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MGUG Keynote: How to Remain Relevant in the Age of Change

James Fee
October 02, 2013

MGUG Keynote: How to Remain Relevant in the Age of Change

Technology moves fast and when you have your head down doing your job, it is easy to miss where the spatial industry is headed. But you don't have to stay focused on Twitter all day to know how to keep your skills relevant. There are a couple technologies that GIS and Mapping use that will keep you on top of today's technology trends and make sure you are completely relevant in today's workforce. James will go over some amazingly simple ways to make sure you don't get left behind and give you the tools to be successful in any GIS job.

James Fee

October 02, 2013
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  1. How  to  Remain  Relevant  in  the  Age  of  Change
    or  
    What  GIS  Pros  Can  Do  to  
    Keep  Their  Skills  in  Demand
    Stormtroopers  On  A  Wire  by  Pedro  Vezini  hEp://flic.kr/p/8RRLk5
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  2. How  to  Remain  Relevant  in  the  Age  of  Change
    or  
    What  GIS  Pros  Can  Do  to  
    Keep  Their  Skills  in  Demand
    Stormtroopers  On  A  Wire  by  Pedro  Vezini  hEp://flic.kr/p/8RRLk5
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  3. • 19  year  GIS  veteran
    • Started  own  consul5ng  
    company  in  2013
    • Blogs  at  spa5allyadjusted.com
    • Doesn’t  own  a  GPS
    • Has  a  working  
    SPARCsta5on  20
    A  LiEle  
    About  Me
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  4. Photo  by  drmacro  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/83i2aa
    Friday, October 4, 13
    I  loved  to  look  at  maps  at  a  young  age.    These  AAA  TripTik  maps  were  par5cularly  awesome  in  that  they  routed  you  to  your  des5na5on.

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  5. Photo  by  sylvar  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/o8EML
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Efficiency  it  was  not,  these  things  were  put  together  by  hand  and  you’d  best  hope  they  didn’t  skip  a  page!

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  6. Photo  by  Tambako  the  Jaguar  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/81nfaV
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Like  most  GIS  people  I  enjoyed  Risk,  nothing  like  using  a  map  as  a  board.    In  face  we  usually  dumped  the  default  Risk  board  and  used  an  atlas  
    for  real  world  domina5on.

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  7. Photo  by  larskflem  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/7Kr4J
    Friday, October 4, 13
    My  favorite  pas5me?    Reading  an  atlas.    It  was  by  my  bed  and  I  leafed  through  it  every  night.    I  think  I  looked  at  every  label  on  every  map  over  
    and  over  again.    Honestly  these  books  are  a  lost  art.

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  8. Friday, October 4, 13
    On  top  of  it,  I’ve  subscribed  to  Na5onal  Geographic  since  the  80’s.    If  you’ve  seen  one  of  my  hangouts  you’ll  no5ce  the  collec5on  in  the  
    background.

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  9. Friday, October 4, 13
    On  top  of  it,  I’ve  subscribed  to  Na5onal  Geographic  since  the  80’s.    If  you’ve  seen  one  of  my  hangouts  you’ll  no5ce  the  collec5on  in  the  
    background.

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  10. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  took  to  programming  at  an  early  age  too.    Logo  was  an  awesome  way  to  get  introduced  to  programming  a  computer.

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  11. Friday, October 4, 13
    But  quickly  I  outgrew  Logo  and  even  BASIC  and  looked  to  Pascal.    Once  I  determined  you  didn’t  get  a  Porsche  for  using  it,  I  moved  on.

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  12. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  think  the  thing  that  really  caught  me  was  HyperCard.    It  used  HyperTalk  to  control  user  ac5ons  and  was  similar  to  Pascal.    It  was  probably  the  
    most  popular  hypermedia  system  before  the  internet.

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  13. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  created  applica5ons  that  created  a  front  end  to  a  database.    

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  14. The  Modern
    Waldseemüller
    Friday, October 4, 13
    I  had  vision  of  being  a  modern  Waldseemuller….

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  15. Photo  by  Manitoba  Historical  Maps  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/4jPTyW
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Oblique  view  of  Winnipeg,  awesome  stuff.

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  16. Photo  by  noaha  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/CkruJ
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Alas,  I  could  only  draw  scribbbles.

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  17. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  turned  to  computers  to  give  me  more  fine  grained  control  that  AutoCAD  couldn’t  at  the  5me.  

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  18. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  started  to  do  amazing  computer  cartography  such  as  this.    Yea  it’s  blank,  my  work  is  stuck  on  this  old  SyQuest  Media…

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  19. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  started  to  do  amazing  computer  cartography  such  as  this.    Yea  it’s  blank,  my  work  is  stuck  on  this  old  SyQuest  Media…

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  20. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  also  dabbled  in  the  web  back  when  you  could  almost  throw  anything  up  and  get  visits.

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  21. Friday, October 4, 13
    I  can’t  find  a  copy  of  an  early  page  of  mine  but  I  like  to  think  it  included  an  awesome  background.

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  22. Arc/INFO
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Then  I  discovered  arc  

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  27. neon  takeaway  by  skipratmedia  hEp://flic.kr/p/uUuKX
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  29. A
    B
    L
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  30. always
    be
    learning
    A
    B
    L
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  32. Change  is  constant!
    But  one  thing  is  sure,  always  embrace  it…
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  33. History  of  GIS  Professionals
    Photo  by  Johnson  Cameraface  -­‐  hEp://flic.kr/p/dwQdSq
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  34. Rise  of  the  Database
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  35. Rise  of  the  Internet
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  40. PR1ME  COMPUTER
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Prime  made  minicomputers  for  most  of  the  70s  and  80s.    The  original  ArcInfo  ran  on  it.

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  41. Sun
    Microsystems  
    SPARCtower  6  by  storem  hEp://flic.kr/p/k79fJ
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Prime  made  minicomputers  for  most  of  the  70s  and  80s.    The  original  ArcInfo  ran  on  it.

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  42. Mobile
    Friday, October 4, 13
    We’ve  embraced  mobile  devices  for  years

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  43. Friday, October 4, 13
    Some  of  them  are  extremely  sexy

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  44. Friday, October 4, 13
    These  mesa  devices  are  among  my  favorite

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  46. Friday, October 4, 13
    Just  think  about  how  much  more  enjoyable  the  world  would  have  been  with  GIS  people  at  the  5p  of  the  spear.

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  47. Friday, October 4, 13
    We’ve  also  got  great  access  to  visualiza5on  tools.    Esri’s  CityEngine  does  some  amazing  rendering  live.

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  49. Big  Data
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Big  data  is  a  buzz  word…

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  50. Friday, October 4, 13
    GIS  has  feasted  on  big  data  for  years.    I  mean  who  other  than  GIS  people  cares  that  there  is  a  4GB  limit  to  TIFF  or  that  a  JPG  can  only  be  30,000  
    pixels  wide?

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  51. Why  Do  GIS  Professionals  Stay  
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  52. GIS  Professionals  Assimilate  New  
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  53. GIS  is  at  the  Forefront
    Friday, October 4, 13
    All  these  great  technologies!

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  54. GIS  is  at  the  Forefront
    Python
    3D
    JavaScript
    Mobile
    XML
    .NET
    Scrip5ng
    GPS
    iOS
    RDBMS
    Database
    Big  Data
    Cloud
    Websites
    GRID
    Android
    Metadata
    Macintosh
    Windows
    Prin5ng
    JSON
    Vector
    UAV
    Sta5s5cs
    Data  Management
    UI
    Archiving
    KML
    Raster
    HTML5
    Prototyping
    Java
    Friday, October 4, 13
    All  these  great  technologies!

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  55. We  Push  the  Envelope
    Friday, October 4, 13
    We  push  the  envelope

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  56. Friday, October 4, 13
    So  go  out  and  hug  a  globe  today!

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  57. Prinang,  gunpowder  and  the  compass:
    These  three  have  changed  the  whole  face  
    and  state  of  things  throughout  the  world
    Francis  Bacon
    Friday, October 4, 13

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  58. Friday, October 4, 13

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  59. Friday, October 4, 13
    Andrew  Turner  puts  it  so  very  well!

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  60. Francis  Bacon
    Andrew  Turner
    Prinang,  gunpowder  and  the  compass:
    Internet,  mobile  phones  and  the  GPS:
    These  three  have  changed  the  whole  face
    and  state  of  things  throughout  the  world
    Friday, October 4, 13
    Andrew  Turner  puts  it  so  very  well!

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  61. Contact
    James  Fee  –  Founder  Spa5ally  Adjusted
    email:  [email protected]
    voice:  480-­‐225-­‐2287
    web:  spa5allyadjusted.com
    twimer:  @cageyjames
    Slide  Deck:  hmp://bit.ly/mgug_key
    Friday, October 4, 13

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