GIS Day Workshop at Ball State

On Wednesday, November 19th, the Ball State GIS Knowledge Group will be hosting a series of training sessions focused on ArcGIS Online and mobile mapping (primarily using ArcPad).

All workshops will be held in BL224 (the GIS Research and Map Collection), and will be open to students, faculty and staff. Reservations are not required, but appreciated, and can be sent to

11:00-11:45 ArcGIS Online  Instructor: Angie Gibson

This presentation will outline ArcGIS Online features are available to faculty, staff and students, and how to access them. During this session attendees will learn how to:

  • Obtain access to the BSU ArcGIS Online account and set up class groups
  • How to add and search for content.
  • How to use analysis tools within ArcGIS Online
  • What apps are available within ArcGIS Online (Business Analyst Online, ArcGIS Collector, Community Analyst, ArcGIS Pro)

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch with our visiting ArcPad expert, Joel Bump  (location to be announced closer to the date)

Joel Bump is a Ball State University graduate (BLA in Landscape Architecture ’92) and current State of Indiana employee, who  oversees the management of the Enterprise Data Team who develops and supports INDOT’s enterprise database, data warehouse and geospatial technologies.  He’s had extensive experience with ArcPad and other mobile mapping applications.

1:00 – 2:00  ArcPad Basics Instructor: Joel Bump

A high level demonstration of how to use ArcPad for field inventory. The demo will involve:

  • Defining an item that a user would wish to go in the field and inventory
  • Setup a data file (shapefile) and related form
  • Setup a basic map for ArcPad
  • Collect data points
  • Finally bring the data back to ArcMap.

2:00 – 3:00  Advanced ArcPad  Instructor: Joel Bump

This is a discussion on the more advance topics of ArcPad which will be more interactive with the audience to answer their questions.  Topics may include (depending on the audience questions):

  • Custom Form/Code development
  • Alternative data sources (ArcSDE, ArcServer, ArcGIS Online)
  • Integration of photos and related tables
  • Integration of various hardware options (GPS pucks, range finders, data collectors)

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor in Geography (GIS/RS expertise)

MARYLAND, BALTIMORE 21250. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2015. Ph.D. in Geography or related field required at time of appointment. The UMBC Department of Geography & Environmental Systems seeks applicants who use advanced geospatial and remote sensing techniques in order to pursue a research agenda in environmental science or human-environment interactions.  Research and teaching interests may include remote sensing, geospatial analysis, advanced spatial-temporal modeling and geovisualization of environmental change, geocomputation, or geoinformatics applied within the applicant’s disciplinary specialty to address environmental or societal challenges. Teaching responsibilities include introductory GIS and remote sensing along with upper level courses in the applicant’s area of specialization.  Candidates are expected to have an active program of research and publication, ability to attract external funding, and evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching (the standard teaching load is two courses per semester).  We have 300+ majors and 70 graduate students in our M.S., M.P.S, and PhD programs. The student body at UMBC is extremely diverse and we are particularly interested in diversifying our faculty.

In the most recent Carnegie ranking, UMBC is listed as a Research University-High Research Activity. Research opportunities at UMBC include collaboration with colleagues in the Public Policy graduate program, one of the largest in the country; with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), an NSF-funded Urban Long-Term Ecological Research site headquartered at UMBC; the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) a research consortia formed by UMBC and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center; the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), an EPA and NOAA-funded center focused on the environmental, social and economic impacts of urban and suburban landscape transformation, and the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center for the MD-DE-DC region. In addition UMBC is a partner in the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU), part of a national CESU network.  The campus is located in close proximity to Washington D.C. and a broad array of federal, state, and local agencies as well as to other research institutions along the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia corridor.  The Washington-Baltimore region has an extraordinary number of agencies and institutions whose focus is on the environment, natural resources, and environmental policy, in national as well as international contexts. Interested candidates may visit the web site for additional information.

Applications should include a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.  Please submit all application materials via Interfolio (  For questions, please contact Ms. Robin Schmidbauer ( Review of application materials will begin on December 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position.  We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity.  We encourage applications from women, minority group members,
veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

NASA Earthdata Webinar: “Know Your Landsat: Understanding and Accessing Landsat Data”

Landsat satellites have been observing Earth’s land surfaces consistently for over 40 years, providing the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land in existence. All Landsat data held in the USGS archives are publicly available at no charge.

This joint USGS/NASA webinar will provide participants with information about:

• Landsat data applications and usage
• Basic technology of Landsat missions
• How to find and download data for user-defined area of interest
• Educational resources available for learning and teaching about Landsat


Event: Know Your Landsat: Understanding and Accessing Landsat Data
When: Wednesday 8 October 2014, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UTC/GMT-4)
To register now, please visit the following link:

GIS Positions Available at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, IN

from Chuck O’Hara, Senior GIS and Remote Sensing Leader at Dow AgroSciences LLC:

GIS at Dow AgroSciences (DAS), Indianapolis, IN, is growing, and DAS is looking to identify people with passion and expertise in geospatial data development, management, services, geoprocessing, automation, and application development. Emerging opportunities to be a geospatial subject matter expert (SME) at Dow range from full time to contract to part time student positions.

If you are a student, graduate, or a soon-to-be graduate, with knowledge, skill, capabilities, and passion for all things geospatial please contact Dr. Charles O’Hara,, to discuss your interests and possible opportunities at Dow AgroSciences to put your passion and talents to work!

Videos from our Spring Semester GIS Speaker Series – Guest Speaker David Bodenhamer

In April we hosted our inaugural GIS Speakers Series event on campus.  David Bodenhamer, Professor of  History and Informatics and Executive Director of the Polis Center at IUPUI, graciously agreed to be our first speaker. The event was a resounding success and we plan on continuing with our speaker series this academic year. Please stay tuned for times and dates.

Video of the presentation:

Interview with David J. Bodenhamer.

GIS Developer in Denver, CO

ATA Services, Inc. in Denver, Colorado is hiring a full time GIS developer. Responsibilities include designing, developing, testing, implementing, and maintaining applications and programs/scripts/tools, etc. supporting a wide variety of client applications and programs. This position also serves to advise on issues regarding GIS development and associated spatial data. Application deadline is May 17, 2014.

I found this position by searching GIS jobs in Google, and I went to the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse website.

Link to job advertisement:



GIS Web Developer/Analyst

       Prime Source Technologies is looking to hire a GIS Web Developer/Analyst. The job is located in Vienna, VA and is a full time position focusing on GIS application through the web. They are looking for a candidate who has experience with GIS application development using ESRI ArcGIS, .Net, C#, Web services, SQLServer and Oracle. The position requires 3-5 years experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, Geography, Engineering, Computer Science or any other related field. Candidates must have good analytical skills that allow them to identify risks and come up with solutions by creating user-friendly applications. They must be an “expert” in working with ESRI ArcGIS and the extensions associated with that software. Experience working with GPS technology is also a must as candidates will need these skills to develop spatial models and maps. was used to find this job posting. “GIS” was typed in the search box, and the job was found by going down the list provided. There was no location restriction, so any location was available.


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