Since 1999, on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week, there is an international recognition and celebration of GIS. On GIS Day, professionals and enthusiasts take time to show the world what GIS has done to make a difference in our society and in our daily lives. This year, the Portland GIS community came together for the 7th consecutive year to recognize our work, celebrate our efforts, and share GIS with others.
It started in the late afternoon with a Missing Maps Mapathon, where 25 people mapped 2,906 buildings in a flood-ravaged region of India, and continued into the evening, where at least 130 people attended the GIS social held at the Ecotrust Conference space with exhibits, displays and presentations.
The Missing Maps Mapathon, led by Madeline Steele from TriMet, brought together a group of people to digitize buildings using OpenStreetMap for a two-hour period. Many thanks to the PSU Geography department for use of the lab, and to Alicia Milligan for assistance with the event. The data improvements made during this mapathon and others like it, make a huge difference for aid groups around the world.
During the GIS Day Social at Ecotrust, attendees had the opportunity to play around with the augmented reality sandbox table, Quantum Spatial's topology model created by a group of third grade students from cardboard, see some of the tools that Mapbox has to offer, and get a taste of the UAS classes offered by Portland Community College (PCC). Attendees also had an opportunity to win a wide variety of raffle prizes including maps, books, and t-shirts that were donated by DOGAMI, Esri, Ecotrust, SCGIS, Greg Miller, and PCC.
The keynote speaker, Lyzi Diamond, Geospatial Expert and Software Engineer, presented on what it's like to be a Geospatial professional when technology is always changing, how she became a programmer (despite never feeling like one), and her strategies for success (which include 'just winging it'). Christina Friedle, Geography Faculty & Department Chair at PCC, welcomed everyone to the event, while Jocelyn Tutak, Senior GIS Analyst at Ecotrust, welcomed everyone to the event space and introduced Ecotrust's efforts in advancing social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being.
A very special thanks to our sponsors - Quantum Spatial, Mapbox, PC Trask, Portland Community College - Geography, ASPRS, ORURISA, Ecotrust, Metro, DOGAMI, Esri, Portland State University - Geography, and Society for Conservation GIS. The success of our event is due to the large community support provided by all these organizations.
Our annual GIS day events are put together by GIS community members Madeline Steele, Christina Friedle & Alexa Todd, who volunteer their time to ensure that there is at least one day a year that the Portland GIS community comes together to celebrate our work and discipline. Thank you also to PCC student volunteers Lindsay Cumella, Steve Carter, Devin Shiang, and Michael Medina, for checking everyone in and making sure that people had everything they needed. And thank you Liam Neely-Brown for taking photographs, again!
Please save the date and mark your calendars for the 2018 celebration of GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14th from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon!
The U.S. Forest Service Data Resources Management staff is hosting this public event, which will be held at the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Building (1220 SW 3rd Ave). The welcome-to-event booths and Smokey Bear photo opportunities will be held on the first floor gallery past the elevators. Guest speakers and interactive displays will occur on the ground floor in conference rooms 1b and 3. Speakers will be scheduled for short talks on the impact of GIS on different focus areas. Also on display will be examples of how the Forest Service and partners utilize geospatial information and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for the Greatest Good.
For the 6th consecutive year, the local Portland GIS Community held an event to celebrate geography, maps, and everything geospatial. With a Missing Maps Mapathon and an evening GIS social held at the Ecotrust Conference space, we had exhibits, displays and presentations that attracted close to 140 GIS students and professionals.
The GIS celebrations began in the afternoon with Emily Eros, American Red Cross, leading a group in the Missing Maps Mapathon. Over 30 students, professionals, and community members came together to add buildings to OSM in an under-mapped area of Myanmar that is highly vulnerable to natural disasters. Thanks to the PSU geography department for use of the lab, and to Aaron Eubank and Alicia Milligan for assistance with the computers and music selection!
During the GIS Day Social at Ecotrust, attendees had the opportunity to play around with Matthew Hampton's augmented reality sandbox table, Quantum Spatial's topology model created by a group of elementary school students from cardboard, and learn more about the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS). Attendees also had an opportunity to win a wide variety of raffle prizes that included maps from Ecotrust and DOGAMI, books from Esri and SCGIS, T-shirts from PCC, and tote bags from ESRI.
The keynote speaker, Emily Eros from the American Red Cross, gave a presentation on the Missing Maps project that inspired the crowd to be active participants in the worldwide effort to map vulnerable communities and enable fast, life-saving disaster response. Madeline Steele provided a warm welcome, acknowledged our sponsors, and spoke briefly about the GIS Certificate program at Portland Community College (PCC). Jocelyn Tutak, Ecotrust, welcomed everyone to the event space and introduced Ecotrust's efforts in advancing social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Camille Westlake, ASPRS & Quantum Spatial, also spoke about both organizations and promoted the opportunity for GIS professionals to get involved with ASPRS in open Board member positions.
A very special thanks to our sponsors - Quantum Spatial, American Red Cross, Portland Community College - Geography, ASPRS, URISA, Ecotrust, Metro, DOGAMI, Esri, PDX-OSGeo, and Society for Conservation GIS. The success of our event is due to the large community support provided by all these organizations.
Our annual GIS day events are put together by GIS community members Madeline Steele, Christina Friedle & Alexa Todd, who volunteer their time to ensure that there is at least one day a year that the Portland GIS community comes together to celebrate our work and discipline. Thank you also to PCC student volunteers Hilary Hobbs, Liam Neely-Brown, and Christina Sjoquist for checking everyone in and taking photographs!
The Forest Service Pacific Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon invites all to join us in celebrating GISday 2017 on Wednesday, November 15th! Data Resources Management (DRM) will be hosting this year’s celebration with an open house in conference rooms 6 and 7 of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Building, located at 1220 SW 3rd Ave.
We will be celebrating from 11 AM to 2 PM. Included in the event will be:
· Maps and posters
· Interactive web application demonstrations
· Speaker and video presentations
· All-ages friendly mapping activities
· Photos with Smokey Bear
· Snacks and coffee
Event information is located HERE. We look forward to celebrating this fun event with you!
PS: If you need a little break but can’t get away from your desk here is a Geography Treasure Hunt that takes you around the world testing your mountain knowledge.
Portland’s 6th Annual GIS Day Social
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ecotrust Alder Room, 721 NW 9th Ave #200, Portland, OR (map)
Please join us for Portland’s 6th Annual GIS Day Social! This year, we’ll gather in Ecotrust’s beautiful meeting space from 6pm - 9pm.
The evening will feature:
-- A keynote from Emily Eros of the Red Cross on the Missing Maps program, which aims to put 200 million people "on the map" by 2021
-- Free pizza*, salad and beverages, courtesy of our generous sponsors
-- Speed networking to break the ice
-- A raffle for some fun geo-prizes!
Students, professionals, and anyone interested in GIS and geospatial technologies are all welcome. This is a great opportunity to make some new professional connections and strengthen old ones, and we hope to see you there!
This event is volunteer run, and would be impossible without the generous support of our sponsors:
Gold level: Quantum Spatial
Silver level: ASPRS CRR, PCC, Ecotrust, Red Cross
Bronze level: OR-URISA, PDX OSGeo, Esri
*Includes some gluten free, veggie, and vegan pizzas
(note that this event is also posted to the OR-URISA meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/OR-URISA/events/244216611/)
On November 16, 2016, we held the 5th annual Portland GIS Day celebration. GIS day is part of Geography Awareness Week and has been celebrated in the geospatial community since 1999. This year, Portland GIS students and professionals were fully engaged with a presentation by Camille Westlake of Quantum Spatial, a speed networking challenge, and the opportunity to experience an augmented reality Topographic sand table, as well as a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or otherwise known as a drone). It was a great opportunity for GIS students to learn more about the field, meet local GIS professionals, and hear about work being done in the local GIS community. This event was made possible by our sponsors - Quantum Spatial, Portland Community College, URISA, ASPRS, DOGAMI, Metro, SCGIS, and OS-Geo, and is organized by Christina Friedle @ PCC & Madeline Steele @ TriMet. And thank you to Laurence Sarrazin @ Hand-Eye Supply for your help with the space.
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.