This year I will celebrate International GIS Day on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at a daylong function organised by GIS People in Brisbane.
While there I hope to encourage involvement with the GIS Stack Exchange, GeoRabble, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Brisbane Geospatial Network (BGN).
I will also have my laptop with me and am happy to demonstrate a Story Map developed using ArcGIS for Desktop about William Slight who was an early Australian map engraver (and my great-great-great-grandfather).
Naturally, I will also be suggesting that people enter the Competition to win PolyGeo Training in ArcGIS for Desktop!
PolyGeo has now been trading for almost 6 months, so I thought it was time to blog about its business to date. It has made what I believe to be a solid start, based on a strategy to raise its profile first, before increasing its billable hours and product development.
Profile raising has been achieved by presenting two workshops (OpenStreetMap and OGC Web Service Interoperability) and a joint paper on the Online Environmental Mapping Service at the Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference in Brisbane (September), and then a similar paper with more emphasis on Python in the developer stream at the Esri Asia-Pacific User Conference in Auckland (November). These conferences have been complemented by active participation in the Stack Exchange GIS, Brisbane GeoRabble and Brisbane Geospatial Network communities, along with some micro-blogging via Twitter.
Along the way I have undertaken a number of training assignments in Queensland and internationally for NGIS Australia who have proven to be a very valuable partner.
In the background, I have been developing some advanced ArcGIS training courses and the first of these, Advanced ArcPy (and Python) for Geoprocessing, is now ready for release. This, and subsequent courses and workshops, will be available direct from PolyGeo, but also via NGIS Australia and PolyGeo’s newest partner, GIS People. GIS People has been in existence only two years but has quickly established itself as a major provider of GIS consulting and training in Queensland.