It was the 25th Anniversary of MN GIS/LIS Consortium’s existence, and it was a fantastic conference. ESRI’s Jack Dangermond gave a detailed keynote on the future of GIS. One thing that resonated with me was his statement: “We are entering a period of Cartographic Enlightenment”. I’ve been in GIS since 1994, and indeed, we have come a long way and not just in terms of technology, but as group of people. It was more isolated back then – you were lucky to meet someone who did what you did, let alone know what you were talking about! Today we have all sorts of groups like the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, we have GIS Day, we have our own cool hashtag on Twitter #gistribe. Years ago when I would exclaim that my precise digitizing techniques were full of GEOAWESOMENESS, my coworkers looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. A made-up foreign language. Not today. Today people know what I mean.
It was also cool to hear about how the MN GIS/LIS Consortium began, how folks nurtured it and encouraged it to grow and become what it is today. You realized the extent of their passion and commitment these people have, and we now reap the benefits.
For a nice recap of everything that went down and the highlights check out the #mngislis15 hashtag on twitter.
And a special thank you to all of the companies who sponsored the 5K Fun Run, including my wonderful employer AE2S.
If you attended my presentation titled, “Don’t Divorce Your Career, Tips for Rekindling a Passion for GIS”, these links will make sense. If not, to sum up, I presented some hopefully inspiring and/or thought provoking items to offset the the monotonous aspects of our job, and enhance your GIS career. Below are some great resources I mentioned to check out.
Become a project manager of your own job and career
Find Your Tribe – Meet like minded people
Misery Loves Company – Find people who know your pain online
Be a Hero – Online with crowdsourced volunteering
Be a Hero in person
If you have any resources or links you would like to share, please add to the comments. Thank you!
Also, a special thank you to all of you who encouraged me on Twitter, came up to me after my presentation, and just gave me props. We truly have a special group of people in this Consortium.