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GIS Day 2012

Wondering how to use the U.S. Census' American FactFinder? Want to hear how students responded to Hurricane Sandy with a crowdsourced Gas Station Map? Or do you want to learn how to site a bike/ski shop on the Elroy-Sparta Trail?

We have it all at GIS Day!

Featuring Luncheon Speaker...

Laxmi RamasubramanianLaxmi Ramasubramanian,
Hunter College and
President, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science

"The University's Role in Fostering Spatial Citizenship"
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GIS Day Videos
Visit the video page to view the Keynote Talk and selected GIS Day presentations.
 

Geographic Information Science (GIS) concepts and tools facilitate spatial reasoning and problem solving. For many of us, GIS is a practical technology that helps to improve our day-to-day lives. In recent years, GIS for everyday uses has become invisible and ubiquitous. Yet, GIS, when used as part of planning and decision support systems, offers much more capability and promise, a promise that has not yet been fully tapped.

In this presentation, I will discuss three themes:

  • that spatial reasoning and problem solving is vital for civic engagement and democratic decision-making;
  • that colleges and universities should expand the reach of GIS across disciplinary and departmental boundaries; and,
  • that economic development trends indicate that GIS education holds great promise for students and aspiring GIS professionals, if we provide our students with the right mix of skills and expertise.

  • ignite spatial MilwaukeeIgnite Spatial!

    A great success last year,
    back again this year!

    What is Ignite Spatial, you ask?
    (Sometimes called Pecha Kucha.) 5 minute presentations: 20 slides, 15 seconds each!
    View the Ignite presentation: "Why and How to Give an Ignite Talk"
    Exciting! Dynamic! Give it a try!

    Morning

    Registration and Coffee

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    COFFEE SPONSOR: Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company
    BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Einstein Bros. Bagels
    TIME: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
    LOCATION: American Geographical Society Library,
    Golda Meir Library, 3rd floor East Wing

    Map Gallery

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    TIME: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    LOCATION: American Geographical Society Library,
    Golda Meir Library, 3rd floor East Wing
    FOCUS: Student Projects and GIS Professional Projects

    Historical Streams in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Integrated Regional Stormwater Management Plan, Emily Champagne and Jay Feiker, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

    Harvest Hope Needs Assessment: Identifying Gaps in Coverage for Harvest Hope's Food Bank Network, Brian Davidson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brendan Dickey, Devin Dickey, and Michael Stirewalt, University of South Carolina

    The Frontline of the Battle Against Asian Carp Establishment in the Great Lakes Drainage Basin, Erin Hamilton, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Web Mapping Applications at the Applied Population Lab, David Long, Applied Population Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison Area Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity, David Long, Applied Population Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Food Pantry and Cost Savings Program Locations and Service Areas in Waushara County, Patrick Nehring, UW-Extension Waushara County

    Rockford Water System: Mapping an Aging Infrastructure, David Peters, City of Rockford (IL) Public Works

    TBA, Anne Reis, Urban Ecology Center

    Apostle Islands Lithic Map, Anne Runyard, Bureau of Facilities and Lands, WI Department of Natural Resources

    Pumping Iron: Rockford's Approach to Fe Management, Kyle Saunders, City of Rockford (IL) Public Works

    UWM Student GIS Project Competition Judging

    TIME: 10:00 AM
    LOCATION: Bridge to American Geographical Society Library,
    Golda Meir Library, 3rd floor East Wing

    Morning Workshops

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    TIME: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    W1: Intermediate Python Scripting for ArcGIS 10, Chris Dickerson, Urban Planning Department, and Chris Brannin, Shoreland, Inc.
    LOCATION: GML Classroom B
    Learn Python programing skills, allowing you to automate geoprocessing tasks. Learn how to load the ArcGIS Geoprocessor object into Python, manage program flow and decision-making, and make your script available from a custom arc toolbox. We will work through a tutorial and brainstorm ways to implement Python scripts into your own projects.

    W2: Isn't that Spatial?, Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Team
    LOCATION: AUP 194
    Discover how thousands of census, business, and consumer behavior variables through Community Analyst can be used to create rich content for problem solving. In this workshop, we will use Community Analyst to site a bike and ski shop along the Sparta-Elroy trail in West-Central Wisconsin.

    FULL W3: Map Mashups, Kurt Meingast and Melissa Mann, Urban Planning
    LOCATION: AUP 158
    After a brief introduction to mashups [web applications that combine content from more than one source], learn how to create your own Maps mashup using either Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps or Google Maps. You'll be amazed at how fast and easy it is!

    Rotating Sessions

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    MORNING TIMES: 9:30,10:15 AND 11 AM
    LOCATION: Golda Meir Library, 4th floor Conference Center
    RS1: Census Bureau TIGER Products, Craig Best, US Census Bureau; This presentation will provide an overview of the Census Bureau's TIGER Products offerings. The attendee will leave the session with a better understanding of the products and how they can be incorporated into their own GIS.
    RS2: Remodeling Map Milwaukee for the Contemporary Web User - an interactive feedback session, Alice Hagen, City of Milwaukee;
    RS3: ATC Aerial Patrols - Using Mobile GIS Applications from a Helicopter, Paul Schneider, ATC; American Transmission Company (ATC) provides electricity to most of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To ensure that all equipment is in sound condition, semi-annual inspections are done by a helicopter carrying a mobile GIS application.  This presentation will explain how ATC uses mobile GIS to maximize their efficiency in gathering and distributing aerial inspection information.
    RS4: GIS and Wine: Terroir in Nova Scotia, Brett Ketter and Barry Cameron, UWM Geosciences Department;

    American Geographical Society Library Tour

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    MORNING TIME: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    LOCATION: American Geographical Society Library,
    Golda Meir Library, 3rd floor East Wing
    Jovanka Ristic

    Vendor/Information Tables

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    TIME: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    LOCATION: Golda Meir Library, 4th floor Conference Center
    Esri
    GIS Certificate Program, UW-Madison
    GIS Certificate Program, UW-Milwaukee
    GIS Club at UW-Milwaukee
    Graef
    Milwaukee Data Initiative
    Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
    Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee - Neighborhood Data Center Program
    NACIS - North American Cartographic Information Society, and the Atlas of Design
    Seiler Instrument
    Wisconsin Geographic Information Coordination Council (WIGICC)
    Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office
    Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA)


    Lunch and Keynote

     atc-logo-scaledComplimentary Pizza Lunch

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    SPONSOR: American Transmission Co.
    TIME: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
    LOCATION: Golda Meir Library, 4th floor Conference Center

    Student Project Competition Awards

    Keynote Speaker:

    Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Hunter College and President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science


    "The University's Role in Fostering Spatial Citizenship"

    [ppt]

    Special Topic:

    "Hurricane Sandy and Community Participating Mapping: Engaging Youth into the Communities,"

    Wansoo Im, VERTICES, and Rutgers University

    ignite spatial Milwaukee
    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    TIME: 1:15 PM-2:15 PM
    LOCATION: Golda Meir Library, 4th floor Conference Center
    Ignite Videos are on the GIS Day Videos page
    "Welcome to Ignite Spatial,"
    "Find it Fast - Tricks for Finding Stuff in Your Map," Jeff Arp, City of Milwaukee
    "If I was a GIS Student Again...," Bill Cozzens, Waukesha County
    "GIS in Russia," Bill Huxhold, UWM Urban Planning Department
    "Crowdsource Your Fieldwork," Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Team
    Discover how to easily and powerfully map your field data with ordinary tables and smartphones and online GIS tools.
    "Use Your Data to Create an ArcGIS Server App without Having ArcGIS for Server.," Melissa Mann, UWM Urban Planning Department
    "The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee Project," Amanda Seligman, The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee Project


    Afternoon

    American Geographical Society Library Tour

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    AFTERNOON TIME: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM
    LOCATION: American Geographical Society Library,
    Golda Meir Library, 3rd floor East Wing
    Jovanka Ristic

    Rotating Sessions

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    AFTERNOON TIMES: 2:30, 3:15 AND 4 PM
    LOCATION: Golda Meir Library, 4th floor Conference Center
    RS5: Integrating County Parcel Data Using Web Services, Howard Veregin, Wisconsin State Cartographer, Brenda Hemstead, UW-Madison and Martin Goettl, UW-Eau Claire; How can individual county Web services be integrated into a single online map and used to support "virtual data integration" to streamline the process of multi-jurisdiction data integration efforts? This presentation focuses on some of the technical issues of a recently launched research project, including resymbolization of services from different counties, limitations on querying and analysis, performance issues, and integration of commercial and open source services.
    RS6: Why Care about GIS?, Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Team;
    What is the value of GIS in education? Join Joseph Kerski as we discuss how, why, and in what context GIS can be used to teach business, biology, mathematics, earth science, geography, environmental science, history, and other subjects, and what the tipping points might be that spread spatial thinking beyond geography to general education.
    RS7: Historical Streams Analysis: a Joint Project by UWM and MMSD, Emily Champagne and Jay Feiker, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District;
    A joint project by MMSD and UWM to support the Integrated Regional Stormwater Management Program. The project goal was to use GIS to analyze the relationship between historical stream locations and areas currently impacted by flooding during rain events in Milwaukee. The Lincoln Creek subwatershed was selected as a study area due to its ongoing issues with flooding and residential basement backup occurrences during major rain events.
    RS8: Milwaukee Data Initiative, Matt Richardson, Milwaukee Data Initiative
    RS9: Sales Data Pushed to the District Managers via iPad, Nick Fisher, Harley-Davidson Motor Company;
    Find out how Harley-Davidson is helping its dealer network understand and improve their sales to “outreach” customers by transitioning from complex spreadsheets to an intuitive custom GIS application developed for the iPad.

    Afternoon Workshops

    FREE - REGISTRATION REQUESTED
    TIME:2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    W4: Advanced Python, Brett Ketter, Geosciences
    LOCATION: GML Classroom B
    Explore some of the new functionality available in the ArcPy package including the mapping and spatial analyst modules. Write scripts to get map feature information and change map elements on-the-fly.
    W5: Intro to GIS: Community Participatory Mapping Tool, Wansoo Im, VERTICES, and Rutgers University
    LOCATION: AUP 194
    Recent advances in web and smartphone-based GIS applications offer the opportunity to broaden and improve the quality of community participation with GIS. This session will introduce community participatory mapping concepts and present successful case studies and will also include a hands-on introduction to Mappler.
    W6: Accessing Census Data using American FactFinder, Ryan Dolan, U.S. Census Bureau
    LOCATION: AUP 158

    Social Meet-up

    TIME: 4:30 PM -
    LOCATION: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Union, Gasthaus