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The MGUG Award Notification is out!   Manitoba GIS User Group honours achievements in Post-Secondary and Secondary School GIS programs, who use GIS in the course of their studies.

The submissions be judged by a panel of GIS professionals for innovation, creativity, communication, and applicability to achieve project results. The Awards, 2 $500 scholarships, will be announced at the Annual MGUG Fall Conference.

Take a few minutes to let others know about this scholarship available to secondary and post-secondary students and have them showcase their GIS Skills in this competition! Don’t be afraid to forward, tweet, IG, FB and just plain get the message out to teachers, students and others who know teachers and students!

For full competition details see the MGUG Community Competition page. Download notification as a pdf  Education Awards 2019 poster  suitable for emailing or printing, or use the image version for Twitter,  FaceBook or IG.

Help us get the message out!

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Last year I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a judge in Esri Canada Schools National Story Map Competition. Really I was blown away with what 13-16 years olds can do with a little help and encouragement.

Do you know any grade 6 to 12 Educators in your community? If so please let them know of this exciting opportunity for the Esri Canada Schools Story Map Competition!  Story Maps are a great way to introduce geospatial technologies in education.  I’ve done some story map presentations at schools and as part of GIS Day and use it as part of my own teaching.

The deadline to submit is May 2nd! The prizes include:

Student Prizes
1st Prize: $300, plaque, & class pizza party
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $150

Educator Prize
Educator submitting the First Prize winning entry wins a trip to attend the 2019 Education Summit @ Esri UC  in San Diego, CA July 6th – 9th. Approximate retail value of the Educator Prize based on a Toronto departure is $3,600 CAD.

Learn more about the competition at https://bit.ly/2VoMeZ2

Have kids in school? Why not reach out to an educator and see what a difference a personal touch can mean. Do you or they need some help? Let me know and I can see about a little introduction to story maps.

Steven Hills
hillssc@assiniboine.net

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A consortium of GIS organizations in Calgary has won the right to host the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference in 2020. This conference is the annual world conference of the Open Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO – www.osgeo.org) and is the annual gathering of users and developers of open source geospatial applications.

The group from Calgary was one of three Canadian groups competing for the right to host this annual worldwide conference and successfully went through the selection process to demonstrate that it could host this conference. The FOSS4G selection process is managed by the OSGEO conference committee and the event alternates between three regions:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Worldwide

In 2018 the FOSS4G conference was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and in 2019 it will be held in Bucharest, Romania. Information about past conferences can be found at the website: https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/foss4g/ . The 2020 conference will be the North American turn to host it.

This will only be the second time that a Canadian city has hosted this event and it will be an excellent opportunity for MGUG members to learn about free and open source geospatial software. The website for the conference is being set up and will be https://2020.foss4g.org . MGUG is excited to support the consortium in promoting this global conference in Canada!

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GeoConnections announces the Invitation for Projects for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

For this Invitation for Projects, GeoConnections is focusing funding on contribution projects under the theme « New pre-commercial standard-based solutions that integrate various sources of satellite data with other geospatial data in near-real time on the Internet »

Interested proponents are invited to submit a project proposal to GeoConnections no later than December 20, 2018.

Please visit this web page to download the Invitation for Projects documentation.

GeoConnections would appreciate if you could share this information with your stakeholders.

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CONGRATULATIONS ROB !!! Brandon Teacher is recognized for his award-winning work to advance geography teaching in Canada: Rob Langston Recipient of 2018 Geographic Literacy Award

The Geographic Literacy Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to geographic literacy in Canada.

For his dynamic teaching approach, Rob Langston is being recognized with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s (RCGS) 2018 Geographic Literacy Award, which celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to geographic literacy in Canada.

Three key elements of Rob Langston’s geography philosophy.     Inquiry, technology and citizen science!

For more information on Rob’s passion and success, please click on the links below.

 Geography teacher of the month 2017 and 2018 Geography Literacy Award 2018

CONGRATULATIONS ROB !!!
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MGUG presented the annual MGUG Awards during our 2018 Fall Conference.

We are happy to announce the winners are:

Outstanding GIS Project Award 2018 – First Place

Conservation Officers Reporting Application

Jack Harrigan and Colin Merritt, Conservation Officers Service

Tanya Dixon, Derrick Ko Heinrichs, Jocelynn Johnson, GeoManitoba

Outstanding GIS Project Award 2018 – Second Place

AgriMaps: Current Weather Conditions

Hailey Wright, Manitoba Agriculture

MGUG Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Bruce

Adhikari Applied GIS Award

Downtown Winnipeg Mapping & Documentation

Anton Metalnikov, Felipe Mogollon and  Salma Sedigh

University of Manitoba

Janos Boda Research GIS Award

Analysis of Land Classification Methods to Identify Wetlands in Riding Mountain National Park Using an Automated Workflow

Jeffery Plett

University of Calgary, Parks Canada

We encourage everyone to send in nominations of projects, teams, and individuals deserving of awards and recognition each spring.  For more information about the awards please visit www.mgug.ca/competition.  Nominations open every spring for all categories and close approximately 30 days prior to the fall conference each year.

Congratulations to all winners!

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Help support the community and get some fashionable branded swag!

MGUG Store

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Don’t miss his presentation and Q and A on this amazing project!

Register NOW!

Antarctica DEM

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