The primary focus of KentuckyView is on the use of images collected from spaceborne and airborne sensors, as well as other geospatial technologies, to support K-16 education, applied research, and public outreach. KentuckyView currently comprises 12 member institutions and agencies. As KentuckyView continues to grow we expect that additional universities, colleges, non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies will add their knowledge, experience and shared goals to ours as we seek to improve life for citizens throughout the Commonwealth.
KentuckyView had been directed by a faculty member, Dr. Haluk Cetin, affiliated with Murray State University (MSU), since October 2013 and MSU has been the lead institution starting October 1, 2013. The main goals, operational management, and objectives of Kentuckyview are described below:
Education and Outreach Goals:
1) To enhance the current web site for promoting remote sensing activities in Kentucky and to hold free, multi-day summer workshops for the purpose of providing remote sensing training for K-12 teachers;
2) To develop a speaker roster-of statewide/nationwide remote sensing experts/practitioners for use by community organizations and others (Women’s Club, Rotary, watershed groups, 4-H clubs, schools, etc.) interested in learning more about remote sensing;
3) To survey local governments as to the types of remote sensing products/training they need to facilitate their various services and activities;
4) To develop training workshop for local government personnel in which existing and/or newly developed data products would be presented and explained;
5) To develop ties with neighboring StateView consortia to share resources and programs that address regional issues and needs;
6) To support regional workshops and conferences among neighboring StateView consortia;
7) To strengthen the visibility of remote sensing by participating in AmericaView’s national public relations efforts.
1) To promote remote sensing research that addresses the needs of Kentucky residents, particularly in distressed regions. Examples include: Examination of relationships between land use, cover and condition and water quality at multiple spatial scales;
2) To develop new remote sensing techniques when necessary.
Examples include: development of water quality algorithms that can be used with Landsat-8 and produce water quality maps to monitor water bodies in Kentucky.
Data Distribution Goals:
1) To provide web links (URLs) to the existing state government data distribution sites in Kentucky;
2) To provide web links (to the existing university data distribution sites in Kentucky;
3) To provide web links to the existing Federal and other data distribution sites;
4) To provide free public access to available remote sensing datasets held by Morehead State University and/or Murray State University using a real-time distribution system;
5) To identify existing remote sensing-related datasets held by consortium members, and to make them freely available to the public in real-time via the internet 6) To collaborate with consortium members and public entities to seek outside funding for acquiring additional remote sensing datasets.