Working Groups

The MGI is guided by working groups charged with assisting the MGI leadership team in meeting the goals and functions of the Institute.

MGI has constituted the following working groups:

UMS Education Working Group.  This working group is coordinating academic program initiatives such as identifying currently available courses, evaluating course sequencing, compiling and coordinate course schedules, identifying content gaps, and outlining a plan to add new courses, including course options for K-12 teacher training, in service, and continuing education. K-12 Education is a subgroup working with the Maine Geographic Alliance to establish and enhance statewide initiatives to train K-12 teachers to introduce GIS in the classroom. 

Campus Project Centers Working Group. This working group is identifying a set of projects for the MGI start-up. The working group will issue an annual “seed grant” RFP to select projects to be conducted in collaboration with MGI Project Centers. The proposals selected for funding will provide demonstration of collaborative experiential learning that is a cornerstone of the MGI and be used as start-up funds for larger research initiatives. This working group will also identify and engage prospective partners of projects of mutual interest to be conducted at the Campus Project Centers, and foster relationships with the public to help the MGI maintain relevance with the Maine public, broadly, for example, through community outreach opportunities for workshops, field days, and demonstrations of applications of GIS and spatial science around the state specifically to demonstrate opportunities for accessing Campus Project Centers as resources in their home communities. The Working Group will develop “Tool Kits” for prospective sponsoring partners, faculty, and students of proposed Campus Project Center work. These Tool Kits will explain the roles of sponsors, faculty, and students in partnerships through Campus Project Center projects, as well as provide resources for project administration. This working group also will coordinate with the Education Working Group and the Governance Working Group to develop the mechanisms needed for awarding credits to students enrolling in Campus Project Centers for capstone, senior thesis, honors project, or graduate program credits as part of their academic program.

Governance Working Group. This working group is developing policy, financial management, and governing rules for the Institute. This working group will work with system administration and other working groups on developing solutions to address tuition sharing, course scheduling, MGI credit-bearing courses, and allocation of appointment credits and other cross campus operational issues. This group will work with the UMS to develop a fee structure for Campus Project Center industry, agency, and NGO sponsors and partners. The Governance Working Group will develop position descriptions for the MGI leadership and secure funding to fill these positions through development of grant proposals in partnership with the UMaine Grants Development Office.

Infrastructure Working Group. This working group will work closely with system administration to develop plans for distance and online instructional support and with the Advanced Computing Group (AGC) at the UMaine campus at Orono on distributed computing, software licensing, computing platforms, data and services management, and data and service archiving. These functions are critical for both the delivery of the GIS curriculum as well as to support Campus Project Center work.