Understanding and Managing Our Oceans: Esri Ocean GIS Forum, 05-07 November 2014

Esri logoSee different ways that ocean and maritime agencies are successfully using geospatial analysis to better understand the ocean’s dynamic environment and make intelligent decisions. The Esri Ocean GIS Forum is your opportunity to explore new GIS technology.

Ocean scientists, hydrographers, and GIS experts will be addressing topics that are particularly relevant to people who work for research institutions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, seafood companies, energy providers, local and state governments, port authorities, shipping companies, the US Coast Guard, and the US Navy.

The Esri Ocean GIS Forum is a unique event that offers these activities:

  • A rigorous agenda of session topics presented by GIS users that work in the ocean and maritime industries
  • Best practice presentations by project managers from ocean agencies
  • An ocean science forum to share and exchange ideas
  • ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online technical demonstrations set in an ocean and maritime context
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities for expanding professional networks
  • On-site GIS professionals and domain experts that can answer questions and offer advice
  • An EXPO sponsored by ocean and maritime business consultants and technology providers
  • An app contest for posters and Story Maps
  • Two GIS hands-on workshops
  • Learning Lab

Immerse yourself in all things GIS at the Esri Ocean GIS Forum.

URISA’s Student Competition Revolutionized for GIS-Pro 2014

URISAIn a recent development for GIS-Pro 2014: URISA’s Annual Conference taking place September 8-11, 2014 in New Orleans, the URISA Vanguard Cabinet has revitalized the traditional student presentation competition.

Help revitalize traditional poster contests by joining the Vanguard Cabinet for a showcase of recent ‘maptastic’ GIS student innovations. Instead of traditional printed and thumb-tacked maps, we are going completely digital. There will be a series of brief presentations (no longer than five minutes each) during the competition session on September 9th at 2:00 PM where students will compete for the “Best Presentation” cash award*. Additionally, digital submissions will be accepted for students unable to attend the conference, where they can compete for additional cash prizes in various categories. All approved submissions will be uploaded online and displayed in the common area during the conference, to allow conference attendees to vote on a “People’s Choice” award. All awards will be presented to select competitors during the Wednesday morning awards ceremony at GIS-Pro 2014: URISA’s 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“With today’s GIS students becoming the future leaders of our industry, it’s essential to offer students a platform to continue learning, present analysis results, and get feedback to improve their skills,” said Ashley Hitt, a current URISA board member. “As young GIS professionals, the Vanguard Cabinet recognizes this and is offering more opportunities for students and other young professionals to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity.”

Students may submit a map or poster .pdf (or image file), a PowerPoint presentation, or a video walk-through of a web app., mobile app., model, or script they have developed. All submissions will be reviewed, to ensure appropriate content, and competitors will receive an email confirmation upon approval. We encourage competitors to attend the conference to present their work, but those unable to attend will still be able to compete for all but the “Best Presentation” award. All students are welcome to compete, as long as they submit evidence of at least half-time enrollment at an accredited college for the Fall 2014 term. More details, as well as the competition application form, can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/gispro2014studentcompetition/.

Additional opportunities for GIS students to get involved with the URISA GIS-Pro Conference – to be held in New Orleans, LA from September 8-11, 2014 – include a panel designed for students/young professionals and student volunteer opportunities.

  • Young Professional/Student Panel: This will be an educational session for students and young GIS professionals to learn more about GIS career paths, how to keep up with skills and technology changes required for more advanced positions, advice on creating effective resumes and portfolios, interview tips, and resources for open job positions. This session will take place on Tuesday, September 9 from 4-5 p.m.
  • Student Volunteer Opportunities: URISA strives to involve students as much as possible in its annual conference. There are a limited number of opportunities to attend the conference through a complimentary registration, in return for volunteering at the conference. An application is posted here: https://sites.google.com/site/gispro2014studentcompetition/volunteer

If you have any questions about the student competition, or would like additional information, please contact urisa.vc@gmail.com.

About URISA: URISA – Fostering Excellence in GIS – is a leading provider of learning and knowledge for the GIS community. URISA connects great ideas and great people to inspire leadership and achievement. We strive to provide exceptional educational experiences, a vibrant and connected community, and the essential resources you need to be successful in your career. URISA is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community come together to share concerns and ideas. www.urisa.org

About the URISA Vanguard Cabinet: The vision of the Vanguard Cabinet is to provide students and young professionals within the geospatial profession with opportunities to further professional development and represent their interests with the URISA organization. http://www.urisa.org/about/vanguard

* URISA is seeking a total of $1,500 in sponsorship funds to award cash prizes to the top submissions in various categories. Demonstrate your commitment to future GIS leaders by sponsoring this important event.  If your organization is interested in sponsoring the student competition, or would like additional information, please contact Wendy Nelson at wnelson@urisa.org.

[Source: URISA press release]

Ecocitizen World Map Project to Launch at World Urban Forum in Medellín

EcoCitizenWorldMapProjectLogo72-e1387608575887International collaboration delivers tools for sustainable urban development and links community crowdsourced information to national, regional, and global data sets.

A coalition of international partners announced today the launch of the Ecocitizen World Map Project, a powerful online crowd mapping tool designed to explore, understand, and measure holistic urban health from a citizen’s perspective, at the upcoming 7th World Urban Forum (WUF7) in Medellín Colombia, April 5-11th.

Led by non-profit Ecocity Builders USA in collaboration with the Organization of American States, Esri, the Association of American Geographers, Eye on Earth (a partnership of UNEP + Abu Dhabi Environmental Data Initiative) along with local academic partners, NGOs and community organizations, the public-private partnership was developed to facilitate simple individual snapshots of a community’s social and environmental health as well as more sophisticated local and regional training and geospatial analysis.

“As the global community is becoming more aware of the crucial role cities play in mitigating climate change and leading the way toward sustainable development, the importance of understanding and connecting the diverse layers that comprise urban ecosystems cannot be overstated,” says Kirstin Miller, Executive Director of Ecocity Builders.

The Ecocitizen World Map Project consists of two interwoven elements. One enables and encourages citizens to participate directly by taking a short online survey—powered by crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi—ranking their cities and neighborhoods along fifteen conditions outlined by the International Ecocity Framework and Standards Initiative.

Another provides on-the-ground training in pilot cities to students, citizens, and public officials, using Esri’s mobile GIS technology in combination with online tools and educational materials to assess, measure, and plan for increasing the health and resilience of urban systems and to identify barriers to improving quality of life. Inaugural pilot cities include WUF7 host Medellín, supported by a grant from the OAS’ Sustainable Communities in the Americas Initiative, as well as Cairo and Casablanca, supported by a grant from Eye on Earth.

“In order to make informed decisions that benefit all stakeholders equitably and sustainably we have to delve more deeply into as many social, geographical, and environmental areas as possible,” Miller explains the need for charting the progress of cities’ social and environmental sustainability. “And who better to provide that first-hand knowledge than the inhabitants of those microcosms?”

The project will be presented by Ecocity Builders, AAG, Esri, OAS, AGEDI, and the US Department of State at the “Building Resilience and Equity Through Citizen Participation and Geodesign” session on Thursday April 10th, 11am – 12pm, at the UN Habitat City Changer Room. It will also be showcased throughout the conference at the Esri Geospatial Pavilion. A training event entitled “How to use mobile technology to measure urban equity,” presented by ITC-University of Twente, the Netherlands, Esri, and Ecocity Builders, will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at TE7, Room 20.

More information:

2014 CalGIS Conference in Monterey to Feature High-Profile Speakers

URISAEach year the four URISA chapters in California, along with the California Geographic Information Association, come together to present the California GIS Conference. This year, the conference will celebrate the milestone 20th annual event in Monterey, California, April 14-16, 2014.

The conference will kick off on Monday with preconference courses and meetings and then feature a full day (Tuesday) of important general sessions and keynote addresses:

  • Mike Migurski, of Code for America, will deliver the opening keynote address discussing “GIS: Leaders from Within”. He’ll discuss Code for America’s work with hundreds of local city, county, and state governments, They have found that GIS departments and data are the unsung heroes of civic hacking and open data. Location data is first out of the gate with government data releases, and beautiful maps and visualizations are the poster children of accessible public data. What are the technologies that got us here, and what future skills and methods will help support the central role that GIS data plays in the civic tech ecosystem?
  • Dylan Lorimer, product development manager for Enterprise Earth and Maps at Google, will discuss “The Changing Nature of Geo” during the mid-morning keynote.
  • Just before a hosted lunch, a powerhouse panel discussion will focus on “The Future of GIS/Geospatial in California: Technology, Collaboration, Innovation”. Panelists will include:
  1. Scott Gregory – State of California GIO Alex Barth – Developer, Open Data Expert – Mapbox
  2. Dylan Lorimer – Google
  3. Jeff Johnson – Boundless
  4. Chris Thomas – Esri
  5. Mark Greninger – County of Los Angeles GIO

The Tuesday afternoon line-up will feature a town hall session on “Geospatial Education, Career Development and Mentoring, where the conference will discuss some critical issues facing the development of the human element critical to GIS success with a goal of generating actionable tasks that can be used to support human resources across the state. A brief look-back at 20 year history of CalGIS conferences will precede Lightning Talks, always entertaining!

Wednesday’s education will feature twelve breakout sessions on a wide range of topics from the environment and modeling to data sharing and Federal programs. The conference will conclude with a powerhouse closing session featuring Eric Gundersen of MapBox, who will discuss open source solutions followed by the closing keynote speaker, Jack Dangermond, President of Esri, dicussing “GIS Technology Trends”.

Always an important part of the conference is the opportunity to visit with exhibitors and sponsors and network with the California GIS community during a number of conference events.

In addition, Esri, gold conference sponsor, is hosting a GeoDev MeetUp on Sunday evening and a Story Map Competition on Monday.

Review the entire conference program online at www.calgis.org and register by April 11 in order to save $25.
[Source: URISA  press release]

Connect with Thought Leaders at the 2014 Geodesign Summit

geodesign-logoSee How Using Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Design Will Shape the Future

Planning and design professionals from local government, landscape architecture, architecture, health, engineering, and academia will gather at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, January 29–30, 2014, for the fifth annual Geodesign Summit. The event is open to anyone interested in finding innovative design solutions to address today’s major challenges. This year’s event will explore the use of geodesign for the planning of sustainable and resilient cities.

Geodesign—the blending of science, technology, and design—has taken off around the world with growing numbers of conferences and educational degree programs.

“Wherever I travel in the US, Asia, and Europe, people are saying we need holistic, integrative, evidence-based planning and design if we are going to solve the world’s biggest challenges,” said Shannon McElvaney, global industry manager of community development at Esri. “We are moving beyond the siloed thinking of the past. People who attend the Geodesign Summit want to share their ideas and learn how they can apply geodesign thinking and tools to their work.”

Attendees will have many opportunities to get involved. Hands-on training, featured speakers, stimulating discussions, and Lightning Talks will be offered. New to this year’s summit are preconference workshops taught by leading geospatial and design evangelists. In addition to a welcome social, networking breaks, and lunches, attendees will be able to further connect with others during the summit party on the last night of the event.

Featured speakers in this year’s lineup include the following: Chris Markuson, director of economic development for Pueblo County, Colorado, will speak on how he is using geodesign to secure funding to build a sustainable, resilient community in a former mining and steel town. David Early, principal of The Planning Center DC&E and an expert on smart growth and development, will speak about GreenScore, a methodology for evaluating the impacts of various planning scenarios to increase the health and sustainability of local communities. Will Rogers, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, will discuss ParkScore, a groundbreaking effort to analyze the accessibility of a city’s parks and open space to its citizens. He will introduce the new geodesign application that will allow city managers to increase their ParkScore rating. Carl Steinitz, professor emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will present a case study of his work done for Soma City, Japan, where geodesign was used to derive alternative plans against the constraints of flooding, radiation, rapid evacuation, and a shrinking population after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.

For more information and to register for the summit, visit geodesignsummit.com.

[Source: Esri press release]

2013 Transit GIS Conference Program Details

URISAURISA, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) are pleased to promote program details for the 2013 GIS in Transit Conference, taking place October 16-17 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. GIS in Transit is a unique conference specifically designed for transit planners, managers, researchers and GIS industry experts who are interested in sharing ways to use geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

The opening session, chaired by Linda K. Cherrington, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, will certainly be a conference highlight, featuring:

  • Geographic Information Systems in Transit – A Federal Perspective —Therese W. McMillan, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Using GTFS for Transit Scenario Modeling — Kevin Webb, Conveyal
  • Google Transit with Real-time Feed — Brian Ferris, Google

Ms. Cherrington noted, “The opening session will be outstanding…learning about the Federal perspective on GIS in Transit, exploring the latest in GTFS scenario planning, and then delving into real-time information in Google Transit. We’ll all be fortunate to learn from true experts with relevant and current information.”

More than 60 presenters are scheduled to address these important topics in 17 breakout sessions:

  • Innovative Transit Mapping and Design
  • Title VI and Paratransit
  • Collecting, Presenting, and Managing Geospatial Transit Data
  • Delivering Agency Geographic Information Systems: Transit Geographic Information Systems Tools
  • Spatial Analysis for Replanning Service Networks and Areas
  • Bus On-Board Spatial Data Collection for Service Planning, Performance Analysis, and Origin– Destination (O-D) Trip Definition
  • Visualizations in Transit Planning
  • Public Transit Modeling
  • Better Spatial Tools and Concepts for Evaluating
  • Transit Coverage Level of Service: Commute Trips, Connectivity, and Continuous Accessibility
  • Transit Agency Geographic Information Systems Innovations and Applications
  • Transit Geographic Information Systems on the Web: Expanding Their Reach
  • Geographic Information Systems Tools and Analysis for Bus Stop Management
  • Web Mapping and the Cloud
  • Public Transit Performance Measures
  • Geographic Information Systems Tools and Analysis for
  • Transit Facility Location

A poster session will also provide the opportunity for dialogue between conference participants and presenters on featured GIS applications. The conference thanks Esri and DTS for their early commitment as conference sponsors. Visit the conference website regularly for program details and additional information.

[Source: URISA press release]

Global Geospatial Conference 2013 to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 04-08 November 2013

The organisers of the Global Geospatial Conference 2013, to be held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4-8 November, are pleased to announce that industry leaders Esri, Intergraph, Google and DigitalGlobe have all signed on as lead sponsors for this joint GSDI 14 World Conference and AfricaGIS 2013 Conference.

Esri, Inc. is the conference Titanium Sponsor while Intergraph Corporation (part of Hexagon) and Google, Inc. are Platinum Sponsors. DigitalGlobe has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor. Esri and Intergraph are also both GSDI Association corporate members. Negotiations are on-going with a range of other sponsors and exhibitors. The Sponsor and Exhibitors Prospectus is available at the conference web site at www.gsdi.org/gsdi14/.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Jack Dangermond, President, Esri, Inc.
  • Peter Gilruth, Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme
  • Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Wilbur Khasilwa Ottichilo, Member of Parliament, Emuhaya Constituency, Kenya
  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
  • Lee Schwartz, Director, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, US Department of State
  • … and more are forthcoming!

AfriGEOSS Launch

AfriGEOSS, the GEO initiative to reinforce Earth observation in Africa, will feature a special plenary launch on the second day of the conference, followed by a cocktail reception that evening at the UNECA. Learn more about this exciting initiative that will expose African experts to global collaborations and improve their access to data and open-software tools for applications development in order to create new benefits for society, help sustain existing capacities, encourage knowledge transfer and provide a large return on investment in Earth Observation.

GSDI Global Citizen Award

The GSDI Association’s Global Citizen Award recognizes globally an individual who has provided exemplary thought leadership and substantive worldwide contributions in (1) promoting informed and responsible use of geographic information and geospatial technologies for the benefit of society and/or (2) fostering spatial data infrastructure developments that support sustainable social, economic, and environmental systems integrated from local to global scales.  The recipient receives a medallion and certificate to be presented at the global conference, and is invited to present a visionary speech. Following appraisal of the nominations and final selection by the awards committee, the winner has been selected. Watch this space for more news!

For more information, contact Sives Govender, Executive Director, EIS-Africa, SGovender@eis-africa.org or Harlan Onsrud, Executive Director, GSDI Association, onsrud@gsdi.org and visit the conference website at http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi14.

[Global Geospatial Conference 2013 Press Release]