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The Next Generation: GIS as a Career Choice

From Library of Congress http://blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/12/gis-day/?loclr=eamap

The Next Generation: GIS as a Career Choice

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The following is a guest post by Nina Feldman, a former intern with the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and the American Association of Geographers. Nina is currently a senior at George Washington University, majoring in Environmental Science and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). She spoke of her inspirations and why she became a geographer at the recent Library of Congress’ GIS Day celebration. While interning, Nina worked with the research papers and personal archive of Roger Tomlinson.

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For me, GIS was not a clear-cut choice, but more of a discovery process. As many of you know, GIS in its basic definition is a computer-based system that collects, analyzes, and distributes spatial data and information. However, to me it’s much more than that, it’s a collection of data that represents people’s lives, experiences and significance. Personally, I have always been a collector. Throughout my life, which isn’t really that long, I’m sure I had around 15 different collections. At age four, I started simple, with rocks that I found cool. At age nine, I moved to the more advanced Pokémon cards. At age 14, it was Russian nesting dolls with their exquisite patterns and colors. And finally, today, at age 20, it’s maps. Maps of places I’ve been, maps of places I want to go, maps that friends have given me from their own adventures and maps that I drew myself. At first, I just thought it was another phase of mine, I am a map collector now, soon I’ll move on to something else, or maybe even go back to rocks. But as I watched my wall of maps grow along with my desire to learn, I had a feeling that this wasn’t just a phase.

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Attention GIS Students!! Should you have programming skills?

From Directions Magazine

GIS Jobs of Today: Should you have programming skills?

By Diana S. Sinton

Editor’s Note:In a field that evolves as rapidly as geospatial information science and technologies, the idea of “getting a GIS job” may not be as straight-forward as it sounds. What are employers looking for, and how do you know that your training and education will get you there? JoinDirections Magazineas we continue a short series of articles examining these topics.

Traditional textbook definitions of GIS often reference the inclusion of software, hardware, data, methods and people, indicating that all components are part of the system that works with geographic information. Characteristics and components of all of these have changed significantly over time, but perhaps none so much as the software itself. In practice, we have gone well beyond a black and white world of proprietary vs. open-source, or desktop vs. mobile. In professional practice, it’s all of them.

That’s not to say that people don’t use a GIS “out of the box” to do their work. They do. It’s that the box is not the defining container that it once was. Customization of solutions is an expectation, reflecting the diversity of applications and the expanding breadth of use cases. Interoperability is possible, so it is expected. The tremendous driving force of web- and mobile-based solutions can only continue.

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Looking for a Job in Geography?

AAG Jobs in Geography and GIS Center Adds New Features and Functionality

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Jobs-site-seekersLooking for a job in geography?

The AAG Jobs in Geography and GIS Center is the preeminent source for academic jobs in geography, as well as a wide variety of jobs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. It’s the best place to find your next great opportunity or even your dream jobIf you’re a student, it’s also a strong source for graduate assistantships, postdoc positions and internships.

With our redesigned website, we’ve made it easier than ever to start your search. Set up an account to save versions of your CV/resumé and cover letter, create tailored searches to customize job ad results to your interests and set up alerts for new job postings. You can also save job openings, communications with employers and any notes about companies and opportunities.

Directly apply for individual job postings by sharing your resumé and/or post your resume anonymously in the job bank where employers search for and view professional profiles. If contacted via the blind process, you can decide whether you’d like to be considered for the position.

You’ll also find great resources to help you prepare for your career, analyze salary data and trends, attend special events, learn about what other geographers are doing and locate geography programs.

And, if you’re an AAG member, you can take advantage of the 14-day preview of new jobs to get a head start in the application process.

Sign up at jobs.aag.org and … find your place.

10th Annual Loudoun County GIS Forum (Wed, May 6, 2015)

This is a great event each year.  And a super opportunity to network with folks who “do GIS” for a living.  AND, you can enter your favorite map (maybe your term project?) in the mapping contest.  I hope to see you there!

Click the link below for more info and registration materials.

Tenth Annual Loudoun GIS Forum Registration Documents 2015 FINALS

New AAG Brochure About Geography Jobs

The new AAG Jobs and Careers in Geography brochure is geared toward recruiting both upper-level high school and undergraduate college students to geography courses, geography majors, and possible careers in geography.

The six-panel, color brochure is designed to speak directly to students, with lively graphics portraying young people engaged in the exciting and socially meaningful activities of geography today.

For more information and to download the form to order copies of the brochure, visit the Jobs and Careers page.

URISA Vanguard Cabinet to Host Google Hangout

Des Plaines, IL (November 7, 2014) –  URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is hosting a Google Hangout on Wednesday evening, November 12 at 8:00 PMEastern (7 PM Central/6 PM Mountain/5 PM Pacific) in order to give young GIS professionals an opportunity to learn more about the VC and the 2015 application process.

Individuals will be able to watch and participate in the Google Hangout via either of these links:

The URISA Vanguard Cabinet debuted in 2011 to engage young GIS practitioners (35 and under), increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community.  The Cabinet’s mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals. Comprised entirely of passionate young members selected from different geospatial disciplines, the Cabinet aims to position URISA as the center of opportunities for creative young professionals who are committed to improving URISA and the geospatial profession via innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development.

Clare Brown, GISP, advisor to the Vanguard Cabinet, notes, “Young professionals are not only increasing in number within URISA, but they are also leading and initiating important programs. From student outreach to  professional practice development, the VC is making its mark and being noticed. I encourage all young GIS professionals to learn more about the Vanguard Cabinet and apply to become a part of this great group of future leaders.”

Visit the  Vanguard Cabinet web page for the 2015 application form (due byNovember 30).

USGIF GEOINT Community Cleared Job Fair

November 17, 2014  •  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hyatt Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA 2017

The GEOINT Community continues to grow and cleared, qualified employees are in high demand. Whether you’re currently unemployed or looking for a change in careers, this is a must attend job fair.

This event is free for job seekers to find the employers that match their skills and dedication to the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security communities.

 See the Participating Companies Hiring

Be sure to check back as companies are being added each day.

Planning to Attend?

This event is free and does not require registration.

Please RSVP (preferred) to JobFair@usgif.org, and attach your resume for employers to review.

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GEOINT Community Week (Nov 17-21) (Northern Virginia)

USGIF will host its annual GEOINT Community Week November 17-21 in Northern Virginia, with partnered events around the country. GEOINT Community Week brings together the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and geospatial communities at-large for a week of briefings, educational sessions, workshops, technology exhibits and networking opportunities.

Events include:

  • USGIF’s GEOINT Community Cleared Job Fair
  • Young Professionals Group Event
  • Art of Multi-INT (AOMI) Community Innovation Exchange
  • GEOINTeraction Tuesday
  • Geography 2050
  • GIS Day
  • USGIF Homeland Security and Defense Geospatial Content Exchange
Click here for more information or to view the full agenda – http://usgif.org/events/GEOINTCommWeek

Internships and Jobs at U.S. AID

(Thanks for the leads, Prof. Stern!)

Please check the following URLs:

http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH14/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCFA&cws=1&rid=601


Geographic Information Specialist

Location: Washington, DC
Job Code: 601
# of openings: 1

Position Summary:

The Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supports U.S. foreign policy objectives by helping local partners advance peace and democracy. OTI provides fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key political transition and stabilization needs.  Strategically designed for each unique situation, OTI has laid the foundation for long-term development by promoting reconciliation, jumpstarting local economies, supporting emerging independent media, and fostering peace and democracy through innovative programming.  In countries transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy, from violence to peace, or following a fragile peace, OTI’s programs serve as catalysts for positive political change.

Macfadden is seeking a Geographic Information Specialist to support the Office of Transition Initiative (USAID/DCHA/OTI) in Washington, DC.  The Geographic Information Specialist is required to:

  • Provide geospatial services to USAID in support of program management, analysis, planning, and advocacy as a member of the Geographic Information Unit (GIU).
  • Communicate the geographic operating picture of USAID’s international development work through the acquisition, production, and provision of geo-spatial data and cartography.
  • Explain and train staff on the uses of maps and geospatial tools.
  • Collaborate closely with USAID client and with peers in U.S Government agencies, the humanitarian community, academic, and private sectors

http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH14/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCFA&cws=1&rid=603http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH14/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MCFA&cws=1&rid=603

The above link will let you search openings via geographic area.

URISA Announces GIS-Pro 2014 Virtual Conference Agenda

Des Plaines, IL (August 28, 2014) GIS-Pro 2014: URISA’s 52nd Annual Conference is taking place September 8-11 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For those unable to travel to the conference due to budget or time constraints, there is a unique opportunity to participate remotely.

The virtual conference begins afew days before the in-person event, on Thursday, September 4, with a two-hour virtual workshop on NG911 and the GIS Workflow, followed by conference keynote addresses, general sessions and select breakout sessions, September 9-11.  Note that full virtual conference participation equals 14 hours of education that can be used towards your GISP certification or renewal and that all times are shown for the Central Time Zone.

Thursday, September 4th

  • 12:00 Noon-2:00 PM
    NG911 and the GIS Workflow: This virtual workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is in one of many stages of NextGen 911 implementation with their emergency communications division. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 911 terminology or needs.  This workshop is intended to give an overview of the changes that may occur in the GIS data maintenance related to NextGen 911 implementation.

Tuesday, September 9th

Opening Comments & Keynote Address 8:30-10:00 AM

  • Code for America Brigade: Citizens and Government Making Our Cities Better Together
    Hear from Jill Bjers, Code for Charlotte Brigade Co-Captain and Catherine Bracey, Director of Community Organizing for Code for America and the Brigade Program.  The Code for America Brigade is a fast growing, dynamic program that engages citizens and governments in collaborative projects.  Hear how The City of Charlotte, North Carolina, one of only 10 governments selected for the 2014 Code for America Fellowship program initiated activities and see what they have already accomplished.

Breakout Sessions:

  • 10:30 AM-12:00 Noon – Community Health and GIS Initiatives
  • 2:00-3:30 PM – The State of GIS Certification
  • 4:00-5:00 PM – Mapping your Way Into a GIS Career
  • Wednesday, September 10th

    Breakout Sessions:

    • 10:30 AM-12:00 Noon – ROI of High Resolution Data
    • 3:30-5:00 PM – Utilizing GIS to Protect the Environment and Respond to It When It Gets Mad

    GIS Management Institute Update and Wednesday Keynote Address 1:00-2:30 PM

    • Hear about URISA’s GIS Management Institute which promotes professional adoption and awareness of best practices and standards in the GIS profession.
      Then learn how The Data Center uses GIS to Disseminate Data in New Orleans. Allison Plyer will discuss how The Data Center supports informed decision-making, including: providing an interactive map of repopulation post-Katrina; improving upon the spatial displays of small area data from the American Community Survey; exploring the growth of jobs outside of population centers; and, documenting the vulnerability of coastal populations.

    Thursday, September 11th

    Breakout Session:

    • 9:00-10:30 AM – GIS Drives Organizational Change

    Closing Comments & Keynote Address 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

    • Hear from Steve Ressler, Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Knowledge Network for Government” as he discusses their latest report “20 Government Innovations That Matter” based on survey and interviews with thousands of government employees across the globe.  He will discuss key top technology trends in government from Internet of Things to Mobile Service Delivery and how you can apply these innovations at your agency.

    For full conference details, including breakout session descriptions, please visit our  online program application.  Virtual content is marked accordingly. The easiest way to see review the sessions that will be delivered virtually is to click on “Virtual Sessions” on the right side of the Sched app.  This will sort the sessions by just those sessions that will be included in the virtual conference.
    Contact:

    Wendy Nelson
    Executive Director
    URISA
    847-824-6300
    Email Contact
    www.urisa.org