Another successful Geospatial Summit at UW-Madison

Despite the rain the 2017 Geospatial Summit, held on April 26th at UW-Madison, attracted over 125 registrants. Attendees from various UW system campuses were present, including UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Extension, and even the University of Illinois. Other sectors included various government agencies, private companies, non-profits, the general public, as well as students, faculty, and staff.

Highlights of the 2017 Summit included:
A special GIS Professional Career Panel kicked off the event at 10am discussing their experiences and perspectives as geospatial professionals featuring: Emily Champagne, GIS Supervisor; Kelly Felton, Land Information Officer; Kim Ness Sundeen, GIS Analyst/Developer; Zihan Song, Second year Master student; and Marcy Bidney, Curator/Assistant Director.

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At 11am, representatives from 12 area employers participated in the Geospatial Careeer and Networking Fair. Students and attendees learned how they can maximize their opportunities as they think toward the future.

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At 1pm, fifteen research presentations by a diverse group of speakers took place in three concurrent sessions.

The Summit concluded with a keynote presentation from Marcy Bidney, Curator at the American Geographical Society Library, who spoke on “Geographic Information: The Changing Landscape of Access.” This talk focused on the evolution of access to geographic information over the last two decades.

We want to take this opportunity to thank Marcy for being the Keynote Speaker and for her participation on the career panel. We also want to thank our other career panelists and all of the conference presenters, whose time and efforts helped make the event a success. Likewise we would like to thank the GIS Certificate Program, Nelson Institute, and the Cartography Lab for sponsoring the afternoon break with cookies.

For those of you unable to attend this year, we hope to see you at the 2018 Summit.

Register Today for the UW-Madison Geospatial Summit!

The UW-Madison Geospatial Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at the Gordon Event Center, 770 W. Dayton Street.

Register now (free) for the 2017 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit!

This agenda for the Summit kicks off at 10am with a GIS Professional Career Panel discussing experiences and perspectives of careers for women in GIS; a Geospatial Networking & Career Fair follows at 11am for students and attendees to get career advice and networking opportunities with local employers; Educational Sessions will be held concurrently from 1pm-3pm; and at 3:30pm will be a special Keynote Address featuring Marcy Bidney, Curator at the American Geographical Society Library.

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.