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Division Staff Present Work at Esri User Conference

Each year Esri, the global leader in GIS technology and spatial analytics software, hosts the Esri User Conference. For the past several years Center for GIS staff members have attended. It is always a great experience. Not only does it take place in sunny San Diego, we are able to learn new best practices, hear fantastic presentations from inspirational speakers, and connect with other GIS pros from around the globe. This year, two of my colleagues attended and presented on two projects, gaining so much exposure for the work we do at Towson University. I recently sat down with...

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Collaboration on Display at TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference

There was a buzz in the air at the 30th year of TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference last week at Towson University. Without a doubt this is a great event for the geospatial community and beyond. TUgis attendees come from a variety of industries from within the private and non-profit sectors, education, and all levels of government from across Maryland. 2016 TUgis by the Numbers 550+ attendees 30+ exhibitors and sponsors 130+ first time attendees 70+ talks and panel sessions 300+ MSGIC members 150 participated in preconference workshops Increasing Collaboration Dr. Virginia Thompson, Towson University Geography Department Chair, kicked off...

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2016 Esri User Conference Recap

Last week, my coworker Ashley Buzzeo and I were fortunate enough to join over 16,000 GIS practitioners and enthusiasts from 138 countries at the Esri User Conference in San Diego. The conference runs for a full week and is packed with speakers, sessions, workshops, social events, an expo center, and a huge map gallery. The Esri User Conference kicked off with a plenary session hosted by Esri President and Founder, Jack Dangermond. With big announcements, guests, and a keynote speaker the plenary was an inspiring start to the week. This year’s theme of “GIS – Enabling a Smarter World”...

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2016 TUgis Conference Preview

Ardys Russakis is managing director at the Center for GIS at Towson University and chairs the TUgis Conference Advisory Committee and Facilities Sub-Committee. Calling all geo-geeks! On March 15, Towson University will host the 2016 TUgis Conference. Presented by Towson University College of Liberal Arts, Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC), and Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Maryland’s Geospatial Conference brings together the top geo-technologists in our region—and promises something for everyone. TUgis Conference Program This one-day event is packed full of content and provides networking opportunities across different sectors from education and private enterprise to non-profits and...

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TUgis 2015 Conference Recap

With a record number 600 total attendees from private enterprise, education, the non-profit sector, and all levels of government, the TUgis 2015 conference began with several exciting plenary speakers. Towson University’s interim president, Dr. Timothy Chandler and Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford delivered opening remarks. Rutherford shared the Hogan administration’s plans to integrate StateStat into business improvement processes, and implement geospatial technology as a part of the newly established Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. Keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Tucker of the MapStory Foundation, gave a highly engaging presentation on how humanity’s perspective on change over time (and space)...

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Esri’s 34th Annual User Conference

Esri holds many national and local user conferences throughout the year. Their leading conference happens right about this time each year in San Diego California, with this year’s 34th User Conference landing on July 14-18. Formally known as the International User’s Conference (now just User Conference or UC), it is the premier world GIS event, with participants from 130 countries among the 16 thousand people in attendance. To put that in perspective, by most accounts there are 196 countries in the world. This year the Esri UC drew participants from about two thirds of countries in the world. With...

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Attending TUgis 2014? Reach Out to the Student Attendees

On March 18th, I will be attending the 27th annual TUgis Conference, which is hosted by Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts and organized cooperatively with the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC) and the State of Maryland Department of IT (DoIT).  The TUgis Advisory Committee has done a fantastic job organizing the conference.  I look forward to attending Ms. Anne Miglarese’s Plenary Presentation, participating in a panel discussion titled “The Next Generation of Maryland’s Enterprise GIS MDiMap 2.0”, discovering and discussing map design / map application development strategies by checking out the Map-App Competition and catching up with current and former GIS colleagues. I also look forward to interacting with the undergraduate and graduate students attending TUgis.  Many of the TUgis volunteers are current undergraduate or graduate college students who trade in a day of Spring Break for the chance to explore the GIS world through the TUgis conference.  For some students, TUgis is their first chance to interact with GIS professionals, discover existing trends in the GIS industry, and develop a better understanding of how their research and professional interests best fit in the GIS industry.  The best way to encourage and cultivate that interest is by making sure the students feel that TUgis is as much for them as it is for the established GIS professionals. Eleven years ago, I attended my first TUgis conference as...

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Returning from San Diego: A CGIS Employee Reflects on ESRI UC 2013

Last week two CGIS employees, Tom Earp (Project Manager) and Melanie Bruce (GIS Specialist), attended ESRI’s 2013 International User Conference in San Diego, California.  I recently sat down with Melanie Bruce to discuss her experience at the annual GIS event. Q: How many ESRI UC conferences have you attended? A:  This was my second ESRI conference, the first time CGIS sent me.   This year there were over 12,000 people from 130 countries gathered to talk and learn about GIS.  The enormity of it is still a bit confounding. Q: Many ESRI UC attendees I’ve talked to have mentioned that there are so many exhibits, presentations, and workshops they want to see but they have too little time.  Did you find that to be a challenge as well? A: Yes, I can relate.  The event is enormous and it is impossible for a single person to see it all or even get close to seeing it all.  I received some good advice from Tom Earp who suggested focusing on one concentration or track.   We both focused mainly on Technical Workshops.  We made sure we did not overlap so that we could cover the most ground, take good notes, and disseminate the information back at the office.  I think it was a good strategy. Q: Out of the presentations you attended, which did you enjoy the most? A: From the Plenary,...

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Guest Post: The 2011 Esri International User Conference Experience

In my role as Project Manager for the Center for GIS, I am involved in many interesting efforts that leverage GIS technology to solve critical issues in today’s ever changing world.  Having just gotten back from the premier GIS conference, the Esri International User Conference, I feel a little overwhelmed – as I do every time I get back – and energized by Jack Dangermond’s plenary session that opened the conference. Here are a few of my thoughts from the conference, which attracted over 15,000 attendees (about 5,000 were there for the first-time!). ArcGIS Online is going to change the way we work together to explore and share information. For instance, it enables us to easily create and share content with others, be it a bike route map to connect friends for a pre-conference outing or an on-line map showing USA Tapestry Segmentationfor geo-demographic comparisons. Continued emphasis is being placed on empowering everyone who uses Esri technology.  Visit these web pages to read about ways Esri is improving the user experience. Adena Schutzberg’s article about her takeaways from the conference ArcGIS for Home Use Program Mobile access is now commonplace and expected. Esri solutions are there to support this environment and solve real-life issues. The Esri International User Conference is the ultimate event to grow existing relationships and establish new ones. Hopefully, you’ll have the opportunity to attend next...

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How to Get Active with GIS in Maryland

If you are interested in getting involved with GIS in Maryland, there are several avenues you can pursue, including statewide committees and initiatives as well as local user groups and conferences. MSGIC You can start by becoming a member of the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC).  This volunteer organization is made up of members from all levels of government, academia, regional organizations, and private industry.  There is an Executive Committee that meets the second Wednesday of every month in Columbia at 9am.  While this meeting is open to all, there is a larger quarterly meeting that is held on the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October.  This venue is perfect for networking with fellow GISers and keeping up with statewide coordinated activities. The next quarterly meeting is April 27th at the Caroline County Health and Public Services Building in Denton MD.  MSGIC has a group on LinkedIn: MSGIC MD iMap Another great resource is Maryland’s Internet Map (MD iMap), which provides a wide variety of products and services to the citizens and government employees in Maryland at no charge. It represents a centralized collection of the most commonly used, best available GIS data and applications in the State.  Take a look at the MD iMap Portal.  This website details the current MD iMap initiatives in Maryland.  You can also get involved with the MD iMap initiative by...

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