Just a heads up to GIS people within the department who use concurrent licensing (hit the license manager), when you install esri’s 10.1 you need to install a patch straight away in order to connect to the license manager.  Here is a link to the patch.

Of all the new changes to Google maps, the most exciting may be the ability to preload maps on Android devices and use them offline.  Although this has been available in Google Labs for some time, the new version will allow for larger download areas.  It will be interesting to see how large the data sets are and how updates are handled.  We’re expecting this to be a highly desirable feature at DFG where we have a substantial increase in the use of Android devices and many of our activities take us outside of cell coverage.  Of course Google maps aren’t the only solution.  Let us know if you like an app that consumes maps from another map service such as OpenStreetMap, Bing, or Cloudmade.  Does it allow for caching?  Can you collect tracks and waypoints?  We’re always interested in new solutions.

Google Fusion Tables are a great way to quickly visualize tabular information in a map.  We also like them as a platform for collaboration.  Come learn more at one of our brown-bag presentations. Next stop will be the DFW HQ on April 10th from 1:30-2:00 in the Library.

Public Lab Balloon Mapping Kit

Parts and Crafts is teaming up with the Public Laboratory for Open Science and Technology  (PLOTS) for a day of grassroots mapping and aerial photography in Somerville.  This should be an exciting meetup for those interested in making high quality maps using balloons, kites, cameras, and simple map-knitting software.  More about PLOTS and balloon mapping can be found here.

When:  Saturday, April 7, from 10 am – 1 pm
Where:   Hodgkins Park   (Holland Ave, between Davis and Teele Squares), http://bit.ly/HB1Zku
Who:   Kids, adults, and everyone in between.   No age restrictions, all are welcome.
Cost:   Free!   (rsvp at  http://bit.ly/Hz5bvI)

Users at Westborough, Causeway Street, and the district offices should expect SP4 to be installed soon.   A list of issues addressed by the service pack can be found here.

DNRGPS has just been released as the replacement for DNRgarmin.  We continue to like this app and will use it to support Department use of Garmin GPS units (at least for those users who have migrated to ArcMap 10).  We also like it as a file converter especially now that it supports export to gml and geoJSON.  Plus it still provides the ability to associate photos with waypoints or even create points based on location information stored in the photos EXIF tag.  So big thanks to the Minnesota DNR and kudos to them for releasing the new version under an Open Source license.

This could be an interesting way to expand your ArcGIS skills.  ESRI now offers ArcView for non-commercial personal use for a $100 per year subscription.  From the ESRI website:

ArcGIS for Home Use makes GIS available to everyone. This offer is ideal for existing ArcGIS users who want to use the same powerful software at home for noncommercial personal use and for individuals who want to expand their GIS skills. However, anyone can participate in this program.

For a $100 annual fee, the ArcGIS for Home Use 12-month term license includes:

  • ArcView
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst
  • ArcGIS Network Analyst
  • ArcGIS Publisher
  • ArcGIS Schematics
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • ArcGIS Tracking Analyst
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