February 16, 2017

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 PM: Connecting to VCGI Web Services in ArcGIS and QGIS

Presented by Leslie Pelch, Outreach Coordinator at VCGI. Join us to learn how to connect to web map and imagery services provided by the VT Center for Geographic Information. We will cover connecting with both ArcGIS and Open Source software QGIS.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2 PM: Geospatial Web Services - A Look Under the Hood

Presented by Steve Sharp, Operations Manager at VCGI. How do Web Map and Imagery Services work? Why are only some data layers available as services, and how are they connected to online mapping apps? Join Steve as he pulls back the curtain on the magic of geospatial web services at VCGI.

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Thursday, March 9, 2 PM: Using VCGI's NEW Lidar Services in ArcGIS - HIllshade and Digital Elevation Model

Presented by Mike Brouillette, Lidar Program Manager at VCGI. Join us to learn what you can create with the new lidar services in ArcGIS.

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February 9, 2017

Please note that certain compressed contour tiles from the 2013 Rutland/Grand Isle collection have been updated as follows:

  1. All contour 1’ intervals are now present, whereas their predecessors were erroneously delivered with only 10’ intervals;
  2. Their horizontal projection has been updated from “NAD_1983_StatePlane_Vermont_FIPS_4400_Feet” to “NAD_1983_StatePlane_Vermont_FIPS_4400_Meters”.

Tiles affected include:

  • &

All other contours in this collection are already in meters with 1’ contour intervals.


January 25, 2017

Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey to let us know how we are doing and how we can improve: survey closes February 7th.

Respondents can enter their name for a chance to win a  framed print by Bill Morris (recently featured in National Geographic)!

ALSO – It’s only been a few months since I’ve joined the team here at VCGI and while I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you, there are a lot of you that I don’t know. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call or drop me a note if there’s anything you think we can do better here at VCGI (or if you just want to say hi and introduce yourself!)  I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing team and I’m excited about the data, imagery, and services we’ll be coming out with over the next couple of years.


John E. Adams AICP | Director,
Vermont Center for Geographic Information

January 23, 2017

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to release a new interactive map viewer that leverages the latest HTML5 capabilities and GIS data. Here are some key features of the new Map Viewer.

Key Features
  • Supported on all modern web browsers on desktop computers, tablets and phones.  No plugins!
  • Save your map via "Save" button (NOTE: must sign-in to ArcGIS Online account first – available for free).
  • Lidar terrain / hillshade data (~50% of the state).
  • Access to VCGI Open Data via a Layer Catalog
  • Download the data layers from the Table of Contents (refer to FAQ for details).
  • Determine when aerial photos were taken (refer to FAQ for details)
  • Change how layers are symbolized so they look the way you want.
  • Export/Print maps to many different formats.
  • Get a street view (Google Street View function).

Check it out here:

We hope you enjoy the new VT Interactive Map Viewer! Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions to

P.S. The old Microsoft Silverlight Map Viewer will be supported until 3/1/2017 per VCGI’s Life Cycle Policy.

January 4, 2017

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to announce the release of a new Vermont Open Geodata Portal (  VCGI, in close collaboration with Vermont’s Enterprise Geospatial Consortium (EGC), has built a website (Portal) that helps constituents find, explore, and access a wealth of geospatial resources. The Portal provides access to geodata, web services, and applications originating from many sources (publishers) including numerous State agencies (e.g. VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Agency of Transportation, VT Agency of Human Services, VT E911). 

Highlights include

  • Download formats – Vector datasets are available in multiple download formats (shapefile, excel, and csv).
  • Smart search – All entries are fully indexed with tags and keywords making it easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Data visualization – Vector datasets can be visualized using the built-in map viewer.  Users can even filter the data before they download it!
  • Big Data download tools – The Portal includes special tools for “big” datasets such as imagery and lidar.  These include the Tiled Data Download Tool and Clip & Zip Tool.
  • Modern web platform – The Portal leverages modern web technology supported by Esri (Environmental System Research Institute, Inc.), providing the State with an upgrade path for the future.

VCGI would like to thank our State Agency partners for their ongoing dedication to improving access to Vermont’s geospatial resources!