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Workshop – Create a Story Map

Monday April 12, 9:30-11:00 am 
Taught By: Sue Borchardt
Assisted By: Amir Forati, UWM Geography Department

“Create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content. Publish and share your story with your organization or everyone around the world.”

  • Special knowledge required: none
  • Workshop, minimum equipment required: Internet connection; Webcam and Microphone (Recommended)
  • Workshop, software required: ArcGIS OnLine, AGOL public account
  • A handout will be available in advance.

PhD Candidate – Teaching Assistant Department of Geography, UW-Milwaukee Assistant GIS Specialist Cartography and GIS Center with a research interest in watersheds.

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Keynote – Yolanda Chioma Richards-Albert
“Location Matters – GIS and its Role in Racial Equity and Social Justice”

Monday April 12, 12:00-1:00 pm
Presenter: Yolanda Chioma Richards-Albert, Esri

Bio: Yolanda currently serves as an Account Manager for Local Government at ESRI. In her role, she works closely with the City of Chicago and sister agencies to support their efforts in solving critical issues using geospatial technology. Yolanda also supports ESRI’s racial equity initiative to inform and provide resources available or agencies that tackle systemic racism and racial Justice. Furthermore, Yolanda works with several programs and initiatives through NorthStar, a community organization connecting persons of African descent in the GIS and locational intelligence industry.

Yolanda’s work experience has deep roots in racial and social justice. Prior to joining ESRI, worked in business and neighborhood development for over 4 years at World Business Chicago. In her role, Yolanda led and supported efforts to drive inclusive business and economic growth in the City of Chicago. She furthermore worked closely with community leaders and organizations to better improve linkages among local businesses in neighborhoods and within the Central Business District. As a planner by training and deeply connected to issues related to equity, Yolanda believes in the power of collective partnerships to create systematic change.

Although her roots stem from Southern California, Yolanda has called the Chicagoland area her home since 2011 where she lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys strengthening her skills in photography, playing instruments, building community with others, deepening her faith, and laughing as much as she possibly can.

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Announcement – UWM Student GIS Project Competition

Monday April 12, 1:15-1:45 pm
Host: Stephen Appel, UWM Libraries, American Geographical Society Library
To encourage and award the contributions made by UWM students to the development of geographic information science and technology, the GIS Council at UWM will hold a student GIS project competition during GIS Day activities the week of April 12th, 2021. UWM students are encouraged to participate in this important event.

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Talk – What’s New With ArcGIS Field Maps and High Accuracy

Monday April 12, 2:00-2:30 pm
Presenter: Jay Riester, Seiler Geospatial
The Collector for ArcGIS software platform has been evolving in both the iOS and Android versions in the last year, “Again”. In this presentation, we will cover what is new and what is on the horizon for the Collector platform integrated with Field Maps.


    • Overview of ArcGIS Field Maps (View, Collect and Track).
    • Tips and Tricks to setting up Field Maps on iOS and Android.
    • Integrating High Accuracy GNSS Receivers with Field Maps.
    • What’s on the horizon for Field Maps?

Jay Riester is a Certified Trimble Mapping Trainer and has a Geography degree from UW-Oshkosh, WI.  He has worked in the GPS/GIS data collection and Mobile Imagery industry for 24 years. 

Since 2007, Jay has worked for Seiler Instrument as a Senior GPS/GIS Applications Specialist providing to customers GNSS field solutions and technical support for both Trimble and Esri field applications.

Jay is also a GeoMentor thru American Association of Geographers and Esri.

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Talk – GIS & Frequent, HR Aerial Imagery: Innovating with Truth on the Ground

Monday April 12, 2:30-3:15 pm
Presenter: Kevin Korth, Nearmap
Digital transformation has enabled GIS teams across industries to continue serving the public or their customers while the world continues about its constant change. Emergency response teams assisting with public safety, assessor’s offices and insurance companies completing property appraisals, and even AEC project teams working while social distancing — more organizations than ever are using frequently updated, high-resolution 2D/3D imagery-as-a-service to solve problems and prepare for the future.

Kevin is a Government, Geospatial Sales Engineer at Nearmap and studied Environmental Geography at UW Milwaukee where he also acquired a GIS Graduate Certificate.

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Social Networking Event

4:30-6:00 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Host: Nick Weber, UWM Cultural Resource Management
Skill level: All
Welcome UWM campus community, GIS Professionals and Vendor Sponsors. Meet new people and reconnect with old friends! We aren’t able to meet in the UWM Gasthaus this year, but we can come together with a favorite beverage. Come join us!

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Workshop – Intro to GIS Using QGIS

Tuesday April 13, 9:30-11:00 am
Taught By: Greg Latsch, Marketing Analytics Consultant
Assisted by: Brian Nicholls, UWM Cultural Resource Management Program

Intended for those with no GIS experience. Participants will watch short videos via Zoom and then be guided by the instructor. They will build a map from scratch on their own computer with QGIS using data provided. Live help during the workshop using Zoom screen sharing. After completing the class, participants will be able to make useful maps on their own.

  • Special knowledge required: Ability to load application software onto a PC, Mac, or Linux computer.
  • Workshop, minimum equipment required: Laptop or desktop running Mac, Windows, or Linux operating systems; Webcam and Microphone (Recommended)
  • Workshop, software required: QGIS version 3.16, open source, Zoom account.
  • A handout will be available in advance.

Greg has used GIS since 1990 for telecom and health care. He completed the coursework for the UWM GIS graduate certificate several years ago. He now works as a marketing analytics consultant.

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Talk – Equity Advocates

Tuesday April 13, 11:30am-12:00 pm
Presenter: Jennifer Borlick and Kelly Felton, Equity Advocates
Skill level: All
This brief presentation will cover some history and mission of Equity Advocates. Mission: To lead efforts in building equity, representation, and inclusion inside the geospatial community through education, mentorship, and advocacy.

Kelly Felton has worked for the Sauk County Land Information/GIS Department for 25 years as a GIS Specialist/LIO. She has served on WLIA’s Board of Directors, serving as WLIA President in 2010. She currently is a member of WLIA’s Membership/Outreach & Annual Conference Committees, is the Land Information Officers Network (LION) rep on the State of Wisconsin Land Information Council (WLIC), currently serving her 2nd term. Kelly is a member of the Equity Advocates – MN GIS/LIS Consortium, and is currently coordinating with Jennifer Borlick on the newly formed branch of Equity Advocates in WI. Working to help coordinate opportunities for continued learning centered on diversity and equity, and provide a forum in which to bring people together is her goal in working with Equity Advocates.

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Talk – Overview of the Wisconsin Land Information Association

Tuesday April 13, 12:30-1:00 pm
Presenter: Carmen Novak and Shelley Witte, WLIA
This brief presentation will cover some history, operations, and goals of WLIA.

Carmen Novak has served on the WLIA Board of Directors from 2015-2019 and is the current WLIA President. She also works as a GIS Technician for Bayfield County, WI. Shelley Witte is the GIS Technician for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). She also is on the WLIA Board of Directors as the chair of the Membership & Outreach Committee.

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Talk – Use of Esri Dashboards for Data Collection

Tuesday April 13, 1:30-2:00 pm
Presenter: Cindy MacDonald, Mandli Communications, Inc.
Live dashboards are a growing part of our culture. We utilize them for managing our data collection projects for DOTs across the country.

Cindy graduated from UW Milwaukee in 2011. She has worked with Mandli for 9 years overseeing all data collection and validation processes within the Data Collection department.

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Demo – Using GIS as a Smart Communities Information System

Tuesday April 13, 2:30-3:30 pm 
Presenter: Jordan Miller, Esri
Look at how people are solving problems using GIS and how spatial awareness can improve how things are done. This topic will discuss trends in how GIS is being implemented and how users are harnessing data driven decision making tools.

I am a Solution Engineer on the Esri State and Local Government team. I’m a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and have been with Esri for 5 years.

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Workshop – US Census and ACS Data for GIS

Wednesday April 14, 9:30-11:00 am
Presenter: Stephen Appel, UWM Libraries, American Geographical Society Library

Learn about the basics of the Census and American Community Survey, data retrieval from the NHGIS system, and basic methods for working with tabular and geospatial census data in GIS.

  • Special knowledge required: Desktop or Web GIS basics (formats, jargon, importing and displaying data)
  • Workshop, minimum equipment required: A computer with an internet connection (required). Check hardware requirements for desktop GIS required below (netbooks, Chromebooks, or tablets not recommended). Webcam and Microphone (Recommended)
  • Workshop, software required: ArcGIS Pro recommended, QGIS or ArcMap acceptable for participants with GIS experience. Complete the setup instructions on the Workshop Webpage before the workshop.
  • Handout: View the Workshop Webpage

Stephen is the Geospatial Information Specialist at the American Geographical Society Library at the UWM Golda Meir Library and an expert in geospatial data discovery and access.

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Workshop – Basic LiDAR Handling using PDAL

Wednesday April 14, 1:00-2:30 pm
Taught By: Brett Ketter, UWM Geosciences Department
Assisted By: Sakib Hasan, UWM Geography Department

In this tutorial, we will use publicly available LiDAR data and the open-source and free software packages PDAL and QGIS to create a high-resolution digital terrain model (DTM) that we can use in maps and 3D visualizations.

  • Special knowledge required: Working knowledge of QGIS and its capabilities. How to use a command line for running tools in a python environment. File and directory structures including LAS and LAZ files. LiDAR and Digital Terrain Models (DTM) concepts and visualizations.
  • Workshop, minimum equipment required: At least 8GB of RAM Current Chrome Browser At least 50GB of disk space (these files get big) A processor less than 5-6 years old A graphics card that can hand 3D displays. Webcam and Microphone (Recommended)
  • Workshop, software required: QGIS 3 (latest version) Anaconda (used to install PDAL). The data will be downloaded from the internet. The links will be given.
  • A handout will be available in advance.

I have been learning GIS since 2003 and teaching it since 2008. My main background is in geosciences. I use GIS analyze problems such as vineyard site suitability and many others.

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Northern Area GIS User Group Meeting

Wednesday April 14, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Register on the Northern Area GIS User Group Site
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