The Maine Geospatial Institute is a statewide collaborative of the seven University of Maine System (UMS) campuses developed to support economic growth, workforce development, education and research in geospatial technologies. These technologies are used daily throughout Maine, nationally, and globally, and the skills they require are vital to a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse set of applications including security, defense, healthcare, transportation, municipal and county government, environmental services, resource management, and utilities. Maine has a significant geospatial technology sector and a unique opportunity to build a centralized structure that engages the broad array of skills and resources of the state’s “One University” initiative in development and application of geospatial science and technology.
The MGI will facilitate collaborations of UMS faculty, scientists, and students with Maine-based, national, and global companies and agencies in geospatial science working within and beyond the academy and into the broader community. There are three foci for this effort: Education and Research; Information, Technology Transfer and Infrastructure; and Community Outreach. The Maine Geospatial Institute (MGI) will have three primary functions:
- Within the UMS, it will provide a statewide infrastructure for integrating geospatial education, from K-12 to post-graduate continuing education, with geospatial research and technology development. It will bridge the “digital divide” that currently separates the state’s well-served urbanized regions from under-served rural regions, expanding access to educational resources statewide.
- Beyond the academy, it will provide a technologically educated workforce able to support a growing economic sector.
- It will link the education and research sector to industry, facilitating technology transfer, project collaboration, and research and development partnerships.
For additional information, contact the Maine Geospatial Institute using our online form, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.