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NKYmapLAB receives international recognition at Esri conference

An initiative begun in January by two members of PDS’ GIS team achieved considerable attention during the Esri annual conference held recently in San Diego. NKYmapLAB seeks to highlight the wealth of GIS data that have been collected by the LINK-GIS/Kenton County partnership since its inception in 1985. It accomplishes this by publishing a monthly […]

LINK-GIS maps now useable on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices

Stating the obvious, time flies in the world of technology. In the six years since the last major update of the LINK-GIS website, many things in the world of technology have changed. Back then the iPhone was on its 3G release. Android devices had been on the market for less than a year. And, the […]

NKYmapLAB initiative illustrates local issues, importance of GIS

PDS’ Northern Kentucky Map Lab (NKYmapLAB) initiative that was begun earlier this year is quickly developing a wealth of illustrative looks at Kenton County issues. They range from Baseball Across Northern Kentucky (a tie in to Major League Baseball’s 2015 All Star Game) to an analysis of tree canopy across the county. NKYmapLAB’s goal is […]

Expanding the Reach of LINK-GIS through new Map Viewer Platform

In the six years since LINK-GIS’s last major update of the map viewer, many things have changed. The iPhone was on the 3G release. Android devices had hit market less than a year before. The iPad didn’t even exist. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, around 64% of American adults own a smartphone. A […]

Analytics, economic development to be focus of NKY mapLAB initiative

Recognizing that a good map can often inform an audience better than a voluminous spreadsheet of geographical data, PDS last month launched Northern Kentucky mapLAB. The initiative seeks to accomplish two critical goals: illustrate the robust analytical capabilities of LINK-GIS; and, use those capabilities to support Kenton County’s economic development program. Products of the program […]

Delivery of GIS data provides community with tree canopy inventory

A recent grant from the USDA Forest Service through the Kentucky Division of Forestry to the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council has provided LINK-GIS partners with high resolution data on tree cover. SavATree, in collaboration with the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory, mapped Northern Kentucky’s land cover. “We’re pleased to receive these […]

GIS department provides HBA information on available subdivision lots

The PDS GIS department worked closely recently with the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) on a project to determine the number of “finished” subdivided lots in Kenton County. Finished lots are vacant lots ready to be sold but without an existing structure. Additional lot definitions utilized in this project fell under several categories: lots […]

Senior staffer’s service nets President’s Award at annual KAMP co...

During the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals’ (KAMP) annual conference in Louisville in September, PDS Senior GIS Specialist Tom East, GISP, was awarded KAMP’s first ever President’s Award. According to the KAMP website, “This award is not presented yearly but at the discretion of the current President. This award recognizes extraordinary service to the KAMP […]

LINK-GIS partners receive final delivery of 2014 aerial photography

To update the April 2014 edition of this newsletter, new aerial imagery of Kenton and Campbell Counties captured for LINK-GIS partners this spring has now been completely delivered. The new imagery provides some of the most detailed views of these counties ever seen. It also includes the capability to measure the vertical heights of buildings, […]

Know your boundaries: GIS and GPS saves local county thousands

When looking for a summer treat, Rocky Road ice cream may come to mind, but a true rocky road is never a treat. Pendleton County Public Works Director Tim Antrobus received a call from an adjoining county inquiring about road repairs on Oscar Spradling Road. Oscar Spradling had turned into a “rocky road” and the […]