GIS Day 2011

Happy GIS Day everyone!  GIS Day (and Geography awareness week) has certainly gotten more popular over the past year.  The first time I ever heard of it was last year, when a former professor mentioned it on Facebook.  This year, it seems like everyone is celebrating.  Universities are hosting student poster displays, and local governments are hosting open houses and demonstrations.  The economy has not been kind to the industry, so it’s nice to see that everyone has been able to keep their spirits up.

GIS Day is a special day at Northwest Spatial Solutions – it’s a birthday.  One year ago today, I registered this domain and made my first post.  At that time, I had been living in Hawaii for five months, and had just finished writing my first web-based geocoding application.  I wanted to share it with someone, and I decided the internet would make a fantastic audience.  (That geocoding application has also gone through some changes, and the newest version will be rolled out sometime next week.)  And now here we are, 30 posts and 365 days later.

I guess this is as good a time as any to let everyone know that Northwest Spatial Solutions will be heavily revitalized over the next few weeks.  You may have already noticed the new, cleaner look to the site – that’s just the beginning.  Starting next week, I will be submitting two posts per week, most likely on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I will also be promoting new posts via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.  Over the next few months, the Portfolio section of this site will be filled in, allowing anyone to keep an eye on what I’ve been up to.

Today I’ll be attending a few conferences on the Texas A&M University campus.  I hope you’ve got some celebrations planned as well.

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