AR GIS Users Forum and OpenGate Outreach Partnership Conference

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies will host the AR GIS Users Forum and OPENGATE Outreach Partnership Conference on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Darragh Center of the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock.

The staff of CAST are collaborating with the AR GIS User Forum to bring more employers and students together this year. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Register here.

Conference Description

The conference is the latest in a series of events designed to increase awareness of the need for geospatial training for students entering or currently in the workforce.

This collaboration among the Arkansas GIS Users Forum and the OPENGATE Project, an NSF-funded initiative, brings together professionals from around Arkansas with community college students and faculty to better explore the needs of tomorrow's workforce.

Schedule & Parking

  • 9 a.m. — Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30 a.m. — Welcome
  • 10 a.m. — Morning Sessions Begin
  • 11:30 a.m. — Lunch (provided) and Lunch Speakers
  • 1 p.m. — Afternoon Sessions Begin
  • 4 p.m. — Closing Remarks
  • 4:30 p.m. — End of Day

Parking is available for free at the southeast corner of the intersection of River Market Ave and E. 2nd St. Parking will be validated for those who parking in the CALS Open-Air Surface Parking at the northwest corner of River Market Ave and E. 2nd St.

Submit an Presentation

If you would like to present at this one-day conference, please register for the conference and then submit your title and abstract to

Abstracts should be no more than 150 words typed in the body of the email. Emails should include the subject line: "OPENGATE Abstract Submission" to be considered. Titles and abstracts must be submitted by midnight Friday, Oct. 12, to be considered. If selected you will be notified no later than Oct. 14. Selected abstracts should prepare a presentation or live demonstration no more than 10-15 mins in length.

Suggested presentation topics include:

  • How does geospatial tech play a role in non-GIS positions in the field (i.e. field technicians, etc...)?
  • Why is GIS important in your field and what type of skills do future employees need to have to work in your industry?
  • Demonstrations of field-deployed tools for collecting data.
  • Unique applications and cross-disciplinary applications of location-based technologies.
  • Student presentations/projects in locations-based technologies.
  • Educator presentations on how spatial technologies are integrated in your classroom.
  • And more!

Have questions about AR GIS Users Forum and OPENGATE Outreach Partnership Conference? Contact OPENGATE Project.





Hanna Ford, research assistant
Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies


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