I am in Green Bay the latter half of this week for the Wisconsin Land Information Association's Annual Conference. This is a gathering of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Professionals from around the state. We get together a few times a year to talk shop, network and socialize. It is invaluable from a career development standpoint as it allows us to stay on top of trends, technology and to share ideas.
There's a running joke among some of our spouses who have either been to this conference with us or heard us talk about it. The joke is that we never shut up about work. We "talk shop" into the late hours of conference nights after having sat in sessions all day.
It's a bit twisted, but it's how we roll.
Part of it is that we have so much technology and so much data that there's always someone trying something new or doing it better.
We are geeks and that doesn't make us bad people.
A good example of this is last night I was talking with a guy who is actually taking historic forest maps that have been georectified or "rubber sheeted" (no, nothing to do with a bed here) and collecting the data to show what the state's forest lands looked back as early as the pre settlement days.
Now, I don't know about you, but that is exciting fascinating stuff to me. And it doesn't make me a bad person.
So, on that note, I've got to run for now or I'll miss my first session on Creating a Hydrologic Model Using GIS.
Don't be jealous.
Don't be a hater.
This is what I do.