The Portland geospatial community came together for the 11th annual PDX GIS Day event held at Ecotrust's beautiful and spacious Irving Street Studio on Wednesday, November 15th. The event was packed with hundreds of geospatial professionals, students, and enthusiasts who were all happy to celebrate the field with fellow geo-geeks.
While there are many highlights of the event, renowned cartographer Dan Coe stole the show with his keynote presentation, Mapping Inspirations and Influences. It’s safe to say we all left the event full of inspiration and looking at the world just a little bit differently after watching Dan transform everyday sights of the natural world into cartographic works of art.
Before the keynote presentation, attendees had opportunities to engage with our sponsors - OR-URISA, Gartrell Group, Portland Community College GIS Club, ASPRS, NV5, Ecotrust, GeoSolutions, 3j Consulting, OS-GEO, Greentop Consulting, and Portland State University Geography Department - many of whom not only supported the event with funds for pizza and beverages, but also came to the event with engaging activities for the participants. Attendees had their geographic knowledge tested, contributed to a mental map of Portland, and hung string to create a map showing where participants were originally from. Community groups such as the Data Visualization Society of Portland, Emerging Professionals, and the Society for Conservation GIS were also present and shared information about their groups with attendees.
The energy in the room was high throughout the evening, with people reuniting with friends, colleagues, and classmates; engaging with new members of the community; and creating networks with people from all over the Portland metro area and beyond. The Irving Street Studio space contributed to the warm and welcoming environment, with its spacious layout, hardwood floors, natural light, original wood beams, and brick archways.
After Dan’s presentation the space continued to be filled with smiles and laughter as people were awarded raffle prizes: five Esri One-Year Subscription to ArcGIS for Personal Use licenses, two copies of Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas and three copies of Upper Left Cities, both atlases generously donated by David Banis and Hunter Shobe.
We ceremoniously cut into the PDX GIS Day cakes, and all attendees had an opportunity to take home a wide variety of Geological maps, provided by the Washington Geological Survey.
This was the largest PDX GIS Day event yet! We are so grateful to Ecotrust’s Knowledge Systems team for supporting the event with the use of the Irving Street Studio, to all the sponsors who made the event possible, to all the volunteers who made the evening run so smoothly, and especially to the all volunteer planning team who worked to make it happen in the first place. We would also like to give a huge shout out to Hot Lips Pizza for catering the event and supporting the needs of our group by ensuring that all aspects of the food and drink were handled without issue. It’s truly a community event and we cannot wait to continue bringing the community together to celebrate the Geospatial world for years to come.
The 4th Annual GIS Day celebration was filled with GIS students, professionals, raffle prizes, presentations, interactive displays, and fun times! Thank you to Madeline Steele & Christina Friedle for continuing to organize the event. A special thanks to Matthew Hampton, Molly Vogt, Justin Houk, and Craig Beebe for your assistance with planning and brainstorming. Thank you Allison Jones for being our GeoTrivia MC for the 4th year in a row. And lastly, thank you Al Mowbray for helping to transport, set-up, and demonstrate the topographic sandbox.
Presentations by Gina Clemmer, Michael Schindel, and Ben Friedle included lots of laughs and topics such as: Mary Lee, Internet famous Shark; Mapping porn around the holidays; Ben Carson's America; Inspiration for emerging GIS professionals; and Innovative mapping applications. Cy Smith was unable to make the event, but shared a video (https://vimeo.com/112652622) about the Arbor School in Tualatin that uses Geography as the underlying foundation for teaching all subject.
Also present, an Augmented Reality Topographic Sandbox, built by Matthew Hampton of Metro. Quite an attractive site! Matthew built it as part of an event hosted earlier in the day at Metro for High School students, to demonstrate the 'coolness' of everything geospatial, as well as some geographic concepts like watersheds and topography.
Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible! Portland Community College - Geography, Outlier, i-Ten Associates, ASPRS - PSU Student Chapter, URISA - Young Professionals, SCGIS, & The Nature Conservancy - Oregon.
Geography education in Oregon needs your help.
Dr. Gwenda Rice (Western Oregon University) and I are going to Washington, DC in April to meet with our Senators and Representatives to urge them to support a bill—called the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act—that would authorize $15 million annually for teacher-training and materials in geographic education. Did you know that Geography is the ONLY federally-recognized core subject that has not received dedicated federal funding since No Child Left Behind was signed into law in 2002? Not one dime. Yet, every other core subject receives support.
It will help our cause immensely if the Members of Congress that we meet with have already heard from their constituents about the importance of geography education, and about the existence of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act.
We urge you to join us in a chorus of support for action by Congress. You don’t have to go to DC to help.
You can go to SpeakUpForGeography.org and send pre-written letters directly to your Senators and Representative. It takes only a minute to show support for K-12 geography education in our schools. By the time we visit Capitol Hill on April 19 our Members of Congress will know that we are speaking for a large and accomplished group of teachers, curriculum coordinators, university professors, and others who are making a difference here in the state.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to help us put geography “back on the map” with federal support. We are proud to represent the Oregon Geographic Alliance to our state leaders and are hopeful that we can correct the troubling oversight that leaves Geography alone without federal funding.
Please feel free to forward this message to others as well, and to contact either of us for further information.
Oregon Geographic Alliance Coordinators
Teresa Bulman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gwenda Rice (email@example.com)
Please join the public campaign "Speak Up For Geography: The 10,000 Letter Challenge". As a leader in the geospatial industry, your support of geography education in K-12 schools is needed now more than ever. The goal of the 10,000 Letter Challenge is simple: to send 10,000 letters to Congress in support of the bipartisan Teaching Geography is Fundamental (TGIF) Act by November 18, 2011. This date marks the ending of Geography Awareness Week 2011 and the last day of the Congressional session before the Thanksgiving recess. It's easy to send letters to your Members of Congress at http://speakupforgeography.org.
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The list was obtained from the article, "Online Map games to encourage & engages your geographic awareness" in GISUser.com. here is the link to the full article: http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/23043/222/
1. MapDuel: www.mapduel.com
This one may give you a bit of vertigo with all the zooming around, but it is the only one I've found with a question / answer format. It covers the whole globe. I did find one glitch. In a bonus question it asked me, "What is the language of this country?" when it was referring to a U.S. state. Be sure to click on the "Where the hell is Matt?" link too.
2. MapGame: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html
Not a competitive game but the fact that it focuses on Middle Eastern and Northern Africa countries makes it pertinent to current events in that region.
3. States: http://www.sporcle.com/games/states.php
To win this game you must type in the names of all 50 states in 10 minutes. It places the name of the state that you've just typed in its proper location. Don't forget Alaska and Hawaii (or New Jersey).
4. 50states: http://www.addictinggames.com/50states.html
With this game you have to drag and drop a state shape to where it belongs on a U.S. map. It allows you to get it mostly right via snapping within a certain tolerance. You can compete with others for the best score.