The East TN 2017 Regional Meeting will be in Hamilton County on October 4th. Click the image below to sign up – it’s free.
So if you are in the area and you haven’t been – you should go to the best biggest smallest regional GIS conference in September. Luckily this conference drifts back up to Kingsport Tn where there is always a good showing. Will the suits show up from NASA? Will the 13 y.o. kid with the drone make an appearance? Will there be Moon Pies?
I’ll be there:
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2015 Eastern Regional TNGIC Conference will be held at the Eastman Lodge in Kingsport, TN on Tuesday September 22, 2015 with training sessions tentatively planned for Wednesday, September 23rd.
We are tentatively planning a social gathering on Monday evening, September 21st at one of the Eastman picnic shelters near the lodge. Details of social to be determined based on how many are interested in attending.
MORE DETAILS TO COME!
The TNGIC 2015 conference has just been announced! It’s going to be out in the butt middle of nowhere for most of Tennessee – but it’s a pretty good conference.
So from the email bag:
The 2015 Annual TNGIC Conference is on its way! The Conference will be at Montgomery Bell State Park. There will be a special pre-registration price which closes Friday, Jan. 30th. Pre-registration is $175. Early registration is $200. Regular registration will be $225.
Are you interested in giving a presentation?? Presentation abstracts can be submitted until March 6th.
You may also be interested in the pre-conference classes. They are an excellent value at $50 for a full day class and $25 for a half day class!! Most are limited to the first 15 students so hurry and register soon!
Other activities include the golf tournament, geocaching, map gallery, social, presentations, workshops, Dr. Shop / Vendor Tool Time, TNGIC Business meeting, TNGIC Committee meetings, and valuable networking!!
Visit the TNGIC website often at www.tngic.org for updated information and to register. See the attached Conference announcement for more details.
Click on link below for more information.
TNGIC (Tennessee Geographic Information Council) has announced their next round of conferences in Tennessee. Out of these three I plan on hitting the East Tennessee meeting in Knoxville.
- West TNGIC GIS Forum, Jackson – Oct. 7-8, West TN UT Center – training on the 7th
- East TNGIC GIS Forum, Knoxville – Oct. 16-17, 2014 – UT Knoxville
- MAGIC, Memphis – Nov. 6-7, 2014 – at the The Salvation Army Kroc Center
- Middle TNGIC GIS Forum, Murfreesboro – Nov. 19-20, 2014
- April 2015 TNGIC Conferenc – Montgomery Bell State Park
The one I’m not going to hit is theMain Conference in Montgomery Bell since it’s too far out for me to visit. The regional ones are great – they are small, localized, and it’s people solving problems. Of course being that TN is heavily invested in ESRI there’s also all of that.
Anyway – come look for me. I’ll be the guy giving the oddball presentation that will be *hopefully* completely different than all the rest.
Ladies and Gentlemen – Boys and Girls – Children of all Ages.
I present: http://www.cumberlandurisa.org/
The Cumberland Chapter of URISA is a collaborative community of GIS professionals in Kentucky and Tennessee with a local focus and an international perspective. Our mission is to encourage the advancement of geospatial knowledge through education, professional development, ethical practice and advocacy.
I can’t speak about Kentucky – but I can about Tennessee. We’ve needed an org to advance the GIS Professional life in Tennessee. We’ve had TNGIC and will continue to have that organization. It’s state centric – we need a group that isn’t. Life exists outside the state.
So join up. Prepare to take some workshops. Prepare to get active.
So I’m headed to the NetGIS meeting tomorrow in Kingsport. There’s two presentations of note.
11:15 – 11:45 – Development of a Nolichucky River Recreation Guide Unicoi County 4-H GPS Team: Ty Petty, Lydia Huggins, Elisabeth Moughon, and Dylan Roberts
The 4-H GPS Team will share how they are developing a complex project to promote whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky River. The team utilized six GPS enabled video cameras to film their whitewater rafting trip. Thy are creating a poster map, a Youtube Channel with highlight footage of the major rapids, and capturing still images from the video to use on the map.
I can’t adequately say how the presentations from this 4-H group rock. Come see them. Stay for Pizza at Lunch.
Then at 12:30: Addressing, GIS, and the US Virgin Islands: Randal Hale, GISP North River Geographic Systems, Inc
Randal Hale will discuss a new project he is involved in the US Virgin Islands dealing with setting up an Address Referernce System, correcting readily available GIS data for the Government, and trying to sit on the beach for up to 15 minutes and relax in between left handed turns, sea planes, and ferries between islands
At 1:15: Using GIS to detect urban poverty: the case of Tennessee: Catherine Chen – ETSU GIS
Catherine will demonstrate how to use GIS to detect urban poverty in the state of Tennessee and examine the factors and mechanisms behind it.
It’s a good once a quarter GIS meeting. I can’t say that enough either. So if you’re in the area please stop in. Get excited by the kids, Get bored by me, Learn something from Dr. Chen.
This came from the email bag this morning courtesy of TNGIC:
The following is being sent to you on behalf of Kurt Butefish Coordinator, Tennessee Geographic Alliance and Executive Director, Tennessee Council for the Social Studies:
The State Department of Education is preparing to revise the State Social Studies Standards and Geography is at risk. We have a very short window of opportunity to reverse the proposed course of action by the DoE because comments about the attachedSocial Studies Standards Revision proposal are due by February 1, 2013.
Of greatest concern to geospatial professionals should be that: In high school, the World Geography/World History graduation requirement will be removed and Geography will be relegated to an elective. Removing the Geography/History graduation requirement will also negatively impact AP Human Geography, AP World History, and AP European History enrollment. All of the University of Tennessee and Board of Regents four-year institutions include World History or World Geography in their undergraduate admissions requirements. Graduating students may not meet these requirements if the courses are not required for high school graduation. This will undoubtedly decrease the number of likely Geography majors entering college and lesson the already sad Geography backgrounds of incoming freshmen.
We’ve got two weeks to make as much noise as possible. Hearing from geospatial professionals is critical for the decision makers involved. Please consider doing as many, if not all, of the following things.
Read the Social Studies Standards Revision Link if you want the details. It is attached. Also attached is the Tennessee Geographic Alliance position statement which boils it down for you.
Provide CONSTRUCTIVE comments to Dr. Jared Myracle email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org specified in the document.
Call AND email your State Representative and State Senator with your concerns. Use the draft editorial (attached) as a go-by, but put your own personal spin on it. You can find out who your legislators are here: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/
Write or email Governor Haslam and Education Commissioner Huffman. Their addresses are below.
Write an editorial to your local newspaper. A draft is attached.
Encourage your colleagues to participate as well.
I know this is a lot, but we can be heard and we can make an impact if we use this multi-pronged approach.
If we can flood Nashville with communication beginning this week (Jan. 21-25) then we can make the most of personal visits with legislators by myself and members of the TGA during the period, Sat. Jan. 26 until Friday, Feb. 1.
Also attached is information about the importance of geospatial technologies to industry and the job market.
Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Commissioner Kevin Huffman
Andrew Johnson Tower – 6th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Thank you for your attention to this request.
Click on the links provided below to view the referenced documents:
Coordinator, Tennessee Geographic Alliance
Executive Director, Tennessee Council for the Social Studies
From the email Bag. I know – cut off date was October 4th 2012, but the poll is still up. So – if you’re in Tennessee fill it out!
Kurt Butefish, a member of the TNGIC Education Committee and Coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance (TGA), respectfully requests input from the TNGIC membership for his organization’s strategic planning process.
The Tennessee Geographic Alliance is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 operating out of the Geography Department at the University of Tennessee. Our mission is to advance geographic literacy in the State. Funding for the Alliance is provided by the University of Tennessee and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. Some of our work includes introducing 7th grade geography students to geospatial technologies, working with TNGIC member Dr. Janey Camp to train teachers in the use of geospatial technologies in the classroom, and supporting TNGIC members Tim Prather and Ty Petty’s 4-H efforts.
Because our world is constantly changing and so may the needs of schools and the business community, we would like your help as the Tennessee Geographic Alliance shapes the services it provides. As a member of Tennessee Geographic Information Council, you have a stake in what we do and your insight is important to us. The survey at the link below will take ten minutes of your time and provide us with feedback that will help direct how we support your efforts in elevating geographic literacy.
TNGIC survey link:
Your reply by October 4th will be most appreciated and rest assured all information will remain confidential. The Center for Nonprofit Management designed the survey and will analyze the data processed by SurveyMonkey.
We thank you for helping us help our children better understand and appreciate geography.
Tennessee Geographic Alliance
University of Tennessee Department of Geography
PS: Results of the survey will be posted to the TGA listserv at TNGEOALL@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU and will also be shared with the TNGIC Board of Directors for distribution to the TNGIC membership.
From email bag this morning!
Mark your calendars! The Middle Tennessee Forum on GIS will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 7-8, 2012 at the Rutherford County Agriculture Center in Murfreesboro, TN. This meeting is free for those that register.
Presentations will be on Wed. Nov. 7th and workshops / GIS training will be held on both Nov. 7th and Thur. Nov. 8th. You are invited to submit a presentation abstract. Any topic related to current GIS initiatives will be considered. The call for papers and exhibitors is attached along with the workshop agenda and information about the poster contest. The abstract deadline is Oct. 15th. Registration is open online at www.tngic.org. Registration deadline is Oct. 23rd.
New for 2012
1-day FREE workshop – Hands-On GIS For 4-H / Youth Groups Wed. Nov. 7th, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
1-day GIS training class ($50) Experience GIS in Tennessee Thur. Nov. 8th, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
I’ll miss this one this year – and I hate that. It’s a great meeting. Go to the TNGIC Site and register here!