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New Mexico Quarterly Meeting Recap

Friday, May 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
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New Mexico held its quarterly GMIS meeting on April 23rd, hosted by Sandoval County in beautiful Bernalillo. The meeting was very well attended and included a number of guests who were invited by current members to encourage joining NMGMIS. Additionally, the collaboration of New Mexico’s GMIS affiliate with the local Project Management Institute chapter offered 4 professional development units (PDUs) to encourage their attendance. 

 The first speaker, Barb Ricci, is the Records and Information Management Administrator for Los Alamos County and has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of Records and Information Management dedicating the past fifteen years to this discipline. Ricci commenced a discussion about the proliferation of information-generating systems and the explosive growth of data/information/e-records. Given the location of such records, Ricci submitted that it is logical for organizations to turn to their information technology (IT) departments to implement eRecords solutions. The challenge…How can records and information management (RIM), legal, leadership and end-users assist in resolving this growing concern. Ricci shared the roles within  “Information Governance”  by understanding the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) and how IT should collaborate with others within the organization to truly create “Information Intelligence”. 
 Ricci was followed by Mark Fidel, of CAaNES’, a digital security consultant. Fidel is a former litigator who founded Applied Records Management, a records management and litigation support consulting firm. Fidel discussed the cost of data breaches to an entity from describing what a data breach is, types of data with which to be concerned, and presented a case study that cost an entity over $600,000 to recover from.

  Amanda Hargis, the GIS Coordinator for Santa Fe County, spoke during lunch. She has worked in the geospatial technology field since 1989. Hargis assisted Boulder County, Colorado’s move from the ArcInfo Workstation coverage model to the ArcSDE model in 2000.  She shared her experience of the right and wrong things done, painful lessons and valuable insight for future projects of this nature. She opened discussions about main considerations in terms of numbers of editors and viewers, how much time it might take, and what questions to ask yourself and your GIS staff and audience in order to be successful in this type of endeavor. 
 The final speaker was Dan O’Connor, the founder of who launched his communication-training career as a teacher at the Universidad Autonoma in Guadalajara, Mexico, then moved into consulting, speaking, and training on an international level. O’Connor shared insights on dealing with difficult people, including theories of a) What gets rewarded, gets repeated, b) Training people how to treat us, and c) How someone else speaks is about them, how I speak is about me. Some tools that were offered during his presentation included a) Conducting an assessment (1on1 within larger group), b) Understanding what is the biggest problem within an organization? and c) How and what we contribute/solve? O’Connor also offered some suggested verbal communication skills and what he calls “Danger and Power Phrases” such as “I disagree…” could be stated in a power phrase way of “I see it differently (another way)…” and a danger phrase of “Idea” could be power phrased as “Answers/solutions”.


 The meeting was a great success and we look forward to both continued collaboration with our PMI chapters in New Mexico as well as continuing to garner interest in membership of NMGMIS by both local government and educational as well as tribal entities.

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