By Jody Garnett:
A big thanks to the North Carolina 2017 organizers for a great event. I appreciated the chance to meet so many mapping professionals (always a shock for a technologist such as myself).
As this was the 30th anniversary of NCGIS, the conference is held every two years, there was a bit of a celebration on tap. Featuring cake, and unexpectedly a fashion show of orphaned technology that was cutting edge over the last three decades. Starting out with push pin maps, and a pizza cutter shaped map measuring tool, fading through early GPS systems and ruggedized portable computers, and ending on a high note with google glass and some of our more recent misadventures.