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Oct 05, 2020 · data migration, geospatial data

Changes are coming to the way users connect to geospatial data holdings managed by ASU Library’s Map and Geospatial Hub. The Library is consolidating its storage resources and moving content to Library-managed servers. But don’t worry: the data aren’t going away; they’re just getting moved. 

server to server movement The geospatial data being migrated currently reside at this (soon to be “old”) network address: \\itfs1.asu.edu\gisshare1$\spatial_data\. They’re moving to their new address: \\libfile.lib.asu.edu\share\mapgeo\pub

To ensure that all users relying on these data have the opportunity to retain all their data files, the Map and Geospatial Hub is implementing the transition over an approximate 2.5-month period. Between early-October and mid-December, all data will remain available at *both* the old and new addresses. 

All data found at the legacy address were made available for preliminary (test) access starting today, Monday, October 5, 2020. The legacy directory is scheduled to be deprecated on Monday, December 14, 2020.  During that transitional ~10-week period, all data on the legacy directory will remain accessible for viewing and download. The Map and Geospatial Hub will communicate monthly reminders on the migration during the transition.

While everything will remain available in both locations during this period, we’ll all need to start using the new network address: \\libfile.lib.asu.edu\share\mapgeo\pub. For complete instructions on how to map the new geospatial data directory, please see the ASU Geospatial Data Directory section on Geospatial data webpage.

We invite all ASU GIS users to please test the new geospatial data directory and access the data. We invite and encourage any feedback to be submitted via the Map and Geospatial Hub Service Request form (or to mapgeo@asu.edu) to ensure a smooth transition. 

Thank you for your support of and patience with this transition!

Map and Geospatial Hub, ASU Library

May 06, 2020 · COVID-19, imagery, NASA, Planet Labs, RRNES

Join the ASU research community for this one-hour webinar session on Analyzing Planet Labs imagery data for NASA's Program "Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science" (RRNES) for COVID-19 response.

Register Online for Webinar Link and Password

Tuesday, May 12

4:00pm-5:00pm

Register Online for Webinar Link and Password

False color image of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, with the Planet Labs Inc. logo superimposed

This session will focus on using Planet Labs imagery in tandem with other NASA data products, such as Landsat or MODIS imagery.

Course Instructor: David Knapp, Lead Scientific Software Engineer, ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science.

This event is hosted by the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub in collaboration with the ASU New Space initiative and the ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science.

 

As per ASU’s license agreement with Esri, our university enjoys the privilege of five (5) complimentary tickets for ASU employees to attend the annual Esri User Conference (UC).

Esri The Science of Where

This year’s Esri UC is currently scheduled for July 13-17, 2020 in San Diego, California (not withstanding the current public health situation).

In an effort to increase the efficiency, transparency, and equity of how these complimentary tickets are allocated, the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub has created a quick and easy-to-complete web form to determine who is allocated a complimentary ticket.

Apply for a complimentary ticket to the Esri 2020 User Conference. All submissions must be made by Friday, May 8, 2020.

The web form collects important information needed to determine each submitter’s eligibility, need, and merit to receive a complimentary ticket. Additionally, ASU employees are asked to submit a 50-200 word statement justifying/explaining their need and merit for a complimentary ticket to the Esri UC

Apply for a complimentary ticket to the Esri 2020 User Conference. All submissions must be made by Friday, May 8, 2020.

The collected inputs of this form will be reviewed by a group of GIS professionals at ASU who have and declare no conflict of interest in making the determination as to who ultimately is selected to receive the privilege of a complimentary ticket.

The data collected by this form will make determining the recipients of these complimentary tickets efficient and equitable.

Apply for a complimentary ticket to the Esri 2020 User Conference. All submissions must be made by Friday, May 8, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of whether they were selected for one (1) of the five (5) tickets by Friday, May 15, 2020. 

Jan 13, 2020 · Class, GIS, Herberger Institute, UAV

This Spring (2020), the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is offering an advanced class in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) called “Advanced GIS Applications for Environmental Design.” Related course numbers are LAP494/598. 

The class will focus on three projects including:

  1. 3D UAV modeling project for a local open-space park

  2. Tree inventory and urban heat analysis of Mesa

  3. Visual resource stewardship project for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Interested students should please contact the course instructor: Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky. In the email, please explain any GIS or relatable computer modeling experience you may have.

Picture of the First UAV Expo. Shows a group of people in a park with some holding drones or other UAVs.

Nov 22, 2019 ·

Starting Monday, November 25,  the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub will be closing its current physical operations at the Noble Science and Engineering Library.

The Hub will remain closed to the university and community until after it relocates to its new suite in the renovated Hayden Library building in the center of ASU’s Tempe Campus

One exception to this closure is for the Grand Map Giveaway event to be held on Friday, December 6, from 3:00-7:00pm. All are invited to visit the Hub one last time and leave with some free maps!

Map and Geospatial Hub staff will continue to respond to Service Requests for geospatial data, maps, software, imagery, and related services. As usual, service requests will be answered within two business days, but typically sooner.   

Be sure to visit the new Map and Geospatial Hub in Hayden Library, Suite 334 in January 2020! You can always visit the Hub’s web presence at geospatial.asu.edu.

 

Arizona students are able to enter the ArcGIS Online School Competition 2020 to win $100 and a trip to San Diego, CA! The competition is open to US high school (9-12) and middle school (4-8) students and must be 18 years of age or less.

The competition will be evaluated on the skill and ability to analyze, interprent, and present the data through ArcGIS Online as a web app or story map about an issue in Arizona. The students can work individually or in teams of two but can only submit one entry.

Graphic with details for the competition process. Text on graphic below.

http://esriurl.com/agoschoolcomp

2020 ArcGIS Online Competition for US High Schools and Middle Schools

  1. Students in grades 4-12, in teams of 1 or 2, do a custom project, then create a web app or story map about their project, and submit it to school.

  2. Teachers at each school choose the school’s 5 best and submit them to the state.

  3. Participating states pick their 5 best HS and 5 best MS, award $100 to each, pick 1 of each 5 for national competition, send info on all 10 to Esri.

  4. Esri makes participation map, chooses 1 HS and 1 MS team for top prizes.

  5. Top HS and top MS go to Esri Education Summit and present their map in Esri UC Map Gallery.

    Research! Map! Present! 

The Basics of the State Level Competition

   1)  One adult sponsor registers their school/organization (registered sponsors will be contacted with information on how to submit entries).

   2)  School/organization promotes the competition and supports participants in the creation of story maps or web apps that:

          •   Answer an Arizona-based question,

          •  Propose a solution to an Arizona-based problem, or

          •  Address an Arizona-based issue.

   3)  School/organization collects and judges the maps/apps (if there are more than 5 entries) before May 13, 2020

           For an opportunity to receive mentoring feedback, please submit draft entry by March 20, 2020.  Submissions will receive feedback and be able to resubmit by the contest deadline in May. 

   4)  School/organization submits up to 5 entries to the competition by May 13, 2020

   5)   Arizona judges select the top 5 HS and top 5 MS (grades 4-8) entries, award $100 gift card to each winning entry, and enter the 10 state-level winners in the Esri national competition

Please visit https://gis.azgeo.az.gov/agic/arcgis-online-school-competition for more information and details.

The ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning has created a new GIS class for Non-GIS related majors that have little to no experience with GIS!

This class will be perfect for those who are pursuing a degree outside of GIS/Geography but still want to learn more about GIS.

Image of the flyer for the class. PDF of flyer can be downloaded below. Text on flyer provided below.

Download Flyer (PDF)

 

Course Flyer Details

GIS 494/598 GIS Methods for Non-Majors

GIS (geographic information systems) can be a powerful tool for collecting, analyzing and presenting spatial data. It can help to reveal patterns and trends to help us better understand our communities, our environment, our health and more – making GIS a tool that is great for a variety of majors to learn!

This new 4-credit course in GIS methods is specifically designed for students who have little or no background in GIS and will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Gain a working knowledge and proficiency of ArcGIS 10.6

  • Understand the differences between vector and raster data

  • Produce maps that meet geographic and cartographic standards

  • Analyze the spatial distribution of phenomena and provide meaningful analysis of spatial attributes

  • Communicate and create a dialog with other beginning GIS users

Areas of study that can benefit from GIS:

  • Archaeology

  • Criminology

  • Conservation

  • Health Sciences

  • Life Sciences

  • Journalism

  • Sustainability

Open now for Spring 2020 (Session A) enrollment!

ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Arizona State University

For more information, contact:

Andrew Trgovac at atrgovac@asu.edu

 

By popular demand, the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration is offering a Spring 2020 session of SES494/598 Close-Range Remote Sensing! 

Interested students should email the professor, Ian J. Walker (ianjwalker@asu.edu), directly with an unofficial copy of academic transcripts and a brief statement of interest in the course as it relates to their program of study.

Flyer for the Close-range Remote Sensing Class. Flyer can be downloaded below. Details on flyer are also below.

Download Flyer (PDF)

 

Course Flyer Details

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

Arizona State University

SES494/598: Close-range Remote Sensing

(Spring 2020: 494 #32862, 598 #32863, enrollment limited)

Interested in near surface remote sensing methods for studying Earth surface processes?
 

  • Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS), LiDAR, Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Autonomous Camera Systems (ACS), Structure-from-Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry

    • Construction of 3D digital elevation models

    • Spatial-temporal landscape change detection

    • Quantification of geological or ecological processes

    • Hands-on experience & research skills!
       

Course consists of in-class lectures/seminars, hands-on labs, local field trip and a group project

  • Th. 0900-1200 PSH460

  • Permission of instructor, enrolment limited

  • Background in Earth sciences (geomorphology, geology, ecology, etc.), remote sensing or GIS preferred
     

Prof. Ian J. Walker

ianjwalker@asu.edu

Schools of Earth & Space Exploration and Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning

Lectures: PSH460

Th. 0900-1200

Image of examples of the Creative Cartography artwork banner displaying text "Old and New"

Inspired by maps, this art exhibition explores the interconnections and contrasts between Old and New.

Students in Prof. Ellen Meissinger’s Art on Paper class, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art, collaborated with the Map and Geospatial Hub, ASU Library, to create an art exhibition inspired by creating unique art pieces on maps. This is the 6th year for this exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between School of Art and the Map and Geospatial Hub. 

The exhibition runs from November 13 – 27, 2019, Noble Library, Map and Geospatial Hub, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Please join us for a closing reception November 26, 3:30-5pm.  RSVP

You can also view artwork from previous years in the Creative Cartography Library Guide.

Photography of the Creative Cartography art exhibit.

Photograph of the class who contributed to the Creative Cartography art exhibit.

by Karina Wilhelm, MLIS. Manager, Learning Services.

Nov 08, 2019 · ASU, geospatial, GIS Day, mapping

The Map and Geospatial Hub is pleased to announce ASU GIS Day 2019!

ASU Library is collaborating with the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, and the Arizona Geographic Alliance to host a dynamic GIS Day event for all of ASU and the general public.

Flyer for GIS Day: GIS at ASU and Beyond. November 15 is GIS Day. Map and Geospatial Hub, Noble Library, ASU Tempe Campus. ASU Logo. Arizona Geographic Alliance Logo. Downloadable PDF below.

Download Flyer (PDF)

Event Registration

Friday, November 15

12:00pm-4:00pm

Map and Geospatial Hub

Noble Science and Engineering Library, Room 380

601 E Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

GIS Day is an international event celebrated by organizations, institutions, and communities across the globe. The event provides a forum for users of GIS data and tools to demonstrate and discuss how geospatial technologies are improving the ways by which humans interact with, understand, protect, organize, and manage space.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please see the full calendar of Map and Geospatial Hub events.

Image of schedule for GIS Day. To see details, see pdf below or text schedule below.

Download Schedule (PDF)

ASU GIS Day Schedule:

12 – 1 p.m.

• Refreshments

• Creative Cartography Exhibit

• Networking

• Map Giveaway Boxes

 

1 – 1:15 p.m.

Opening - MGH/SGSUP/AzGA

 

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD, GISP

Instructor & Geospatial Researcher, ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts

GIS Solutions Manager, Bad Elf, LLC

3D mapping of the Old Tucson Film Studio

 

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Veronica Nixon, GISP

GIS Manager, Desert Botanical Garden

GIS in Wonderland: How we mapped every plant in the Garden and where to go from here

 

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

• Refreshments

• Creative Cartography Exhibit

• Networking

• Map Giveaway Boxes

 

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

NASA DEVELOP

 

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Renée Elder

Recent Map and Geospatial Hub Intern and current MS-GIST Graduate Student, University of Arizona

Georeferencing Mapathon: Historic Aerial Photos

 

3:45 – 4 p.m.

• Refreshments

• Creative Cartography Exhibit

• Networking

• Map Giveaway Boxes

Closing - MGH/SGSUP/AzGA

 

Transit and Parking

Light Rail

The Map and Geospatial Hub is easily accessible by Valley Metro Light Rail. The University Dr / Rural station is just a short walk from the Hub. We encourage all visitors to utilize this convenient, low-cost, sustainable public transportation alternative to driving.

Bicycle

There is ample bicycle parking (including, for ASU affiliates, bike valet) immediately adjacent to the Noble Library, where the Map and Geospatial Hub is located.

Automobile

The nearest automobile parking structures are the Tyler Street Parking Garage and the Rural Road Parking Garage. Both parking structures are open to visitors.

 

Nov 06, 2019 · Events, GIS, JOSM, mapathon, OpenStreetmap

The Map and Geospatial Hub is pleased to be hosting PHXGeo once again for an OpenStreetMap mapathon. PHXGeo is a community-based meetup group for those in the Phoenix area who like maps, GIS, OpenStreetMap, cartography, and anything in between -- a natural Hub collaborator.

Example showing OpenStreetMap covering Arizona State University Tempe Campus.

Event Registration
Friday, November 8
6:00-8:00pm
Noble Instruction Room
Noble Science and Engineering Library, Room 105
601 E Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

This mapathon will feature how to use the Open Street Map (OSM) editing session with Java OpenStreetMap (JOSM) map data editing software.

OSM is a crowdsourced geographic database open to everybody. JOSM is a specialized application that allows for more efficient editing of OSM data.

This special workshop session will be led by an OpenStreetMap "Super Mapper" who goes by the OSM handle "Dr Kludge". Dr. Kludge has made thousands of edits to Open Street Map, most of which contributed to improving metro Phoenix's representation on the map.

Dr. Kludge will be guiding workshop participants on how to use JOSM to more effectively make edits to the ever-growing OpenStreetMap database.

Be sure to bring a laptop (and a mouse is helpful for editing minor details). It is also highly recommended you download JOSM beforehand. After downloading JOSM, you'll want to download via File > Preferences > (Outlet icon) the following Plugins: building_tools, continuousDownload

Twenty (20) desktop computer workstations are available for this workshop. Alternatively, participants can perform the workshop activities using their personal laptop computers.

While not required, please do register on the PHXGeo Meetup event page: Fall 2019 OpenStreetMap Mapathon

Image of OpenStreetMap Cycling Map option of Tempe, Arizona

Transit and Parking

Light Rail
The Map and Geospatial Hub is easily accessible by Valley Metro Light Rail. The University Dr / Rural station is just a short walk from the Hub. We encourage all visitors to utilize this convenient, low-cost, sustainable public transportation alternative to driving.

Bicycle
There is ample bicycle parking (including, for ASU affiliates, bike valet) immediately adjacent to the Noble Library, where the Map and Geospatial Hub is located.

Automobile
The nearest automobile parking structures are the Tyler Street Parking Garage and the Rural Road Parking Garage. Both parking structures are open to visitors.

 

Please see the full calendar of Map and Geospatial Hub events.

The time is finally upon us! The ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub is moving its physical operations to a specialized new suite in Hayden Library, on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The move will begin in early December 2019. The brand new Hub will be open to the public starting in January 2020.

The $90,000,000 Hayden Library Reinvention, led by architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross, involves a full renovation of all five levels of the buildings tower portion.

Planning and preparation for the Hayden Library Reinvention project began in 2016, when the Map and Geospatial Hub first came to fruition as a reincarnation of the library’s former Map Collection. The Hayden Reinvention project officially started in March 2018, with a projected completion date of January 2020.

The new Map and Geospatial Hub will be located in a significantly smaller, but also technologically enhanced, suite on Hayden's third floor — Hayden Library, Suite 334.

There will be a doubling of computer workstations equipped with a wide range of licensed and open-source geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing, statistical, and related analytical applications. New workstations will be accompanied by large format monitors for visualizing all sorts of geospatial data, such as historic and contemporary maps, satellite imagery, aerial photography, and other forms of cartographic output. 

An oblique perspective of a three dimensional digital model of the forthcoming Map and Geospatial Hub unit at ASU Library. The model contains various rectangular prisms and other 3D shapes rendered in different colors --black, white, red, blue, green, and various shades of grey.

An oblique perspective of a three dimensional digital model of the forthcoming Map and Geospatial Hub unit at ASU Library. The model contains various rectangular prisms and other 3D shapes rendered in different colors --black, white, red, blue, green, and various shades of grey.

The images above depict a highly simplified (and subject to change) model of the Map and Geospatial Hub’s new interior space (excluding its new public- and staff-facing computer workstations and other furniture).

Be sure to visit the new Map and Geospatial Hub in Hayden Library in January 2020! And, you can always visit the Hub’s web presence at geospatial.asu.edu.

Join ASU Professor of Spanish, Dr. Juan P. Gil-Osle for a workshop on over three centuries of the cartography of Arizona and Sonora: 

Pimería Early Modern Mapmaking: Arizona and Sonora in Global Maps, 1540-1760

Excerpt from pdf flyer stating "Early Modern Latin American and Iberian Studies Workshop". Workshop details listed in the image are also included in the text body of this news/blog post.

September 17, 2019
2:30pm-4:00pm
Coor Hall 4403
976 S. Forest Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

And be sure to attend the other workshops in this special series on various Early Modern Latin American and Iberian Studies topics:

  • Yerba Mate: A Tool of Empire
    • October 22, 2019 | 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Poetic Matter and the Virgen de Guadalupe
    • February 11, 2020 | 2:30pm-4:00pm
  •  Aztec Kamasutra: History, Translations, and Ideologies
    • March 24, 2020 | 2:30pm-4:00pm

For full details of all these workshops, hosted by the ASU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, within the School of International Letters and Cultures, please see the Early Modern Latin American and Iberian Studies Workshops flyer [pdf].

An index for the 1:24,000 USGS Arizona topographic maps in now available.

The USGS AZ Topo Map Index (1:24k) is an interactive web map that displays the geographic extent of the USGS quadrangles at a scale of 1:24,000  (7.5 x 7.5-minute quadrangles) for the state of Arizona.

  • Geographic Coverage: Arizona, United States
  • Time Range: 1958-1987, 1992, 2010
  • Cartographic Scale: 1:24,000
  • Physical Availability: in-house use only
  • Digital Availability: see topoView

This web map references AZ quadrangles held in paper format at the Map and Geospatial Hub for the following years. This index provides the quadrangle name, publication date, and area coverage of each quadrangle. In addition to standard geographical keyword search, users have the option to search for maps using the specific quadrangle name.   

If you are interested in taking a look at these topographic maps, please use the USGS AZ Topo Map Index (1:24k) to select the specific quadrangle(s) of interest. 

Please submit a Service Request indicating the quadrant name(s) and Map and Geospatial Hub staff will prepare the requested map(s) for viewing.

The web mapping application was created by Map and Geospatial Hub intern and recent ASU graduate, Gaspar Manuel.

Mark Christiano, the Kaibab National Forest’s geographic information systems coordinator, was recently honored with the Regional Forester's Innovation in Technology Award for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service. The award "honors exceptional creativity" and "recognizes exemplary contributions that advance and promote the transfer of knowledge and technology," according to the Forest Service's nomination guidelines. Christiano was recognized for his efforts to bring together diverse stakeholders from across the state to support cooperative investments in technology and to promote data-sharing partnerships.

Mark Christiano profile picture

Christiano played a vital role in organizing the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) LiDAR Workgroup, which promotes efforts to obtain statewide LiDAR in Arizona by 2023 and values the exchange of information through education and outreach. Through this workgroup, Christiano, along with Jenna Leveille (deputy state cartographer for the Arizona State Land Department), conceived the idea for the Arizona's first-ever LiDAR symposium, which was held in August 2018. The symposium originally grew out of Christiano's desire to best inform the planning and implementation of forest restoration work across northern Arizona through use of high-quality LiDAR data.

Mark Christiano intro to LiDAR networking symposium

Since this first symposium, the LiDAR Workgroup, including Christiano and Leveille, and in conjunction with the Arizona State University Library Map and Geospatial Hub, organized a follow-up AGIC LiDAR networking symposium held at the Map and Geospatial Hub in May 2019. The symposium was a huge success as it brought together stakeholders from public and private entities to create networks that support the acquisition of statewide LiDAR coverage. Opportunities, such as the recent symposium, help in achieving the objectives of statewide LiDAR coverage and the creation of educational platforms that increase public and industry knowledge of LiDAR.

Mark Christiano introduces 3DEP LiDAR program

"The LiDAR symposiums and work group have provided a platform for the exchange of information between the Forest Service and stakeholders in and around the state," said Ariel Leonard, forest planner on the Kaibab National Forest. "Mark’s leadership and coordination facilitated multi-party LiDAR acquisitions, resulting in a wide range of efficiencies and cost savings. Using his unique combination of technical, communication, and facilitation skills, he has made this huge accomplishment look easy, which it is not."

Panel on LiDAR acquisition programs in Arizona

Christiano continues to advance LiDAR in the State of Arizona by serving in a leadership role on the AGIC LiDAR Work Group, which has achieved many successes since its inception in June 2018. Christiano was presented with his award by Southwestern Regional Forester Cal Joyner at a ceremony in Albuquerque last month.

"I feel really honored to have received this award," said Christiano. "In many ways, I feel this was a group award. A lot of partners, both from the Forest Service and the greater statewide GIS community, have come together to support projects of mutual benefit and to collaboratively fund the collection of this critical data."

Congratulations Mark!! This is a well-deserved award!

The Map and Geospatial Hub is honored to have partnered with you.

Image of slope world map with text "Fall 2019, Workshops and Events"

The ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub is excited to announce the Fall 2019 schedule of events and workshops. 

Follow the links below for more information and registration of the events for the rest of the summer and for the fall semester. 
 

Summer 2019

 

Fall 2019

In addition, we're actively planning our annual GIS Day (Friday, November 15 -- save the date). Stay tuned!

You can always learn more about and register for our upcoming events on Eventbrite.

The Map and Geospatial Hub is pleased to be hosting PHXGeo once again for an OpenStreetMap mapathon. PHXGeo is a community-based meetup group for those in the Phoenix area who like maps, GIS, OpenStreetMap, cartography, and anything in between -- a natural Hub collaborator.

Event Registration

Friday, August 2
6:00-8:00pm

Map and Geospatial Hub
Noble Science and Engineering Library, Room 380
601 E Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

This mapathon will feature how to use the Open Street Map (OSM) editing session with Java Open Street Map (JOSM) map data editing software.

OSM is a crowdsourced geographic database open to everybody. JOSM is a specialized application that allows for more efficient editing of OSM data.

This special workshop session will be led by an Open Street Map "Super Mapper" who goes by the OSM handle "Dr Kludge". Dr. Kludge has made thousands of edits to Open Street Map, most of which contributed to improving metro Phoenix's representation on the map.

Dr. Kludge will be guiding workshop participants on how to use JOSM to more effectively make edits to the ever-growing Open Street Map database.

Be sure to bring a laptop (and a mouse is helpful for editing minor details).

While not required, please do register on the PHXGeo Meetup event page: Summer 2019 OpenStreetMap Mapathon

Extract of Open Street Map map data, magnified on the eastern section of ASU's Tempe campus.

A new web map index has been published, the Navajo Project Aerial Photography Index (1951).

Navajo Project Aerial Photography Index (1951)

This hidden gem within our collection now has an index. The Navajo Project Aerial Photos have always been available to the public but now the detailed aerial photographs of northeastern Arizona are ready to be known. These black and white aerial photographs are from 1951 with an approximate scale of 1:30,000. The Arizona counties covered in these photographs are: Coconino County, Navajo County, and Apache County.

Picture of Navajo Project aerial photo on the left, picture of Navajo Project aerial photo at 50% transparency over world imagery base map layer in ArcGIS Pro to show transition of aerial photography and current satellite imagery in the center, then current satellite imagery on the right from the ArcGIS Pro world imagery base map layer.

The geometry for this index layer was initially digitized using Google Earth through visual interpretation techniques. The boundaries of each polygon feature were manually created by students who visually matched geographic features depicted in each flight sequence, defined by flight number and/or flight orientation (north-to-south / south-to-north / east-to-west / west-to-east). In 2019, years after the original creation of the index layer, staff at the Map and Geospatial Hub worked to simplify the index geometry by merging multiple polygons pertaining to the same flight, thereby reducing the total number of features. Geometry and attribute editing were done in ArcGIS Pro. 

The aerial photographs are physically located at the Map and Geospatial Hub and are currently not available in digital format. If you are interested in viewing some of these aerial photographs for a certain section, please use the Navajo Project Aerial Photography Index Web Map (1951) to select the section you’re interested in. Once you have identified the area, please submit a Service Request with the Flight, Start, and End numbers and we can gather the physical image(s) for viewing here at the Map and Geospatial Hub. If you need them in digital format, these 10in x 10in photographs fit in the scanner we have provided for our patrons to use at the Hub. Feel free to come in and scan the photos you’re interested in.

Collection summary: Image of Navajo Project aerial photographs lined up to display the continuous capture of the aerial imagery.

 

May 28, 2019 · GIS, job, research, resilience, student worker

The ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub, in collaboration with the ASU Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, seeks a talented, organized, and enthusiastic GIS Research Specialist for a short-term, project-based assignment. This is a temporary, part-time opportunity to work on multiple geospatial data collection, organization, management, and analytical workflows.

Dozens of three-dimensional bright blue buildings are graphically rendered on an oblique plane.

The GIS Research Specialist will be responsible for compiling, processing, and visualizing multiple sources of data to be used in measuring resilience, fostering sustainability, and expanding knowledge transfer in the greater Phoenix metropolitan region. In addition to standard office software, the GIS Research Specialist should have comfort working across multiple types of specialized research software, including GIS, image processing, statistical, and reference/citation management applications.

Project duties involve extracting various built environment and socio-ecological metrics out of a range of collected data formats, including satellite imagery, aerial photography, multiple socio-demographic and socio-economic layers, historic maps, and other spatially explicit data. Work also involves sharing data, maps, and other content using web mapping software. The project involves more general research activities too, such as organizing and categorizing digital and physical reference materials, performing basic spreadsheet data entry, and compiling detailed metadata tables, among others. This is a temporary, part-time position available for Summer and Fall 2019.

To learn more about the position, its eligibility requirements, and to apply, please visit the ASU Student Employment site, select "Search On-Campus Jobs", and search for position "52332BR​". Alternatively, input the term "GIS" in the search bar, and you'll find the position, titled "GIS Research Specialist (FWS Eligible)".

May 01, 2019 · AGIC, LiDAR, networking

The ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub is excited to be partnering with the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) LiDAR Workgroup to host the 2019 AGIC LiDAR Networking Symposium!

 LiDAR image of Glen Canyon Dam, courtesy of Atlantic and the Bureau of Land Reclamation

The event will be a follow-up to first ever Arizona LiDAR symposium held in August 2018. Currently, Arizona has little in the way of comprehensive LiDAR data. AGIC is leading the efforts to obtain statewide LiDAR coverage and create educational platforms that increase public and industry knowledge of LiDAR.

This event will provide an opportunity for interested parties to get together to learn about the Arizona LiDAR initiative and create networks as Arizona moves towards statewide LiDAR coverage.   

Please join the Map and Geospatial Hub and AGIC and for a day of LiDAR:

May 7, 2019
8:30am-3:30pm

Map and Geospatial Hub
Noble Science and Engineering Library, Room 380
601 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ
85287​

The AGIC LiDAR Networking Symposium will include:

  • Keynote presentation from the Washington State GIS Coordinator and Department of Natural Resources LiDAR Program Manager on Washington's LiDAR Acquisition Plan and State Program
  • Drew Decker from USGS will present on the 3DEP Program and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Process
  • A panel of GIS Professionals will discuss LiDAR Acquisition Lessons Learned
  • A demo of a new geospatial tool identifying existing LiDAR and desired LiDAR acquisition areas in AZ
  • A discussion on the draft LiDAR Acquisition Plan developed by the AGIC LiDAR Work Group
  • And many, many opportunities to network to find LiDAR partners for your project!

Download the full agenda (pdf)

The event is free to attend.  Parking and Lunch will be the responsibility of the attendee.  Lunch options and coordination will be led by the AGIC LiDAR Networking Symposium Planning Team.

Register now for the spring AGIC LiDAR Networking Symposium!

Download the event flyer (pdf)

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, ASU has joined forces with Planet Labs, Inc., a revolutionary Earth-imaging company. Planet operates the largest constellation of CubeSat satellites currently in orbit.

ASU and Planet logos overlaid on false color satellite imagery of the Grand Canyon

These CubeSats collect high-resolution imagery covering the entirety of Earth's landmass, as well as coral reefs, on a daily basis. This combination of high spatial and temporal resolution satellite imagery data creates immense analysis, research, and development opportunities for ASU researchers at all levels.

Come celebrate this new partnership and learn more how you can benefit by joining us for a kick-off event where you can hear directly from those who are already accessing the growing catalog of imagery from the company’s Dove and RapidEye 3-5m satellites for their research programs at ASU.   

Event Registration

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Friday, April 26, 2019
2:15pm -- Refreshments and Network
2:30pm -- Presentations and Demonstrations

ASU's Marston Exploration Theater
ISTB4, 781 Terrace Road 
Tempe, AZ 85281

Event Registration

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The recently started ASU chapter of YouthMappers is hosting a mapathon targeting heat vulnerability in the Phoenix metro region.

YouthMappers ASU Chapter logo: a simplified globe image with an ASU pitchfork striking the approximate location of Arizona within a green North America continent with ASU gold text beneath it reading "Youth Mappers" in all capital letters.

Our region suffers from high summer heat, leading to a a rash of indoor heat-related deaths, particularly among vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, low-income, unhoused, and mobile home dwellers. 

This particular YouthMappers mapathon will focus on mapping buildings in neighborhoods identified as being particularly vulnerable to heat-related deaths.

Thursday, April 11
4:00-6:00pm

Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 5536
976 S Forest Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

Please register for this event: YouthMappers April 11 Mapathon Registration Form

Food will be available for all volunteer mappers!

Mar 25, 2019 · community, mapathon, OpenStreetmap, OSM, PHXGeo

The Map and Geospatial Hub is pleased to be hosting PHXGeo for an OpenStreetMap mapathon. PHXGeo is a community-based meetup group for those in the Phoenix area who like maps, GIS, OpenStreetMap, cartography, and anything in between -- a natural Hub collaborator.

Friday, April 26
6:00-8:00pm

Map and Geospatial Hub
Noble Science and Engineering Library, Room 380
601 E Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

PHXGeo coordinators will introduce OpenStreetMap (the so-called "Wikipedia of maps"), demonstrate how to use the OSM web editor, and get the group mapping. This particular mapathon will target the metro Phoenix region itself, focusing on missing buildings and street segments. Participants are free to map any part of the OSM they wish.

Be sure to bring a laptop (and a mouse is helpful for editing minor details).

While not required, please do register on the PHXGeo Meetup event page: PHXGeo Spring 2019 OSM Mapathon at the Map and Geospatial Hub

Extract of Open Street Map map data, magnified on the eastern section of ASU's Tempe campus.

Did you catch Science Friday last week?

Science Friday logo

Matthew Toro, ASU Library's Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services, was featured on the nationally syndicated radio program on Friday, February 8 for a live interview with host John Dankosky to discuss the ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) seed grant-funded project exploring the cartographic history of the greater Grand Canyon region: Mapping Grand Canyon: A Critical Cartographic History

Science Friday produced two segements related to the project:

(1) Unfolding Stories in Maps of the Grand Canyon (Thursday, February 7, 2019): https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/unfolding-stories-in-maps-of-the-grand-canyon/

(2) Exploring the Grand Canyon, Through Maps [audio interview] (Friday, February 8, 2019): https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/exploring-the-grand-canyon-through-maps/

Be sure to check them out!

Feb 11, 2019 · geospatial, GIS, SPARC, spatial analysis

ASU's Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC) -- based in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning -- is celebrating its first year!

Join the celebration of SPARC's first year with a special lunch time celebration on 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00pm-2:00pm
Student Pavilion, Senita B

Graphic version of SPARC talks; full text description included in body of news post.

Presenter
Michael Wulder, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada
Presentation Title
How Open Data Unlocked Remote Sensing for Forest Monitoring
Presentation Summary
Satellite remote sensing has been available for forest monitoring for decades. High costs for data, computing, and analytical options have limited the utility and ubiquity of outputs from remote sensing for inventory and monitoring over large areas. In recent years, satellite data at scales relevant to forest inventory and monitoring have become available on a free and open access basis. This open access has coincided with decreases in software and computing costs resulting in an ability to produce previously unavailable information products. These information products have allowed us to characterize, for the first time, a systematic and consistent  depiction of harvesting across Canada for a multi-decadal period in a systematic and repeatable fashion.  Further, we have also been able to use time series remotely sensed data products to monitor the return of vegetation on these sites following disturbance, essentially providing a more complete accounting of forest dynamics. New modeling opportunities continue to emerge that allow for enhanced integration of calibration/validation datasets such as from airborne laser scanning. Time series of data has proven powerful to not only capture change, but to strengthen models with additional evidence of status and trends. Scientists are  increasingly limited by only ambition and questions posed, rather than cost and computing limitations. In this talk Wulder aims to provide some background on where we were as a community, what has changed and what we have learned. The lessons learned are both technological and ecosystem related.

Presenter
Amy Frazier, PhD
Assistant Professor, ASU School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning
Presentation Title
Harnessing the Data Revolution with Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Presenter
Peter Kendron, PhD
Assistant Professor, ASU School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning
Presentation Title
How the Geographical Sciences can Contribute to the Reproducibility and Replicability of Research

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