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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!


    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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