The USA Science and Engineering Festival expo is less than a week away, and here’s a commercial highlighting some of the great exhibits that will be featured:
I am putting the finishing touches on a paper session that will highlight outreach efforts in Geography and/or geospatial technologies. I need another paper or two to round out the session. If you are doing any outreach work, formal or informal, and you are interested in sharing your successes and lessons learned please contact me at “jesse dot rouse at uncp dot edu” by Tuesday (19 Oct). Deadline for abstracts is this Wednesday, 20 October and you have to register to submit your abstract.
For those who are not aware Earth Science Week is just around the corner, October 10-16. A good portion of Geography looks at the physical environment and its components…aka is Earth Science. Basically it gives us another week to push Geography awareness. But instead of the focus on human-environment interaction that we trend towards in November, Earth Science Week gives us a chance to talk about some of the physical geography basics. While we have talked about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as being connected to Geography broadly, this is where some of the most notable connections exist. Earth Science Week gives us a chance to highlight weather, climate, geomorphology, biogeography and all of the goodness in between. Not only does it cover a breadth of topics, but also numerous methods and techniques. Whether you want to model the environment using computers, do some hands on lab work, or pull your hiking boots out of the closet and head to the field, don’t forget to take advantage of Earth Science Week to highlight the fact that Geography is all about the Earth, science and all.
I am putting together a session on Geography outreach efforts for the upcoming AAG meeting in Seattle in April. The focus will be on how different people or organizations are approaching outreach in Geography including topics such as connecting with new communities, informal audiences, creating lesson plans, using technology to encourage understanding, or anything that might help others as they plan their outreach efforts. With efforts from GIWIS to the GTCM coming to bear over the last few years we have a unique opportunity to build on formal recognition of the jobs available and technologies connected to Geography to build public interest in Geography, geographic concepts, and spatial thinking in general. My hope is to have a paper session followed by a panel session to open the conversation more broadly and consider how to support current and future outreach efforts. I will add the session to the proposed sessions on the AAG site in the next couple of weeks.
If you are planning to attend the AAG and you are interested in taking part in the session please contact me at jesse (at) veryspatial dot com.
That’s right, for all you Esri users out there, it’s already time to start thinking about next year’s User Conference. The Call for Presentations is now out over on Esri’s conference website, and abstracts are going to be due on October 15th. So if you’ve got a great GIS project or topic you want to share, start getting your abstract together.
We always have an amazing time at the UC, we get to do a great Live Show and try to present something every year, so hopefully we’ll get to see a lot of you fellow GISers at the 2011 event!
Last reminder (on the blog) that our 5th anniversary live show will be Wednesday night (7/14) at 5:30 in Room 30E. We will have great guests, lots of gaffes, and a little Great Big Sea playing in the background. While we will be announcing the winners of our 5th anniversary contest, we will also have a drawing for door prizes for those folks who attend. Door prizes will include an iPod Shuffle, Amazon gift certificate, ThinkGeek gift certificate, a flash drive with our logo, and who knows what else (I don’t, cause I forgot what else Sue and Frank suggested).
Hope to see you there!
The technical workshop, 10 Things to Know About Managing GIS Projects, is red hot. There are over 150 attendees and standing room only out the door. The workshop is presented by Gerry Clancy and Glenn Berger of the ESRI Professional Service Division. Obviously project management is a hot topic for managers, technical specialists, and the in-between world that most of us exist in at smaller organizations.
1. Define a clear vision and success criteria.
2. Involve the user and stakeholders early and often.
3. Requirements, requirements, requirements
4. Manage change
5. Identify and manage crisis.
6. Use a phased approach
7. Promote communication among teams.
8. Don’t get enamored with technology.
9. Involve IT team early
10. Check out the video that will be available through ESRI. (Have I mentioned that it was super crowded and I was in the way back).