MAGIP News Archive

The MAGIP Board and the Education Committeeare excited to announce that 7 scholarships and grants have been awarded to some well deserving recipients. View the list of recipient HEREPlease read more about how MAGIP is helping these individuals with their contributions to the GIS profession

Registration is OPEN for the 2016 MAGIP Conference coming to the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Billings, MT on November 15 - 16

Memorial Tree and Dedication Event for Rj Zimmer. Visit and Contribute to the memorial project honoring Rj Zimmer (1952-2015), MAGIP leader, author, surveyor, teacher, public servant, consultant, and mentor. The dedication is scheduled for June 7, 2016 at Carroll College in Helena

The Grants and Scholarships page now has information on the 2016 applications for MAGIP scholarships.  Due date:  April 29, 2016

Congratulations to the Distinguished Service Award Recipient Catherine Maynard, Ph.D. and the GIS Professional Livability Award Recipient Eric Spangenberg

Thank You to everyone who participated in the 2016 Intermountain GIS Conference! Please take a minute to complete the evaluation

Registration is Open and the schedule is posted for the  2016 Intermountain GIS Conference coming to Great Falls ~ April 4 - 7

2015 GIS Day Map Contest! For contest results and to view all of the map entries Click HERE

Read the Summary of the recent Bozeman GIS User Group Meeting provided by Dan Stahly, MARLS President-Elect

Congratulations to the 2015 grant and scholarship recipients! Click HERE for the list of recipients and their projects

Register Now for the MAGIP Tech Session / Montana Association of Planners (MAP) Conference September 28 - October 2 at Fairmont Hot Springs
2015 Spring Meeting Presentations Available
The presentations for the 2015 Spring Meeting and the NextGen 9-1-1 Discussion are available
MAGIP Board Elections: Welcome Brian Andersen (Vice President), Karen Coleman (Member-at-Large), and Henry Hansen (Member-at-Large)

MAGIP Board Appointments: Welcome Robert Ahl (Education Committee Chair), Chuck Fahner (MLIAC Representative), Corey Richardson (Professional Development Committee Chair) and Tara Chesley-Preston (Operations and Business Committee Chair)

MAGIP Board Elections: Leslie Zolman was elected Vice President. Tara Chesley-Preston and Valentijn Hoff were elected to the board

Education Committee News: Congratulations to our 2014 Grant and Scholarship winners Loga Fixico and Gail Shatkus! Please visit the website for more details

Call for Proposals for the 2014 Education Scholarships and Grants. Proposals are due May 1, 2014. Please visit the web site for additional information
Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Intermountain GIS Conference to be held April 7 - 11, 2014 in Billings, MT. Please visit the web site for more information and to register
Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Awards. Visit the web site for more information
GIS DAY Map Contest Winners Announced
Thank you to the winners and to Weston and Electronic Data Solutions for the great prizes! MAGIP Map Gallery
MAGIP Fall Tech Session & Montana Government IT Conference
December 9 - 12, 2013 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel, Helena, MT. Please visit the web site for more info or to submit your presentation abstract
2013 Spring Meeting Agenda Available
The final agenda and abstracts for the Spring Meeting are now available. Registration for the meeting and workshops is still open
2013 Spring Meeting Registration is OPEN!
Join us in Miles City for a day of hands-on workshops, 2 days of presentations, collaboration, and networking and an amazing time with fellow GIS professionals.  Visit the 2013 Spring Meeting page for more information
2013 Spring Meeting Call for Presentations
Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations and lightning talks. Poster and web map submissions are due by April 29. For additional information, visit the 2013 Spring Meeting page
2014 Intermountain Conference Logo Winner
Congratulations to Jere Folgert for submitting the winning logo for the 2014 Conference
2014 Intermountain Conference Theme and Logo Contest Announcement
The Conference Committee is pleased to announce the theme and associated logo contest for the 2014 Intermountain GIS Conference. Click for additional information
New Montana State Library GIS Web site
The Montana State Library is pleased to announce the release of their new Geographic Information web site
MAGIP College Scholarship and K-12 Curriculum Grants Now Available
Application instructions are available on the MAGIP Education Committee or Grants & Scholarships pages

MAGIP Map Gallery Announcement
The MAGIP Map Gallery is a collection of web maps created by the community of geographic information professionals in Montana

Open Source Software Recommendations
An Open Source 'recommendations' document has been created and can be found within the new Member Generated Resources page. This document was complied based on responses within our community

MAGIP Web Subcommittee Seminar Series Announced
The Seminar Series will be a periodic outreach event hosted on the web, for members only. Additional information can be found within the
Seminar page
Save the Date - 2012 GIS Day Location Announced!
Join MAGIP at the Lewis and Clark Library for activities and an ArcGIS Online Map Contest! Additional Information can be found within the GIS Day page

Save the Date - 2012 Fall Technical Session Date Announced!
The 2012 MAGIP Fall Technical Session will be combined with the Montana IT Conference. December 4-7. Additional information can be found within the Session page

Local Government Survey Results
The Local Government User's group is pleased to announce the results of a Questionnaire regarding funding sources

DRAFT Spatial Data Distribution Best Practices
The Technical Committee has proposed a new best practice regarding spatial data distribution that is currently under review

MAGIP Google Groups List Serve
MAGIP is pleased to announce that the Google Groups List Serve is live. The listserve email is as follows:

2012 Intermountain Conference Poster Contest Winners
Thanks to all who participated in the contest! Winners can be found within the new 2012 Poster Winners page

Awards Subcommittee Now Accepting Nominations for 2 Awards
An Awards Guidance document has been created for reference and additional information. Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award and GIS Professional Livability Award are due by March 1, 2012

GIS Day at the Montana Capitol Rotunda - A Great Success!

GIS Day was held in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, November 16. Please visit the GIS Day page for more information

Natural Resource Information System and Base Map Service Center Merge
The Montana State Library Announces a merger between the Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) and the Base Map Service Center (BMSC)

GIS Day at the Montana Capitol Rotunda
The Montana State Library is pleased to announce  a GIS Day Event. The event will be held in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, November 16. Please visit the our GIS Day page for more information

MT DEQ Requests MAGIP Member Assistance
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality requests assistance to help coordinate a field data collection project with Montana schools. Please contact the MAGIP Education Committee and/or contacts within the letter
MAGIP's 2010-2011 Accomplishments Document is Available
The association accomplished a great deal during the 2010-2011 Board of Director's term year.  Read the details in the Annual Accomplishements Document
Electronic US Topo Maps Available for Montana - For Free
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has introduced the next generation of topographic maps coined the US Topo. Additional information can be found within MAGIP's "Share" page

Montana CIO's Funding Request to the MLIA Council
Read a letter from Dick Clark (State CIO) to the Montana Land Information Advisory Council regarding a funding request relating to proposed Base Map Service Center merger with the Montana State Library

DEQ GIS Receives ESRI 2011 SAG Award Congratulations to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (GIS) in receiving ESRI's Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award. Additional information (including their Spatial Workflow PDF) can be found on the ESRI web site
2011 Fall Tech Session Call for Presentations
The MAGIP Technical Committee is pleased to announce the dates for the 2011 Fall Technical Session; October 3-4. If you are interested in conducting a workshop or presenting, please contact them at
Montana Cadastral Article Published
Base Map Service Center's article, "The Big Sky State Finds Gold in Statewide Cadastral Database", has been published in the Summer 2011 ArcNews publication

GISP Certification Webcast Available
GISCI president Mr. David DiBiase, and Ms. Sheila Wilson, executive director, address the results (via webcast) of the public comment period regarding potential changes to the certification process

GISCI Map Contest Announced
GIS Certification Institute has announced a map contest to generate a cartographic representation of their member distribution (nearly 5000 members). (Submission due 3/31/11)

MAGIP K-12 Educational Applications Grant Announced
The MAGIP Education Committee is pleased to announce a K-12 Educational GIS Applications Grant. The $1000 Grant is open to any Montanan seeking to further GIS use within the K-12 classroom. (Applications due 4/8/11)
Board of Directors Nominations Now Open
Please submit all nominations to the MAGIP Board: Additional information can be found on the Board of Directors News page

MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship Announced
The MAGIP Education Committee is pleased to announce a Higher Education GIS Scholarship for Montana Undergraduate Students or First-Year Graduate Students (Applications due 3/25/11)

New Resumes Page Created
A new member-only Resumes page has been added to our MAGIP web site

New MSDI Page Created
A new MSDI page and discussion forum have been added to our MAGIP web site

Migration to ArcGIS 10

Transitioning to ArcGIS 10? Read the Migrating to ArcGIS 10 PDF as presented by ESRI's Marty Balikov during the 2010 Montana IT Conference

MSDI Framework Theme Review

The Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure Framework Theme Review (2009) is now available

MSDI Structures Framework

The Base Map Service Center (BMSC) is pleased to announce that the MSDI Structures Framework is now a complete statewide dataset

GIS Analysts in Top 100 Best Jobs
GIS Analysts are in the Top 100 Best Jobs, according to money magazine and, as seen at

New Pages Created
, GISP, Photos, Publications, and Frequently Asked Questions pages have been added to our MAGIP web site

NRIS/BMSC to Co-locate
Montana Natural Resource Information System and the state's Base Map Service Center will co-locate in November 2010

MAGIP User Groups web page

Requirements and Information are now available

Montana GIS in the News
ESRI's GIS Educator newsletter features Montana high school students from Browning and Big Fork doing GIS research on caves in Glacier National Park!  Article

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