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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.

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 1/18/18

Attendees: Y. Bodovski, H. Ross, C. Andris, J. Spayd, T. LaLonde, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, L. Goldberg, C. Brewer, J. Vendor.
  • We spoke briefly about how AGOL accounts are setup for students.  Some BMPs need to be developed for this.
  • OPP is in the process of hiring a new GIS Analyst
  • We decided to keep a formal meeting at about every 6 weeks.  Next UG meeting will be March 1st at 10AM.  Location TBD.
  • We will have a less formal HH every 6 weeks in between the formal meetings.  First HH of 2018 will be Feb 6th, 4PM at Whiskers.
  • Esri representatives will be on campus for the Spring Career Fair.
  • PSU Spring Career Days: MonTues, Feb 5-6, 11-4 at Bryce Jordan Center
  • Esri info session: Mon Feb 5, 5:45-7:45 in 229 Walker
  • Career discussion with GEOG 390 class (others welcome to attend!): Wed Feb 7, 4-5:15 p.m. in 105 Walker
  • C. Brewer did a demo of the current state.
  • Unfortunately, the SketchUp building models can’t be shared as that wasn’t written into the contract.
  • Penn Bay is using OPP GIS data but CityBird is not.
  • It is unclear how special request maps that the Gould Center has created in the past will be handled going forward.

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 10/3/17

Attendees: Y. Bodovski, H. Ross, G. Miller (esri), R. Waddel (esri), C. Andris, J. Spayd, R. Baxter, T. LaLonde, N. Piekielek, M. Mrsa, D. Meehan,  R. Phillips, J. Richendrfer. B. King.
  • Do we need a dedicated ArcGIS server for general PSU use?
  • Ridge Waddel and Geri Miller are in from the ESRI Philadelphia office to introduce themselves and give an update.
  • They are looking to add new disciplines to their support coverage.
  • Looking at Management Information Systems (MIS), data analytics and big data.
  • InCommon is needed to get single-sign-on for PSU
  • Licenses were auto renewed at the end of September 2017.
  • Website is up to date and current.  Advanced licenses are $0.
  • Named users can be easily adjusted.
  • ArcGIS Server is now wrapped under Enterprise
  • With server: real-time, big data, raster analytics, networking, hosting.
  • Professional Services offer a hosted services option for cost.