Correction: this event is this Thursday, July 30, 12-1 PM. Our apologies for the previous conflicting information and for any duplicate messages you may receive about this event!



Please join the Maine GIS User Group (MEGUG) this Thursday, July 30, at noon as we welcome Bob Bistrais from the Maine Office of GIS and Vinton Valentine from the Maine GeoLibrary Board for a virtual lunch & learn event!


The Maine Office of GIS (MEGIS) and the Maine Library of Geographic Information (GeoLibrary) recently updated the Maine GeoLibrary Data Catalog to make it more efficient and user-friendly for constituents and stakeholders. This Data Catalog retains long-time user-facing aspects of the legacy catalog and organizes content by ISO metadata category, alphabetically, or by state agency. It also leverages back-end technology not available in the legacy version. We will review the changes and how to easily access the GeoLibrary Data Catalog and its contents.


A Review of Updates to the Maine GeoLibrary Data Portal Interface 

Thursday, July 30, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Free event; RSVP required: 



About the speakers:

Bob Bistrais, MA, GISP, has been a GIS practitioner since 1991. He is currently a Senior Programmer-Analyst with the Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems, where he has been employed since 1995. His current roles include supporting the MEGIS infrastructure, GIS support to State agencies, development of applications and services, as well as programming support, web development, and other technologies . Bob is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine-Augusta and University of Maine-Machias, where he conducts classes in Geographic Information Systems. He holds a Master’s degree in Geography, is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), and also holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate for Airplanes and a Remote Pilot Certificate for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.


Vinton Valentine is Director of University of Southern Maine Geographic Information Systems (USM GIS) and adjunct faculty in the Geography-Anthropology program within the Muskie School of Public Service. His background includes geospatial work in private industry, research organizations, and academia. He is past Education Coordinator of MEGUG, is a member of the Maine Geospatial Institute (MGI) Executive Committee, and serves as the University of Maine System Representative to the Maine Library of Geographic Information (GeoLibrary) Board. He applies geospatial technologies within a variety of research interests, including coastal wetlands, sea level change, maritime boundaries, the Arctic (with a current Greenland focus), free and open source movements/approaches/ecosystems (software, standards, data), and of course digital atlases and online portals.




Maine Climate Council Working Group Updates (MEGUG Virtual Lunch & Learn)

Claire Enterline, Maine Dept. of Marine Resources, & Dr. Tora Johnson, UMaine Machias


Maine GeoLibrary Update on the Maine Geospatial Data Layers (MEGUG Virtual Lunch & Learn)

Claire Kiedrowski, Maine Library of Geographic Information


Andy Smith-Petersen, GISP
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