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  • 03/25/2021 10:27 AM | James Whitacre (Administrator)

    Are you looking for virtual teaching materials to give your students field experiences during the 2020-2021 school year? Bring your class to “Live from the Field: Remote Sensing of Growth & Diversity” next Thursday, April 1st at 1PM to meet researchers from across the country. PaMAGIC President, James Whitacre, will be presenting about his work with UAVs and forest ecology at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

    More Information:

    The Center for Environmental Inquiry at Sonoma State University is working with The Virtual Field, a global coalition of 50+ field stations and marine laboratories, to create teaching materials and events that bring the field to your students through this portal: thevirtualfield.org. The project is funded by NSF, and its goal is to provide resources for educators (undergrad level target) to engage students with scientists and the natural world virtually.

    Please spread this to anyone who might be interested!

    Materials and events are free, and come with instructor guides and recommended assignments. Concepts focus on human-environment interactions and are applicable to a wide range of disciplines. 

    We hope you find these useful, and would love to hear from you. Please contact Claudia Luke at lukec@sonoma.edu or Kerry Wininger winingek@sonoma.edu with any questions about this program.


  • 02/12/2021 9:35 AM | James Whitacre (Administrator)

    The virtual GeoDev Summit will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021, and registration is open! Registration is $40 for the private sector, $25 for government and public sectors, and FREE for education and non-profit sectors. This event should not be missed and is great for all levels of experience, from beginner to expert.

    Also new this year, for $25 you can sign up for a pre-conference Python for ArcGIS virtual workshop the day before the GeoDev Summit on Tuesday, March 2, from 1:00-4:30 PM. 

    From the Python for ArcGIS workshop description:

    This workshop is designed for GIS users who have some experience with Python programming, but who want to take their Python skills to the next level in ArcGIS. The workshop will focus on the ArcPy Python site package in ArcGIS with hands-on exercises designed to provide the essential skills to use Python in ArcGIS for effectively. Participants will learn to use ArcPy tools, build standalone geoprocessing scripts, and cover how to create custom script tools in ArcGIS toolboxes for reuse and sharing. Participants will also develop skills to explore more resources and options for utilizing Python in ArcGIS.

    From the GeoDev Summit home page:

    The GeoDev Summit is a one-day annual event for GIS professionals interested in software development, this year it will be held virtually.

    In 2021, the event will feature hands-on technical sessions on a variety of topics relevant to anyone working in the GIS space – from those who are new to software development to experienced developers.

    This is a great opportunity for workshop-based and peer learning with networking opportunities throughout the day.

    This conference qualifies for 1 GIS-P Education Point.

    Hope you can join us at the GeoDev Summit 2021!

    PaMAGIC is a proud sponsor of the GeoDev Summit

  • 02/03/2021 12:00 PM | James Whitacre (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that the new PaMAGIC website and membership portal is LIVE! Please visit the new website at https://pamagic.org/. We will be adding more pages and information to the website in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

    Note to Existing Members

    Logging into Your PaMAGIC Website Account

    If you are an active member who paid dues in the last year, your information has been transferred to our new membership portal and you already have an account set up to reflect your membership status! However, you may need to log into your new account. To login, you will need to reset your password using your primary email address we have on file.

    Once you have logged in, please take some time to update your information. If you believe there is anything incorrect that you cannot change, please let us know.

    Membership Dues and Payments

    We will be transitioning off PayPal as our primary online payment system. We think this is great news and hope you do too! PaMAGIC will cancel all remaining PayPal recurring payments at the end of March, but encourage you to cancel your recurring payment yourself before then. However, if you don't, we will still receive that payment until we cancel it, and it will be recorded and used toward your membership dues. So, no worries!

    Moving forward, we will be using a new payment system that is integrated into the new website, which still allows recurring payments (or not...your choice!) and is much easier to work with. When it is time for you to renew your membership, simply login, go to your profile, and you will see a button to click to renew and setup a new payment. Also, you can still pay by check if you prefer, though it may take longer for the payment to be cleared.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email the board of directors at board@pamagic.org.

  • 01/26/2021 12:00 PM | James Whitacre (Administrator)

    Over the last several months, the PaMAGIC Board of Directors have been working to update our website and membership portal. We are excited to announce that the new PaMAGIC website and membership is nearly ready for release! Later this week we will be making the transition and will send out an additional email when the transition is complete.

    To see a preview, visit https://pamagic.wildapricot.org/. Note that this URL may not be active when the new website is activated at https://pamagic.org/. Also note that we will be adding more pages and information to the website in the coming weeks and months.

    Our new website and membership portal will allow us to be better connected as an organization, provide higher quality membership content, and allow members to have greater control over their membership profile and dues, among many other new features. More information on this will be sent to current members in the near future to help navigate the new membership portal.

    The Board would like to thank Patrick McKinney, Mark Bowen, Alex Wasko, and Glenn Mohler for their efforts with the website transition. Without them, we would not have been able to pull this off.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email the board of directors at board@pamagic.org. We are very excited for this new change and we hope this will spark a new wave of momentum for PaMAGIC and GIS in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

  • 01/25/2021 9:08 AM | Patrick McKinney (Administrator)

    Call for Presentations is now open for the 2021 Pennsylvania GIS Conference.  The conference will be held virtually/online on May 11 - 12, 2021.  Presentations will take place on either Tuesday, May 11 or Wednesday, May 12.

    Submit a presentation at this website.  The deadline to submit your presentation(s) is Friday, February 19.

    Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Conference planning committee. While all submissions will be considered, Conference planners are most interested in presentations that align with the conference theme: A New Frontier. Sessions will be scheduled for the best Conference balance.

    Note: content in this article taken from http://www.pagisconference.org/Pages/SubmitYourPresentation.aspx.

  • 01/19/2021 1:47 PM | Matthew Mercurio (Administrator)

    Collaborative Aspects of the PA Hydrography Dataset (PAHD) - Meeting Invitation


    The Seventh Annual Water Data Workshop will once again be hosted jointly by PaMAGIC and the DCNR Bureau of Geological Survey. This year’s event will feature two virtual workshops: 

    • Day One is the statewide plenary on Thursday, February 4th (9am – 11am) to describe PAHD Status and Plans.
       
    • Day Two is a series of three individual river basin workshops on Thursday, February 11th (one hour each from 9am – noon) focused on unique regional needs and opportunities.  
       

    DAY ONE AGENDA
     

    9am - 9:15am      "Collaboration to Date"
          Eric Jespersen, Researcher/Analyst; JMT Technology Group
          PaMAGIC Water Data Initiative Co-leader 

      

    9:15am - 9:45am "National Update/Lessons of EDH"
          Steve Aichele, Geographer; USGS, National Geospatial Program  

     

    9:45am - 10:15am "PAHD Showcase - Data Development"
          Ellen Fehrs, PAHD Technical Manager; Bureau of Geologic Survey, PA DCNR 

      

    10:15am - 10:30am "PAHD in a Broader Context"
          Gale Blackmer, State Geologist; Bureau of Geologic Survey, PA DCNR 

      

    10:30am - 10:45am "3D PA Call to Action"
          Matt Mercurio, Chief Technology Officer; Civic Mapper
          PaMAGIC Water Data Initiative Co-leader
     


    DAY TWO AGENDA

    The meetings will each strive for open discussion related to timing of data development, talent and financial resources, ongoing projects and supporting data that exists in each basin. The goal will be to tighten plans and limit redundant activities as we work to complete the first iteration of PAHD by June 2024. 

    9am – 10am                    Ohio Basin

    10am – 11am                  Susquehanna Basin

    11am – noon                   Delaware Basin 

     


    REGISTRATION


    There is no charge for the workshops. You are welcome to forward this email to any interested colleagues. Registration for both workshops can be found at:

          Day One: Statewide Plenary

          Day Two: Basin Discussions

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact either Ellen Fehrs (efehrs@pa.gov) or Eric Jespersen (EJespersen@jmttg.com). 


  • 10/19/2020 10:33 AM | Patrick McKinney (Administrator)

    As you know, PAMAGIC has released a position paper on the upcoming bill HB2101. We believed we proposed some reasonable actions to improve the bill based on feedback from our members.

    Currently, the bill has passed the House and has come out of committee in the Senate.

    It is important that the PA Senators hear from you on this topic THIS WEEK as the influence and promise of geospatial technology as an economic driver grows in PA.

    Please feel free to forward either the position statement or the survey summary document to your senator to for their reference.

    If you do contact your representative, please let us know by sending an email to board@pamagic.org or by filling out this survey.

    Thank you for your attention to this topic and please feel free to reach out with any questions!


  • 04/20/2020 1:18 PM | Patrick McKinney (Administrator)
    PaMAGIC's Position on House Bill 2101

    April 2020

    Dear PAMAGIC Members and Friends,

    This past year has been an exciting and busy one for PaMAGIC including ongoing work and leadership with the State Geospatial Coordinating Board (GeoBoard), Hydro Workshops, statewide Geospatial Meetups, supporting the PA Rural Edge Working Group hosted by ESRI, hosting a Python workshop at the NW PA GIS Conference, and kicking off our new Education and Outreach initiative that targets introducing and advancing geospatial technologies for K-12 students. We have strengthened our internal communication as a Board as well, adopting various technologies to better manage our initiatives and provide more support to our members. You can say as a Board we have undergone our own internal digital transformation. This year was also a challenging year as our Founder and past President Eric Jespersen stepped into an advisor role after serving many years as a PaMAGIC leader. Many of our members and the Pennsylvania GIS community know Eric Jespersen, often sighted supporting all the meetups across the state and working diligently with the Hydro Workshop Group. Eric also ensures all PA GIS Conference attendees can enjoy a relaxing InfoSwap every year. His presence and determination helped keep many of our initiatives moving along, something the Board including myself valued. We thank Eric for his leadership and commitment to GIS across the Commonwealth.

    PaMAGIC continues to work closely with the GeoBoard, which was formed in 2014 to "provide recommendations to the Governor and the public on geospatial issues, uniform data standards, coordination and efficiency in geospatial policy and technology across different sectors." Through our GeoBoard representative Dave Gilbert, PaMAGIC continues to have a voice on ranging topics that are included on the agenda, and we look to our members to continue to support the items we present to the GeoBoard and also recommend new topics that are meaningful to you and the work that you do. This year, the PaMAGIC Board discussed House Bill 2101, a resurrection of House Bill 1106 which the PaMAGIC Board reviewed in 2017. In 2017 the Board agreed upon a position paper for HB 1106, essentially not supporting the language in the bill. While our Board could not agree on a definitive position on HB 2101 this year, our members had an opportunity to review and comment on our agreed upon draft position paper. While HB 2101 raised many questions with our Board regarding the language, we appreciated and value the response we received from our members. We look forward to a productive 2020-2021 with the GeoBoard.

    PaMAGIC's Position on House Bill 2101

    PaMAGIC continues to support various initiatives in industries that support our vision. This past year PaMAGIC and the DCNR Bureau of Geological Survey hosted the Sixth Annual Data Workshop which focuses on the creation of a single, authoritative stream database for the Commonwealth. Three workshops were hosted across the Commonwealth covering the Susquehanna, Delaware, and Ohio Basins. We continue to organize and foster the growth of the GIS community in the Commonwealth through our Regional Activity initiative. This past year PaMAGIC has sponsored regional meetups in the southeast region (Philadelphia), the capital region (Harrisburg), the southwest region (Pittsburgh), and our new Lehigh Valley region. We hope you have the opportunity to join one of our regions to informally collaborate and share strategies with other professionals at a local venue and maybe even get a job offer ͙... yes, it happened at one of our meetups. We look forward to working with our partners to expand the content and the offerings of these meetups in 2020-2021.

    This past year PaMAGIC kicked off our new K-12 initiative, which is aimed to support GIS teachings in Pennsylvania's public and private schools, and also helps further our mission to ͞educate communities governments and corporations in the development of GIS and GIS data. The PaMAGIC Board recognized a need for the redevelopment and expansion of the existing programs. As we all know, GIS technology changes rapidly and it seems overwhelming at times to keep pace with industry patterns and practices. This initiative aims to ensure K-12 schools have access to these technologies. This is a new initiative, and we hope our members that are passionate about education and GIS find time to learn more about participating in this great endeavor. While we continue to make progress on the established initiatives, we are always looking forward to hearing from you, our members. We hope you find time to participate in one of our initiatives or recommend one that is meaningful to the work you do.

    Thank you for being a part of the PaMAGIC family and supporting the growth of GIS in the Commonwealth. Please encourage your network to explore PaMAGIC. It is a very exciting time to be a PaMAGIC member. We have lots of ongoing initiatives, upcoming events, and even industry focused webinars on the horizon. We are focused on expanding our members only content, offering new materials for folks pursuing a GISP. We are exploring ways to keep you connected with our growing member base. Most importantly, we continue to improve the way we communicate and help you succeed in the work you do.

    I leave each of our members with a challenge. A challenge to share our mission and vision with one of your colleagues, whether at work or university. A challenge to join us at a meet up near you. A challenge to participate in one of our initiatives. A challenge to help each other, support one another, and help foster the development of our young professionals.

    We look forward to working with each of you in 2020-2021.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Bowen

    2019-2020 PaMAGIC President

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