November 3, 2016

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to release a BETA version of Vermont’s new Open Geodata Portal!

VCGI and its partners have built a website that connects publishers and consumers and helps them find, explore, contribute, and use geospatial information and resources. The VT Open Geodata Portal (Beta) “federates” geodata, web services, and geospatial applications from many sources (publishers) including several State agencies (e.g. VT Agency of Natural Resources, VT Agency of Transportation, and VT Agency of Human Services).  VCGI would like to thank our partners for their dedication to improving access to Vermont’s geospatial assets.

What do you think?  Please take a few minutes to explore the BETA site (, kick the tires, and let us know what you think (  Your input will help us improve the website.  We plan to release a final version by the end of the year.  Thanks!

P.S. Known “bugs/limitations” have been documented here (


October 31, 2016
Check out the Webinars and Workshops Coming up over the next few months!
November 12, 2016 - 9:00 am ArcGIS Online as an Instructional Tool
November 19, 2016 - 9:00 am ArcGIS Online as an Instructional Tool
October 28, 2016

The Vermont GIS Parcel Data Standard has been updated and approved by the VT Enterprise GIS Consortium! This standard will be referred to in the RFP for parcel mapping services that will soon be posted as part of the Statewide Parcel Mapping Project being managed by VTrans. 

September 27, 2016

Join your geospatial colleagues for casual conversation that may range from arcpy to apple pie and hopefully won't veer into politics (no promises, though). Three Penny Taproom has great food and drinks, so you can choose to partake or just stop in for a quick hello. All are welcome and we guarantee that someone (Leslie) will be there from 5 pm - 8 PM, wearing a map on my head (or something). 

When: September 28, 2016, 5 PM - 8 PM 

Where: Three Penny Taproom,  108 Main St., Montpelier, VT.


Let Me Know  if You Plan To Stop By:



September 23, 2016

Members of the NEARC-L email listserv engaged in a discussion recently about whether which software is taught at academic institutions (and elsewhere) matters. I encourage you to check out the actual discussion since it was interesting!

I was inspired to post a quick and unscientific survey to collect the opinions of whoever was willing to share them wihin about a day, and the results are in the PDF linked here: Survey Results

And here are the responses to the open-ended question at the end: Comments

Hope you find it interesting!