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  • 05/07/2018 6:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2018 MAGIP Award Recipients:

    2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipient - Meghan Burns

    2018 GIS Professional Livability Award Recipient - Jon Henderson

    Biennially, MAGIP recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the organization, the profession, and community. The two awards were presented at the first annual 2018 Big Sky GeoCon held in Helena, April 16 - 19, 2018.

    For more information visit the MAGIP Awards Page

  • 05/04/2018 9:52 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The year 2018 was extraordinarily positive for the MAGIP Education Committee. First, we had more funds to distribute than ever before, and second we awarded more K-12 Education Grants than in previous years.

    In summary we allocated four K-12 Education Grants, and two higher education scholarships. Our grants funded Junior High School emergency response app development, Middle School topographic education, poetry and mapping at the fourth grade level, and the development of GIS and Remote Sensing curricula for Flathead Valley High schools.

    The Higher Education Scholarships supported investigations into the geographically influenced dynamics of rural communities, and strategies for protecting grizzly bear movement corridors using conservation easements. Following are short descriptions of the awardees and the projects we funded.

  • 04/23/2018 11:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP is pleased to announce the poster winners for the annual Montana State University Earth Sciences Colloquium!

    Volunteers from the MAGIP community judged over 30 posters this year!

    Congratulations to the winning posters!

    First Place - Chris Goodhue

    Second Place - Tessa Switzer

  • 03/27/2018 6:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Register Now for the MAGIP 2018 Big Sky GeoCon!

    April 16-20, 2018
    Radisson Colonial Hotel
    Helena, Montana

    The Workshop Schedule has been Posted! 

    Register Now to Secure your Seat! 

        ArcGIS Pro 1   Intro to ArcGIS Online   Image Processing
        Socioeconomic Data    ArcGIS Enterprise   ArcGIS API for Python
        HOT OpenStreetMap   NASA Remote Sensing   Python Workflows
        SQL Queries   Coordinate Systems   GPS & Surveying
        Situation Analyst   UAS and GIS   Cartography
        Census Data   Census Software  

    The Conference Agenda is now available! 

    Check out the Great Presentation Lineup!

    Interested in sponsoring the conference, a conference break, or a student scholarship? View the Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus for all the details.

  • 03/13/2018 6:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to consider all the great things MAGIP does for the Montana GIS community.

    We would like to encourage you to take an active role in MAGIP.

    One way to be involved is by being part of the MAGIP Board of Directors.  We need new board members for the term starting June 2018.

    Please consider nominating yourself, or someone who you think would make a great addition to the board, using this survey.

    Nomination are open through April 20, 2018 for the following very rewarding positions:

    • Vice President - Elected to three (3) year term (Vice President, President, Past President)
    • Member-at-Large (2 Positions) - Elected to two (2) year term

    There are also openings for the following two Appointed Positions:

    • Professional Development Committee Chair - Appointed by Professional Development Committee to two (2) year term. Contact Jeff Hedstrom for more information.
    • Web Subcommittee Chair - Appointed by Web Subcommittee to two (2) year term. Contact Meghan Burns for more information.

    Please contact current board members or the election committee (Brian Andersen, Meghan Burns, Valentijn Hoff) if you have any questions.

    Or see the election page and the BOD page on the MAGIP website for more information.

    On behalf of the MAGIP Election Committee, thank you for your consideration.

    Valentijn Hoff, National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis

    Helpful links:

  • 02/20/2018 5:27 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Announcing the 2018 MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarship:

    Undergraduate student or a first-year graduate student at a Montana college or university in 2018 who are doing a GIS-related project or research, are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in funding through the MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarship.

    Applications are due March 30, 2018.

    For more information and to download the application package visit the MAGIP Scholarship page.

  • 02/20/2018 5:25 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP is now accepting applications for two $1,500 grants to support the development and use of geographic location-based technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or Remote Sensing in K-12 classrooms. Eligible projects include curriculum development, training for teachers, and purchase of equipment or software that will enhance geographic instruction.

    Grant Applications are due March 30, 2018.

    Visit the K-12 Education Grant page for additional information and to download the application.

  • 01/17/2018 6:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Announcing the opening of the newest salary survey of GIS professionals, educators and trainers within Montana. This survey was a collaborative effort between the Professional Development Committee, Operations & Business Committee and the MAGIP Board of Directors.  

    Please click the survey link to begin filling out the survey, it is 27 questions and will likely take between 5-8 minutes to complete. This survey is open to everyone in the Montana GIS industry.

    Montana GIS Salary Survey  

    The closing date on the survey will be Friday, February 23, 2018

    Following the closing date, the two committees will then analyze the results, provide some narrative and we plan on presenting the survey results at the upcoming 2018 Big Sky GeoCon in Helena, April 16-20.   

    Thank you everyone and we look forward to providing the results to you all and getting some feedback.

    Jeff Hedstrom

    MAGIP Professional Development Chair

    (406) 455-8437

  • 01/10/2018 9:04 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP would like to recognize two individuals who have made a significant contribution to the organization, the profession, and community in the areas of Distinguished Service and Professional Livability.

    The Distinguished Service Award is presented for long-term service and leadership to the Montana GIS community and the profession.

    The GIS Professional Livability Award is an award that recognizes an individual for a measurable contribution to the application of GIS, thus improving the quality of life within their respective community, city, or state.

    Each nomination requires a one-page letter of nomination, two references who also support the nomination, and any supporting documentation you may have. You can submit more than one nomination for each award.

    Submit your Nomination(s)

    Nominations will close February 19

      Visit the MAGIP Awards page for additional information and to view the list of past award recipients

    Please nominate one or more candidates that deserve this recognition!


  • 11/16/2017 10:06 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    2017 MAGIP GIS Day Web Map Contest

    Prizes for 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), and 3rd Place ($25)

    View the Map Contest Entries and Winners on the MAGIP GIS Day page.

    Winning maps were announced on GIS Day, Wednesday, November 15 @ 6 PM at Meetups around the state.

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