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  • 02/20/2018 5:25 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP is now accepting applications for two $1,500 grants to support the development and use of geographic location-based technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or Remote Sensing in K-12 classrooms. Eligible projects include curriculum development, training for teachers, and purchase of equipment or software that will enhance geographic instruction.

    Grant Applications are due March 30, 2018.

    Visit the K-12 Education Grant page for additional information and to download the application.

  • 01/17/2018 6:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Announcing the opening of the newest salary survey of GIS professionals, educators and trainers within Montana. This survey was a collaborative effort between the Professional Development Committee, Operations & Business Committee and the MAGIP Board of Directors.  

    Please click the survey link to begin filling out the survey, it is 27 questions and will likely take between 5-8 minutes to complete. This survey is open to everyone in the Montana GIS industry.

    Montana GIS Salary Survey  

    The closing date on the survey will be Friday, February 23, 2018

    Following the closing date, the two committees will then analyze the results, provide some narrative and we plan on presenting the survey results at the upcoming 2018 Big Sky GeoCon in Helena, April 16-20.   

    Thank you everyone and we look forward to providing the results to you all and getting some feedback.

    Jeff Hedstrom

    MAGIP Professional Development Chair

    (406) 455-8437

  • 01/10/2018 9:04 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP would like to recognize two individuals who have made a significant contribution to the organization, the profession, and community in the areas of Distinguished Service and Professional Livability.

    The Distinguished Service Award is presented for long-term service and leadership to the Montana GIS community and the profession.

    The GIS Professional Livability Award is an award that recognizes an individual for a measurable contribution to the application of GIS, thus improving the quality of life within their respective community, city, or state.

    Each nomination requires a one-page letter of nomination, two references who also support the nomination, and any supporting documentation you may have. You can submit more than one nomination for each award.

    Submit your Nomination(s)

    Nominations will close February 19

      Visit the MAGIP Awards page for additional information and to view the list of past award recipients

    Please nominate one or more candidates that deserve this recognition!


  • 11/16/2017 10:06 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    2017 MAGIP GIS Day Web Map Contest

    Prizes for 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), and 3rd Place ($25)

    View the Map Contest Entries and Winners on the MAGIP GIS Day page.

    Winning maps were announced on GIS Day, Wednesday, November 15 @ 6 PM at Meetups around the state.

  • 10/12/2017 11:12 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP is now on twitter! The sole mission of the account is to showcase all things geospatial, especially when it comes to Montana!  You can Follow Us @MAGIP_MT and encourage you all to do so.  If you don’t have a twitter account…now would be the time to get one.  If you don’t like social media….now would be the time to re-consider.  And, if you are having other doubts…they are misplaced. 

    Subject matter you may encounter includes:

    ·          Time and place of great GIS events in MT and abroad!!
    ·          Happenings and updates from said events!!
    ·          Education opportunities!
    ·          What MAGIP is up to!
    ·          Random photos of Robert Ahl and Jeff Hedstrom
    ·          Key updates on Montana GIS stuff
    ·          Tech Committee knowledge courtesy of @geonerdist
    ·          And so much more!! 

    It is highly expected that you share your GIS stories with @MAGIP_MT as well!

    Brought to you by:

    Michael Krueger, MAGIP Membership Subcommittee Chair

  • 08/04/2017 11:48 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The long awaited GISP practice exam has arrived!

    The GISCI posted the following on their website: 

    Des Plaines, IL (August 3, 2017)

    In response to great demand, GISCI has produced its first Practice Exam, designed to provide 50 sample questions based on most of the KSAs listed in our Exam Blueprint. This is intended to aid those preparing to take the exam by giving an individual an opportunity to determine her/his knowledge of the areas tested.

    The practice exam is available for download here (pdf).

    We hope that this will be the first of several practice exams we and others in the geospatial community will be able to provide to assist exam candidates in adequately preparing to sit for the Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam.

  • 05/19/2017 4:24 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The MAGIP Education Committee is pleased to announce that after reviewing a fine collection of applications the 2017 Grant and Scholarship awards have been released:

    Two (2) $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants

    • Lauren Stephens, Emily Dickinson Elementary School, Bozeman, MT
    • Laura Zanolli, Lolo Schools, Lolo, MT  

    One (1) $2,000 scholarship to undergraduate or first-year graduate students studying GIS at a Montana college or university through the MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarship

    • John Sykes, Montana State University

    $2,000 in scholarship money through the RedCastle Resources, Inc. /MAGIP GIS Scholarship

    • Moran Voss, The University of Montana   

    • Jonathan Byers, The University of Montana  

    • Andrew Nemecek, The University of Montana

    For more information about their projects visit the MAGIP Grants & Scholarships page.

  • 05/18/2017 2:08 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Election:

    • Bob Cochran at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will be our new Vice President, 
    • Philip Davis at the Montana State University will be a Member-at-Large and,
    • Michael Krueger at HDR Engineering will also be a Member-at-Large

    Congratulations to the new board members and thank you to the MAGIP membership for participating in the election.
  • 04/21/2017 9:42 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Announcing the 2017 MAGIP Election Nominees:

    For Vice President: Bob Cochran, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP)

    For Member-At-Large (2 Positions):

    Philip Davis, Montana State University

    Michael Krueger, HDR Engineering

    View the nominees and additional election information here.

    The 2017 MAGIP Board Election opens May 1. Members in good standing with received a link to vote via email on May 1.

  • 02/01/2017 8:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Nominations are sought for the following open MAGIP Board Positions:

    • Vice President: 3 year term (Vice President, President, Past President)
    • Member-at-Large: 2 year term
    • Member-at-Large: 2 year term 

    All nominees must be MAGIP members in good standing

    Nominations close on April 21, 2017 at 5 pm

    For more info and to submit your nominations visit the 2017 Election site 

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