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Friday, April 20, 2007

I share the following at the request of Sam Wear, Westchester County, NY, who is currently on assignment to USGS as local government liaison to GOS.

Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Outreaches to Local Government
Web Mapping Services Important Towards Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)

The Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) project encourages local governments to register and publish metadata for web mapping services on the GOS portal at www.geodata.gov.
Increased availability of data and web mapping services through the GOS portal significantly supports local, state, tribal, and federal governments, and improves homeland security and disaster relief efforts across the country.  It is widely recognized local governments make a tremendous contribution towards building the National Spatial Data infrastructure (NSDI).

New enhancements to the GOS portal include improved spatial search functions, tools to identify potential partners in data acquisition efforts, easy-to-use registration forms to start publishing metadata records, and greater access to a growing number of on-line web mapping services from across the country.
 
Local governments interested in getting started with publishing metadata for web mapping services – which can take as little as 15 minutes – are encouraged to visit the http://www.geodata.gov or contact Sam Wear, local government liaison to GOS, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 914-995-3047.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 08:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Ranger, a website supporting community colleges around San Antonio, offers an article about the value of GIS education in getting a job in the field. I agree with the title: “Expert says GIS careers require preparation.” I’m less comfortable with this statement: “People interested in working in geographic information systems must understand that everything learned today will be useless in the future because technology constantly changes, the geographic information systems manager for the city of San Antonio said April 12.” I’ll suggest that the intended message is that software and technology will surely change, but the core concepts of GIS/geography won’t.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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