Friday, May 29, 2009

Human Skin Map

Location-based attendance in college

Wow... using iPhones, GPS, router locations to take student attendance and ensure they are not logging into the class from home.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Just in ... GIS summer STEP position

It's a little late since our students just finished up but check it out ...

Position Announcement: Due to available funds, student applicants are
invited to apply for the following 10-12 week summer position at Cape Cod
National Seashore, start date based on soonest availability.

Cartographic Technician (GIS)  -- Applicants must be continuing students
with proof of enrollment for Fall 2009 (STEP program)
SALARY RANGE: 16.06 USD Hourly
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1371-05/05
Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals. A
background check will be required.

To apply send resume, qualifications and a statement of interest via email
or regular mail to be received by May 21, 2009 to 

Mark Adams
GIS Program
Cape Cod National Seashore
99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet MA 02667

Applicants will be required to provide a letter from their college or
university confirming enrollment for Fall 2009 term. A background
investigation is required which will take a minimum of 10 days.


The cartographic technician operates GIS software and hardware (ArcGIS 9.2
or equivalent) and GPS receivers to record, document and retrieve resource
information necessary for management of Cape Cod National Seashore. The
technician is supervised by the GIS specialist. Training is available as
needed and many tasks will be performed independently after training is
complete. Inputs spatial digital data to GIS and performs necessary
verification procedures. Plots data to meet NPS requirements for various
kinds of presentations. Assists in data management, data input, digitizing,
editing, and plotting. Maintains documentation for digital data and hard
copy files. Visits field sites to gather information with handheld GPS.


Solid computer skills, attention to detail, ability to follow instructions
and ability to carry out tasks independently are essential. Specialized
Experience in cartography or in a related field that has equipped the
applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform
successfully the duties of the position and that is typically related to
the work of the position to be filled.


Education – Substantial completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a
bachelor’s degree that included at least 18 semester hours in courses such
as cartography, relevant mathematical and statistical sciences, or related
sciences. e.g. physical geography, field biology, astronomy, geodesy,
photogrammetry, oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics,
remote sensing, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.  Not more than 9 of
the 18 hours should have been in mathematics or statistics. Applicants must
be continuing in a bachelor's degree or graduate level program through

The following factors may also be considered:

1.      Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of GIS computers and
software, including scanners and plotters. Experience and/or training in
ESRI software (including ArcGIS version 9 or equivalent software)
preferred. Knowledge of methods for displaying geographic data, performing
basic spatial analyses and designing and producing final maps.

2.      Knowledge of the operation and use of mapping-grade GPS receivers,
and field data collection tools (e.g. field computers, total survey station
equipment, tape and compass), standard field mapping techniques, and
recording systems. Experience transferring data collected in the field to
GIS software applications in the lab.

3.      Basic understanding of the basic concepts, objective, and practices
of National Park Service operations including maintenance, resource
management, visitor protection, and interpretation.

Training and supervision will be provided as needed. The summer workplan
may include some or all of the following:

-- Assist with photo interpretation of intertidal areas
-- Search and acquire historical charts; digitize shoals and deltas
around Cape Cod barrier beaches
-- Create elevation data products from LIDAR datasets
-- Map underground utilities and other physical assets with GPS and
location-stamped photography
-- Assist with field surveys of nearshore bathymetry by boat
-- Scan and rectify historical aerial photography
-- GIS data server backups,  map requests from other Divisions, testing and
maintenance of Trimble and Garmin GPS units

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Mark Adams
GIS Specialist
Cape Cod National Seashore
99 Marconi Site Rd
Wellfleet MA 02667
508-487-3262 x113
508-487-7153 fax

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Summer classes start soon

A-B Tech is offering 2 sections of GIS 111 - Introduction to GIS this summer. One course will be online and one course is seated an meets Tues/Thursday mornings at 8am - 10:50am.

The online course will, as always, require a very motivated and self-directed type learner. Is online right for you? Check out the A-B Tech Distance Education FAQ to answer your questions.

Classes begin May 26th and end August 4th.

This is a great opportunity to get started with the GIS Certificate at A-B Tech this summer. Once you get the Introduction to GIS class you'll be ready for the next 2 in the certificate.

Registration starts May 4th. Call or email to get signed up.

Pete Kennedy
pkennedy ( at)
828.254.1921 x289