Special Interest Groups

Who We Are

We are a workgroup within the geospatial community that believes in an environment where all are welcome, people can be their true authentic self, and will have their voices understood and valued. We strive to connect with as many people as possible and offer a chair at the table in order for our geospatial community to reflect the diversity of the world we live in. Just as a map is incomplete without a title, a compass, a legend, and a scale, the geospatial community is incomplete without inclusion, representation, and open-minded thinking.  Look for us at WLIA events, including the Annual Conference and Regional Meetings, and the WLIA Slack Workspace (#4_dei_public).

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Our Mission

Our mission is to lead efforts in building equity, representation, and inclusion inside the geospatial community through education, mentorship, and advocacy.

  1. Encourage our professional organizations and councils to adopt inclusive language in their code of ethics, mission statements, and goals.
  2. Encourage more questions about diversity in surveys that are intended to gather information about people in our profession to provide better metrics to identify opportunities to engage under-represented communities.
  3. Encourage organizers of workshops, seminars, and conferences to review the event code of ethics language, provide pronoun stickers, and provide accessible content for their events.
  4. To nominate people from under-represented communities for professional awards.
  5. To develop an online resource for sharing information on diversity and inclusion.
  6. Encourage use of geospatial data, technology, and theory to foster a more equitable, representative and inclusive community.

Get Involved

  • EDGE Geospatial Ethnically Diverse Geospatial Engagement
  • Women in GIS Helping women navigate their GIS careers (all genders welcome.)
  • Women in Geospatial+ A professional network to promote gender equality in the geospatial industry and academia

Are you interested in helping prepare the next generation of GIS professionals? Come join a group dedicated to connecting teachers, GIS professionals, and GeoMentors interested in fostering geospatial thinking and problem solving at the K-12 level.

Please contact Shelley Witte - shelley.witte@dpi.wi.gov

MUG was formed as a Special Interest Group (SIG) to create more dialogue, within WLIA membership and beyond, for those working at the Municipal government level and in Utility industries.  To continue the conversation with your fellow Municipal and Utility professionals. In addition to MUG-centric events promoted within the group, watch for SIG meetings at WLIA Annual conferences and surrounding the WLIA Regional meetings.  You need not be a WLIA member to join in on the conversation!

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Most Recent Event:

2023 Fall MUG Conference
Date: September 29, 2023
Location: Westside Building, Sun Prairie
Time: 8:00am - 1:15pm
Cost: Free

Previous Events:
Watch the presentations from the 2019 MUGG Meeting held in West Allis on Sept 27:

“Unmanned Aircraft Systems” – Daniel Schwartz, Ruekert-Mielke

(UAS – Part 2)

“CCTV Integration w/ CityWorks using ArcServer” – Thierno Ndao, City of Racine

“Esri Capital Improvement Solution Set” – Tyler Prahl, GISInc

“Migration of Sewer Data from CAD to GIS” – Frederick Pattillo, City of Milwaukee

“How Waukesha County Partners with its Municipalities” – Kim Meinert, Waukesha County

“ArcGIS Pro 101” – Andrew Bartell, City of Sheboygan

“Marshfield’s Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program using Survey123” – David Buehler, City of Marshfield

The Wisconsin LiDAR Users Group {WiLiDAR} meets to discuss Elevation/LiDAR data as well as successes and failures using the data. WiLiDAR does not endorse products, but simply discusses products that are currently in use by its members.

Our Mission

The goal of the Wisconsin LiDAR User Group is to bring together users of LiDAR Data to jointly educate ourselves and others on how to accurately get the most out of LiDAR Data.

WiLiDAR site