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GIS Users of Northern Ohio


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     The GIS USERS OF NORTHERN OHIO (GUONO) is an informal group that promotes geographic data sharing, encourages data standardization, and provides a network for the exchange of technical information between all Geographic Information System (GIS) users. Our goals include developing a forum for open discussion of GIS issues and encouraging personal communication between GIS users of all skill levels in the public, private, non-profit and educational sectors.

    The GIS USERS OF NORTHERN OHIO is one of the nation's longest running geospatial user groups. We have been meeting since the early 1990's, roughly six times a year. We gather at a variety of locations. Most often we assemble at the Canalway Center located in the Cleveland Metroparks' Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. The day of the week is rotated so as to not exclude anyone due to their particular scheduling needs. Our longevity is due in part to the informal structure we ascribe to. No dues, minutes or reservations required. Just show up, sign in and learn.

    See the bottom of this page to see where we meet!


    Leveraging ArcGIS Platform Apps on Mobile Devices - April 1, 2015

    Providing the ability to use smartphones and tablets to visualize, collect and update GIS data regardless of an internet connection is critical to the success of your organization.  Join us at 1:30 at the Canalway Center as we discuss the capabilities that are new to the ArcGIS Platform to support disconnected use, and workflows for managing, publishing and synchronizing data using Collector for ArcGIS.  We’ll also explore how Operations Dashboard can help decision makers monitor, track and report on information from the field.  Finally, we’ll show you some of the latest in native app development at Esri.

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    Summit County Enterprise GIS Update - May 13, 2015

    In 2014, Summit County made significant upgrades to the County’s Geographic Information System, which is now a collaborative effort housed within the Department of Community and Economic Development. As a result of these upgrades, a true County wide Enterprise GIS has been established and is completely accessible from the internet.  Through the new GIS Web Portal, the public has access to a variety of interactive mapping applications and downloadable geographic datasets.  We have already reached out to numerous County agencies and Municipalities with a focus on supplying them with the necessary web GIS tools to help run more efficiently and solve problems.  As we progress into 2015, we will reach out to as many County agencies and Municipalities as we can as we continue to build out the new County’s Enterprise GIS.

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and GIS

    "They're here!" See GUONO's UAV/GIS website to learn information on this hot technology which is already in use in a variety of applications. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or "drones,” have great potential for the geospatial industry. Understanding what is currently permitted is made more challenging by almost-daily reports of new court decisions, proposed regulations, possible executive orders and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals granted for certain restricted uses. This website will attempt to clarify issues as they develop and provide resources for UAV enthusiasts.


    UAV & GIS

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and GIS. Learn more on GUONO's UAV/GIS page by clicking the below quad-copter.

    Canalway Center Meeting Location

    World's First Computer

    Difference Engine on NPR

    GUONO is organized and managed by Richard J. Kotapish, GISP, Director of Lake County GIS.

    To join GUONO or provide feedback, call 440 350-5943 or email

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