The Kentucky Division of Geographic Information (DGI) recently became a founding partner of the KentuckyView Consortium, an event of significance publicly announced by the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP) at Morehead State University (MSU) during the official launch of the consortium.
The remote sensing data holdings that DGI has offered through the Kentucky Geonet (KYGEONET, http://kygeonet.ky.gov) have made DGI a natural candidate for this partnership, as multidate, multiepoch, statewide, panchromatic, true color and multispectral imagery from aerial and satellite platforms (e.g. Landsat 5 and 7) are stored in KYGEONET. KentuckyView (www.kentuckyview.org) is one of 25 state consortiums that are part of AmericaView, Inc., a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The primary focus of KentuckyView is the use of images collected from satellites and aircraft, as well as other geospatial technologies, to support K-16 education, workforce development, applied research and technology transfer. Current projects include developing an archive of aircraft and satellite images that will be distributed to users free of charge, creating educational materials and providing outreach workshops and workforce training throughout the state.
KentuckyView is co-directed by two faculty members affiliated with IRAPP: Dr. Zachary J. Bortolot and Dr. Christine E. McMichael. As MSU's Program of Distinction, IRAPP brings together students, faculty, staff, citizens and policymakers to study and develop action plans that will affect the lives of people in its service region. IRAPP combines well-established programs (Environmental Science, Geography, Government, Social Work and Sociology) with a specified general education core and Regional Analysis courses that allow students and faculty to make a difference in their communities.
Founding members of the KentuckyView consortium include:
- IRAPP (official member of record);
- Kentucky Geological Survey;
- Department of Geography, Eastern Kentucky University;
- Mid-America Remote Sensing Center, Murray State University;
- College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky; and
- Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
Membership in KentuckyView is free and voluntary and is open to a wide range of organizations from the academic, government, nonprofit and private sectors who share the goal of improving life for citizens throughout the commonwealth. Member benefits include opportunities for data discounts and access to shared data sets, equipment, lesson plans and tutorials. Members are encouraged to contribute Kentucky remote sensing datasets and curriculum and outreach materials to promote awareness of KentuckyView and AmericaView, Inc., and to participate in or provide input for the preparation of joint reports, documents and proposals.
For more information please visit the KentuckyView Web site at www.kentuckyview.org or contact Dr. Bortolot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-783-9437; or Dr. McMichael at email@example.com or 606-783-5442.