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Doing GIS

We all need an elevator pitch

You get the question all the time:

“What do you do?”

You pause and then respond:

“I do GIS for [insert organization].”

Doing GIS is what we do I suppose. I’m not sure that most diciplines have this problem:

“What do you do?”

“I do accounting for [insert organization].”

I’ve been talking to my group that we need to be better at elevator pitches. Not so much that I expect them to close deals with VCs in a SFO hotel lobby, but it better describes why we do what we do. My job has many roles so I have multiple pitches I give when I need to. But “doing GIS” isn’t one of them.

“What do you do?”

“I ride unicorns on rainbows for URS Corporation.”

See isn’t that better?

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My GIS in the Rockies Keynote

Last week I was lucky enough to give the keynote at the GIS in the Rockies conference in Denver, CO. It was a bit of a different talk from me than I’ve given in a while. Less snark and more practicality. The conference committee video taped (why do we still say “taped”?) it and you can watch it below. Geoff Zeiss was at the keynote and wrote up his take on my talk.

The slides are on Speaker Deck.

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Hangouts with James Fee:: Geo is Boundless

Thanks to Juan Marin, CTO of Boundless (OpenGeo) for joining me to talk about Boundless, open source in Government and a bit about Juan’s history in the geospatial world. We also go into some of the plans for the OpenGeo Suite and other open source discussions.

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This Week’s Hangout:: Geo is Boundless

Join me Friday at 9am PDT with Juan Marin, CTO of Boundless (OpenGeo). Juan and I will talk about Boundless, open source in Government and a bit about Juan’s history in the geospatial world. We’ve got lots to talk about so make sure you join us this Friday! You can sign up for a reminder on the Google+ Event Page