Summer is here and it’s, in many people’s opinions, the best time of year — particularly in Michigan, where the GeoDataPoint staff is headquartered.

The season brings a spirit of leisure and relaxation like none other. With the kids out of school and the weather perfect for vacationing, many trade shows and conferences intentionally slow it down. With everyone’s minds a little more focused on getting away from work and into the sunshine, keeping up with continuing education is arguably less of a priority. But it doesn’t have to be.

I personally agree that attending industry-related educational events is better for the colder, busier months of the year, but learning does not have to be limited to the most formal of occasions.

We can more informally learn from each other through networking, particularly through the convenience of social media. We all carry our smartphones and tablets with us, including on holiday. So there’s no reason not to take time year-round to better understand the ins and outs of the geospatial profession.

As I’ve mentioned before, there’s great value in learning from how others work and, in addition to reading our recurring Geo Positions segment, it’s possible to more regularly gain insight from the perspectives of other geospatial experts through groups like the GeoDataPoint LinkedIn group, which we aspire to grow into a geospatial information exchange powerhouse.

It doesn’t just have to be a one-way street, with you sucking in what others have to offer. Platforms like our LinkedIn group allow you to share your own information from the experiences you’ve had, mistakes you’ve made, resources you use, etc. In addition, you can throw questions out there about geospatial matters, whether technical, business or social.

So while you’re lounging poolside, consider posing a question, sharing a useful link you came across or a lesson learned within a space that is made up of others who may benefit from your insight or vice-versa. Our LinkedIn group can be as packed with insight as you want it to be, so feel free to join us in our ongoing mission to educate geospatial professionals.