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USGS geospatial projects: An update on USGS products, services, and emergency operations support

Part one:
Tom Carlson

The role of the USGS Geospatial Liaison and National Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest

The USGS Geospatial Liaison Network consists of USGS Geospatial Liaisons housed in National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Partnership Offices across the nation. These liaisons and offices perform numerous partnership related functions in support of the NSDI, The National Map and Geospatial One Stop. They represent and coordinate National Geospatial Program (NGP) initiatives in state, local, and other federal agencies, cultivate and maintain long-term relationships, and develop partnerships and supporting agreements. The USGS Geospatial Liaison Network is the "local face" of the USGS NSDI and NGP programs. This presentation will introduce Geospatial Liaison’s from Idaho, Oregon and Washington and describe the programs they support across the region.

Part two:
Scott Van Hoff

New USGS topographic and image Map products and the new viewer for The National Map.

The USGS has begun a process to update it's best known product, the 7.5 minute series topo maps. These new digital products will soon be available for many states in the west. These products will be familiar to users of the old paper topoquads but will have new features, and updated data. The USGS is also introducing a new viewer for The National Map. The improved viewer will incorporate more up to date features and functions.

Part Three:

Sheri Schneider

The International Charter for space and major disasters

This presentation will provide information on the International Charter, the role of U. S. Geological Survey, and how to request satellite data through the Charter to support emergency response during a disaster. Earthquakes, floods, forest fires and oil spills are examples of natural and technological disasters, with social and economic relevance for Earth and mankind. During an emergency, the challenge is to obtain a quick, reliable and clear view of the situation, in support of rescue operations. The International Charter was developed to provide satellite data to those affected by natural or technological disaster. Ten countries are members to the charter and provide twenty one different space resources to support the Charter. The Charter has been activated several times in the United States. A recent example in the Pacific Northwest was the flooding that occurred in Washington in January 2009.

Tom Carlson, Scott Van Hoff, Sheri Schneider

Tom, Scott, and Sheri are USGS geospatial liaisons to Washington, Idaho, and Oregon

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Moving GIS Data to The GCDB

The BLM’s Geographic Coordinate Database (GCDB) is the proper representation of the Public Lands Survey System (PLSS) to use as a mapping framework for the many cadastral layers that have a PLSS basis. This presentation describes some tools and methods to integrate legacy GIS data sets to the GCDB, and how to re-adjust GIS layers that are already on the GCDB, when the GCDB is updated or improved.

Rj Zimmer, PLS, GIS Manager, DJ&A, P.C.Engineers Planners Surveyors

Rj Zimmer is a professional land surveyor licensed in Oregon and Montana, and is the GIS Manager for DJ&A, PC, a small engineering and surveying company.  Mr. Zimmer has more than 20 years of GIS experience managing and using GIS in local government and as a GIS consultant.  He earned a B.Sc. in engineering-physics from Oregon State University, and he has published more than 50 articles on GIS and surveying in The American Surveyor magazine and the Professional Surveyor Magazine.

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Low Distortion Projections - Development of a new Oregon Coordinate Reference System

The Oregon State Plane Coordinate System was developed in the 1930s and for decades has served the surveying and engineering community well. However, the need for higher accuracy, inclusion of geodetic surveying in our everyday work, combination of terrestrial total station and GPS positioning, and blending of survey/engineering and GIS data has created the need to develop a modern improved coordinate system. This topic will discuss the problems with our legacy State Plane Coordinate System, challenges enountered when employing new technology, and options for new Low Distortion Projections in Oregon.

Ron Singh

Ron Singh is the Chief of Surveys and Geometronics Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He directs the agency’s surveying program which includes surveys for Project Development; Construction; Monumentation; Photogrammetry; Geodetic Control; and Right-of-Way Engineering. Ron has been with the Department for 33 years.

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Earn More by Giving It Away

At first glance, it seems intuitive to closely guard your data like a treasure chest. The standard practice is to charge for access: be it selling small sections for a price per unit, yearly maintenance costs or the incremental fees of cloud computing. The history of the internet, computing and the flow of ideas through society disagree. Ideas and information are spread by copying. Standing in the way of culture's progress does not bring you clients or friends. Successful business models find ways to share knowledge for mutual benefit. Learn to share your work free and easily using Creative commons licensing. Find out how to offload the costs of sharing your work using peer-to-peer technology and external servers. Explore ways to benefit from a community that embraces sharing. Discover how to build off the success and free advertising sharing generates to gain new work that adds value and fattens your pocketbook.

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Brent Thomas, GIS Analyst, Sr. - Idaho Fish and Game
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