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  • 05/13/2020 9:38 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    NOAA Webinar: State Plane 2022 - The Shape of Things to Come

    June 11, 2020  |  2-3 pm, Eastern Daylight Time

    Dr. Michael Dennis, National Geodetic Survey

    The State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS) of tomorrow is taking shape. March 31, 2020 was the deadline for submitting requests and proposals for SPCS2022 zones. Requests are for designs by NGS, and proposals are for designs by state stakeholders. Inquiries were also received for “special use” zones with coverage areas in more than one state.

    This presentation shows how stakeholder input affects the number, distribution, and performance of SPCS2022 zones. Although there will be more zones than earlier versions of SPCS, that will vary greatly by state, with some having only one zone and others having many zones (including low-distortion projections). This variability shows how SPCS2022 will help meet the diverse needs of the geospatial communities in different states.

    Intermediate Technical Content Rating: Some knowledge of this topic is helpful.

    REGISTER


  • 04/08/2020 8:20 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    The USGS Library has added a new, online guide highlighting resources and services available to employees whether they are teleworking, offsite, or working from their office. Please visit the USGS Library Virtual Services Guide for tips on how to search the Library Catalog, order documents, and contact Library staff for assistance. https://usgs.libguides.com/virtualservices

  • 03/31/2020 1:00 PM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Tuesday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

    Learn about transportation data from the Census Bureau and how this information can be valuable to you. These webinars, presented by subject matter experts, provide information on Census data from business and demographic programs based on popular topics. During this webinar, Census Bureau experts will help you:

    • Understand practical ways to use our transportation data through illustrations and use cases.
    • Learn about available resources and data tools, which can assist you in saving time looking for data.
    • Learn how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.

    Presenter: Charles Gamble III, American Community Survey Office

    Barbara  Zamora-Appel, Governments and Trade Management Division

    Info on webinar: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/news/events/acs-transportation-2020.html

  • 12/03/2019 3:30 PM | Alex Lopez-Rogina (Administrator)

    The election for the 2020 GISAA Board of Directors recently came to a close. The following Board will officially take on their positions and responsibilities on January 1, 2020.

     Position  Name Region of Residence
     Past President  Hunter Simmons   South
     President  Alex Lopez-Rogina   North
     Vice President  David Wright   North
     Treasurer  Jeannette Byrd   Central
     Secretary  Alison Sepulveda   Central
     North Region Director  Keith Conville   North
     Central Region Director  Bryan Price   Central
     Capital Region Director  Sarah Jones   Capital
     South Region Director  William O'Toole   South

    The current and future Board members will meet together for a transition meeting on December 17. This meeting will be an opportunity to pass on knowledge and set goals for the new year.

    Congratulations to all of the incoming officers! We are looking forward to a productive and successful year!

  • 11/12/2019 8:44 AM | Alex Lopez-Rogina (Administrator)

    From Oct 29 to Nov 4, GISAA members voted to change officer term limits. The vote passed unanimously, and has taken affect immediately. The following information was included in the vote:

    Background: The GIS Association of Alabama (GISAA) is preparing to take nominations for the 2020 elections. It has come to our attention that three of the four Regional Directors will be rolling off due to term limits. In order to avoid high turnover in the future, the current GISAA board members would like to propose the following changes to the by-laws:

    Quick Summary:
    Change Secretary, Treasurer, and all Regional Director positions from 1 year term/2 term limit to 2 year term/2 term limit. Treasurer, North Region Director, and South Region Director will begin their term on even years. Secretary, Central Region Director, and Capital Region Director will begin their term on odd years.

    Complete By-law Wording:

    Current:
    Tenure of Officers and Directors. Officers and Directors shall assume office at the beginning of the following membership year. The Vice President shall be elected to serve one year as Vice President, one year as President and one year as Past President. Other officers and directors shall be elected to one-year terms and shall not serve more than two (2) successive terms in any position. The period of time an officer or director may serve, in completing the unexpired term of another officer or director, shall not be included when applying the foregoing limitation of terms. Officers and directors shall serve without compensation.

    Proposed:
    Tenure of Officers and Directors. Officers and Directors shall assume office at the beginning of the following membership year. The Vice President shall be elected to serve one year as Vice President, one year as President and one year as Past President. Other officers and directors shall be elected to two-year terms and shall not serve more than two (2) successive terms in any position. The terms for Treasurer, North Region Director, and South Region Director begin on even years. The terms for Secretary, Central Region, and Capital Region begin on odd years. The period of time an officer or director may serve, in completing the unexpired term of another officer or director, shall not be included when applying the foregoing limitation of terms. Officers and directors shall serve without compensation.

    Temporary Suspension:
    In order to execute the proposed plan of alternating elections, the positions of Secretary, Central Region Director, and Capital Region Director will serve a one year term in 2020. Current term limits will be suspended for the 2020 election to allow any person interested in one of these three positions to run and complete the one year term.


  • 09/16/2019 8:11 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the Central Alabama GIS Event, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at the Taylor Center on the Auburn University at Montgomery campus. GISAA is helping to sponsor this event for the second year in a row. 

    Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-alabama-gis-day-2019-tickets-72795400001

    More Info:  https://centralalabamagisday.wordpress.com/

  • 08/13/2019 10:32 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    From the USDA: We are pleased to announce the release of the first version of a new USDA-NRCS Soil & Plant Science Division (SPSD) soils database called the gridded National Soil Survey Geographic Database (gNATSGO). This product was designed and built by a team of SPSD staff in spring of 2019. It is the first SPSD composite database that provides complete coverage of the best available gridded soils information for all areas of the United States and Island Territories. For more info, visit: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/soils/survey/geo/?cid=nrcseprd1464625

  • 07/18/2019 10:52 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    As communities around of the state prepare for the 2020 Census, many GISAA members are participating in preparation activities. Alabama has a lot a stake - a great deal of funding is determined by the Census count, not to mention some population projections show our state could lose a seat in the Legislature. Having everyone count matters more than ever. How can you help? Visit https://census.alabama.gov/ to find out more!

  • 06/26/2019 9:04 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    If all the available map projections seem overwhelming, you might want to check out a recent Esri publication, Map Projections in ArcGIS. This Story Map app provides brief explanations as well as examples for 68 featured projections. 

  • 05/31/2019 10:52 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    From the USGS: The NLCD 2016 suite of Conterminous U.S. (CONUS) land cover and impervious products have now been released. This release includes seven epochs of land cover (2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2016), a 2001 – 2016 land cover change index, and eight urban imperviousness datasets - a percent imperviousness and classified imperviousness for 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016. The NLCD 2016 products for trees, shrubs, and grasses will be released in the coming weeks.

    Check it out: https://www.mrlc.gov/


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