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Navigating the world of GIS takes more than being able to make a pretty map. Between the science, technology, and artistic design required to be successful in the geospatial field, things can get confusing. Join us as we talk with GIS veterans and geniuses who know a thing or two about how to find your way from student to professional and beyond, while also chatting about some neat tools, tricks, and trends. Presented by the URISA Texas Chapter.

Navigating the world of GIS takes more than being able to make a pretty map. Between the science, technology, and artistic design required to be successful in the geospatial field, things can get confusing. Join us as we talk with GIS veterans and geniuses who know a thing or two about how to find your way from student to professional and beyond, while also chatting about some neat tools, tricks, and trends. Presented by the URISA Texas Chapter.

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United States

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Navigating the world of GIS takes more than being able to make a pretty map. Between the science, technology, and artistic design required to be successful in the geospatial field, things can get confusing. Join us as we talk with GIS veterans and geniuses who know a thing or two about how to find your way from student to professional and beyond, while also chatting about some neat tools, tricks, and trends. Presented by the URISA Texas Chapter.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 15

1/14/2021
On this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with not one guest, but two. Caitlyn McNabb of Sedaru and Micah Babinsky of CDR McGuire join me and talk about how they got into this big wide world of GIS. Both are members of the URISA Vangaurd cabinet and have been able to greatly expand their careers thanks to the experiences they’ve gained, not only from URISA events, but a multitude of opportunities.

Duration:00:28:07

Episode 14

10/28/2020
On today’s episode I conclude my interview with Jordan Carmona as we wrap up our discussion on the GISP. We dive into why each of us wanted the certification in the first place, and then we crack open the technical exam, as much as we can, for those who are looking for some insight into this sometimes controversial test.

Duration:00:34:17

Episode 13

10/14/2020
On this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Jordan Carmona from the city of McKinney, Texas. On this special episode, Jordan and I chat about all things GISP. We share our own experiences of completing our portfolios, tips and tricks to use to gather points, and how the point system works in the first place.

Duration:00:51:17

Episode 12

9/24/2020
On today’s episode I conclude my interview with Brandi Rank. We talk Servant leadership and the difference between good and bad management. We also dive into some universal truths in the workplace, and the importance of being aware of yourself including your positives and negatives. And finally we discuss how GIS departments are key in governmental organizations, be that helping IT departments transition to 100% remote work, or acting as bridges between siloed groups.

Duration:00:36:02

Episode 11

9/9/2020
On this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Brandi Rank from the city of Thornton, Colorado. We chat about what it’s like being the first generation in your family to attend college, while not knowing what you want to do right away, and what that process is like when searching for what you’re supposed to do with the rest of your life. We also talk about the importance of internships, and the abundance of experience they can provide. And finally we span Brandi’s career in...

Duration:00:47:52

Episode 10

6/25/2020
On today’s episode I conclude my interview with Michelle Swindle. We talk about what it’s like to have staff who are brand new, versus subject matter experts in any given field. We also chat about some of the work Michelle has done with the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, as well as the Joint Emergency Operations Center in Tarrant county, and how it first started as a way to track incidents at the Texas Motor Speedway, and how it’s evolved to serve many other functions, like the...

Duration:00:20:26

Episode 9

6/10/2020
On this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Michelle Swindle from the city of Fort Worth Texas. We chat about Michelle’s non-traditional path to GIS, and what it was like to go back to school after she thought she was finished with higher education. We also get to hear about what it’s like to be a civilian GIS contractor in an active war zone, and how that environment comes with a whole host of unique challenges.

Duration:00:36:38

Episode 8

5/27/2020
On today’s episode I conclude my interview with Tom Fisher. We get into the wide range of activities Tom is involved with in Ohio from his work at the county to the non profits he helps to support. We also discuss how the current Covid-19 crisis is affecting everyone, and how his county is responding and going about providing as much information as it can to it’s citizens.

Duration:00:27:06

Episode 7

5/13/2020
On this week’s episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Tom Fisher of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Tom and I discuss how he got his first taste of GIS as an eagle scout mapping out fire hydrants for his local community, before starting a degree in forestry. His love of nature eventually lead him back to GIS and some pretty resourceful strategies to get into the companies where he saw himself thriving.

Duration:00:23:41

Episode 6

4/1/2020
On today’s episode I conclude my interview with Keri Brennan. We discuss how Keri’s career evolved with teaching as an esri instructor to teaching workshops for URISA, to being one of the head instructors of URISA GIS Leadership Academy. We also discuss the difference between a manager and a leader in the GIS community, and how becoming a GIS leader is everyone's responsibility, whether you are a loud or quiet leader. And finally we chat about why it’s important to push for GIS to be part of...

Duration:00:26:47

Episode 5

3/25/2020
On the current episode of More Than Just Maps I have the pleasure of talking with the current URISA President, Keri Brennan. We chat about Keri’s journey from being a non-GIS student in natural resources and how she was able to break into the industry through academic research. We also talk about how evolving GIS technology has changed what she does on a day to day basis, and what to focus on when first entering the industry.

Duration:00:32:03

Episode 4

2/26/2020
On the second part of my interview with URISA Texas founder Brian King, we talk about all the ways in which Brian continues to learn including teaching at Penn State, working on bringing continuing education through the URISA Texas Speaker series, and starting the Freese and Nichols drone program from scratch.

Duration:00:25:22

Episode 3

2/12/2020
This month I get to chat with the founder of URISA Texas, Brian King. Brian goes into detail about what it's like to change from archeology to GIS gradually through his career. We also talk about how quickly the GIS field has grown since he first started using the technology, what it's like to start a non-profit, and what you can do to get more experience when you have none.

Duration:00:33:25

Episode 2

1/22/2020
On this episode of the podcast I continue my discussion with Tim Nolan about his interest in all things project management including, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, and personal Kanban, and how this can be used to make even the most complicated GIS workflows work for you.

Duration:00:23:13

Episode 1

1/8/2020
Navigating the world of GIS takes more than being able to make a pretty map. Between the science, technology, and artistic design required to be successful in the geospatial field, things can get confusing. Join us as we talk with GIS veterans and geniuses who know a thing or two about how to find your way from student to professional and beyond, while also chatting about some neat tools, tricks, and trends. Presented by the URISA Texas Chapter.

Duration:00:28:36