Update Your Links to the New Baruch Geoportal
A few weeks ago I launched a new version of our college’s GIS data repository, the Baruch Geoportal. At the back end I have a simplified process for getting data onto our server, and on the front end we did away with manually updating HTML and CSS webpages in favor of using a Confluence wiki. My college has a subscription to Confluence, and I’ve been using an internal wiki for documenting and administering all aspects of our projects. A public, external wiki for providing our data seemed like a nice way to go – we can focus more on the content and it’s easier for my team and I to collaborate.
Since it’s a new site with a new address, many of the links to projects I’ve referred to throughout the years on this blog are no longer valid. Redirects are in place, but they won’t last forever. Some notable links to update:
- The homepage for the portal is https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/confluence/display/geoportal/
- The GIS Practicum manual is now at https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/confluence/display/geoportal/GIS+Practicum. I recently updated the manual for QGIS 2.8 Wien, the latest Long Term Service Release. I’ll be using it for the 2015-16 academic year.
- The NYC Geodatabase is now at https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/confluence/display/geoportal/NYC+Geodatabase. This past week I just posted the latest version with updates for several features.
The new site has a dedicated blog that you can follow (via RSS) for the latest updates to the portal. The portal also has a number of relatively new and publicly accessible datasets that we’ve posted over the last year (but that I haven’t had time to post about). These include the NYC Mass Transit Spatial Layers series and population centroids for US census geographies. We’ve been creating ISO spatial metadata for all of our new layers, but we still need to create XML stylesheets to make them more human-readable. That will be one of many projects to do for this academic year.