The Map Gallery at UC is more than just an engaging display of hundreds of maps. It’s an opportunity for you to connect with other professionals and share ideas about GIS projects and map design.
Larry Nierth, the GIS Supervisor at the City of Houston, said the Map Gallery provides a venue for him to try out new things: “I use the Map Gallery as a chance to challenge myself with different and unique presentation and analysis techniques and see how well they’re perceived and understood. Since the maps I submit are often part of an important project for the City of Houston, the comments I receive from fellow GIS professionals and Esri’s staff cartographers help me ensure that my messages are conveyed well graphically.”
“I’ve received several awards for my work in the Map Gallery, including first place in the Best Analytical Presentation category for my 2010 map 3D Modeling of Microwave Transmission Corridor Obstructions,” Nierth said. “The recognition acts as a kind of confirmation or time stamp that validates a cartographic piece as a good overall achievement for the year.”
Kellee Koenig, a GIS manager and cartographer for Conservation International, has submitted a map every year since 2005. “My first supervisor at Conservation International encouraged me to share my work and it’s really become another way for us to communicate what we’re working on with a larger audience,” Koenig said. “It’s also a way for us to show our appreciation to Esri for their support of Conservation International.”
While Koenig has never won a Map Gallery award, her work has been published in several volumes of the Esri Map Book. “Because it’s published by GIS users for GIS users, that recognition is meaningful in a unique way.”
“The Map Gallery is a great way to share what we’re doing and get feedback on ways to improve,” said Jesse Rozelle, a risk analyst and GIS coordinator for FEMA Region VIII. “It’s an opportunity for us to brainstorm ways to help each other and connects us with people we wouldn’t normally work with.”
Rozelle, who often submits maps detailing risk mitigation and damage estimates from catastrophic events, has won awards for his submissions and has also been published in the Esri Map Book. “The best part about having our maps included in the Map Books is that it allows us to share our findings and methodology with as many people as possible.”
The 2012 Map Gallery is your chance to wow the GIS community and connect with others just like you. Submit your work by June 15.