NEURISA Day 2011 Call For Presentations – Submit your proposals by July 1, 2011

This conference proposal announcement is posted on behalf of our colleagues at NEURISA. Please excuse any duplication of this announcement.

The New England Chapter of Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) will host its annual conference on Monday, October 3rd at the Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. This one day conference will include keynote sessions, vendor demonstrations, and presentations from your colleagues in the geospatial and information technology community.

NEURISA invites you to submit an abstract proposal for a 20-minute presentation in the following categories:

  • Mobile Technologies
  • Gov 2.0/Emerging Technologies/IT/311
  • Census 2010 – Redistricting
  • Asset Management/Compliance Solutions
  • Enterprise GIS

Abstract submission requirements:

  • Abstracts should be less than 300 words.
  • Abstract must be submitted by July 1st, 2011.
  • Presentations cannot be product marketing.
  • Please submit your presentations online at:

Questions? please contact Steve Sharp, or Randi Pickford

USA Counties Reference Resource now includes ACS and 2010 Census Data

The USA Counties reference resource includes demographic, economic and governmental data from the Census Bureau and other federal agencies, presented for the purpose of multi-county comparisons or single county profiles. National- and state-level data are presented as well.

The data files cover topics such as agriculture, crime, education, health, retail trade and vital statistics. New in this update are 2010 Census race data, additional statistics from the American Community Survey 2005-2009, Internal Revenue Service statistics on individual taxes, and 2007 Economic Census data, including statistics from the Survey of Business Owners.

To check out the latest edition of USA Counties visit:

U.S. Census Current Population Survey: 2010

The Current Population Survey 2010 includes several sets of table packages that include detailed statistics about age and sex by five year age groups, the older population (55 and older), the Hispanic population (includes data from 2009), the black population and the Asian population.

The tables provide a wide range of demographic characteristics about the U.S. labor force, such as marital status, educational attainment, nativity, employment status, occupation, poverty and housing tenure.

Where topics overlap, the U.S. Census Bureau recommends using the American Community Survey (ACS) data, unless the data are needed for national historical time series analyses. Included below are the tables available from the Population Survey 2010:

Note: These data are not from the 2010 Census. Additionally, these estimates should not be confused with similar estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) <>.

Westchester County GIS Newsletter – 2011 Spring Edition

Westchester County’s GIS Newsletter – 2011 Spring Edition is now available online.

The newsletter can be downloaded from the county’s GIS homepage at

This edition includes articles on topics such as:

  • Public Water Distribution System Mapping
  • Adaptive Deer Management Program in County Parks
  • Vehicle Tracking System Migration
  • Local Government User Group Meeting

Geospatial Technologies in the Classroom @ Fairfield University

Posted on behalf of our colleagues at Fairfield University
Geospatial Technologies in the Classroom
A course offering from the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions at Fairfield University
Online: July 5-30
On-campus: July 18-22 10 am – 4 pm
Join Fairfield University this summer as they explore geospatial technologies both outdoors and in the computer lab using GPS and GIS, and apply “community games” such as geocaching and protocols for conducting “real world” research with students. Participants will develop skills and applications of geospatial technologies for curricular integration. The program includes:
  • Both field and in-class hands-on activities
  • Review/synthesis of research on Spatial and
  • Linguistic Cognition, Birth-Adulthood
  • Integrating geospatial technologies using the fourfold approach of Actual, Virtual, Critical and Ethical application
  • Introduction to Google Earth
  • Using GPS & Local Geocache
  • Discussion of classroom and age-appropriate applications of geospatial technologies
  • Introduction to GIS: Online GIS services and tools, hands-on lesson in ArcGIS
  • GPS at the Fairfield Museum: Using documentary protocols to build local history/geography connections with GPS and Digital photography
  • Designing Student Activities
For more information:
Contact our Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions at 203-254-4250 or visit us online at
This course is open to both matriculated and nonmatriculated students. To enroll as a nonmatriculated student, please allow at least 10 days to complete the required paperwork available at:

2010 U.S. Census Connecticut Demographic Profiles Shapefiles Now Available

The 2010 U.S. Census Connecticut Demographic Profiles data and shapefiles that include this data are now available for Download from the Connecticut State Data Center website! Included below are the details on this dataset:

2010 U.S. Census Demographic Profiles Data for Connecticut
• Geographies available: State, 111th Congressional Districts, County, Connecticut House District, Connecticut Senate District, and Town
• Downloadable data available in .csv format for each geography and includes a data codebook to describe each column of data
• 2010 U.S. Census shapefiles which include the demographic profile data for each geography are provided in WGS 1984 and Connecticut State Plane NAD 83 projections and include FGDC metadata

GIS Educators Day – Call for Proposals

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS and SAVE THE DATE for the 4th Annual GIS Educators Day Conference

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saratoga Hilton Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY


GIS Educators Day, sponsored by NEARC, esri, and the New England Geography Education Network, is a full-day conference devoted exclusively to topics and issues pertaining to the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in K-12, college, and informal education. This unique event is a one day pre-conference to NEARC’s annual professional user conference

PRESENTATION FORMATS: Oral Presentation, Panel Presentation, Hands-on workshop, Poster Session


*Community Projects & Partnerships

*Teaching with GIS in Higher Education (projects, integrating GIS into courses, etc.) *Teaching with GIS in K-12 Schools (class and student projects, lessons, programs, etc.) *Teaching GIS: Strategies and Methods (GIS curricula, student projects, etc.) *Strategies for GIS Training for Educators (institutes, online courses, training events, etc.) *GIS in Informal Education *Integrating GIS with GPS/Remote Sensing *GIS in the Cloud *Open Source GIS *Emerging Topics: Mobile Devices and Crowdsourcing *Grab Bag


*The presentation cannot market specific products and services *Abstracts should be 150-200 words.

*Presenters must register and pay to attend the preconference at the regular preconference fee. (There will be a special Sunday/Monday rate for those who would like to stay for the first day of the main users conference) *Abstracts must be submitted by June 30, 2011


Contact Lyn Malone or Alex Chaucer, GIS Educators Day Co-Chairs at


July 6-7, 2011 – NOAA Coastal Inundation Mapping Training to be offered in Groton, CT

We are pleased to announce that a NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) geospatial training short course on Coastal Inundation Mapping will be taught in southeastern CT this summer.

Matt Pendleton and Billy Brooks, trainers from the NOAA Coastal Services Center, will be teaching CSC’s regular 2-day “Coastal Inundation Mapping” course on July 6 and 7 at the University of Connecticut/Avery Point campus. This hands-on course will provide an introduction to coastal inundation issues and coastal inundation mapping techniques. The course is a combination of lectures and exercises that allow attendees to gain a better understanding of the following topics:

  • Types of coastal inundation
  • Coastal inundation production
  • Elevation data
  • Integration of elevation data
  • Creation of inundation maps
  • New visualization techniques
  • Adapting to coastal risks

Please see for a complete course description. Please note that a working knowledge of ArcGIS is required (version 9.3 will be used for this course).

The course will be offered at NO COST (although there will be a $30 advance fee to cover refreshments and lunches) and enrollment is limited to a max of 24 people. People eligible to attend should work for a not-for-profit organization; municipal, regional, state or federal government; or academia and should have an interest or responsibility in coastal resource management or planning. See attachment for more information.

If you or others are interested in registering for this course, please contact Cary Chadwick at 860-345-5216 or Please note that registration requires an advance payment of $30 to cover the cost of refreshments and lunches. Checks can be made out to the University of Connecticut and mailed to the address below:

Middlesex County Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Road, PO Box 70
Haddam, CT 06441-0070
Attn: Cary Chadwick

This course offering is made possible by the support of the University of Connecticut/Avery Point and the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) at the University of Connecticut.

Census Bureau Reports Public School Systems Spend $10,499 Per Pupil in 2009

Public school systems spent an average of $10,499 per pupil in fiscal year 2009, a 2.3 percent increase over 2008, according to data released on May 25, 2011 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Public schools in New York spent more than any other state or state equivalent, with $18,126 per pupil in 2009. The District of Columbia ($16,408), New Jersey ($16,271), Alaska ($15,552) and Vermont ($15,175) had the next-highest spending. (See table 11 [PDF].)

These data come from Public Education Finances: 2009, which provides tables on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets (cash and security holdings) of elementary and secondary public school systems with data for the nation, states and school districts. The tables also include more detailed data on spending, such as instruction, transportation and salaries, among others.

For additional details visit:

2010 Census Shows Nation’s Population is Aging

Seven States Have Median Age Over 40

The U.S. Census Bureau released on May 26, 2011 a 2010 Census brief on our nation’s changing age and sex composition that shows the nation grew older while the male population grew faster than the female population over the last decade.

According to Age and Sex Composition: 2010 [PDF], the median age of Americans is now 37.2, with seven states recording a median age of 40 or older. The brief also shows the male population grew 9.9 percent between 2000 and 2010, while the female population grew 9.5 percent. Of the total 2010 Census population, 157.0 million people were female (50.8 percent) and 151.8 million were male (49.2 percent).

In the 2010 Census, seven states had a median age of 40 or older: Maine (42.7), Vermont (41.5), West Virginia (41.3), New Hampshire (41.1), Florida (40.7), Pennsylvania (40.1) and Connecticut (40.0). In both 1990 and 2000, West Virginia and Florida had the highest median age of all states. Maine overtook West Virginia and Florida as the state with the highest median age in 2010, while Utah remained the state with the lowest median age.

For more details visit: