Feb 052018

Many thanks go out to all the students who applied to the 2017-2018 ASPRS-RMR Student Scholarship Program. Thanks also to the Review Committee for the time they spent reading and scoring the applications. Applicants were evaluated in several areas, including: appropriateness of field of study, quality of narrative, communication, letter of recommendation, enthusiasm, extra-curricular activity, and scholastic ability. Masters Degree Candidates were further evaluated for quality and appropriateness of research.  Beyond that, PhD Candidates were also evaluated for uniqueness and innovation of research. The Board of Directors of ASPRS-RMR wishes all the winners and applicants the best of luck in their future academic and professional pursuits.  Please consider applying next year and let other students know about this great program. The Rocky Mountain Region has consistently awarded scholarships every year.

Congratulations to the scholarship award winners, all of whom are invited to speak about their research interests at our Annual Dinner Meeting (date and place TBD).

Scholarship Winners:

  Paige Ramsey – New Mexico State University
Major:  Geography (GIS&T and Human Environment Relations)
Career Choice:  Conservation Planner, Urban Planner, Academic
Research Focus:  Mapping and modeling the spatial distribution of conservation easements in the US using potential human and environmental explanatory variables
(Award = $500)

Master’s Candidate:  Sierra Aney – New Mexico State University
Major:  Geography
Career Choice:  GIS & Remote Sensing Specialist
Research Focus:  Landscape-scale modeling of tree mortality in north-central New Mexico, 1997-2005
(Award = $750)
Doctoral Candidate:  Mehran Ghandehari – University of Colorado – Boulder
Major:  Geography
Career Choice:  Geographic Information Science
Research Focus:    Cross-scale analysis of surface-adjusted measurements in spatial analysis
(Award = $1,000)

(posted Feb. 5, 2018)

Feb 052018

Forwarding this call for judges and volunteers – I know we had a few GISCO members come last year. I’ll be leading the Junior Earth & Environmental Sciences judging team again and would love to see you there!
Arwen de la Torre, PhD

Make a difference by helping at the Denver Metro Regional Science & Engineering Fair
February 16-18, 2018

200+ volunteers and judges make the DMRSEF a success for 500+ local kids every year.
Morning, afternoon or full-day shifts are available.
Opportunities range from Check-in to Awards Ceremony, and are open to all ages and ability levels.
Lunch and t-shirts provided.

“Judging at the Science Fair energizes me for my own research. The kids’ excitement about science and their projects is contagious and makes me optimistic about our future. ”
– Lori Nield

“I find working with the students a very rewarding experience. The enthusiasm and energy they put into their projects is very refreshing. I always leave the Fair feeling the future of Science and Technology is in good hands.”
-Bob Jolly



Sponsored by Colorado AHEC, Central Colorado AHEC, University of Colorado – Denver

(Posted Jan. 23, 2018)

Feb 052018

The Rocky Mountain Map Society presents

Joseph Kerski: “The 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in the Field of Geography”
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What would you include in this list? Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore his list, revealing how critical Geography is in the 21st Century. Some discoveries were historical moments with a significant impact on our understanding of our world, including specific maps, technologies, and explorers of ancient times. Others led to the founding of organizations such as U.S.G.S, and for the exploration of new frontiers in digital mapping, surveying, remote sensing, crowdsourcing, and the Internet of Things. Some of the items in the list may be expected; others might surprise you.

Joseph Kerski is Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses. Joseph holds three degrees in Geography. He fosters educational partnerships, promotes GIS in education and society through service and scholarship, creates GIS-based curricula, teaches courses on geotechnology, and conducts research in the effectiveness and implementation of GIS in education.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room
Free and open to the Public

The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Feb 052018

The recording and slides of the great webinar on YouthMappers (http://www.youthmappers.org/) by Dr. Patricia Solis are posted.

Check them out!

Video recording:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h57O72FfPUI

Slides:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=19bi29wDmQGkGG_jmJlvMVxlfO9SiBMgq



Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies, YouthMappers seeks to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and  to define their world by mapping it. Uniting a global network of student-led chapters, now on 100 university campuses in 30 countries, we promote the creation and use of open data on open platforms in ways that directly address development challenges, both in the local community and around the world through remote collaborations. Mapping applications focus on a range of significant issues like food insecurity, public health, natural disasters, and peaceful development. The program supports university efforts to offer meaningful global learning experiences, build a socially engaged citizenry, enhance long-term scientific capacity around the world, and foster university student leadership. The program is supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s GeoCenter and co-founded by Texas Tech University, George Washington University and West Virginia University.   www.youthmappers.org

Rafael Moreno, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado Denver
Office: North Classroom 3524, Auraria Campus
Campus Box 172
1200 Larimer Street NC 3524
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-315-7556
Fax 303-556-6197
Website: https://clas.ucdenver.edu/directory/faculty-staff/Rafael-Moreno

(posted Jan. 25, 2018)

Feb 052018

The Colorado Chapter of SCGIS is now official!  Please join us for a social meet-and-greet at:

Cerebral Brewery 1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206

on February 28th 5:30-7:30 pm

We’ll be mainly socializing and talking about organizing as a group here in Colorado.  Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending!

Hope to see everyone there.

https://scgis.org/ and https://scgis.org/chapters/pages/colorado

Connor Bailey

(Posted Jan. 31, 2018)

Jan 072018

Joint Conference Coming Soon:
ILMF (International LiDAR Mapping Forum) and ASPRS Annual Conference
February 5-7, 2018
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

The geospatial industry will soon descend on Denver for what is certain to be the single largest gathering of geospatial professionals in the Rocky Mountain West — ever.  For mapping professionals, there’s no better place for technical education, networking and sourcing geospatial solutions all in one place than at ILMF and ASPRS Annual Conference 2018!  It will be the best of ILMF and the best of ASPRS!!

Better Together!  Two Conferences and One Exhibit Floor
More education, networking, and technology than ever before!
You get to choose:
*ILMF Passport
*ASPRS Annual Conference Passport
*Combined ILMF-ASPRS Passport (Best Value!)
*Exhibit Hall Pass

Conference Websites

Technical Presentations


*Preparation for ASPRS Certification – LiDAR (Click Here to view an informational webinar about ASPRS LiDAR Certification)
*Practical Approach to Applying ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards to Digital Geospatial Data
*Datums: How Important Are They?
*Rapid Imagery Analysis with GBDX Notebooks
*Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU) of Lidar Data
*Quality Assurance of Lidar Point Clouds for Floodplain Modeling
*Generic Sensor Model for Optical Line Scanners and Framers
*Field Data Collection Techniques for the Development of Accurate Remote Sensing Ground-Truth
*Object-Based Image Analysis for National Resource Management
*Hyperspectral and Extended Multispectral Remote Sensing: Phenomenology. Sensor Systems, and Data Processing
*Preparation for ASPRS Certification: General Knowledge
*Aerial Triangulation and Data Processing for the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
*Unmanned Airborne Lidar for Precision Mapping

Jan 072018

ASPRS Certification Program now includes five levels of professional certification, including
* Photogrammetry,
* Remote Sensing,
* LiDAR, and
* UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems),
as well as a Technologist level in each of the above disciplines.


Find more information here https://www.asprs.org/certification-program/asprs-certification-program.html

Jan 072018

The Rocky Mountain Region Board is taking nominations for open positions on the Board of Directors, including Regional Director for the GIS in the Rockies Conference Planning Committee, and other Regional Directors.

Serving on the Board is a great way to network and earn credit toward Professional Certification or Certification Renewal. Please contact any Board member via the Officers page if you are interested.

Ask yourself:  Isn’t it time I got involved???

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Jan 062018

News from the GIS Colorado listserve:

Below is a link to a PDF I put together with addresses for 40+ federal ArcGIS servers with open MapServer and ImageServer data.  If you know of other federal ArcGIS servers with open data then please let me know and I will add them to the list.  And if you know about a similar federal GIS server list that anyone has assembled then please point me in their direction so we can compare notes.


Joseph Elfelt
Redmond, WA

Thanks Joseph!  Very helpful.

Along these lines we write about spatial data every week on http://spatialreserves.wordpress.com

… including review of maps and sites such as this one that says it is a list of all open data portals around the world:   https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/a-one-stop-shop-list-of-all-open-data-portals-around-the-world/
and archives of free data such as this:    https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/?s=free+gis

So, I’d like to add the Spatial Reserves blog as a “meta” resource for your excellent list if possible.

Joseph Kerski

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP | Education Manager
Esri | 1 International Court | Broomfield CO  80021-3200 | USA
T 303 449 7779 x1-8237 | M 303 625 3925 | jkerski@esri.com | esri.com
esriurl.com/josephkerski | http://twitter.com/josephkerski


Some more GIS servers for your list at

https://mappingsupport.com/p/surf_gis/list-federal-GIS-servers.pdf can be found here:

Data & Environmental Scientist | Geospatial Data Architect | Licensed Geologist (WA#415)
Eldorado Springs, CO 80025
303-828-7576 mobilewww.linkedin.com/in/gregcocks
(posted 01/05/2018)
Jan 062018

Early Registration and Call for Abstracts Has Been Extended
Elevations Geospatial Summit
May 2 – 4, 2018 in Saratoga, WY

Call for Abstracts  deadline has been extended to January 19!  We invite you to share your geospatial knowledge and experience through a presentation or poster.  We are offering three types of presentations.  A 1-hour panel with different speakers focused on a topic, standard 15 minute presentations, and a new addition of 6-minute fast-paced lightning talks.  All submission topics are welcome.  If you have any questions or want to create a custom session, please contact program@elevationsgeospatialsummit.org.

Early Registration is Open till January 19!  Early registration is $100 for GIS Colorado or WyGeo members, $125 for non-members. The price will increase after January 19th so register now and save some money.

We are working on the program for the conference so check back in January to learn more about the great presentations and keynote speakers we have scheduled.  We already have a number of trainings and workshops planned so get registered as they are starting to fill up.

We also have vendor and sponsor opportunities available.
Visit our Sponsor registration page at  elevationsgeospatialsummit.org

The Elevation Geospatial Summit is a joint effort between GIS Colorado and WyGeo offering outstanding professional workshops and presentations, exhibitors, networking, social events, and more.  The Summit will have insights and opportunities for everyone from the seasoned GIS professional to those who are new to the industry.  Come to beautiful Saratoga, WY and the Platte Valley Community Center for the conference. While in Saratoga enjoy the hot springs, fishing, and all the other opportunities of the beautiful North Platte River valley.

Please contact program@elevationsgeospatialsummit.org for more information or questions.

General Questions?  Contact info@elevationsgeospatialsummit.org

We look forward to seeing you in Wyoming!

Pete Magee
GIS Colorado