UGIC 2017 Pre-conference Workshop Details

MONDAY CLASSES:

 – Bring your own laptop! Software installation required prior to attending workshop.

Getting the Most Out of ArcGIS Online (Joseph Peters) 

Participants will learn, from Esri Solution Engineers, how to administer their organizational accounts from setting up groups and users to managing service credits, creating maps & apps, and sharing these products.  The workshop is hands-on with participants being given access to an ArcGIS Online organizational account that will be provided by Esri. Participants will create web maps for consumption in mobile apps, such as Collector for ArcGIS. Participants will also use Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS to build powerful GIS apps that run on any device. No coding required.

This is a hands-on workshop, and participants must bring their own laptop. Please note that ArcGIS Pro will be used for a portion of this class, so it is highly recommended that participants bring a laptop with a licensed version of ArcGIS Pro (1.4 or later) installed.


Practical Applications of Python (Andre Coleman / Kasey Hansen)

Python is Esri’s chosen programming language for customizing and automating processes in ArcGIS Desktop. We’ve all heard how great it is, but many people still struggle to learn and use it effectively.  The purpose of this class is to help you find easy and practical ways to make Python work for you.  We’ll do this by first covering a few basics of the python language and the ArcPy site package, and then we’ll move right into applied examples.  We will see how Python can help us to update data, automate geoprocessing, create map books, and more. Finally, we’ll choose a project as group, and work through it together from start to finish.

This is a hands-on workshop, and participants must bring their own laptop with ArcGIS Desktop (v. 10.3.1 or later) installed.

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Can We Be Honest With Each Other?

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.

But I’m going to break this pattern of placating semantics and manipulation.  Here’s the truth, the volunteers on the UGIC Board need some time to do the very labor intensive task of parsing through the abstract submissions, grouping them by similar topics, analyzing the agenda for scheduling conflicts, accommodating individual schedules, and honestly making an attempt to arrange a very dynamic and fragmented agenda into a smooth conference experience for UGIC members.  This literally takes hours and hours of focused effort (volunteer focused effort) to do right.
So now that I’ve let you see behind the UGIC curtain, I need you to do your part for this geo-relationship.  Membership participation at our conference (including presenting, displaying maps and apps in the gallery, and helping out where you can) is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to having a healthy professional organization and conference.  Currently we don’t have enough abstracts submitted to fill our conference agenda.  We need UGIC membership to step up and participate by submitting abstracts sooner rather than later.  So you and I can continue to play these hurtful games of deadlines, extensions, and waiting until the last minute (I put my hands flat against my chest and look at you with squinty eyes while I shake my head from side to side)… or we can be proactive and intentional about our geo-relationship and take responsibility for our own actions.  I’m so glad we had this talk.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT for UGIC 2017

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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.

Why should you present at UGIC?
Many of us have a concept in our minds that presenting at a conference is just, “not something I do“.  We identify ourselves as “non-presenters“.    For some it’s the fear of public speaking, for some they don’t want to take the time to prepare, some want to attend the conference and “take a break” and not stress about presenting, and others feel like their work isn’t worthy of sharing.  As with any decision in our lives, conference presentations need to pass our personal cost benefit analysis.  No matter how pious we are, we are still swayed by, “what’s in it for me” thinking.  Usually the personal benefits of presenting (and there are personal benefits) are not enough to motivate us to go through the effort of presenting.  However, when we consider the overall benefit to ourselves, to other UGIC members, and to the organization as a whole presenting becomes a little more tempting.  The following is a list of 5 good reasons to present at UGIC 2016.  It is not the only list nor is it the best list, but my hope is that after reading through these I can convince you to submit an abstract and present at UGIC.

5 Reasons to Present at UGIC 2017:

  1.  Participating in UGIC Keeps the Organization Strong:  UGIC is a grassroots ‘member driven‘ organization.  The health of any grassroots organization is directly related to the passion and activity of its membership.  If the UGIC membership becomes indifferent and passive then UGIC stops being a thing.  Conversely if UGIC’s members are excited about the group and actively promote the organization and it’s goals, then we become a strong and thriving organization.
  2. Presenting Adds Your Voice to the Discussion: At times we wrongly assume that there is only one ‘best way’ to do things.  In reality there can be many ‘best ways’ to do things.  This is true in geospatial as well.  Approach presenting at the conference from a place of adding to the conversation rather than trying to be the official way to do things.  Your way, might not be the best way, but it is A way.  And we become better geospatial professionals when we expand our view of the way things can be done.  Innovation is born of unique and diverse points of view.
  3. Public Speaking Sucks: You may argue that public speaking sucks… ah, touche.  Public speaking can be a challenge.  But honestly, the UGIC conference is really laid back.  We’ve never had any incidents of heckling or bashing of presenters.  It’s not like we are presenting before the Supreme Court or a Congressional Committee.   A UGIC presentation is usually done before a group of 20 to 30 kind and understanding colleagues who understand you better then anyone else. These people understand what it’s like to have Ar**ap crash on you, they’ve seen the blank looks on peoples faces when you tell them what you do for a living, they actually understand what a coordinate system is and how it… well I won’t get carried away.  The bottom line is that public speaking doesn’t get any easier than this.
  4. Presenting Builds Connections: When we present at the UGIC conference we cultivate connections with other UGIC members that we may not have meet otherwise.  Our more introverted members don’t really value ‘connections‘ but think about who is attending your presentation.  Not only are these geo-geeks like you, but they read your abstract and decided they wanted to come and hear your presentation over everything else offered at that time… including the option to go take a nap!  So even if we don’t value connections, we must see the value in connecting with people (real people, not internet tolls or avatars) who are interested in what we are doing.
  5. Personal Benefits (What’s in it for Me): When we present at the UGIC conference, we are forced to take time to organize our thoughts, define our business goals, spruce up a demo or some data, see things from other perspectives, and document our processes that we may not have done otherwise.  We are eligible for more credits toward our professional certifications.  We get more swag (presenters get extra conference swag).  We can add conference participation to our resume.  In many cases, potential employers are attending your presentation giving you the opportunity to show off your geo-ninja skillz.  You can expect a fan base to form as you present consistently at times evolving into an organized fan club including groupies.  It’s usually easier to sell your organization on conference attendance if you are slated to present at the conference.  Furthermore, you come across like a Boss to your boss if you are scheduled to present your work at a statewide geospatial conference… we won’t tell anybody how relaxed the atmosphere is.  In many ways, presenting at the UGIC conference legitimizes you as a straight gangster in the geo-spatial community.

Details About Presenting:

The first step in presenting is to submit an abstract.  An abstract is a short (1500 characters) description of your presentation highlighting the major points.  You don’t have to put together a polished product in order to submit an abstract.  Just define your idea and outline some talking points.  You will get to select a ‘track’ or a general topic for your presentation that will allow the UGIC board to group similar presentations into sessions or blocks of sessions. After the abstract deadline has passed the UGIC board will review the submissions and notify those selected to present… it’s not like it sounds, if you submit you will almost certainly be accepted although the Board may ask you to be flexible with the schedule and length of your presentation.  Then you will be scheduled into the agenda (you do have some input on when you are available).  Then you come and present at UGIC and you live happily ever after.

Types of Presentations:

  • 5 – 10 minute ‘micro-talk’ – This is just like it sounds, quick and to the point.  Simple and effective.
  • 20 minute breakout session – This type of presentation usually takes half of a breakout session and is the perfect length to do a brief overview of your work, maybe a short demo, and field questions.
  • 40 minute breakout session – This type of presentation is a little more in depth and is perfectly suited for a larger project or a team or group presentation.
  • 90 minute workshop – These are deep dive type sessions that either cover one topic in detail or cover a wide range of topics.  Only a few of these sessions are available.
  • Map Gallery – This is a chance to show off that really cool map or project you’ve put together.  The map galley is always a conference favorite as attendees browse the gallery during breaks and socials.  Map-geeks love maps so the Map Gallery is a great way to participate in the conference

UGIC 2017 Registration is Now Open

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.

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Can I Convince You to Present at UGIC 2017?

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.

Why should you present at UGIC?
Many of us have a concept in our minds that presenting at a conference is just, “not something I do“.  We identify ourselves as “non-presenters“.    For some it’s the fear of public speaking, for some they don’t want to take the time to prepare, some want to attend the conference and “take a break” and not stress about presenting, and others don’t feel like their work is worthy of sharing.  As with any decision in our lives, conference presentations need to pass our personal cost benefit analysis.  No matter how pious we are, we are still swayed by, “what’s in it for me” thinking.  Usually the personal benefits of presenting (and there are personal benefits) are not enough to motivate us to go through the effort of presenting.  However, when we consider the overall benefit to ourselves, to other UGIC members, and to the organization as a whole presenting becomes a little more tempting.  The following is a list of 5 good reasons to present at UGIC 2016.  It is not the only list nor is it the best list, but my hope is that after reading through these I can convince you to submit an abstract and present at UGIC.

5 Reasons to Present at UGIC 2017:

  1.  Participating in UGIC Keeps the Organization Strong:  UGIC is a grassroots ‘member driven‘ organization.  The health of any grassroots organization is directly related to the passion and activity of its membership.  If the UGIC membership becomes indifferent and passive then UGIC stops being a thing.  Conversely if UGIC’s members are excited about the group and actively promote the organization and it’s goals, then we become a strong and thriving organization.
  2. Presenting Adds Your Voice to the Discussion: At times we wrongly assume that there is only one ‘best way’ to do things.  In reality there can be many ‘best ways’ to do things.  This is true in geospatial as well.  Approach presenting at the conference from a place of adding to the conversation rather than trying to be the official way to do things.  Your way, might not be the best way, but it is A way.  And we become better geospatial professionals when we expand our view of the way things can be done.  Innovation is born of unique and diverse points of view.
  3. Public Speaking Sucks: You may argue that public speaking sucks… ah, touche.  Public speaking can be a challenge.  But honestly, the UGIC conference is really laid back.  We’ve never had any incidents of heckling or bashing of presenters.  It’s not like we are presenting before the Supreme Court or a Congressional Committee.   A UGIC presentation is usually done before a group of 20 to 30 kind and understanding colleagues who understand you better then anyone else. These people understand what it’s like to have Ar**ap crash on you, they’ve seen the blank looks on peoples faces when you tell them what you do for a living, they actually understand what a coordinate system is and how it… well I won’t get carried away.  The bottom line is that public speaking doesn’t get any easier than this.
  4. Presenting Builds Connections: When we present at the UGIC conference we cultivate connections with other UGIC members that we may not have meet otherwise.  Our more introverted members don’t really value ‘connections‘ but think about who is attending your presentation.  Not only are these geo-geeks like you, but they read your abstract and decided they wanted to come and hear your presentation over everything else offered at that time… including the option to go take a nap!  So even if we don’t value connections, we must see the value in connecting with people (real people, not internet tolls or avatars) who are interested in what we are doing.
  5. Personal Benefits (What’s in it for Me): When we present at the UGIC conference, we are forced to take time to organize our thoughts, define our business goals, spruce up a demo or some data, see things from other perspectives, and document our processes that we may not have done otherwise.  We are eligible for more credits toward our professional certifications.  We get more swag (presenters get extra conference swag).  We can add conference participation to our resume.  In many cases, potential employers are attending your presentation giving you the opportunity to show off your geo-ninja skillz.  You can expect a fan base to form as you present consistently at times evolving into an organized fan club including groupies.  It’s usually easier to sell your organization on conference attendance if you are slated to present at the conference.  Furthermore, you come across like a Boss to your boss if you are scheduled to present your work at a statewide geospatial conference… we won’t tell anybody how relaxed the atmosphere is.  In many ways, presenting at the UGIC conference legitimizes you as a straight gangster in the geo-spatial community.

Details About Presenting:

The first step in presenting is to submit an abstract.  An abstract is a short (1500 characters) description of your presentation highlighting the major points.  You don’t have to put together a polished product in order to submit an abstract.  Just define your idea and outline some talking points.  You will get to select a ‘track’ or a general topic for your presentation that will allow the UGIC board to group similar presentations into sessions or blocks of sessions. After the abstract deadline has passed the UGIC board will review the submissions and notify those selected to present… it’s not like it sounds, if you submit you will almost certainly be accepted although the Board may ask you to be flexible with the schedule and length of your presentation.  Then you will be scheduled into the agenda (you do have some input on when you are available).  Then you come and present at UGIC and you live happily ever after.

Types of Presentations:

  • 5 – 10 minute ‘micro-talk’ – This is just like it sounds, quick and to the point.  Simple and effective.
  • 20 minute breakout session – This type of presentation usually takes half of a breakout session and is the perfect length to do a brief overview of your work, maybe a short demo, and field questions.
  • 40 minute breakout session – This type of presentation is a little more in depth and is perfectly suited for a larger project or a team or group presentation.
  • 90 minute workshop – These are deep dive type sessions that either cover one topic in detail or cover a wide range of topics.  Only a few of these sessions are available.
  • Map Gallery – This is a chance to show off that really cool map or project you’ve put together.  The map galley is always a conference favorite as attendees browse the gallery during breaks and socials.  Map-geeks love maps so the Map Gallery is a great way to participate in the conference.

First Call for Papers | UGIC 2017

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Submit an Abstract Here

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!

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Announcing the 2017 UGIC Conference

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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.

Feelin the Bern @ UGIC2016

UGIC is honored to have GIS evangelist Bernie Szukalski @bernszukalski join us as our plenary session speaker.  Bern has decades of experience in the industry and has a unique perspective of the ESRI user community.  Beyond his obvious qualifications, Bernie is a long time friend of UGIC and has joined us for many UGIC conferences.  Bernie’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping the user community understand and become successful with new technologies, bringing feedback to development teams and driving software evolution, and lifting new products to success.  We are thrilled to have him join us for the plenary session, workshop sessions, and he will also spend time with individual users.  Joining Bern will be Chris LeSueur @ChrisLeSueur, technical marketing analyst and product specialist with ESRI.  Chris will present at the plenary session and share the latest mobile solutions from ESRI.

On Friday we are excited to hear from Kevin Poe @ithedarkranger.  Kevin is with the National Park Service and is a night sky expert.  Kevin is a stargazer and runs an astronomy and tourism business from near Bryce Canyon.  By the way, Bryce Canyon has one of the darkest night sky’s in all of North America so be sure to bring your telescope!  So stick around at the conference through Friday and be inspired by Kevin Poe “The Dark Ranger”.

Something New For UGIC 2016 Map Gallery

UGIC 2016 would like to invite you to enter this year’s map/poster gallery and competition.    Most of us do what we do because we love maps.  So let’s see the results of your work in the form of a stunning display.

 

There will be a professional map and professional poster competition as well as a special student category (maps and posters).  In 2016 for the first time UGIC is introducing an online map/app competition.  You know you have the skills, now it’s time to show them off.  Prizes will be awarded for the best professional map and poster and for the best online map/app.  There will be cash awards in the student category.

 

Bring your hard copy maps and posters to the conference and submit them at the conference registration desk at Ruby’s Inn on Wednesday, May 11.  If the map or poster is larger than 24” x 36” then you must provide your own foam core board or other mounting material.  Online maps/apps: Bring an 8.5 x 11” or 11 x 17″ sheet with a screenshot and short description, including the URL and a QR codeSee example.  Note: there are websites that will convert a URL to a QR code for free.

 

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Register for UGIC 2016 Today to get a Hoodie

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UGIC 2016 is less that a month away!  The board is busy planning, organizing, and attending to all details that make up a good conference.  The agenda is set and available to view at ugic.org/agenda.  We’ve got a fantastic lineup scheduled.  As always, we will see the latest ESRI technology in action.  This year we also have some opportunities to see a wide variety of geospatial technology and techniques presented by top notch technology artists.  We are really excited about the variety of creativity and technology that will be shared at this year’s conference.

We’ve got some really cool swag selected for the conference.  One of the coolest things is a UGIC branded hoodie in heather grey.  Be sure to register for the conference before the board submits the hoodie order to make sure that you get yours.

So, lets frame this up.  UGIC 2016 is one of the best regional geospatial conferences in the country with an excellent plenary session, a great workshop lineup of the latest mainstream GIS technology as well as some really cool application specific offerings. Some of the best geospatial experts in the state as well as the country are scheduled to appear.  Oh, and the conference is being held at Bryce Canyon with a hike and chuckwagon dinner on the official conference agenda.  So you know that you are going to attend, you might as well register today and get a sweet hoodie out of the deal.

Register today at ugic.org/register

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