Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel

ESEA Reauthorization – Action Alert

An important letter from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) regarding authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): Dear AAG Members: As many of you are aware, the AAG has been working diligently in recent years to promote the message that the next enacted version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should include […]

Mapdiva: Design Software for OS X

Mapdiva LLC is a partnership among Graham Cox and Jill Saligoe-Simmel to develop Ortelius™ – powerful map design software for the Mac OS X. Mapdiva is about is enabling your creativity without breaking the bank. It is about keeping drawing as simple and direct as possible so you can focus your creative energy on content and […]

Nora Alliance

An alliance of neighbors, businesses, and community leaders in the community of Nora in Indianapolis, IN, promoting and enhancing livability, community engagement and thriving local economy. Jill Saligoe-Simmel volunteers with others to spearhead the Nora Alliance. She authors content for NoraIndy.org. Special topics include: Placemaking Crime & Safety Parks & Greenways Complete Streets Superior Schools

Artboard Design & Illustration Software

Artboard is graphics design software made exclusively for Mac OS X. It features smart drawing tools and a rich selection of built-in styles and editable vector clipart. Unique features include high-powered style creation tools that enable intricate design. Jill Saligoe-Simmel is co-founder of Mapdiva. She is responsible for business management and content. Jill works alongside Graham Cox, Mapdiva co-founder and lead developer, on […]

Support the Geospatial Data Act

The Geospatial Data Act of 2015 was introduced in Congress today.  This bipartisan bill will go a long way toward correcting inadequacies of the federal government regarding management geospatial data and National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  This bill was assigned to a congressional committee, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House […]

Report Card on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)

The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) announces the release of its Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s geospatial “infrastructure” which includes surveyed, mapped and remotely-sensed information. This initial Report Card by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) is a qualitative assessment of the status […]

National GIS Inventory

The GIS Inventory is a system maintained by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) as a tool for the entire GIS Community. It allows users to quickly search for GIS data to meet their business requirements. It also helps government agencies to effectively coordinate and build Spatial Data Infrastructures. Its primary purpose is to track data availability and the […]

Building a National Data Sharing Infrastructure

In March, 2014, URISA published the first in what is intended to be a series of occasional GIS Management Institute® discussion papers. “A Distributed Model for Effective National Geospatial Data Management: Building a National Data Sharing Infrastructure,” by Jim Sparks (State of Indiana GIO), Philip Worrall (Indiana Geographic Information Council Executive Director), and Kevin Mickey […]

Finger Math Chisenbop

How to be a Human Abacus Do you believe your fingers can out perform a calculator in both speed and accuracy? When I stumbled upon this youtube video of a super cute 5-year old demonstrating his Chisenbop finger math skills, I was hooked. It happened at the time I was also learning how to create […]