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This is the 60th UGRC Newsletter

March 2023

UGRC has been a busy organization recently. We helped support the 10th annual Maps On The Hill (MOTH) and it was the best one yet. Utah was very successful in the Broadband Challenge which ensures Utah will get its fair share of the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment funding distributed by the federal government. Utah was head and shoulders above all other states with the acceptance of its challenge numbers. This exemplifies the great partnership we have with the counties and what can be accomplished when we need to come together to solve a problem. We are looking forward to the Utah Geographic Information Council conference in May in Midway Utah. We hope to see you there. Please stop by our booth and say hello.
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From the blog

Trailheads, a collaborative approach

At UGRC, we see OpenStreetMap (OSM) as an ideal platform for managing and maintaining datasets such as trails, trailheads, campgrounds, and a variety of other layers - because who better to steward this data than all of us? Have you ever wanted to contribute to the SGID but didn't know how. Please participate in the map challenge and show us how much you know about Utah trailheads.

Base maps: Out with the old in with the new

It has been almost a decade since UGRC has updated the look and feel of any of the base maps but changes are on the way! Version 2 of the terrain base map is out in the wild and the feedback has been very positive. Have you seen it yet?

Utah crushes broadband challenge through collaboration

Among the many lessons the Covid-19 pandemic taught us, we learned two things about high-speed internet. First, high download and upload speeds are necessities in the modern world. Second, figuring out what high-speed internet was available in our neighborhood was a more difficult task than it should be.

Municipal Boundaries  - Final update for 2022

It is the end of another long year and, ready or not, 2023 is here. It was another year of growth for the state which has slowed down some. The top contributors were Utah and Cache County once again with 23 annexations in Utah and 16 in Cache

Real Quick...

The State Historic Preservation Office is receiving an ESRI Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award!
New episodes of the UGRC Geospatial podcasts are available. Join us as we interview some fun and interesting people in the geospatial world.
UGRC was able to secure additional funding to purchase imagery as the base cost has increased. This increases the Geospatial data fund to $394,000.00!
Surveyors are retiring faster than they are hiring. Read the thoughts from Sean Fernandez, our State Surveyor, on the UCLS blog.
Do you like to the roulette wheel? It is better with maps. View the Salt Lake GIS User Group presentation slide deck from Greg and Erik about using Open Street Map to collaboratively edit SGID data.
As data changes we need to react to keep the SGID current and relevant. Make sure to watch #ugrcporter and agrc/porter to know what datasets are changing.

Upcoming Events

Check out dates for upcoming items
Utah Geographic Information Council annual conference in Midway Utah May 8-12. Register now!

Matt Peters

4315 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT 84129