Save the date for 2012 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit

Register now for the 2012 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit! The program for the Summit will include a series of 15-minute presentations summarizing participants’ geospatial projects and activities. Attendance at the Summit is open to all, and there is no registration fee. The Summit will be held at Union South on the UW-Madison campus.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to register for the event, so we can update you with the latest information as it becomes available.

When: Thursday April 26th, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 12 noon)
Where: Union South

Refreshments will be served during the break.

Please contact if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you on the 26th!

ASPRS travel assistance offered to students

As part of our continuing support for outreach and education, the Board of Directors of the ASPRS Western Great Lakes Region recently authorized a program to provide financial support for students actively engaged in the ASPRS organization. Two awards of up to $500.00 each will be made to support travel for undergraduate or graduate students who plan on participating in the ASPRS National Conference in the spring of 2012.

Selection for reimbursement will be competitive, and will require at a minimum, student membership in ASPRS and confirmed participation as a volunteer or presenter at the ASPRS conference in Sacramento, CA, March 19 – 23, 2012. Specific requirements for selection can be found on the WGL Web site. The deadline for consideration is February 1, 2012.

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Western Great Lakes Region is comprised of public, private, and academic professionals dedicated to the advancement of the geospatial profession. The Western Great Lakes Region is one of sixteen regions nationwide, and consists of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Indiana, and northern Illinois. There are four universities with ASPRS student chapters in the Western Great Lakes Region: Indiana State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, and Michigan Technological University.

Student success track to be offered at WLIA

This year the Wisconsin Land Information Association is hosting a “Student Success” Track at the Annual Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on February 16 and 17, 2012. The Student Success Track will provide an opportunity for students to:

1. Learn about the WLIA as a resource for GIS/LIS career professionals.
2. Craft effective resumes for GIS jobs.
3. Recognize the skillsets that employers look for in applicants.
4. Practice interview skills in mock interview sessions.
5. Present their work to WLIA members and other professionals.

Students interested in delivering a 15 or 30-minute presentation of their work should contact . In the email include a presentation title (less than 15 words) and an abstract describing the work (less than 150 words). Please indicate your preference for a 15 or 30 minute presentation. Student presentations will be held on Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00pm and on Friday from 8:15 to 9:45am. Send your presentation title and abstract before January 15, 2012.

Students interested in holding mock interviews or resume reviews with GIS/LIS professionals should contact to sign up for the limited 15 minute sessions. Mock interviews and resume reviews will be conducted on Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Example job postings will be available. Students are advised to bring portfolios that showcase their work. Reserve your timeslot before January 15, 2012.

NAVTEQ “community collaborator” program seeks assistance

NAVTEQ, a widely-known provider of digital map data, has developed a program for university students to participate in their map-updating process by becoming local “Community Collaborators.” As a Community Collaborator, you will partner with NAVTEQ to identify, investigate and resolve issues with the NAVTEQ map in your region.   If you are interested in learning more, check out the NAVTEQ Community Collaborator flyer and registration form.   Contact for more information.

MACDAD meeting this Friday

Interested in cartography, design techniques, geovisualization, or just like looking at pretty pictures? Join us this Friday for the first MACDAD (Madison Area Cartographic Design and Dissemination) group meeting of the semester!

When: Friday, October 21st at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Science Hall Room 380 (GIS lab) 
Who: Daniel Huffman, our “Cartographer in Residence”, will be presenting on a topic he calls “Generalization Blending for Shaded Relief”:

Abstract: “I shall present a novel (at least to me) technique in improving automated shaded relief, which I have named “Generalization Blending” until someone comes up with something better. It will hopefully be yet another step toward cartography’s goal of making a digital shaded relief that doesn’t look embarrassingly bad when compared to a manual one.”

We will also discuss MACDAD in general and any future ideas or topics people have for the group.

ASPRS Western Great Lakes hosting event in Madison

What: ASPRS WGL Region Spotlight Series: Networking, Education, and Outreach Mixer

When: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Rigadoon Room at the Edgewater Hotel, 666 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison.

Cost: $10 for students, $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Pay at the door, cash or check only.

The Western Great Lakes (WGL) Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is holding a casual mixer including refreshments and presentations on Wednesday October 26th at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison.

Hosted by WGL Region President David Hart of Continental Mapping Consultants, the mixer is intended to engage individuals in private, public, and academic discussions of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geospatial ideas.

The event will feature brief presentations from ASPRS members discussing new photogrammetric mapping applications using satellite imagery, and an overview of upcoming ASPRS events and scholarships.

Everyone in the Madison area is invited to attend and share your ideas and topics, and network among students, faculty, and geospatial professionals in the ASPRS WGL Region!

Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to by Thursday, October 20th.