GIS in Action 2019 has ended
Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA

The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).
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Tuesday, April 23 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Get It Together: Volunteer Geographic Data Collaborations from Singular to Systems (Workshop) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Citizen Science projects range in topics from human health, species observations, earth systems, atmosphere, and space. With these myriad programs, citizen science data has become prevalent. This workshop aims to leverage the vast and varied data collected from citizen science programs and foster data sharing and transfer collaborations between a diverse group of citizen science data managers and practitioners. Sharing and combining individual citizen science datasets allows more complex system-level research questions to be addressed through citizen science.

The workshop will consist of two parts; a citizen science data exploration activity and a data fitness activity. The beginning of the workshop will include a data exploration activity, we will use citizen science data collected from NASA’s Land Cover and Mosquito Habitat Mapper mobile applications as an example dataset. We will also have short presentations and time for discussion about citizen science programs and citizen science program data with a focus on spatial data (known as volunteered geographic information). This portion of the workshop will include discussions of the data lifecycle, data access, data ownership, data sharing and transfer, data discovery, and metadata best practices.  The second half of the workshop will then include a data fitness activity and discussion of how citizen science data can be combined with other data to answer system level research questions.  

Intended for anyone interested in learning more about using citizen science and volunteer geographic information in their work. 


Heather Fischer

Heather is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at OSU and Peder is an instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Heather and Peder are working together with NASA on the NASA GLOBE Observer Landcover citizen science... Read More →

Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 238