Live show today at #esriuc

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!

10 Things to Know About Managing GIS Projects

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).

ESRI User Conference Plenary – LIVE BLOG!

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!

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Where to find us in San Diego

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.

Otherwise we will be getting our annual workout of running between sessions, to interviews, and around the Gas Lamp district.

Spatial Humanities SIG at ESRIUC

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:

  • Tuesday (7/13) at 5:30PM
  • Room 30D of the SDCC
  • Hope to see you there!

    avsp 5th Anniversary Live Show

    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:

  • Stephanie Ayanian of the Geospatial Revolution Project
  • Don Murray and Dale Lutz of Safe Software, and
  • Elvin Slavik of Maptel and the ArcPad team
  • 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!

    Month to go to the ESRI EdUC

    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 😉