DDS News- DDS Awarded Contract with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management

DDS News- DDS Awarded Contract with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management


For Immediate Release

Digital Data Services, Inc. Awarded Contract with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management

October 15th, 2014

Lakewood, CO- Digital Data Services, Inc. (DDS) announced that it was awarded a contract with the Bureau of Land Management’s National Operations Center for Geospatial IT Support Services. Under the contract, DDS will provide geospatial application engineering services with a concentration on Geocortex® site design, development, and documentation in support of various BLM’s Division of Resource Services’ programs.

The Division of Resource Services, located at the National Operations Center in Denver, Colorado, conducts a variety of projects and support natural and cultural resource programs throughout the Bureau. Specific projects that need immediate services under this contract include the Abandoned Mine and Site Cleanup Module (AMSCM), Visual Resource Management (VRM), and the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program. Additional support in forestry, riparian, and land health reporting may also be required.

DDS will design Geocortex® web-based GIS and mapping sites for each program, while adhering to the BLM’s required processes for security and data standards. DDS will also be working closely with the BLM staff to determine any needed geodatabase schema and/or web services changes, provide documentation and training, and ensure that the final web-based mapping sites contain the proper metadata requirements, security, and naming convention.

“As an Implementation Partner for Latitude Geographics, DDS provides Geocortex® development and support services to numerous state and local government agencies, so naturally we are excited to offer our web-based GIS solutions to the federal sector.” – says Scott C. Carter, President of DDS.

For additional information regarding Digital Data Services, Inc., please visit



About Digital Data Services, Inc. (DDS)

DDS is a GIS information technology firm that specializes in the creation, conversion, management, integration, and presentation of geospatial information. Our expertise focuses on providing simple solutions to complex business challenges and allowing our clients to leverage and explore their data in new and unique ways. As experts in research, data processing, data storage/management, data analysis, and presentation, we serve our clients by making complex analytical decisions available to everyone. Our vision is that access to geospatial information should not be a barrier to making business decisions.

Digital Data Services, Inc.
10920 W. Alameda, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80226



About Geocortex®

Latitude Geographics first developed Geocortex software in 1999, and since that time, Geocortex evolved through several generations of Esri mapping and GIS technology. Geocortex has proven to be a success story, with hundreds of organizations around the world recognizing the value of an off-the-shelf approach in helping them achieve their GIS and web-based mapping needs.

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200 - 1117 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T7


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ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap

ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap


The ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap is a free, open source add-on for ArcGIS for Desktop that helps you become an active member of the growing OpenStreetMap (OSM) community. OpenStreetMap is an open and freely available database of geographic data. The editor makes it easy for you to download OSM data, make changes to the dataset, and contribute those changes back to the entire OSM community.
The OSM Editor provides

Simple tools to upload and download OSM data

  • An OSM-compatible geodatabase schema to locally store OSM data
  • An OSM symbology template for faster editing
  • Conflict-resolution tools for reconciling data back to the OSM database

The ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap, its documentation, and its source code are available on Github and released under the Apache 2.0 software license.

For more information, visit ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap on Github to view the source code, read the documentation, and participate in discussions.

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DDS News- Investigating land use change over time with the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

DDS News- Investigating land use change over time with the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

by Joseph Kerski on July 18, 2014

Investigating land use change over time has always been a mainstay of geography and environmental education and research. Recently, several new ways of accessing more than 175,000 historical USGS topographic maps through ArcGIS Online make land use change even more accessible to students, educators, and researchers. In this essay, I will focus on the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, and in future essays, discuss some of the other ways that you can easily access these maps in ArcGIS Online. As a former USGS geographer, I consider the arrival of these maps in ArcGIS Online as one of the most exciting announcements of the past decade.

The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer is a customized application that runs in a web browser that shows the dates and scales of the available USGS topographic maps for any area of the USA below a chosen area of interest. Simply by selecting individual maps using this application, changes in coastlines, river flow resulting from the construction of reservoirs, urbanization, and much more can be examined.

In the example below, I explore one of the most rapidly urbanizing areas of the country, Plano, Texas, comparing the current topographic base map to the 1960 USGS topographic map. As is evident, many additional maps of the area at different scales and dates are available.

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DDS- Hire a GIS Professional, Get Professional Results

DDS- Hire a GIS Professional, Get Professional Results

Let’s face it, finding a good consultant that can service your company’s mapping needs is difficult.  Even more so is finding a consultant that has the experience that you need so that you are confident that the job is done right, the first time.  This is the type of experience that you can only get from a company that has been involved in the GIS & mapping industry for over 20 years, performing over 5,000 projects, for a customer base of thousands.  

Call us today, or visit our website to see how we can help your business make the most out of GIS and mapping.


  • GIS Consulting
  • Custom Mapping
  • Georeferencing
  • Scanning Services
  • Digitizing Services
  • File to File Conversion
  • Web Map Applications


Digital Data Services, Inc.

10920 West Alameda, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO  80226
(P) 303-986-6740  •  (F) 720-962-8235



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DDS News- DDS is Pleased to Offer Geocortex Implementation Services

DDS News- DDS is Pleased to Offer Geocortex Implementation Services


Implementation Solutions


The request for web-based map applications has increased dramatically over the past five years. Companies realize the importance of accessing and leveraging geospatial information. The barrier has been how to develop a cost-effective and easy-to-maintain web map application that is suitable for technical, managerial, and executive users. Latitude Geographics’ Geocortex Essentials is the most effective way to jumpstart web-based map applications. Geocortex is a commercial off-the-shelf application framework with an extensive library of prewritten code, which saves months or even years of development time. It allows companies to rapidly deploy a variety of web-based map applications within, or outside, their organization while maximizing their return on investment in ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online technologies.

As an authorized Geocortex Implementation Solution Provider, DDS has been providing custom Geocortex solutions to our clients since 2011. We work closely with our customers to identify their needs and requirements, and implement solutions designed to what is important to their organizational goals. We can develop Geocortex applications entirely within a client’s internal infrastructure, or develop applications on our server and later migrate it to the client site. DDS solutions serve a wide variety of businesses and industries from small business to state and local government to multi-national corporations.


    • Geocortex Application Design and Development
    • Geocortex Workflow Design and Development
    • Geocortex Report and Map Template Design and Development
    • ArcGIS Server Installation and Configuration
    • ArcGIS Server and Geocortex Security Configuration
    • ArcGIS Geoprocessor Development
    • Geocortex SDK/WPF Development
    • Python Script Development









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DDS News- Python Basics for ArcGIS Workshop

DDS News- Python Basics for ArcGIS Workshop

Python Basics for ArcGIS Workshop


When: August 22, 2014
Where: DU GIS Lab, Boettcher West Bldg, Rm 126 – see map below
Level: Introductory
Time: 8:30am - 4:30 pm
Fee: $125.00

Registration link:

Refunds will generally be issued up to 48 hours prior to the start of class.
For cancellations inside 48 hours a credit will be issued for a future class unless a wait list attendee can be substituted.

Instructor: Qing Liu, Denver University
This workshop will explain fundamentals of Python as an object-oriented programming language, and how you can use Python in ArcGIS to script geoprocessing workflows for batch processing and map automation. The workshop will cover python/ArcPy programming basics, geoprocessing with ModelBuilder, geoprocessing with Python, creating script tool, and automating map workflows.

Course Modules
1. Object-oriented programming (OOP) basics, OOP concepts in ArcGIS;
2. Python and ArcPy basics;
3. Executing and creating geoprocessing tools in Model Builder;
4. Scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/ArcPy;
5. Batch processing with Python/ArcPy;
6. Automate map production with ArcPy.mapping.
* Workshop will be presented in a format combining lectures and guided exercises.

Timeframe (6-hour workshop)
Morning session: 9:00 am – noon
o Programming basics: Object-oriented programming, Python, ArcPy (1 hour)
o Geoprocessing with Model Builder (1 hour)
o Simple scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/ArcPy (1 hour)

Afternoon session: 1:00 pm – 4:00pm
o Scripting geoprocessing tools with Python/ArcPy (continued) (1 hour)
o Batch processing with Python/ArcPy (1 hour)
o Map production automation with ArcPy.mapping (1 hour)


Qing Liu is a Ph.D. student in Geography at University of Denver. She holds a B.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Nanjing Normal University in China, an M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography with research focus on Nighttime Satellite Imagery, Big Data, and Web GIS.

Qing Liu has over 10 years of experience in GIS, remote sensing, programming and web development. Qing worked as a GIS developer at the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC), created websites and web-based GIS applications including: iMapInvisives (, Florida Images Inventory website (, Florida LIDAR Inventory website (, and 2010 Sunshine Census Rapid Response website. She was selected as a student developer participating Google Summer of Code 2012 to build the distance analysis tools for PostGIS Raster. She is currently working for the Piton Foundation as a Geospatial System Developer, developing python-based data-driven web metadata management application for Data Engine ( Qing is also working on a Private Security Monitor web-mapping project ( funded by Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, University of Denver.

REGISTRATION: - for other class details
Building 51 is Boettcher West – RM 126 – GIS Lab, First Floor East Door Access
Public pay by the hour parking

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DDS- Our 6 Step Process for GIS Consulting

DDS- Our 6 Step Process for GIS Consulting

Two years ago I developed this chart to help DDS better organize its GIS consultation process.  

I have given this chart to many of my customers because not only does it help them to better understand how DDS can assist their company with geospatial needs, but it serves as a framework for organizing any project that a customer may encounter.

Learn how DDS can help your business by visiting

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Maperture- Web Based Map Applications Quick Overview

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Press Release: DDS Presents Maperture® - Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry at the AAPG Annual Meeting

Press Release: DDS Presents Maperture® - Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry at the AAPG Annual Meeting


For Immediate Release:


Denver, CO, July 14, 2014 - Digital Data Services  (DDS) Presents Maperture®- Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry at the AAPG Annual Meeting.

Digital Data Services, a leader in customer-focused geographic business solutions, will be exhibiting at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Meeting on July 21 and 22, 2014 at the Colorado Convention Center, Booth No. 36.

DDS will be presenting Maperture®, a powerful web based map solution used to manage and view mapping data. Powered by Geocortex Essentials and Esri ArcGIS Server technologies, Maperture® allows users to query public domain or subscription-based oil and gas data, analyze the information, generate reports, print maps, and access the information from any location via a desktop browser or mobile device. This exciting technology presents valuable information in a custom-built interface specialized to a customer’s needs. 

Maperture® minimizes the need for desktop GIS and puts the power of mapping into the hands of executive level decision makers through its easy to use “wizard” interface. “We incorporate web based GIS technologies developed by Latitude Geographics and Esri, and expand on those technologies through custom development.  This includes creating workflows that incorporate datasets that the customer may have internally, or datasets that are offered in the public domain.  Our intention is to create a central repository for spatial and non-spatial information that a company may need access to, and create the tools to organize, analyze, and present the information in a way that “non-technical” users can easily interact with.” – says DDS's President and co-founder Scott Carter.

More information regarding this service, including a demonstration of the application, can be found at:


About Digital Data Services, Inc.

Digital Data Services, Inc. (DDS) is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting firm that provides advanced, Esri powered, custom desktop, mobile, and web mapping solutions. DDS assists companies seeking to improve their efficiencies through the use of spatial information.

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Oil & Gas Mapping Just Got a Lot Easier!


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Photos from the Geocortex Meetup

Digital Data Services, Inc. hosted the inaugural Colorado Geocortex User Group on June 26th, 2014.  

The Colorado Geocortex User Group is a group for anyone interested in implementing successful web map applications using Latitude Geographic's Geocortex Essentials software.


Topics may include installation, security, workflow development, charts and reports, implementation examples and case studies, integration with ArcGIS online, site migration and much more.


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Geocortex Meetup Group

Colorado Geocortex MeetUp Group- Thursday, June 26th, 6:00 PM

Galvanize: 1062 Delaware Street, Denver, CO

Digital Data Services hosted the inaugural Colorado Geocortex User Group Meeting on June 26th.

The meeting began with Scott Carter introducing himself and the history of his company, Digital Data Services.  He then explained why Digital Data Services chose Geocortex technologies for the implementation of their web-based mapping solutions.

Following Scott's introduction, the attendees, or "Geocortex Enthusiasts" introduced themselves and gave a brief description on how they were implementing Geocortex Essentials within their organization.

The first presentation of the night was given by Scott Stafford-Veale of Latitude Geographics. Scott went over the key points covered in the Geocortex User Conference, which was a two day webinar event for Geocortex Users.  He then followed that by giving the "Enthusiasts" a sample of the technologies that the Latitude Geographics development team was working on for future releases.  

Tom Neer from Digital Data Services gave a presentation on how to install Geocortex on a secured site.  Mr. Neer also mentioned that he was posting a 15 video series to be shown on Digital Data Service's YouTube channel that covered the secured site installation.  The videos are scheduled to be released in July.

The meeting was adjourned and a good portion of the Enthusiasts went to Domos a Japanese restaurant, in downtown Denver.



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