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The Hawai'i Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization consisting of members of Hawai'i's geospatial community. Our goal is to provide coordination of geospatial activities among a wide range of users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state. 

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  • 30 Mar 2017 11:48 AM | Craig Clouet


    if you want to hear the many great presentations from the recent HIGICC Expo,

    download the agenda that now has links to the presentation.

    Link to the recordings:

  • 28 Mar 2017 9:36 AM | Craig Clouet

    GIS Courses through the Maui College.

    EdVenture offers continuing education, career training and professional development courses in a wide range of topics including Food Innovation, Computers and Technology, Business, Languages, Hawaiian Culture, Art, College for Kids, Agriculture and Energy through the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. No matter where you are in life, EdVenture is your source for lifelong learning on Maui.

  • 16 Mar 2017 7:38 AM | Craig Clouet

    Thanks to the continued hard work of Ross Winans and NOAA, the Hawaii Island is on the map for a 2017 data collection effort.


    This effort is not finalized yet and there is need for more funding in order to get a 100% data set. Please contact Ross if you want to join in and partner on this major effort.

  • 06 Feb 2017 10:25 AM | Craig Clouet

    There has been a thread on the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) list serve about the possibility of losing access to federally archived geospatial data.   Here is a consolidation of the thread and what you can do to help….

    People have been hoping for the best and planning for the worst: 

    A number are preparing for loss of the data. There are a few parallel movements, but we do work together. The people taking the lead are the PPEH Lab at UPenn - they're doing amazing work and have professional archivists and librarians involved to make sure data integrity is maintained. On the other side of it, I run a team of volunteers over at http://climatemirror.org where we are tracking and storing datasets to make sure they don't disappear, and working to capture data portals.

    More normal backups were taken by the Internet Archive and the California Digital Library (as part of their "End of Term Harvest" that they run at each presidential transition) - these capture web pages and linked small datasets, and can be searched publicly at http://archive.org.  More information on any of this Nick http://nicksantos.com (Nick Santos [nrsantos@UCDAVIS.EDU]

    DATA RESCUE SERIES: Perhaps you read last week’s Wired article about scientists archiving US gov climate change data and websites leading up to and continuing through the administration change? This is the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, and since the election, @EnviroDGI has been hosting #DataRescue events for at-risk government datasets. The first was held in Canada, where people were already organized due to the anti-science Harper administration destroying libraries of un-digitized science research in 2013 (https://envirodatagov.org/building-an-archive-of-vulnerability-guerrillaarchiving-at-uoft/)

    The next event in the Data Rescue series is happening right here in New York City & your participation will make a difference! Join us on Saturday, February 4.  Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-rescue-nyc-tickets-31332874471

    Data Rescue NYC works to secure federal environmental data in the face of the Trump administration’s large-scale efforts to dismantle environmental regulation. This work is urgent since the Trump administration has immediately begun to scrub environmental data from federal websites.

    Data Rescue NYC brings together concerned citizens with experts in information technology, archiving and environmental science and policy. We need capable web-savvy and technical members of the public, librarians, and people with environmental expertise. Building on experience from similar events, everyone’s skills will be put to work in organized cooperation.

    Join us for a day of preserving valuable environmental data from attempts to undermine science in the public service. Bring your laptop, water bottle, and snacks.

    Hosted by New York University, Data Rescue NYC is run by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) in collaboration with the PPEHlab’s DataRefuge project. Here are links to background and news coverage. It is part of a decentralized effort including previous events in Toronto, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-rescue-nyc-tickets-31332874471

    More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/704371486406298/

    How you can prepare in advance:
    - Download and install our web browser extension, which works with the Chrome browser. http://tinyurl.com/zyuqx7l

    - Coders can review our tools, including web crawlers and scrapers, in the EDGI Github: https://github.com/edgi-govdata-archiving - experience using web APIs, and cloudweb services like Amazon S3 is a plus!

    Special lead-up event on FOIA Rights and Responsibilities: Friday February 3 hosted by CUNY and broadcast by Public Lab: https://publiclab.org/notes/liz/01-20-2017/edgi-foia-event-at-cuny-in-new-york-city-online

  • 20 Jan 2017 1:23 PM | Craig Clouet

    The University Archives & Manuscripts Department of the UHM Library is hosting an exhibit "Mapping the Territory: Maps and Papers from the Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory Collection" now through June 30 in the Moir Reading Room at the UHM's Hamilton Library. The exhibit features papers and maps produced by UHM students in sociology classes during the 1930s and 1940s, which shed light on social conditions in Hawaiʻi in the Territorial era. The material on view came mostly from Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory (RASRL) Collection housed in the University Archives. The exhibit is co-guest curated by Dr. Lori Pierce, DePaul University and Dr. Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, a retired UHM faculty member and independent scholar.

    The exhibit is viewable during the Moir Reading Room hours (check the library's website for current Reading Room hours - look under "Archives and Manuscripts"). For more information, read the UH News article on the exhibit, or contact archives@hawaii.edu.

  • 14 Nov 2016 6:25 AM | Craig Clouet

    Congratulations to Joan Delos Santos at the State of Hawaii GIS program. Joan has been awarded the 2016 NSGIC catalyst award for leading the Hawaii Modernization project.

    Link to NSGIC Award

  • 21 Sep 2016 8:18 AM | Craig Clouet

    Come celebrate GIS Day in

    Hawaii. Student activities include

    outdoor GPS activity, Science on

    a Sphere, Games, and more!

    GIS DAYFLYER_2016_Oahu.pdf

    November 15

    NOAA Inouye Regional Center

    1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176

    Honolulu, HI 96818

    K9aahmul u–i,1 M2 pm

    OPEN TO 6 – 12 grades

    For more details contact:

    Mapu Quitazol, MEDB’s Women in Technology

    email: mapu@medb.org / phone: 808.875.2343

  • 08 Sep 2016 12:21 PM | Craig Clouet

    Redistricting of legislative boundaries occurs every ten years.  The next redistricting will be in 2021 and will be based on data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2020.  The Census Bureau is currently reviewing the census block boundaries that will be used in the 2020 Census and is seeking input from interested groups in Hawaii.

    Census block tabulation boundaries are important not only for redistricting but also for appropriating Federal funds to local communities as well as providing data on population growth and income levels that are important for commerce and economic development.

    The State of Hawaii Office of Elections and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism are jointly hosting a meeting in Honolulu where representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will present an overview of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program and other geographic programs focusing on operations and timelines.  A complete agenda can be found at this link: http://arcg.is/2ccytWH.

    The meeting will be held on September 14th from 9 to 11 am at the Hawaii State Capitol, Room 325.  The meeting will be recorded if you cannot attend.

    If you can attend, please RSVP to census@dbedt.hawaii.gov so we know how many people to expect.

  • 22 Jun 2016 1:44 PM | Craig Clouet

    Aloha HIGICC Friends & Members. The Annual Report is out. Please take a look when you have a chance. Lots of good pictures showing this past years activities and the people who are reached by our efforts.

    Download the report:

    Mahalo Nui, Craig

    HIGICC President

  • 26 May 2016 8:05 AM | Craig Clouet

    As some of you may have heard, the Hawaii Office of Planning Statewide GIS Program (OP/GIS) and the State Chief Information Officer-led Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) are working together to upgrade our GIS capabilities to take advantage of current trends in Web GIS and cloud services.  Our ultimate goal is to make it easier for all State employees, contractors and the public to use, make and share maps on any device at any time.  

    We, along with our vendor partner, Esri, have completed an inventory of all of the State GIS data in our database, removed outdated data layers, and re-organized the remaining layers.  The revised database is being installed on a server on the State network, and has also being migrated into the Esri cloud and deployed as web services, which will provide benefits including enhanced accessibility and availability.  As a result, the web services in our current environment (http://gis.hawaii.gov/arcgis/rest/services) will have new REST service endpoints (http://geodata.hawaii.gov/arcgis/rest/services).  There will be an intentional 3-week overlap, during which both the gis.hawaii.gov services and the geodata.hawaii.gov services will be running simultaneously.  The services at http://geodata.hawaii.gov/arcgis/rest/services are now online.  The services at gis.hawaii.gov are scheduled to be taken off-line on June 15. 

    Because these new services will have new URLs, all web maps or applications that use the existing gis.hawaii.gov services will have to be modified to point to the data at geodata.hawaii.gov.  In order to assist you in this effort,  we’ve attached instructions on how to determine whether your maps are affected by this change, instructions on how to use the ArcGIS Online Assistant tool to modify your maps to point to the new services, and a cross-walk table to help you make the changes.

    In addition, as part of this effort, more than a terabyte of high-resolution raster data, including historical maps and satellite/aerial imagery, has been loaded into the Esri cloud and will be available in ArcGIS Online, ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and to the public via REST services, including:

    ·        ·        historical topographic maps from 1910 through the 1940s;

    ·        ·        imagery from the 1920s, 1950s and 1960s; and

    ·        ·        the latest WorldView 2 and WorldView 3 imagery and 2015 coastal imagery

    With such major upgrades, there will inevitably be bumps along the way.  Please let us know right away about any issues you encounter.  We will work with Esri and ETS to resolve issues and make improvements.

    This is an exciting time for the Statewide GIS, and we hope that you find that these changes improve and enhance the GIS experience.  You may contact any of us at the Statewide GIS Program or the Office of Enterprise Technology Services for more information or assistance:

    How to check URL of services document

    AGOL Assistant changing URLs

    State REST Service Cross Walk Table

    Statewide GIS Program, Office of Planning, State of Hawaii:

    Joan Delos Santos:  joan.m.delossantos@hawaii.gov, (808) 587-2895

    Dennis Kim:  dennis.b.kim@hawaii.gov, (808) 587-2896

    Arthur Buto (Program Manager):  arthur.j.buto@hawaii.gov, (808) 587-2894

    Office of Enterprise Technology Services, State of Hawaii:

    Todd Omura (IT Governance Manager):  todd.t.omura@hawaii.gov, (808) 586-1824


    Joan Delos Santos

    Hawaii Statewide GIS Program

    State of Hawaii, Office of Planning

    235 S. Beretania St., 6th Floor

    Honolulu, HI  96813

    Phone (808) 587-2895

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