Presented by William Stone, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey
Presented by William Stone, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey
I think we’ve know each other long enough that we can be totally open and honest with each other (I reach over and touch you on the knee). This is our pattern… First UGIC will make a big deal about some looming arbitrary abstract deadline (April 3rd, 2017) to present at UGIC 2017 in Park City. Then as this psudo-deadline comes and goes, then the UGIC Board will magically extend the deadline a couple of weeks (April 17th, 2017) in an effort to make you think that you’ve been given a ‘second’ chance to do what you should have done in the first place.
Be like the cool kids… come to Maps on the Hill 2017.
Where: Capitol Rotunda (350 State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah)
When: Wednesday January 25th, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Why: Even if you didn’t register a presentation for Maps on the Hill, if you are interested in the Utah geospatial community it is a great event to attend. The focus of the event is the application of geospatial technology. Many Utah GIS folks will be in attendance and it will be a great chance to network and see what others are doing. So please attend, even if you didn’t register a map for display. All the COOL KIDS are doing it!
The UGIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2017 UGIC conference will be held from May 8th through the 12th, 2017 at the Park City Marriott Hotel in Park City, Utah. The Park City Marriott is a modern, beautiful and comfortable venue that is well equipped to serve the needs of the premiere geospatial conference in Utah. Historically the UGIC conference has been an incredible value for attendees who need to maximize every training dollar, and this year will be no exception. The UGIC Board has negotiated a very reasonable accommodations rate of $118 per night at the Marriott. UGIC Conference registration will be $345.
Okay lets start with the where and when…
Maps on the Hill will be held on January 25th, 2017 at the Capitol Rotunda. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Maps on the Hill let me describe it for you. Maps on the Hill is an event that lets you put your best geospatial work on display in the ‘Times Square‘ of Government in Utah, the Capitol Rotunda. The rotunda is a beautiful and historic setting you will not soon forget. Your work will also be highlighted in a mapbook that is the de facto who’s-who of Utah GIS.
Still not convinced…
Let’s talk about the who…
Do you know who hangs out at the Capitol Rotunda? That’s right, impact players in Utah Government. Have you ever wanted the chance to show your boss how cool your work is? You’d love to sit down and help the geo-challenged see that spatial light? Well how about getting the opportunity to demo your best geospatial efforts face to face with State Senators or Representatives, or maybe someone from the Governors Office, or a high level Department Director.
Government hoity toities don’t do it for you? How about interested citizens, lobbyists, and a whole bunch of really cool geospatial geeks? They will be there too.
Still not convinced…
The people who hang out at the Capitol Rotunda influence resource distribution. Those resources impact your geospatial operations, oh and maybe even your paycheck. This is not an exaggeration. In fact it is one of the driving goals of Maps on the Hill. We want Government leaders to see and appreciate the valuable work we do. We want them to know what GIS is and what it can do. When they know the power of geospatial, they think about how GIS can solve the real world issues they face. And when they feel like GIS is a tool they can trust, they will direct resources toward GIS. And that is a good thing.
“Maps on the Hill is only a thing for State GIS Orginizations“…
Are we still having this conversation? Sigh and eye-roll. Here’s how it works, the State is broken up into legislative districts which constitute local representation. Those Senators and Representatives are interested in helping their local constituents. Furthermore, they live in those districts and care about local matters. And it works the other way as well. Federal organizations benefit from State support.
The basic concept is that “a rising geospatial tide lifts all geospatial boats“.
Maps on the Hill, sponsored by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC, will be held on January 25, 2017. This event, in its sixth year, is a good opportunity for students and professionals to share maps, mapping tools, and mapping projects with elected officials, fellow practitioners, and the public. This year’s theme is “How to Tell the Story of GIS”. We hope to highlight how GIS improves quality of life, increases our understanding of the world, and helps us make better decisions.
New this year will be a competition, with a five-judge panel awarding honors to the best map displays. Bring your best and leave with bragging rights and some prizes!
Who should participate:
Individuals: Anybody who makes a map through their work or education.
Organizations: An organization that has worked on multiple mapping projects.
Maps on the Hill Event:
The map display event will be held during the 2017 Legislative session, in the Capitol Rotunda, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with setup time beginning at 9:00 am. We request that at least one participant is present to discuss each map entry throughout the display event.
Last week the UGIC Board opened the call for papers for UGIC 2017 at Park City, Utah. We always have really interesting presentations by talented geospatial professionals at UGIC.
I’d like to share a few details about the process of conference presentations as well as highlight the importance of presenting your work at UGIC.
Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) is now accepting abstract submissions for breakout presentations at the 2017 UGIC Conference. We are proud of the excellent work being done by geospatial professionals in Utah. The UGIC Conference provides an excellent venue to tell your story. Your content doesn’t have to be ground breaking work and you don’t have to be a polished presenter. This is a conference of laid-back geo-geeks happy to be away from their office for a few days.
The strength of our grassroots GIS organizations is found in users helping users as we all become better at what we do. We would like to hear from a variety of colleagues: public and private sectors, tribal, federal, state, and local governments, educators, managers, innovators, beginners, students, experts, and everywhere in between. We want to hear from YOU!
Everyone is busy and nobody loves public speaking, but sharing your work with the community is worthwhile both for you and for all UGIC members. All of us can think of a time where a conference presentation gave us a great idea or a new perspective on our work. So please make the sacrifice to prepare somthing to share with your friends a UGIC. Especially if you have never presented before!
The UGIC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2017 UGIC conference will be held from May 8th through the 12th, 2017 at the Park City Marriott Hotel in Park City, Utah. The Park City Marriott is a modern, beautiful and comfortable venue that is well equipped to serve the needs of the premiere geospatial conference in Utah. Historically the UGIC conference has been an incredible value for attendees who need to maximize every training dollar, and this year will be no exception. The UGIC Board has negotiated a very reasonable accommodations rate of $118 per night at the Marriott. UGIC Conference registration will be $325. Details about plenary schedule, pre-conference training, technical sessions, map gallery, vendor sponsorship opportunities and social events will be released as we get closer to the conference. Be sure to watch for surveys from UGIC as the Board determines the best content offerings for the conference. Registration will be opening soon, so be sure to make budget and scheduling plans to join us at the 2017 UGIC Conference in Park City.
Many UGIC members make the trip to San Diego each summer to attend the ESRI International Users Conference. This year was no different as Utah was well represented at the UC.
A few major themes coming out of the conference included: