The Manitoba GIS User Group (MGUG) is a group of geomatics professionals and interested individuals using or supporting the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial data management, analysis, and visualization. Formed to facilitate communication between people working in all areas of GIS, the User Group meets to allow its members to learn more about current activities and technology
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!
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:
1st Prize: $300, plaque, & class pizza party
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $150
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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”
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.