National Coalition for Homeless Veterans


12% of the homeless adult population are veterans
20% of the male homeless population are veterans
68% reside in principal cities
51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
50% have serious mental illness
70% have substance abuse problems


Things to remember on Veteran’s Day…homelessness is a major problem for the urban geography of most American cities and veterans are disproportionately affected (including Providence, RI).  Let’s remember them on the 364 other days of the year too. 

Tags: urban, poverty, military.

Celebrating Women in Cartography

Alice Hudson, Curator of the Women in Cartography exhibition and former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, talks about women in the world of mapping, bringing their stories, and most importantly, their maps to light. Susan Rich will read from The Cartographer’s Tongue. 

Celebrating Women in Cartography Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture


ConnectED Geography Webinar: Students can use, make, and share online maps for free

Join K-12 Esri Education Manager, Charlie Fitzpatrick, for this upcoming partnered webinar that is open and free to everyone! Online maps are easy, fun, and powerful. Anyone with an internet connection can get started in seconds, learn new content constantly, and build toward college, career, and civic life. Any connected device, anytime, anywhere! This NCGE webinar is designed for those just wondering how to start, with a special ConnectED offer from Esri for US K12 schools. Register now!
NCGE offers regular webinars for members; look at the 2015-2016 NCGE Webinar Season Schedule


Event: Local Applications of ArcGIS Online

Description: Join the RIGIS Community and Esri for a discussion on best practices and use cases for applying ArcGIS Online to your work. This three-hour event, sponsored by the URI Coastal Institute, will provide a series of presentations by your peers in the GIS community, opportunities for networking, and direct time with Esri staff to learn the latest features and best practices for using ArcGIS Online.


This event will be ideally suited to any GIS practitioner or manager of technology interested in learning about the latest uses and trends in GIS in the region and beyond. Users will be sharing their work for local perspective, with breaks provided to connect with one another. Esri will also be available to discuss examples from other customers and answer questions, while providing insight to the latest evolution and best practices.


When: Friday, August 28, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Where: Coastal Institute, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus Auditorium – 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island


Presentations: We are looking for anyone from Rhode Island to give a presentation on their use of ArcGIS Online.  Their use of AGOL need not use RIGIS data or include RI in its study area.  We are mainly looking for RI GIS users to show how they are using AGOL in their daily work, or as a way to help others review/explore their work, or learn more about geospatial technology.



                9:30 – 10:00     ArcGIS Platform Overview

                10:00 – 11:00   Rhode Island User Presentations

                11:00 – 11:30   Networking Break

                11:30 – 12:30   Guided Session by Esri


To register for this event or submit a presentation, please e-mail or call Nora Sauter from Esri at: or call 978-777-4543, x8458.

GeoGuessr – Let’s explore the world!

GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.


When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when).  GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away.  GeoGuessr will display 5 locations in GoogleMaps “StreetView” and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It is a fantastic exploration exercise.   

Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

The ArcGIS Book

“Explore ten ‘big ideas’ that encapsulate the technological and social trends that have pushed geographic information systems (GIS) onto the Internet in a significant way. See how to apply these ideas to your own world. Open your eyes to what is now possible with Web GIS, and put the technology and deep data resources in your hands via the Quickstarts and Learn ArcGIS lessons that are included in each chapter.”


I haven’t fully previewed this online textbook yet but I am VERY optimistic about this one from the ESRI library.  You can also download the textbook as a PDF here.  There are several other online textbooks that would interest geography teachers     

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, textbook.