of GIS basics for new GIS users while another section provides information of the most typical GIS editing procedures.

Editing has changed at release 10. There is a new concept of templates for creating new features. The previous editing work flow, which included selecting a target and a task, is no longer necessary. Map documents are now associated with a specific data source, say a file geodatabase. When you edit, you chose a template for a feature layer and the source is already determined for you. Editing tasks are made available based on the type of feature layer you are working with. The snapping environment has changed by inclusion of a new snapping toolbar. Snapping is now determined on-the-fly. There is the option to use classic snapping if you don’t like change. Finally, parcels can now be maintained by use of parcel fabrics without the need for the ArcGIS Survey Analyst extension.

Here are some final comments on my review of ArcGIS Desktop 10 pre-release version. If you use Crystal Reports for report generation, this has changed at release 10. ArcGIS Desktop now includes its own report writer. The Crystal Report wizard is no longer included. This may make it difficult to utilize existing Crystal Reports you may be currently using. Also, customizing ArcGIS Desktop 10 has changed. ArcGIS 10 will be the last version to support VBA. Extending the interface is now possible with the use of Add-Ins. It is reported that this change will make extending the products easier by the developer community. Finally, the license manager has changed. ArcGIS products no longer rely on the Flex LM License manager. A new manager has been designed and appears to make the management of licenses easier.

This has been a brief overview of the pre-release version of ArcGIS Desktop 10. Only time will tell if this release will be considered a perfect “10.”
Contributed by: Larry Biehl, IndianaView Coordinator, Purdue University, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), West Lafayette, IN

Happy Earth Day!
There is a documentary airing tonight on the National Geographic Chanel on satellite remote sensing. I am not sure whether it will cover all land, ocean and atmospheric remote sensing but it looks like it could be interesting. Here is some more information:

National Geographic Chanel
Naked Science: Earth from Above
Thursday April 22 9:00 PM


In the last 50 years there has been a quiet revolution - thanks to satellites. Today there are hundreds of active robotic spacecraft orbiting the Earth. Earth From Above reveals how satellite technology allows not just a new view of Earth but a radical new understanding of our planet. These sentinels in space led to many important discoveries. In some way, this program is a detective story - where satellites provide new insights in natural phenomena. They enable scientists to actually watch Earths seasons and follow climate changes around the globe. But satellites also serve in more practical ways. Without satellites no weather forecast: by tracking hurricanes they help predict the paths of these storms, thus even save lives - as by spotting bush fires in Africa. Overall, satellites provide a unique, exciting and invaluable perspective of our planet.

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To watch a preview click here



Submitted by: Kathy Kozenski/Geography Educators' Network of Indiana (GENI), a request from Dagmar Budikova, Ph.D., Regional Councilor of the West Lakes Division, Association of American Geographers (AAG).

One of AAG's recent initiatives is to reconnect with geographers who may work "alone" within programs in higher education in a university, a 2-year or community college, private or public. The AAG is referring to such individuals as Stand Alone GEographers (SAGEs).

Over the next several months, we would like to collect information that will help build a database of stand alone geographers across our region for the AAG, and obtain a list of geography programs offered at 2-year and community colleges. We at West Lakes will use this information to build a website that will contain an interactive map that will show where geography programs/teachers in higher education are located, information that may have important use in areas such as student recruitment. More importantly, however, the database will help us keep you updated on relevant happenings at the AAG.

The AAG and our division would greatly appreciate your help in this initiative and would like to ask that you forward your name, contact information including e-mail address, affiliation including home department, and teaching responsibilities to dbudiko@ilstu.edu. Feel free to forward this message to anyone across the West Lakes Division whom you may know to be either a stand alone geographer, or in a 2-year or community college teaching geography. The member states include Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and the Michigan Peninsula.

Thank you for considering our request and for your participation.

Sincerely,

Dagmar Budikova, PhD
Regional Councilor, West Lakes Division of the AAG.

Dagmar Budikova, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography
Department of Geography-Geology
Illinois State University
206 Felmley Hall of Science
Normal, IL, 61790-4400
dbudiko@ilstu.edu
Ph: 1-309-438-7643
Fax: 1-309-438-5310
Mission
The Mission of IGIC's GIS Response Corps is to create an inclusive and representative statewide network of response corps members dedicated to:
* Enhancing accessibility to geospatial applications, technologies, and products which assist Emergency Management Practitioners in their decision making process in the event of an emergency.
* Delineate all-hazards emergency management planning, response and assessment considerations.
* Create a network for professional exchange and access to technical expertise.
* Encourage interactions and collaborative initiatives among those conducting Emergency Support.
* Promote the standardization of methods to increase the access and the value of data among many users.

Objectives
* Provide geospatial support in the event additional GIS resources are required to support emergency related missions across Indiana.
* Identify geospatial personnel, technologies, and products that are appropriate for the emergency event.
* Define processes and recommended data sources and technologies to support response and recovery phases of an emergency event.


The IGIC GIS Response Corps is looking for volunteers to participate in the following subcommittees:

Grants

Members of this subcommittee will be responsible for identifying potential grant opportunities to support our response corps mission and objectives, determine grant submittal
requirements, identify grant project partners, and write the grant statement of work. The subcommittee will work through IGIC's Executive Director who will lead
the grant submittal process.

Outreach
Members of this subcommittee will be responsible to identify and help develop strategic partnerships with other Indiana organizations directly related to our response corps mission
and objectives. The subcommittee will work through IGIC's President who will lead all discussions and negotiations of strategic partnerships and any other agreements.

Training
Members of this subcommittee will be responsible for identifying, recommending and when necessary developing relevant training classes, schedule training classes and documenting
Response Corps Member progress through the training program. The subcommittee will work in partnership with the IGIC Education Committee.

Website Development
Members of this subcommittee will be responsible for defining data requirements and functionality needed for the Committee's web-based Common Operating Picture,
and to identify potential integration needs with social networking sites/tools. The subcommittee is also responsible for monitoring and testing development progress.
The subcommittee will work in partnership with the IGIC Communications Committee.

If you are interested in helping us out, or have any questions, please email Christina McCullough at christina.mccullough@us.army.mil

The following is a summary of the monthly reports submitted by Chris Dintaman and Denver Harper on behalf of Dr. John Steinmetz and the other contributors to the IndianaMap Viewer.

Updated Map Layers:
The four layers that provide county-provided framework data (including address points, street centerlines, land parcels, and governmental boundaries) have been updated. The layers were compiled from data maintained by various county agencies in Indiana, as part of the IndianaMap Data Sharing Initiative between Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC), Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), Indiana Geographic Information Office (GIO), Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) and participating Indiana counties.

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

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

Statistics:
* 85 of 92 Counties have committed to participate in this initiative
* 68 counties have been harvested
* Current published data counts:

2,571,867 Land Parcels
2,017,387 Address Points
3,043 Jurisdictional Boundaries
450,773 Street Centerlines Segments

NOTE: All four layers are also NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD in ESRI Shapefile format from the IndianaMap Viewer.

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NOTE: These new layers represent the seventh monthly set of data harvested through the ongoing Data Sharing Initiative program by IDHS from local government sources on March 31, 2010. These layers are provided "as-is" and have not been quality control checked for completeness, accuracy or content, and should not to be used for any official or business purpose. Be sure to read the metadata for each layer.

NOTE -- SCALE DEPENDENT VIEWING: These datasets are not viewable at the full statewide extent. The intended scale of viewing for these data is approximately at the level of county, and trying to view these high-resolution layers at full statewide extent would greatly affect the performance of the map.

- The layers "Address Points (IDHS)" and "Street Centerlines (IDHS)" are only viewable on the map at a scale of 1:200,000 or smaller.

- The layer named "Address Points (IDHS)" is only viewable on the map at a scale of 1:100,000 or smaller.


Outreach
During the period of March 16 through April 15, 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. Eight (8) of the requests dealt with interruptions of service.

As of April 16, there were approximately 709 subscribers to the INDIANAMAPVIEWER-L listserv.
To register, or learn more, visit www.igic.org/training/seminars.html

Census 2010 and GIS: Where, When and What Can We Expect
Thursday, April 29th, 2:00-3:00pm (EDT) new date!
WEBINAR
FREE

GIS and Stormwater Management
Tuesday, May 25th, 2:00-3:00pm (EDT)
WEBINAR
IGIC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

Sneak Peak! Indiana Updates to the National Hydrography Dataset
RESCHEDULED
WEBINAR
IGIC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

GPS Data Collection for GIS
Thursday, July 22nd, 1:00-3:30pm (EDT)
Indiana State Library, History Reference Room, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis
IGIC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20


To register, or learn more, visit www.igic.org/training/seminars.html
Besides being a nice informal social and educational opportunity, our spring Geo-Dinner meeting this year gave our guests the opportunity to preview the facilities, food and services of the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, as well as get a preview of Ball State Universities GIS Education capabilities. In case you didn't already know, The Horizon Center and Ball State will be the site for IGIC's 2011 & 2013 Annual GIS Conferences. IGIC's Conference Committee spends quite a bit of time evaluating and selecting our conference sites and their amenities, and last night's event surely reinforced our choice of Muncie! After dinner presentations were made by Jim Sparks, State of Indiana's GIO, and Angela Gibson, Ball State University Libraries GIS Specialist.

Angela Gibson's presentation was an eye-opener for me. Ball State Muncie with 20,000 students is about half the size of Purdue West Lafayette & IU Bloomington, but their adoption and availability of geospatial technology and education opportunities is second-to-none. In addition to major GIS programs in the Universities Geography Department and College of Architecture and Planning, the Universities Bracken Library provides GIS support to 19 other Departments/Colleges.

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Angela explained that her boss, the Dean of the University Library, loves maps and is a huge advocate for GIS, and is responsible for providing access to GIS software and data on over 140 computers in Bracken Library for students use.

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Angela is also a member of IGIC's Conference Committee, and she will be coordinating the hands-on workshops for our upcoming conferences that will utilize the Universities GIS lab and library facilities.

Jim Sparks talked about two very important topics concerning GIS in Indiana - data sharing and broadband mapping.

IndianaMap Data Sharing Initiative: Jim started out his presentation by talking about the 2007 Indiana Code that created his position (IC 4-23-7.3) and some of his legislated duties that include: Facilitating GIS data cooperation between units of the federal, state, and local governments; Integrating GIS data and framework data into a statewide base map; and providing public access to this GIS data. Jim also spoke about new Obama administration Open Government directives designed to provide more access to public information to help drive innovation and support accountability and transparency; and that we (the Indiana GIS community) have been doing this for more than 10 years, and should be proud of our efforts and a model for other states.

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Currently, 85 of 92 Indiana Counties have agreed to share four key data layers (parcels, address points, road centerlines, and boundaries), and approximately 65 of those county datasets are available for viewing and FREE download from the IndianaMap. These data currently consist of over 2 million individual parcels and address points, almost half a million road centerline segments, and over 3,000 jurisdictional boundaries. Jim pointed out that this number will continue to increase each month as more county data is harvested and updated, and he sincerely thanked everyone for helping make this project such a success for the people of Indiana.


Indiana's Broadband Mapping Initiative: Mapping of Indiana's Broadband infrastructure is currently underway. This is thanks to the Indiana State Legislature passing a bill in 2009 to create a statewide GIS map of broadband availability (IC 5-28-33-3), and Federal ARRA funds (grants) becoming available in 2009 for states to fund this effort. Jim described why this is important to Indiana by quoting the Chairman of the FCC has stated “We believe that broadband is a critical infrastructure challenge of our generation. It is to us what railroads, electricity, highways, and telephones were to previous generations”, and that "a 10% increase in broadband availability means a 1.2 to 1.5 point increase in GDP.", and that is a big number! Jim described challenges for Indiana that include low broadband adoption rates of up to 70% in rural, low income, minorities, and elderly communities, and that about 10% of the nation's population doesn't even have access to broadband.

To meet National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requirements, Indiana is mapping broadband availability by census blocks, including information of the wired service provider(s), technology used, advertised speed (up and downstream), as well as creating GIS files to depict availability of wireless broadband.

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The (preliminary) map above is an example of one of the new GIS broadband map layers created for Indiana (a map that never existed before). Phase 1 of the mapping will be completed and delivered to the NTIA for review by the end of this month. Phase 1 consist of broadband maps based on data “in-hand” for the state. Phase 2 is already starting, and will immediately begin to improve the map with data requested from the service providers. In parallel to these efforts, ongoing quality control to verify the maps using federal (FCC) sources and crowd sourced (citizen address point level) survey information will be integrated into the process.

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In summary, Jim stated that the initial results of this ongoing mapping effort should start to become available for publication on the IndianaMap by early this Summer.

Copies of these presentations are available here on the IGIC web site.

The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) and National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) officially kicked-off a Strategic Planning effort for the Transportation for the Nation (TFTN) initiative. The goal of TFTN is to coordinate and develop nationally significant geospatial transportation data, with particular emphasis on road centerlines. This Strategic Planning effort will develop a strategic vision and goals for TFTN, and determine the best strategies for implementation. To read more of the press release click here, or to visit the research web site click here.
The Indiana Department of Administration has announced that AECOM has been selected for contract negotiations to develop the Local Resolution National Hydrography Data for the State of Indiana. The new hydrography data will improve the positional accuracy from the existing USGS 1"=2,000' scale high-resolution NHD data to new 1"=200' scale local-resolution NHD data (10 times better). The new local-resolution NHD data will be aligned to available orthophotography and digital elevation model data no older than that available from the 2005 Statewide Ortho project. This new local-resolution NHD data will replace all of the existing high-resolution hydrography features, many of which were mapped over 25-35 years ago, as well as providing significant more detail with much more consistent hydrography densities (based on 6-acre drainage catchments) than previously available. All existing attributes from the high-resolution NHD (e.g. Names, Reach Indexes, etc...) will be conflated to the new hydro graphics data. The new hydrography data will also incorporate updated and corrected stream and lake names from IGIC's current ongoing GNIS update project.

If the contract negotiations are successful, two Indiana businesses--Cripe Architects + Engineers and Pinnacle Mapping Technologies--will be assisting AECOM as subcontractors on the project . Phase One of the project will be to complete the upgrade for 9 sub-basins within the Great Lakes Initiative Area in northern Indiana. Other phases will be addressed when funds are available. Please see http://www.igic.org/committees/waters/NhdUpgrade_20100223.pdf for a brief synopsis of the project.
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