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Visit www.esri.com/uc for additional information on becoming a presenter and submitting an abstract.

The Esri International User Conference began 29 years ago as a way for GIS practitioners from all over the world to share knowledge, experience, and ideas. Paper presentations have been an integral part of the conference since its genesis and remains one of the most important reasons people attend each year.

Listening to presentations at the conference and reading papers submitted for publication are terrific ways to find out what is really going on with GIS technology. No matter how you use GIS or how long you have been in the field, you can share insights, best practices, innovative solutions, lessons learned, or tips with other GIS users through a user conference paper presentation.

Why should you consider presenting a paper at the Esri International User Conference in 2010? The Esri International User Conference is the largest GIS conference in the world. Presenting at this conference provides a tremendous opportunity for gaining recognition for your work and visibility in the field. Bill Mann, a senior planner for the City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, was a paper presenter at the 2009 User Conference. His presentation on creating an accurate land base using Cadastral Editor has appeared in some form in four publications.

Being a presenter also provides greater opportunities for networking. David Kunz, another 2009 conference presenter from Newton New Jersey, said his organization was in the process of migrating from a departmental to an enterprise GIS. Many attendees came up to him after his presentation to discuss some aspect of his work in more depth. When asked if he found the experience beneficial, Kunz said, “Definitely. It is always useful to learn more about how other organizations are approaching similar issues. It also helps me gain credibility back in the office with the administration and peers.”

Because a limited number of presentation slots are available each year, you need to submit the abstract for your paper by October 16, 2009. Presenters must also register to attend the conference. You will be notified of the status of your paper submission in March 2010. Visit www.esri.com/uc for additional information on becoming a presenter and submitting an abstract.

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