• 7 Sep 2021 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking to up your GIS game and contribute to the profession? A board position has opened for the NWGIS User Group. The board is in strong need of representatives from Oregon and Idaho.

    Board Member duties and expectations

    • General Duties – The role of a board member is to serve the members of the Northwest GIS User Group. Make sure NWGIS is helping GIS practitioners have opportunities to learn and grow. Board members help govern the financial, ethical, legal, and logistical aspects of conferences and other activities hosted by NWGIS.
    • Board Meetings – 1 hour a month. Typically, this is a conference call on the first Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:00 (Pacific) / 2:00-3:00 (Mountain).
    • Conferences – Commitments vary depending on availability, expertise, and interest. Board members do not have to be conference planners. Some board members occasionally participate on the planning team. At a minimum, when attending a NWGIS conference, board members may be called on to provide ad-hoc assistance (i.e. serve as moderators, provide expertise/input on special situations, some setup and breakdown).
    • Other Events – Board members may lead or participate in other activities like the Esri UC meetup, workshops, and grant programs. The time and effort investment varies by board member.
    • Duration – Board membership is a minimum four-year commitment

    Submit your application at: Application Form

    Applications are due by Oct 8, 2021

  • 27 May 2021 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every fall, we look forward to gathering together as a NWGIS community. Here are the annual gatherings we can look forward to in the next few years:

    October 25-28 2021: Virtual Conference! Please join us virtually for workshops, demos, technical presentations from fellow NWGISers, and networking events.  $40 member/$55 non-member.

    2022: Boise, ID

    2023: Yakima, WA 

     We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • 26 May 2021 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Idaho Geospatial Office is seeking feedback from GIS practitioners across Idaho to assess the GIS Maturity in the state. See details here.

  • 21 Feb 2021 6:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Most of the conference presentations from the fall 2020 conference are now freely available from our YouTube channel. 

  • 1 Nov 2020 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ten videos exist in the playlist on the following topics, all with an emphasis on why and how GIS helps with each:

    1. GIS helps you get a job
    2. GIS provides double benefits
    3. GIS helps bring people together
    4. GIS helps you solve problems
    5. GIS helps with location analytics
    6. GIS is more than mapping, it is understanding and analysis.
    7. GIS helps us plan what the world could and should be like.
    8. GIS helps us solve 21st Century problems.
    9. GIS helps us understand content, skills, and perspectives.
    10. GIS helps us understand place and space, including through map quizzes.

  • 18 Jul 2020 6:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As GIS practitioners it is important to take our work seriously…just not ourselves. Enjoy. See video here

  • 4 Jan 2020 7:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are on the hunt for pictures of people and memorabilia from past conferences that you are willing to contribute. NWGIS has been going strong since the late 80’s. While we are pretty good about looking toward the future, we are losing a lot of the history about our user group. Do you have pictures of: t-shirts or other NWGIS SWAG, hard copy programs, conference events? Do you have a NWGIS story you would like to share? Please contact Eric Wing at

    If enough content can be captured we may be able to put together a story map to share the legacy of NWGIS.

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