OSM Mapping Party *Canceled* Due to Icy Conditions

The weather outside is icy! We have decided to cancel today’s mapping event. Please stay inside and safe. However if you would still like to do some mapping below are some great videos to get you started.  
Here are some suggested tasks from the folks at Missing Maps (otherwise choose your own project at
If you do decide to map, send me an email about what you mapped and where and how it went Also when you save your edits put in the following identifier: #2017iowaviewmlkmapping .  
Also if there is interest we may try to hold another mapathon during spring break or on a weekend.  Please let me know if you are interested and suggest a time that works well for you.

Don’t Forget to Register to do something Awesome (OSM)!

JOIN US THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017 FOR the 3rd annual OSM MAPPING PARTY in Durham Center 206.

This is a fun service project.  Come meet some new people, do some good (mapping) and eat pizza!

MLK Jr. Day OSM Mapping Party Monday January, 16, 2017 from 10 am to 1pm, Durham 206 –

Please RSVP:
Click here for more information

Earth as Art Exhibition – February 2-26, 2017

The ISU GIS Facility is bringing an art exhibit to Ames! Earth as Art features beautiful Landsat prints selected from the four Earth as Art collections. We are also producing some k-12 educational activities for our younger gallery visitors to enjoy. The opening reception for the exhibit is on February, 2.  We are planning to have a gallery talk by the AmericaView collection curator as well as refreshments. Gallery hours are: Thursday: 4 to 7; Friday: 2 to 5; Saturday 11 to 5.  We are also interested in scheduling additional hours by appointment, please contact for more information.

We hope to see you there!


How will you be celebrating this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is: what are you doing for others?”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ISU GIS Facility would like to invite you to spend part of your day with us.  

The ISU GIS Facility, in cooperation with IowaView, will be hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event on January 16th, 2017 in Durham 206. The event will take place from 10am to 1pm.  Attendees will participate in a worldwide volunteer effort called Open Street Map – (OSM), a crowd-sourced map of the world that is open source, free and available for any use. OSM provides online web mapping tools for users to map roads, buildings, water bodies and features of interest using satellite imagery as a base.

Past projects have worked with humanitarian groups like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders using OSM to coordinate mapping in areas with a critical need for new maps, past projects have included areas in western Africa fighting Ebola, hurricane affected areas in the Philippines or other emergencies or disasters around the world.

*No previous experience is necessary to participate – anyone can join us!*

If you are interested in participating in the ISU OSM Mapping Party, or have questions, please send an email to or visit


2016 Imagery available for Eastern Iowa!

Spring 2016 ortho imagery is now on the Orthoserver –  ISU GIS Facility staff created natural color, color-infrared, and 4 band image services for the spring 2016 aerial flight of the eastern half of Iowa.  The source resolution is 1 foot.  The services can be found at: . 


Save the date: Earth as Art Exhibit – February 2017


LouisianaView is loaning us their Earth as Art art exhibit for the month of February.  We are working to create a fun and educational art exhibit for all.  You will not want to miss this exciting event.  For a preview, visit Earth as Art online:



IowaView hosts a Successful Earth Observation Day!

We had a fun and informative Earth Observation Day.  Here are some highlights and pictures:

  • There were 24 attendees.1011161113_resized
  • We had 15 mappers, who helped build a better basemap in for areas in Botswana.  Volunteers mapped dozens of roads and over 500 buildings during our mini-mapathon (45 mins)!  earth-observation-day-10_11_2016-botswana
  • Dr. Brian Hornbuckle shared with us about his research observing the earth with microwave satellites and ground sensors. If your are interested in learning more about the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) satellite, NASA has a free webinar series (5 hour-long sessions) available through their Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET program).   img_7742

Earth Observation Day is here!

Happy Earth Observation Day!


We will be celebrating the day by having a mini-mapathon followed by pizza and an earth observation research talk by Dr. Brian Hornbuckle.  Dr. Hornbuckle will be discussing his work with the satellites SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive-US) and SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity- European) and ground sensors to determine soil moisture across Iowa.

If you have time for some fun today consider playing the AmericaView Remote Sensing Imagery Game!