Michigan State University

Michigan GIS Users Meeting

Kathleen Weessies

Statewide Michigan GIS Users meeting at the MSU Main Library

The Statewide GIS User Group provides bimonthly networking and educational opportunities for GIS professionals across Michigan. The meetings are open to everyone from students through seasoned professionals and feature a range of technical and non-technical topics.

The next meeting is Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the MSU Main Library.  We will be offering a remote conferencing option using our campus site license to zoom.us for the morning session only starting at 10:00am.  You may connect audio-only using a phone or may utilize the full video conferencing connection where you can see presenter slides and the audience.  Connection information is below.  Map of parking options near the MSU Main Library

Agenda Thursday August 4, 2016

9:30 - 10:00am

Informal Networking Reception

Catch up with your colleagues over a cup of coffee

10:00am - Noon

Update Meeting and Short Educational Topic

Learn what your peers are working on in an around-the-room update from meeting participants capped off with a 30 min demonstration of The Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal. 

Connect to the meeting with video and audio using a PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://msu.zoom.us/j/363423903 .  Or dial in by phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 363 423 903

Noon - 1:30pm

Break for Lunch

Some lunch options near the MSU Main Library

1:30 - 3:30pm

Educational Topic: Five Points of Interest in the MSU Main Library

  • Turfgrass: Does your community think it spends too much on mowing and fertilizing its managed landscapes? The world’s largest turfgrass library is building an online full-text database of turf management information.
  • Map Library: What detailed maps does MSU have of your locality? Come see a selection of our 250,000-strong map collection 1588 to the present. We will also introduce you to our enormous collection of community planning reports.
  • Espresso Book Machine: When you want something nicer than a cheap spiral binding, the EBM can professionally and economically print and bind your report, local plan, or grant application right before your eyes. If you can PDF it, we can print it.
  • Makerspace: Open to the public, learn how to 3D print a terrain model using either open source tools or ArcScene.
  • Special Collections: Learn about artist's books, a genre that lives at the intersection of literature and sculpture, with artisanal printing techniques thrown in. Special Collections staff have selected a dozen pieces that celebrate the natural world and life in the Great Lakes region.


The MSU Library is host to a wide variety of other collections and services and is open to the public. Find out more at the Library website: https://www.lib.msu.edu/  We look forward to seeing you there!


The Michigan Statewide GIS User Group meets on the first Thursday of even numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, and December).  Watch this website for upcoming meeting locations and agendas: http://www.michigan.gov/cgi/0,4548,7-158-52927_53037_12761_15235---,00.html

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