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Technical Announcement:
"Mashathon" Announced

Released: 4/13/2011 11:47:35 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Mark Newell 1-click interview
Phone: 573-308-3850

The USGS has heard from many map users and developers that they would like to showcase their efforts and learn more about using The National Map services, viewer and data. 

To address these desires, the upcoming The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC), has added a “mashathon.” A geospatial mashathon is similar to "map galleries," using multiple data sources. Submissions can be live or in 'beta,' working demo or screenshots, maps or applications, in your favorite tools or in The National Map Viewer. Submissions can be web applications, geoprocessing tasks, mobile applications, maps - anything showing The National Map data, services, or applications in use. Rules and more information can be found at TNM UC website

Dates: Submissions are open right now, and will be accepted up to noon, May 12 (MDT). A final judging, presentations and an awards ceremony will be held during the Conference on Friday afternoon, May 13, at the Conference hotel in Golden, Colo.

Costs: There is no cost to enter the mashathon.  Also registration for TNM UC in Golden is free, but space is limited, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Purpose: The goal of the interactive mashathon and Conference in general is to address and enhance communications among the communities of users of The National Map, GIS specialists, scientists, and data providers. The Conference sessions are designed to provide a collaborative and informative venue to explore the direction of The National Map, mapping trends, and GIS applications.

The agenda for TNM UC was largely developed from accepted abstracts and will feature several tracks, panel sessions, hands-on training, poster sessions, motivating keynotes, opportunities for dialog and other dynamic experiences.

For more information on upcoming events for The National Map Users Conference, follow us on Twitter @USGSTNM.

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