The Southwest Idaho GIS users group (SWIG) originated in 2003 from the Ada County Assessor’s Office in cooperation with several other local government, utility, and private agencies. GIS professionals in the region desired a cross organizational forum to share ideas, information, and network. The first few meetings were successful but intermittent. In 2005 the SWIG established several regular meetings. In fall the group supports GIS Day efforts to outreach to children an youth. Meetings are always free and open to anyone with an interest in geographic information systems.
Meetings and events are coordinated by a four member volunteer group. The SWIG steering committee also provide long-term administrative functions and vision. Details about the Steering Committee can be found in the Standard Operating Procedures. The primary tasks of the Steering Committee are:
- Retain records of attendance and presenters (primarily for GISP points)
- Provide long-range vision and continued development
- Organize and conduct SWIG meetings
The Golden Clam
In early 2013 the SWIG established the Golden Clam Award. The Golden Clam is an award of merit passed on to an individual in the local GIS community to honor their efforts and dedication to the GIS profession and Southwest Idaho. The tragic irony is this great honor comes with a tacky award. While the award is passed on in good fun, it is a testament to the GIS talents and hard work being conducted in Southwest Idaho.
2013 - Dan Narsavage
2014 - Anne Kawalec
2015 - Travis Tyson
2016 - Garrett Mapp
2017 - Pam Bond
Each November SWIG conducts an open education opportunity for children and youth.
The SWIG continues today thanks to volunteer efforts and the gracious donations and support from partner agencies.