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NGTOC Webinar: Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts

Speaker(s): Brian Fox, Rick Brown, Camille Ambrosi

Brian Fox is currently the Systems Development Branch Chief for the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) where he oversees development activity in support of The National Map. Prior to leading NGTOC's Systems Development Branch, Brian supported the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a variety of roles, including joint military assignments in the United States and overseas. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis

Rick Brown is an IT Specialist for the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) in Rolla, MO. He currently serves as the Technical Lead and Project Chief for The National Map Delivery project. The first seven years of his work history were in private sector engineering and he began his federal career in 1987. Rick studied Computer Science at the University of Missouri - Rolla and moved into a technical supervisory role managing undergrad Computer Science students. As an original developer of The National Map 1.0 implementation, Rick enjoyed the opportunity of enabling data providers and consumers with web-accessible, inter-operable services. For 6 years he worked on a data collaboration project that became which currently serves as the TNM Staged Product Index. Returning to the The National Map project in 2012, Rick looks forward to enabling the data user community by designing and maturing The National Map 3.0 products and services.

Camille Ambrosi is behind the AlpineQuest mobile application for Android operating system. Prior to focusing on AlpineQuest, he lived in Grenoble, France, working as a software engineer. While living and working in the foothills of the French Alps, he developed AlpineQuest to allow his first generation Android phone to carry digital maps along with him on his weekend hikes. Realizing it could also help other people, he released the first version in the Google Store, and after a year of supporting the application part time, he decided to focus on the development of AlpineQuest application full time. Since then, new features have been regularly added, including the built-in support of USGS maps. More recently he has moved to the UK, but still fully dedicated to this project.

Affiliation: NGTOC

Presentation Date and Time: June 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM (MST)

Duration: 30 minutes

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  • Introduction (Brian Fox)
  • Brief overview of The National Map services, data, and products (Rick Brown)
  • How The National Map is helping AlpineQuest enable its users (Camille Ambrosi)
  • Question and Answer Session


USGS Webinar: USGS Webinar: Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts

Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users? The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help you!

The USGS' National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be hosting a 30 minute Webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on the 16th of June at 9am Mountain Time.

This webinar will feature a brief overview of services, data, and products that are publicly available, a quick overview on how AlpineQuest a leading private firm is leveraging this public data to benefit their users, and a Question & Answer session with a USGS developer to help you get the most out of the national geospatial services.

“This is an opportunity from NGTOC to bring developers and users together for some demonstrations and starting some dialog”, said Brian Fox, the NGTOC Systems Development Branch Chief. “The webinar format allows us to improve awareness of USGS geospatial services and develop a better understanding of what users and developers need to make our data and services more available and usable.”

To access the Webinar, you'll need to activate Adobe WebEx and call into the conference number (toll free) 855-547-8255 and use the security code: 98212385. The Webinar will display through WebEx, and you can access it via this address:

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