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The Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) is a private non-profit organization consisting of members of Hawai'i's geospatial community. Our goal is to provide coordination of geospatial activities among a wide range of users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state. 

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HIGICC provides opportunities to network with other GIS professionals in Hawaii and the Pacific.

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 Donations can be directed towards the Mark Lierman Scholarship, GIS Day activities, or the HIGICC general fund.

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  • 27 Apr 2018 12:44 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Aloha, time for the 2018 Higher Education Scholarship. The HIGICC is glad to offer the $1,000 scholarship to a deserving college or university student doing studies or projects here in Hawaii. Please forward this announcement and application on to students and teachers.

    Scholarship Application:

  • 13 Feb 2018 3:01 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Women In Technology STEMworks™ is pleased to announce the 2018 Hawaii STEM Conference on April 10-11, 2018 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu, Hawaii. This two-day regional technology conference serves 1000 middle and high school students and 300 teachers. The students are part of our STEMworks™ labs that are located in twenty-nine schools across the state of Hawaii.  The Hawaii STEM Conference provides our STEMworks™ students the opportunity to showcase their service-learning STEM projects, network with other students and industry professionals, compete in competitions, attend hands-on STEM sessions, and much more. We also provide a professional development track for teachers.  The Hawaii STEM Conference provides students and teachers the opportunity to receive training in cutting-edge software/tools and be exposed to new STEM fields and career opportunities. Past conference breakout sessions: Photoshop, After Effects, Gaming, Coding, Engineering Design using CAD, Voyaging, GIS/GPS, Mapping, UAV’s, Conservation, and Photography. For a complete list and past agendas, please visit: www.HawaiiSTEMConference.com.

    The Hawaii STEM Conference would not be possible without our valued industry partners who dedicate their time, expertise and knowledge to help inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. We greatly appreciate your support! 

    We are excited to invite industry professionals to participate in our STEM Career “5×5” session on Tuesday, April 10, 2018!

    Question: What is the 5×5 Session?

    Answer: The “5×5 Session” is a high energy networking session that offers students a unique opportunity to ask you about your personal experiences, career and college pathways, and much more are explored during this engaging event. It’s a platform designed for middle and high school students across the state to engage with you for 5 minutes of 5 rounds. You will be joined in with both local and national STEM industry professionals to inspire students.  This 5×5 Session is incredibly popular among the students to gain interest in the STEM fields.

    Many of the questions commonly asked are: What type of education do you have? What is the coolest project you have worked on? What do you enjoy most about your job? What made you choose your career? Etc.

    Register online at:


    Download Flyer

    For more event information about this session contact Lalaine Pasion at lalaine@medb.org or at 808.875.2341

  • 19 Dec 2017 3:30 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Here is a link to the recent UAV webinar. Lots of new possibilities, and it is here and now.


  • 14 Nov 2017 8:13 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Aloha, GIS Day 2017 was a great success. In collaboration with the MEDB WIT team and NOAA, the HIGICC participated with over 30 volunteers. Lots of different school groups attended. Shout out to Molokai HS for making the effort to come over and join in.

  • 02 Nov 2017 12:15 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars for the upcoming

     Winter King Tide Photo Survey! 

    November 7- 8 2017 & December 6- 7 2017

    For more information visit the :

  • 28 Sep 2017 7:31 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    It is time again for GIS Day. Please consider volunteering  for the morning to promote GeoSpatial technology and GIS to Hawaii school students.

    Here is the link to register https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GISDay17  

    Download the flyer:

  • 09 Aug 2017 2:48 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Visual Sample Plan (VSP) Training in Honolulu!

    VSP is a GIS based is a software tool that supports the development of a defensible sampling plan based on statistical sampling theory and the statistical analysis of sample results to support confident decision making. VSP couples site, building, and sample location visualization capabilities with optimal sampling design and statistical analysis strategies.  VSP helps determine the number of samples needed and performs statistical analyses.  VSP is currently focused on design and analysis for the following applications.
    -- Environmental Characterization and Remediation
    -- Environmental Monitoring and Stewardship
    -- Response and Recovery of Chemical/Biological/Radiation Terrorist Event
    -- Footprint Reduction and Remediation of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Sites
    -- Sampling of Soils, Buildings, Groundwater, Sediment, Surface Water, Subsurface Layers and Items.

    The 3 Day course instructor is Brent Pulsipher who managed VSP development for 15 years, taught over 50 VSP courses, and has over 30 years’ experience in statistical design and analysis.  This course will include an optional 4th day focused on the VSP-UXO modules.  (Must select 4th day option on the Agenda registration page). The 4th day will include methods and tools for transect design, target area identification and delineation, anomaly density mapping and estimation, verification of UXO cleanup, remedial investigation (RI), and anomaly density mapping (geostatistics).

    Course registration:


  • 08 Aug 2017 12:33 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that the U.S. Geological Survey will be hosting two webinars for the upcoming 3D Elevation Program Broad Agency Announcement.  

    Registration is required for the upcoming webinars.  They will be recorded if you are unable to attend and both sessions are identical. 

    The full title of the webinar is:

    "Agency Notice of Webinar; Announcement of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Geospatial Program (NGP) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) FY17 Informational Training Webinars in Preparation for the Upcoming Release of the USGS Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)"


    BAA webinars registration now open

    USGS Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for 3DEP FY17 National Webinars:


       - Notice of Upcoming 3DEP Public Acquisition Opportunity

     - August 10, 2017 at 1 pm EDT (7 am HST) - Registration

     - August 17, 2017 at 3 pm EDT (9 am HST) - Registration 

  • 07 Aug 2017 7:14 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) has crafted the following position statement in response to the Federal Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (S.1253). S.1253 is co-sponsored by Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mark Warner (D-VA) has been a topic of much discussion within the GIS community. The American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) have expressed specific concerns about the bill as currently written.

    Upon review of the Bill the GISCI Board of Directors has identified the following concerns.

    • Purpose Statement: The bill lacks a clear purpose statement. We believe this creates opportunities for misinterpretation of the Bill's intent. A well-crafted purpose statement would help "put a fence" around the Bill and minimize opportunities for misinterpretation.
    •  Section 10 (Funding): We believe the language in this section is unnecessarily broad and could reduce or eliminate the availability of funds for research and other efforts not specific to the purpose of this Bill. A clear purpose statement along with some adjustments to Section 10 would help alleviate this concern.
    • Section 11 (Use of Private Sector): This is the area of greatest concern given the conflation of "surveying and mapping" with "geospatial data" and the potential that federally funded geospatial data activities could be limited to architectural/engineering firms and licensed surveyors. We are specifically concerned about the wording in subsections b and c, which state:
    •  Subsection (b) DEFINITION -- For purposes of selecting a firm for a contract under chapter 11 of title 40, United States Code, the term ''surveying and mapping'' shall have the meaning given the term ''geospatial data'' in section 2 of this Act.
    • Subsection (c) MODIFICATION OF FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION - Part 36 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (48 C.F.R. 36.000 et seq.) shall be revised to specify that the definition of the term ''architectural and engineering services'' includes surveying and mapping services and the acquisition of geospatial data, to which the selection procedures of subpart 36.6 of such part 36 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation shall apply.

    We believe these provisions could seriously impact the livelihood of Certified GIS Professionals (GISP®) and unnecessarily increase the cost of Federal geospatial data collection and management.

    The GISCI Board of Directors is confident that these concerns can be addressed while maintaining the purpose and goals of the Federal Geospatial Data Act (S.1253).

  • 07 Jul 2017 7:12 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    the FY17/18 3DEP Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) cycle will be underway shortly.  To increase awareness and enable stakeholders to prepare in advance for the BAA opportunity, the National Geospatial Program is conducting a series of national public webinars.  As space is limited, registration is required and will be accepted on a first come basis.  The presentations will be recorded and made available for viewing for those unable to attend.  The USGS appreciates your interest and involvement in the 3DEP program.  Webinars will be held:

    •August 10, 2017 at 1pm ET 

    •August 17, 2017 at 3pm ET

    Link to webinar registration:


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