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2016 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit attracts a diversity of attendees

The 2016 Geospatial Summit, held on April 19 at UW-Madison, attracted almost 140 registrants from locations around the state. While primarily an academic conference, there is strong interest on the part of government agencies, private companies, non-profits, and the general public. Representatives from various UW system campuses were also present, including a large contingent of faculty and students from UW-Platteville this year.

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Education roundtable

This was the seventh annual Geospatial Summit. The event began in 2010 as a small gathering at UW-Madison to discuss the future of the Geospatial Alliance –- a group of Madison faculty, staff and students involved in the field of GIS.

Highlights of the 2016 Summit included:

An Educational Roundtable addressing the question: “What geospatial workforce skills are on the horizon and how is higher education responding?” Panelists included Joseph Kerski, Education Industry Curriculum Development Manager at Esri; Janet Silbernagel, Professor and Director of the Environmental Conservation Professional Masters Program, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison; David Hart, President, Continental Mapping Consultants; Emily Champagne, GIS Supervisor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District/WLIA President Elect; John Czaplewski, Programmer/Analyst, Dept. of Geoscience, UW-Madison; Lisa Morrison, GIS Section Chief/Acting Agency GIS Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Fred Iausly, Senior GIS Analyst, Dane County Land Information Office; Ian Muehlenhaus, Program Director, Online Masters in Cartography/GIS Development, Dept. of Geography, UW-Madison.

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Registrants by sector

Fifteen research presentations by a diversity of speakers: David Gagnon, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW-Madison; Jim Giglierano, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration; AJ Wortley and Mitch Johnson, State Cartographer’s Office, UW-Madison; Ian Muehlenhaus and I-Pang Fu, Dept. of Geography and Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison; Chuck DeMets, Dept. of Geoscience, UW-Madison; Jo Ann Oravec, UW-Whitewater; Caitlin McKown, Bill Buckingham, and Malia Jones, Applied Population Lab, UW-Madison; Tanya Buckingham, Cartography Lab, UW-Madison; Math Heinzel, LICGF, UW-Madison; Carl Sack, Dept. of Geography, UW-Madison; Ben Zietlow, CFIRE, UW-Madison; Tim Kennedy, UW-Stevens Point; Sam Batzli, Space Science & Engineering Center, UW-Madison; Asligül Göçmen, Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison; Robert Reuschlein, Real Economy Institute.

A keynote address by Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Industry Curriculum Development Manager at Esri. Dr. Kerski spoke on five converging global trends – geo-awareness, geo-enablement, geotechnologies, citizen science, and storytelling – and how these trends have the potential to offer GIS an unprecedented world audience. He discussed how GIS practitioners can seize the opportunity that these trends present to actively promote geospatial content knowledge, skills, and perspectives throughout education and society.

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Dr. Kerski

We want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Kerski and all of the Summit presenters and roundtable members, whose time and efforts helped make the event a success. Likewise we would like to thank the event sponsors who helped offset the cost of the event for the SCO. This year’s sponsors were Esri, the Nelson Institute, and UW-Madison Geography Dept. GIS Certificate Program.

For those of you unable to attend this year, we hope to see you at the 2017 Summit. Relevant information will be posted on the Geospatial Alliance and SCO websites as the date draws closer.

For those of you who did attend the Summit, please take a minute to fill out our online survey to help improve your experience next year.

Have you registered for the Geospatial Summit?

There is still time to submit your abstract, but hurry, only a few spots remain open!

Summit ad bookmarkstyleThe Geospatial Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm at Gordon Commons, is shaping up to be a great event with 15 concurrent paper sessions, a keynote address by Dr. Joseph Kerski, Esri, and a roundtable discussion on what types of workforce skills are on the horizon and how is higher education responding.

Registration is free and there is still time to submit your abstract.

The Geospatial Alliance website hosts the details about the Summit, i.e., agenda, parking, directions, etc., located in the “Summit” tab across the top of the page.

Special Roundtable Session at UW-Madison Geospatial Summit

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Education Roundtable

A special education roundtable will kick off the 2016 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit on Tuesday, April 19 from 10:30 am to noon. The session will bring together academics and professionals to discuss the topic, “What geospatial workforce skills are on the horizon and how is higher education responding?” 

Panelists include Joseph Kerski, Education Industry Curriculum Development Manager at EsriDavid Hart, President, Continental Mapping Consultants; Emily Champagne, GIS Supervisor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District; Lisa Morrison, GIS Section Chief/Acting Agency GIS Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; John Czaplewski, Programmer/Analyst, Dept. of Geoscience, UW-Madison; Fred Iausly, Sr. GIS Analyst, Dane County Land Information Office; Janet Silbernagel, Professor and Environmental Conservation Program Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison; and Ian Muehlenhaus, Online Professional GIS Masters Program Director, Dept. of Geography, UW-Madison.

The Geospatial Summit is free and open to the public. Register for the Summit via the SUMMIT tab on the Geospatial Alliance website.

Other Details about the Summit

The 2016 Summit will be held onTuesday, April 19, 2016 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Gordon Event Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Our keynote speaker this year (scheduled for 3:30 pm) will be Dr. Joseph Kerski. Dr. Kerski is Esri’s Education Industry Curriculum Development Manager in Denver, Colorado. Before Esri he worked for many years as a geographer for the US Geological Survey and the US Census Bureau. At Esri Dr. Kerski fosters educational partnerships, conducts training in geospatial technologies, and creates curriculum and conducts research on spatial thinking and geospatial technologies. A tentative title for his talk is “Five Converging Trends: GIS&T on the World Stage.”

A total of fifteen, twenty-minute presentations will be held concurrently in three rooms from 1:00-3:00 pm. Are you doing interesting research, instruction, or service activities using geospatial technology?Consider submitting an abstract for a presentation! You don’t need to be affiliated with UW-Madison to present — we welcome participation from the broader geospatial community.

Dr. Joseph Kerski to deliver keynote at 2016 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit

The keynote speaker for the 2016 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit will be Joseph Kerski of Esri.

Dr. Kerski is Esri’s Education Industry Curriculum Development Manager on the Education Team in Denver, Colorado. Before Esri he worked for many years as a geographer for the US Geological Survey and the US Census Bureau. He has a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado.

At Esri Dr. Kerski fosters educational partnerships, conducts training in geospatial technologies, and creates curriculum and conducts research on spatial thinking and geospatial technologies.

A tentative title for his talk is: “Five Converging Trends: GIS&T on the World Stage.”

The Summit this year is on Tuesday April 19, 2016. Watch this space for more details.

Save the date for the 2016 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit

The UW-Madison Geospatial Alliance is again sponsoring a Geospatial Summit in 2016. This annual event showcases the research, instruction, and outreach efforts of University Wisconsin faculty, staff, and students, as well highlighting as the linkages between the university and the broader geospatial community in the state.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Gordon Commons on the UW-Madison campus.

The Summit is in the early stages of planning. Typically a call for abstracts goes out in February. More information will be available in the near future.

Attendance at the Summit is open to all, and there is no registration fee.

Registration open for UW-Milwaukee GIS Day

There is no GIS Day event planned for this fall at UW-Madison, so consider making the trip east to check out UW-Milwaukee’s GIS Day on Wednesday November 18th.

Planned activities for the day include workshops, a student GIS project competition, map gallery, a tour of the American Geographical Society Library tour, and a variety of speakers. The featured luncheon speaker is Melanie McCalmont who will discuss “The Top 5 Questions: GIS in College and Career Readiness.”  A complimentary pizza lunch is included.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to pre-register.  For more information contact at (414) 29-4865.

All-new campus geospatial directory now available

IMG 0326aAs part of a recent Geospatial Alliance website overhaul, we made considerable improvements to the online UW-Madison geospatial directory.  The directory contains a comprehensive listing of UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students who are engaged in the application and development of geospatial technologies. The directory was developed several years ago in response to the fundamental challenge of knowing “who’s who” on a large campus like UW-Madison.

The biggest improvement includes the ability to search for faculty, staff, and students based on info contained in their profile.  This was not an option with the old directory. We also added a feature to filter the directory listings by faculty, staff, or student status.

If you are not currently in the directory, simply fill out the registration form.

If your existing entry in the directory is outdated, with the updated details.