At the ESRI UC this year we had a chance to talk to the folks at CartoPac about their mobile GIS solutions.
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).
Plenary Live Blog
Welcome to the 2010 Plenary Live blog! The show is just starting. Kudos to ESRI for this year’s bloggers station. I totally dig the two table thing. Lots of room to get around and get the job done. The opening music is a tune I’ve not heard from Macy Gray (I think). Kinda dig it.
Jack’s on the stage. It’s the 30th anniversary UC and the largest show they’ve had. He just welcomed us and said we’re from all planets. Jesse and our’s jig is up! Just kidding. He talking about learning from friends, which I think is going to bring out the VGI stuff pretty heavy this morning, I’m betting. First up is the meet and greet part, where we’re supposed to introduce ourselves to each other. That shows the only downside to the new table setup – the only person I can reasonably meet is Barb!
With a few thousand of us heading to San Diego I thought I would highlight where we will be during the week in case you want to check out some of the ‘jive we are laying down’. If you are a presenter or company interested in an interview, contact us via email, twitter, or skype and we will set something up.
- Sue and Jesse will be wandering the EdUC
- Frank, Sue, Jesse and Barb will be at the UC
- Jesse or Sue is going to try to make it to the Imagery talks this year.
- Monday after the keynote Jesse will be giving a Lightning Talk at around 4:30 in Ballrooms 20C&D entitled Principia Geographica—Or How I Found Data and What I Did to It When I Found It
- Jesse will then run over to the Map Gallery
- We will be at the Spatial Humanities SIG on Tuesday at 5:30 in room 30D
- Frank presents at 3:15 on Wednesday in Room 28A on Practical GIS Data Dissemination
- Sue also presents at 3:15 on Wednesday but in Room 24A on Digital City Initiatives for Small Municipalities and Rural Areas
- Our 5th anniversary live show featuring Stephanie, Elvin, Don and Dale will be on Wednesday at 5:30 in Room 30E
Otherwise we will be getting our annual workout of running between sessions, to interviews, and around the Gas Lamp district.
With interest in the Spatial Humanities, GIS and the Humanities, Geography and Humanities, and other conference names continuing to grow we have put together a Special Interest Group meeting at the ESRI International User Conference to bring together those who are interested in how the humanities can take advantage of spatial concepts. We are going to turn to stage over for a few minutes to Dr. Trevor Harris of WVU, one of the editors of the new Spatial Humanities book, who will give an overview of the concept. This will be followed by a general conversation/group share about how others are approaching the idea. Details are:
Hope to see you there!
We have finalized our line-up and plans for next week’s live show at the ESRI International User Conference. The show is in the book for 5:30PM on Wednesday (7/14) in room 30E of the San Diego Convention Center. There will be door prizes for those at the show including an iPod or 2 and gift certificates to Amazon, ThinkGeek and possibly a local eatery. We will also be announcing the winner of our 5th Anniversary Contest for a game console, though we won’t have that as a door prize. Schedules permitting we will have the following guests:
If we have enough WiFi bandwidth/signal we will stream the liveshow at uStream for those who can’t make it to San Diego, but we will definitely have the audio up for Episode 261 on July 19.
We hope to see you at the #ESRIUC!
We are only a month out from the 2010 ESRI EdUC in San Diego. Some the highlights from the weekend include the Opening Plenary on Saturday morning and the Welcome Social on Saturday afternoon in EXPO area. On Monday after the marathon plenary don’t forget to check out the Map Gallery, Lightning Talks, and Academic GIS Fair.
Since you are going to be at the Map Gallery and Lightning Talks anyway…you should probably think about submitting your own work! Map Gallery submissions are due by June 14 and Lightning Talks are due by June 15. Sharing your work is a great way to get feedback on your ideas and make contacts while you are at the conference.
If you happen to be staying for the International UC you should be sure to come by our live show on Wednesday afternoon 😉
Since the AAG/UVA sponsored Geography and the Humanities session back in 2007 there has been an ever growing conversation about the use of spatial technologies in the humanities. UVA’s Scholars’ Lab Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship which has taken place over the last few months, including a round earlier this week, is an example of an open event that focuses on these discussions. There have been a few other small group workshops over the last year or so as well, that are yielding papers and books like the upcoming Spatial Humanities book.
With the ESRI International User Conference just around the corner in July, it seems like a good time to try to pull together those folks who will be in San Diego who has an interest in Spatial Humanities. We have a Spatial Humanities special interest group meeting scheduled for Tuesday July 13 at 5:30 in Room 30D of the SDCC. We currently have one of the co-editors of the Spatial Humanities book who is going to talk about what they came up with and talk about in the text. Then there will be lots of time to break up and talk about some specifics. We look forward to seeing all of the folks who are interested in the intersection of GIS and the humanities at the meeting. Keep in mind that if you are sticking around to the end of the EdUC on Tuesday you should come by.