TIPS and TOOLS
Web services added to NILS GeoCommunicator
Below is the classic 1988 definitive work on modeling site locations and use of statistics by the Archeological community developed with the participation of the widest participation of the Archeological community.
National Park Service: GPS for GIS Workflow
Email from Mike Londe
PLSS Data: Do you need authoritative spatial information (maps) regarding the locations and BLM authorizations such as oil and gas, coal, and geothermal leases, as well as mining claims, abandoned mines, campgrounds, and recreation sites? If so, learn about GeoCommunicator. Further, you may "download the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data for any of the western states. Additional features for users with GIS software includes the ability to stream PLSS data and federal surface management agency boundaries live from GeoCommunicator directly to their desktop and combine it with their local datasets. There is no need to store the data locally and the data is always current."
See the information below for a link to some really cool, on-line fire GIS training. The primary focus of this training is not GIS for incident support. Rather, the exercises provide examples of the application of GIS to a full range of Fire Management activities. Through each exercise, participants gain knowledge and exposure to a wide variety of GIS skills, applications and tools. I believe that this resource would be of value to anyone who wants to learn more about using GIS for fire management." See Integrating Cultural Heritage in the National Fire Program for further information.
ArcPad extension for Fire is now available. What is ArcPad? See also other Fire Data Dictionary material.
Confused about how to learn about GIS and what to study first? ESRI Inc's Virtual Campus now offers a Learning Guide.
GIS is increasing in its utility and visibility. A recent GovExec article states " Geographic information systems (GIS), long considered technical and mundane--the purview of cartographers shut away in back rooms--have become a vitally important ingredient in keeping America secure. Geographic data has significant potential for use in a variety of homeland security missions, including intelligence analysis, emergency response, disaster recovery and border control. Current and comprehensive GIS information allows rescue workers and government officials to obtain information about any potential disaster--from suspected terrorist hideouts to disease patterns, evacuation routes and hurricane paths."
The Federal Preservation Institute meeting of the Federal Training Work Group met Tuesday, August 13, 2002. A presentation was made regarding "Sharing Databases with SHPOs".