Kansas Association of Mappers

Metes and Bounds Newsletter

Fall 2022

Kansas Association of Mappers

Volume 36, #3

Designations Survey Reminder

The Kansas Association of Mappers Professional Designation Program was designed to raise the standards of the mapping profession, to attain recognition by governmental authorities and the public of the mapping profession, and to gain recognition for members as qualified, objective, and competent mapping professionals. The KGISD designation was later added to the program to include GIS professional recognition.

The Designations Committee needs your input and ideas. We would greatly appreciate if all of the KAM members would complete the survey, and offer any feedback or suggestions. 

Take the Survey

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Annual Map Gallery
By Lee Allen, GISP

Share your work in the Annual Map Gallery!

KAM sponsors a Map Gallery during its annual conference. KAM members are strongly encouraged to submit samples of their best work and be recognized for them. At the end of the conference, awards will be given based on a popular vote of the membership: 1st - 3rd for the best printed masterpiece and 1st - 3rd for the best digital masterpiece. The winners will be presented an award trophy, recognized during the closing business meeting, and have their names added to the Awards Gallery on the KAM website. In addition, all entries submitted by October 1st will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card!

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KAM 37th Annual Conference!!!
By Pam Dunham, KAM Program Committee Chair

Hello KAM!

We are less than 6 weeks away from Conference and we are busy finalizing all the details! This year’s theme is Treasure our Roots, Map the Future! We have so many great sessions and entertainment planned for you. If you have yet to register, you won’t want to miss out so please get registered soon! If you haven’t checked out the conference webpage, please do so here.

We are finishing up the session schedule, but you can view all of the breakout sessions here.

We are very excited about our keynote speakers Wednesday morning. Brent Haden and Christopher Dunn will provide a presentation about the significant role for precision GIS and 3D modeling in legal trials.

Tuesday morning, we have five options for our pre-conference workshops. Check out our page for a full list of the workshops and their descriptions.

Do you have a map or project that you would like to share with us? Take a look at the map gallery guidelines and entry form and get your work submitted. There are trophies on the line!

Now that we have all the business stuff out of the way…lets talk about the entertainment we have planned for you. There will be a week-long scavenger hunt around Manhattan. Find a few teammates, break out out Survey123 and lets have a little friendly competition!

Wednesday night would not be complete without a murder mystery. There will be members, executive board and vendor involvement, it’s looking to be a fun evening. Thursday night’s entertainment will be a DJ and Karaoke!

Do not forget our Charity Raffle! This year’s beneficiary is KSDS Assistance Dogs Inc, which help place guide dogs with the disabled at no cost to them. One entry for $1 or 6 for $5.

If you have any questions or concerns in the next couple of weeks please do not hesitate to contact any of our program committee members.

See ya next month!

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Grand Prize Opportunity

Attending the KAM Conference?! Stay through Friday and you have a chance to win the grand prize: Yeti 35 cooler! Have to be present at the last event when winner the is announced! May the luck be with you!

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President's Corner
By Amy Roust, GISP

In the Summer 2022 issue of ArcUser, I saw a reprint of an article that I had read online earlier this year. Entitled “Why You Need a Geospatial Community of Practice,” authors Allen Williams and Sarah Hughan lay out their case for creating a community for users of geospatial technologies throughout your organization. This is something that I’ve been working toward at my current organization. We have a lot of people at KDHE who see the value in location intelligence and are eager to learn more from their peers.

From the KAM member perspective, though, I have to ask: would a CoP make sense for a city, a county, or a small business? What if the only person using mapping software is you? Are there benefits to be gained from a community of employees who use maps and location intelligence strategies, even if they aren’t creating the products?

I believe that the answer to that question is a resounding yes. While each unit in a business or government has different responsibilities, they all support the same organization’s goals. That means that they probably share a lot of the same data challenges and frustrations without even realizing it. Opening up those lines of communication in a supportive community can surface new project ideas for you and maybe even put a crack or two into those infamous data silos among teams. Plus, you can use the opportunity to give demonstrations of your tools, skills, and abilities. You might find that there are people who had no idea that the work you do supports the work that they do.

I invite all of you to take a look at this article and think about how your might approach leadership to start a Community of Practice in your organization. I’m happy to share my previous experiences and serve as a sounding board for anyone who would like that type of support.

Hope to see you all in Manhattan next month!

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Upcoming Events

Tableau Mapping Webinar for State and Local Government

Thursday, September 29, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm 

Google Meet Linkhttps://meet.google.com/wkw-khxp-hpd

Join this session to understand the functionalities of Tableau when it comes to geo-spatial analysis. From connecting to ESRI or custom built shape files, to the mapping capabilities and layers baked into the Tableau product, this is a huge value in augmenting visual insights!

Please come prepared to learn, engage with questions, and leave with a few "aha" moments - then chat with us about it as we're eager to apply this value to YOUR analysis. Open invite so please feel free to forward along

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