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GIS Day Feedback

Martha Selig

My thanks to those who took the critique survey. This feedback will be instrumental in helping us plan our next event. A slightly edited summary of the results is here. It includes some great insights and suggestions.

In brief, I think it is safe to say that the event was largely regarded as having gone pretty smoothly, though there are a number of adjustments we need to make. Most particularly, we need more map gallery space and a way to keep visitors out until the event starts. Apparently, a few tables were cleaned of goodies before 10:00! We also need projection screens – we may need to find out if the tent sides can be attached and lowered partway to serve as screens, which would greatly reduce the number of screens needed. Naturally, parking was a problem. We learned that a bullhorn is not a PA system.

The one disappointment for me, however, is that half the respondents said that few to none of their department staff attended. This could be a function of location, parking, timing, publicity, selection of respondents, etc., but it appears we need to pay more attention to how we get our audience out to see us. Well sure, we had a great time, but what of our objectives? The next planning committee will have to address this issue.

If you have any more thoughts to share about our GIS Day event, please email me directly at

Oh, and I took the liberty of booking the mall for Wednesday, November 18, 2009. We can always choose a different location but at least we have this as an option.

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