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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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News & Announcements

  • 18 Apr 2017 1:57 PM | Gretchen Chiques (Administrator)

    It is time for the annual HIGICC scholarship. If you know of deserving students, please inform them of this award. While it is competitive, the annual scholarship is a great way to recognize the hard work of students in the Geospatial discipline.

    The Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council is interested in encouraging students to further their studies in geospatial technologies. Towards this end, HIGICC awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to reward deserving students who show appreciation for and understanding of geography and geographic information systems (GIS).

    The deadline for applications is May 17, 2017. This year's criteria and application can be viewed and download in here:



  • 05 Apr 2017 8:31 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Subject: announcement to share: NOAA seeks new members for HSRP Federal Advisory Committee, nominations due May 30, 2017

    Please share this announcement for the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee solicitation for nominations of new members for 2018 with local, regional and national partners, your members, newsletters, blogs, stakeholders, colleagues and other interested parties? The nominations are due May 30, 2017. Below please find the links to the HSRP Federal Register Notice and the press release with the process and other information. 

    You can review the requirements, criteria and questions on how to submit your nomination to the Federal Register Notice, HSRP Membership Soliciation for 2018 (FRN) at: 


    Additional information on the HSRP nominations process is at: 


    Press release "NOAA  seeks new  members f or  hydrographic  advisory  panel"


    Recent issue papers and recommendations are at:


  • 30 Mar 2017 11:48 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)


    if you want to hear the many great presentations from the recent HIGICC Expo,

    download the agenda that now has links to the presentation.

    Link to the recordings:

  • 28 Mar 2017 9:36 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    GIS Courses through the Maui College.

    EdVenture offers continuing education, career training and professional development courses in a wide range of topics including Food Innovation, Computers and Technology, Business, Languages, Hawaiian Culture, Art, College for Kids, Agriculture and Energy through the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. No matter where you are in life, EdVenture is your source for lifelong learning on Maui.

  • 16 Mar 2017 7:38 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Thanks to the continued hard work of Ross Winans and NOAA, the Hawaii Island is on the map for a 2017 data collection effort.


    This effort is not finalized yet and there is need for more funding in order to get a 100% data set. Please contact Ross if you want to join in and partner on this major effort.

  • 06 Feb 2017 10:25 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    There has been a thread on the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) list serve about the possibility of losing access to federally archived geospatial data.   Here is a consolidation of the thread and what you can do to help….

    People have been hoping for the best and planning for the worst: 

    A number are preparing for loss of the data. There are a few parallel movements, but we do work together. The people taking the lead are the PPEH Lab at UPenn - they're doing amazing work and have professional archivists and librarians involved to make sure data integrity is maintained. On the other side of it, I run a team of volunteers over at http://climatemirror.org where we are tracking and storing datasets to make sure they don't disappear, and working to capture data portals.

    More normal backups were taken by the Internet Archive and the California Digital Library (as part of their "End of Term Harvest" that they run at each presidential transition) - these capture web pages and linked small datasets, and can be searched publicly at http://archive.org.  More information on any of this Nick http://nicksantos.com (Nick Santos [nrsantos@UCDAVIS.EDU]

    DATA RESCUE SERIES: Perhaps you read last week’s Wired article about scientists archiving US gov climate change data and websites leading up to and continuing through the administration change? This is the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, and since the election, @EnviroDGI has been hosting #DataRescue events for at-risk government datasets. The first was held in Canada, where people were already organized due to the anti-science Harper administration destroying libraries of un-digitized science research in 2013 (https://envirodatagov.org/building-an-archive-of-vulnerability-guerrillaarchiving-at-uoft/)

    The next event in the Data Rescue series is happening right here in New York City & your participation will make a difference! Join us on Saturday, February 4.  Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-rescue-nyc-tickets-31332874471

    Data Rescue NYC works to secure federal environmental data in the face of the Trump administration’s large-scale efforts to dismantle environmental regulation. This work is urgent since the Trump administration has immediately begun to scrub environmental data from federal websites.

    Data Rescue NYC brings together concerned citizens with experts in information technology, archiving and environmental science and policy. We need capable web-savvy and technical members of the public, librarians, and people with environmental expertise. Building on experience from similar events, everyone’s skills will be put to work in organized cooperation.

    Join us for a day of preserving valuable environmental data from attempts to undermine science in the public service. Bring your laptop, water bottle, and snacks.

    Hosted by New York University, Data Rescue NYC is run by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) in collaboration with the PPEHlab’s DataRefuge project. Here are links to background and news coverage. It is part of a decentralized effort including previous events in Toronto, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-rescue-nyc-tickets-31332874471

    More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/704371486406298/

    How you can prepare in advance:
    - Download and install our web browser extension, which works with the Chrome browser. http://tinyurl.com/zyuqx7l

    - Coders can review our tools, including web crawlers and scrapers, in the EDGI Github: https://github.com/edgi-govdata-archiving - experience using web APIs, and cloudweb services like Amazon S3 is a plus!

    Special lead-up event on FOIA Rights and Responsibilities: Friday February 3 hosted by CUNY and broadcast by Public Lab: https://publiclab.org/notes/liz/01-20-2017/edgi-foia-event-at-cuny-in-new-york-city-online

  • 20 Jan 2017 1:23 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    The University Archives & Manuscripts Department of the UHM Library is hosting an exhibit "Mapping the Territory: Maps and Papers from the Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory Collection" now through June 30 in the Moir Reading Room at the UHM's Hamilton Library. The exhibit features papers and maps produced by UHM students in sociology classes during the 1930s and 1940s, which shed light on social conditions in Hawaiʻi in the Territorial era. The material on view came mostly from Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory (RASRL) Collection housed in the University Archives. The exhibit is co-guest curated by Dr. Lori Pierce, DePaul University and Dr. Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, a retired UHM faculty member and independent scholar.

    The exhibit is viewable during the Moir Reading Room hours (check the library's website for current Reading Room hours - look under "Archives and Manuscripts"). For more information, read the UH News article on the exhibit, or contact archives@hawaii.edu.

  • 14 Nov 2016 6:25 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Joan Delos Santos at the State of Hawaii GIS program. Joan has been awarded the 2016 NSGIC catalyst award for leading the Hawaii Modernization project.

    Link to NSGIC Award

  • 21 Sep 2016 8:18 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Come celebrate GIS Day in

    Hawaii. Student activities include

    outdoor GPS activity, Science on

    a Sphere, Games, and more!

    GIS DAYFLYER_2016_Oahu.pdf

    November 15

    NOAA Inouye Regional Center

    1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176

    Honolulu, HI 96818

    K9aahmul u–i,1 M2 pm

    OPEN TO 6 – 12 grades

    For more details contact:

    Mapu Quitazol, MEDB’s Women in Technology

    email: mapu@medb.org / phone: 808.875.2343

  • 08 Sep 2016 12:21 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Redistricting of legislative boundaries occurs every ten years.  The next redistricting will be in 2021 and will be based on data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2020.  The Census Bureau is currently reviewing the census block boundaries that will be used in the 2020 Census and is seeking input from interested groups in Hawaii.

    Census block tabulation boundaries are important not only for redistricting but also for appropriating Federal funds to local communities as well as providing data on population growth and income levels that are important for commerce and economic development.

    The State of Hawaii Office of Elections and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism are jointly hosting a meeting in Honolulu where representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will present an overview of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program and other geographic programs focusing on operations and timelines.  A complete agenda can be found at this link: http://arcg.is/2ccytWH.

    The meeting will be held on September 14th from 9 to 11 am at the Hawaii State Capitol, Room 325.  The meeting will be recorded if you cannot attend.

    If you can attend, please RSVP to census@dbedt.hawaii.gov so we know how many people to expect.

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