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GIS UG Meeting Minutes -2/10/2020

Penn State GIS Working Group, Monday, Feb 10, 2020: 1-2pm, Mann Assembly Room

Attendees: R. Phillips, H. Ross., J. Vender, C. Brewer, N. Piekielek, J. Spayd, J. Detwiler, Y. Bodovski, T. Anthony, J. Beekman, H. Greatrex, K. Goessling, L. Yi

Discussion items

Updates from the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information

Maps and Geospatial Assistant position: Part-time position with openings for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021

– New Blog posts on Maps and GIS sites page: Recent blogs included: Migrating to ArcGIS Pro, Insights for ArcGIS: Creating Interactive Dashboards, Using ArcGIS Online Analysis Tools: Conducting Online Analysis, and Learning through the Esri Academy.

-Completion of 1950s Aerial Photo Scanning Project

-GIS and Geography Education Event: May 11 (Day prior to PAGIS conference)

Overall Usage of Penn State ArcGIS Online Account: (J. Detwiler)

-Dashboard with summary of data on types of users by admin area, and college, logins, and unique users

-Discussion of future uses of this information, Raw data available for those interested, possible future Penn State GIS Day talk on ArcGIS Online usage (Nov 2020)

-J. Detwiler attending Esri Dev Summit: looking for requests for ArcGIS Online enhancements/improvmenets

OPP: Campus Imagery

Geography: New Hires, Future Masters in Spatial Data Science program being proposed

Review of Geographic Information Science (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge

Next Meeting: Post Spring Break

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 12/11/19


Spayd, R. Baxter, J. Detwiler, T. Anthony, Y. Bodovksi, N. Piekielek, D. Meehan, H. Ross, J. Beekman

General Discussion 

-Updates to ArcGIS Online: New Map features are in Beta, new icons and screens when sharing

-Penn State ArcGIS Online account: Dashboard on usage

-PASDA updates: new imagery, partial coverage of parcels for the state, new .las files for campus

-Center for Maps and GIS updates:  Working with new classes in the Spring with ArcGIS Online (Spanish 100 and 200), Aerial photo project still underway and in the process of getting photos to fill in

Next Meeting:

-Around the week of 1/22 (6 weeks). Scheduled for 2/10 at 1pm in Mann Assembly Room (103 Paterno Library)

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 2/6/19

R. Baxter, J. Detwiler, B. King, J. T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, J. Vendor, Y. Bodovski, C. Grube, D. Goldberg.
  • Interns from GIS coalition attended to talk about assisting in re-organizing of website.
  • Libraries is hiring a new Open Source Geospatial professional.
  • OPP will be flying new imagery and LiDAR in the spring.  Data should be available by the fall.
  • PA EMA is also flying new LiDAR this spring.
  • We would like to move the Users Group into a more formal “Working Group” and would like input on that in the next meetings.
  • Updates were provided on the new AGOL Organization.
  • Soft launch is going well, many students, faculty and staff using the tool.
  • Detwiler updates everyone on scripts that are being run.
  • We are looking for AGOL use cases to share on University newswire.

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 12/12/18

G. Miller (esri), R. Waddell (esri), R. Baxter, J. Detwiler, B. King, N. Piekielek, J. Richendrfer, T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, J. Vendor, Y. Bodovski, M. Wagner, M. Zeiders, J. Spayd, P. Linehan, M. Mesude, C. Grube.
  • Ridge Waddell and Geri Miller form esri attended these meetings.  They are the esri campus representatives.
  • GIS Users Group page will transition to the main GIS landing page for campus.
  • Updates were provided on the new AGOL Organization.
  • Tier 1 service (basic questions) will be handled by the IT service desk.
  • Existing AGOL Organizations will not go away in the near future.
  • Scripts will take care of enabling AGOL extensions (community analyst, GeoPlanner, etc) and ArcGIS Pro.

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 10/23/18

J. Sloan, T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, J. Vendor, Y. Bodovski, M. Wagner, H. Ross, M. Zeiders, J. Spayd, C. Brewer.
  • Next meeting: James Spayd will give a brief overview of GIS is PSIEE.
  • Additional meeting topics welcome.
  • M. Wagner talks about the governance and setup.
  • The Charter is (linked here) on Box and comments are welcome.
  • Service Manager role will be filled by Dan Meehan.
  • If you’re using ArcGIS Online for anything, you should be involved in this.
  • EMS will provide resources for communication.


GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 9/12/18

B. King, C. Grube, J. Sloan, T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, J. Vendor, R. Baxter, J. Richendrfer, N. Piekielek, Y. Bodovski, M. Wagner, J. Detwiler, H. Ross, J. Blanford,
  • We were joined by Madelyn Wagner who is from PSU Enterprise IT.
  • Madeyln, Beth King, and Mike Mrsa will be leading the effort to establish a charter for the operation of a single ESRI organizational License for the entire University.  All PSU students, faculty, and staff will be able to log into AGOL using PSU credentials.
  • The Charter is (linked here) on Box and comments are welcome.  If you are currently using AGOL in any capacity, you should read this document.
  • Purpose, set up a sample service to utilize ArcGIS online services.
  • Governance and many other issues need to be worked out.
  • Ryan Baxter is current using SSO in resident undergrad course

GIS UG Meeting Minutes -7/18/18

Attendees: J. Vender, T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, J. Spayd, J. Detwiler, R. Phillips, C. Grube, C. Brewer, J. Sloan, R. Baxter, D. Goldberg, N. Piekielek

Location: 319 Walker Building

Discussion Items:

-Penn State GIS Day: (Co-sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and Dept. of Geography) Save the Date for speakers and activities on Tues. Nov. 13th

-Highlights from those who attended the Esri Users Conference:  More programs as part of the education showcase, Other highlights included ArcGIS Urban, ArcGIS for Indoors, and ArcGIS and BIM workflows

New graduate certificate in the Online Geospatial program, graduate certificate in geospatial programming and web map development

-Updates from Mike Mrsa: Renewal of Esri site license, Single Sign on for ArcGIS Online Organizational account (Teaching and Research): future meeting with main stakeholders to discuss user roles, credits, grouping, best practices. Some brief discussion on current users, migrating users, migrating data of user accounts, sharing among organizational groups, and current accounts.

-Campus Bird: Some attended meeting on current activities
-OPP:  Colin Grube, new to the OPP team, working on fieldwork activities, Older Trimble units will be given to the Library for future lending. Some discussion of non-Trimble products in terms of whether anyone had experience with these.
Other Discussion Items: 
-Any information on Penn State and  Amazon Cloud team (other IT contact)
-Use of Esri and/or other Penn State software in other countries
-Virtuality of ArcGIS Pro and/or inclusion in the Penn State Web Apps (other contact for this site, TLT)
-Inclusion in the public computer profile (other IT contact)
-Center for Maps and Geospatial Information: a staff member’s retirement may enable new position to be created, interest ideas pass along to Nathan.
Next GIS users meeting: ~6weeks from now (week of August 27th)
-Suggestion of a Doodle Poll for determining availability for scheduling

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 5/30/18

Attendees: C. Andris, T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, D. Goldberg, J. Vendor, R. Baxter, J. Richendrfer, N. Piekielek, Y. Bodovski.
  • In an effort to better establish ourselves in the campus community, we are currently accepting all suggestions on a mission statement for this group.
  • D. Goldberg recently attended the Tech Plus Conference, an AEC expo that was in NYC in May. They talked a lot about using BIM to create “digital twin” models of buildings to simulate changes or updates to the buildings.
  • Again the topic of trying to get an ArcGIS Server instance up and running for general use came up.
  • J. Richendrfer from OPP will give a brief talk in the next UG meeting.
  • A big topic of conversation was how to make this group more official.
  • There was a GIS Council that disbanded a few years back.  Plenty of lessons learned.
  • Do we form a smaller council/committee/working group that has more community buy-in?
  • Discussions on-going, input welcome.
  • Campus map has been updated and is live.  Has many different views and sets of data available.
  • ADA information is not very accurate as this data is maintained in CAD, not GIS, and has not been updated recently.
  • Maps are representing static information, not tied to GIS data as originally intended.
GIS Day, November 13th 2018:
  • Tara La Londe (TLL38) is again leading the effort to plan the 2018 PSU GIS Day events.  Please reach out to her if you’re interested in helping out.
  • Our will take place on Tuesday, November 13th.  HACC event will be Wednesday the 14th.
  • Events will be: Technology Demo, Lightning Talks, Keynotes, and Networking Reception.
  • C. Andris spoke about a new group on campus that will focus on Open Street Map and humanitarian issues.
  • Undergrad GIS Coalition is part of this.  Will hold 2 Map-a-Thons per year.
  • They are looking for guest speakers.

There will be a GIS HH on Thursday, 4PM at Champs Downtown.

Next GIS UG meeting will be July 18th at 10AM in Walker Building.

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 4/19/18

Attendees: R. Baxter, R. Phillips, N. Piekielek, M. Mrsa, H. Ross, T. LaLonde, D. Meehan. Y. Bodovski, B. King.
  • ESRI passes for the 2018 International Users Conference are being worked out by Beth King from Dutton Institute.
  • R. Baxter updated the instructions on the website for requesting licenses.  This goes for instructors using licenses in courses and faculty/staff that need tools for daily tasks.  Please visit : and let us know if you have any feedback.
  • The brand new campus map is live!
  • Dan Meehan gave a brief talk about the Geodesign Program.
  • The annual PA GIS Conference is May 14-16 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.  
The next  meeting will be Wednesday, May 30th in the Stuckeman Family Building.

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 3/1/18

Attendees: Y. Bodovski,  T. LaLonde, R. Phillips, C. Brewer, J. Vendor, B. King, N. Piekielek, R. Baxter


  • Discussion and feedback on process for students, staff, and faculty access to ESRI software
  • Discussion on other interested geospatial softwares by students, staff, faculty, and/or used in classes
  • Discussion on ArcGIS Online organizational accounts on campus including new one in Agriculture
  • Indication of new Geography course versions
  • New Hire in OPP working on field collection
  • New Visitor Map coming soon
  • Future discussion of meeting and dates to keep in mind, as in AAG conference is the week of April 9-13.