Thursday, November 29, 2007

Haywood County GIS Coordinator Job

This one is definitely for the more experienced. Great location ...

Position: GIS Coordinator
Salary Range: $43,721 - $65,581
Salary Grade: 73
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

General Description of Duties
Work is performed under the general leadership of the InformationTechnology Director with considerable amount of independent judgmentnecessary. Incumbent is responsible for coordination andimplementationof County wide GIS needs.

Incumbent will work with others to coordinate and oversee forthcomingdata conversion projects. Tasks will include training, data anddatabasemanagement, as well as development and recommendations of mappingsoftware and products. Incumbent will also be responsible for projectcoordination and related communication with County Departments andoutside entities in order to produce effective relational data reportsto coincide with map surfaces with associated charts and graphs asneeded; Participates in compiling and presenting survey and researchfindings in graphic, pictorial, cartographic and technical drawingformat;

Incumbent will serve as system administrator for GIS by resolvinghardware and software problems related to GIS. A working knowledge ofprinciples and practices associated with ESRI Software is required.Incumbent will work with ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop suite of applications,aswell as ArcIMS, ArcGIS Server application; ArcSDE software in aMicrosoft SQL Server environment.

Duties directly related to 911
Maintain and update the geo-database and associated layers for all maplayers utilized by the 9-1-1 CAD and other emergency servicesdepartments;
Implement map conversions and updates of all mapping data to eachPublicSafety Answering Point within the county;
Participate in activities and duties related to emergency managementduring a local state of disaster, as well as during disasterpreparedness training exercises.

Minimum Qualifications for Education and Experience
Bachelor or Associate degree in GIS, Geography, Cartography, CAD orrelated field supplemented by a minimum of three years maintainingcomputerized land records using GIS/CAD or an equivalent combinationofeducation, training and experience that provides the requiredknowledge,skills and abilities. Extensive work experience using Microsoftdesktopoperating systems and applications is required. A combination ofEducation and experience may be considered.

Buncombe County GIS job - GIS Analyst

  • $39,616 - $43,792
  • 4 year degree in related field
doesn't look like you need any experience but a lot of skills

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

collaborate with GoogleMaps

New today (on the heels of yesterday's addition of terrain data) is the ability to collaborate you maps (MyMaps) in GoogleMaps with anyone who has a Google account. I think I'll give it a try with my students in class tonight.

Madison County GIS Day Postponed

The Madison County GIS Day WILL NOT BE HELD THIS SATURDAY. It will be rescheduled for sometime in January. Check back for details.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cell phones and GIS

There's been a lot of buzz around Asheville lately wondering what the best cell phone solution is for those of us who are geospatially addicted. We've been wondering how we can use our phones to help us gather information about the world around us and incorporate it into the daily work we do - even if it's not necessarily work related. Who wouldn't love to have a phone they could map my rides via GPS and Google Maps as well as geo-tag photos along the way.

I currently use Verizon and can get a service call VZNavigator for $9.99 a month or $2.99 for a day. I have to say it's pretty cool. It has local search, voice activated turn by turn directions, I can see my lat/long and a map. It doesn't fully integrate with the rest of the computer world I live in though and it certainly doesn't geo-tag the photos I can take. I probably won't keep paying for it - I just wanted to check it out and show my classes however if I get lost I'll certainly pay the $2.99. Maybe I'll keep the service til I get back from

Nokia is obviously taking a big jump towards this with things like the Wireless GPS Module LD-3W and their purchasing of a major GIS data company . Today, I learned about the Helio Ocean that has a full qwerty keyboard and GPS enabled GoogleMaps and geotagging of photos. Pretty cool. This guy runs on it's own network and carrier. You sign up with Helio and they rent space from Sprint towers. I guess this will work on the new WiMax network Sprint and Google are dumping $3 billion dollars into.

This just get's me thinking about the future of it all. If you want to here it summed up in 23 minutes... check out the NPR segment last week - Phones of the future and Google's cell phone debut. Now these guys have the right idea.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


HAPPY GIS DAY to all! Our GIS Day event last Friday was a HUGE success. We estimate 300 people came to the event throughout the day. A BIG thanks goes to everyone who helped out...

Hopefully we'll do something similar next year...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Other GIS Day events ...

If you haven't seen all the great GIS Day events going on in the mountains, Greg Dobson did a great job of summarizing them all on Check it out - see you Friday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

GIS Day event this week

We are a few days away from the 'Celebration of all things GIS in and around Asheville' GIS day event hosted here at AB Tech. Please come join us for this Open House highlighting GIS activities in and around our area. Come for a little while or stay all day.


WHEN: Friday, November 9th, 2007 / 9:00am - 2:00pm
WHERE: AB Tech Main Campus / Balsam Computer Technology Center

Thanks to all our sponsors and presenters:

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College – GIS Certificate Program
  • City of Asheville – GIS Department
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) (Charlotte Office)
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
  • GeoMaxim
  • Madison County
  • National Climatic Data Center
  • NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA)
  • Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
  • Resource Data, Inc.
  • UNC-Asheville / National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)
Questions? Contact Pete Kennedy at 828.251.1921 x289 or pkennedy (at)

Monday, November 5, 2007

ESRI Web-based help

The ESRI site has some of the best web-based help around. Over the past several years I've gotten so used to using it that I never really open the desktop help any more. I guess my never ending ramblings to my students has been getting through to them because today a student point out the ArcGIS 9.3 Help online. What? you say... That's what I said too but it's there. Luckily it doesn't go anywhere except to a coming soon page. Coming soon but how soon?

nice eye adam...