URISA Digest
April 18, 2011   
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Be sure to put GIS-Pro 2011 on your calendar and in your budget!
November 1-4, 2011
Indianapolis, Indiana

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New Issue of THE GIS PROFESSIONAL coming soon. Check out the February issue if you haven't had the opportunity yet!   


 URISA is collecting data for its 2010-2011 Salary Survey. Be a part of this important publication and resource for hiring managers and GIS professionals. Take the survey today - LAST CALL!   


Volume 22, Number 2 of the URISA Journal is posted online.  



News You Can Use


Address Data Standard - Approved and Accepted by the FGDC 


GISP and Esri Technical Certification Programs are Complementary 


National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) - Best Practices for Local Government Geospatial Programs 


Interesting News from Directions Magazine - Worth a Click  



URISA Board & GIS-Pro 2011 Planning Meeting
Thanks to the URISA Board of Directors and to the GIS-Pro 2011 Conference Planning Committee for their dedication and hard work during meetings in Indianapolis, April 8-10.

The Board delved into an ambitious agenda to make your association even more relevant and responsive! And the GIS-Pro Committee knocked out an incredible conference program. We really can't wait for you to see all of the details! Soon, we promise!

Everyone was able to familiarize themselves with Indianapolis. Super easy to navigate with hundreds of things to do within walking distance. Great restaurants and recreation. So much to do in a truly pleasant environment! Check out www.visitindy.com!

And the drive from Chicago was easy. Have you seen the wind farms on I-65?


Deadlines & Reminders
2011 URISA Election
URISA's Leadership Development Committee submitted their recommended slate of candidates for the 2011 URISA Election and the Board unanimously approved the slate in Indianapolis. Candidates are now compiling their biographical materials and their statements to the membership (will be posted in late June). URISA members in good standing will receive instructions for casting their vote by or on July 19 and the ballot will remain open until September 2, 2011.

For President-Elect:
  • Al Butler, GISP - City of Ocoee, Florida
  • Geney Terry, GISP - El Dorado County, California

International Seat (to fill 1 position)

  • Al Little BES, OLS, OLIP, City of Hamilton - GIS Services, Hamilton, Ontario Canada
  • Cindy Post, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Additional Seats (to fill 2 positions)

  • Tripp Corbin, GISP, Keck & Wood Inc., Duluth, Georgia
  • David Lanter, GISP, CDM Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Martin Roche, GISP, CEcD,GeoPlanning Services, Orlando, Florida
  • Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities LLC, Raleigh, North Carolina
Thanks to the Leadership Development Committee for recruiting this exceptional slate of candidates.
Call for Articles & Book Reviewers
We are always happy to consider your articles, case studies, and opinion pieces for The GIS Professional. Share lessons learned, chapter news, technology trends... whatever you have an interest in writing about... while earning points toward GIS Professional Certification. Email Wendy with your idea.

We also have several books from outside publishers for review. If you are interested in reading a book and crafting a book review for The GIS Professional, let us know and we'll send the book to you.
2011 Conference News
URISA Leadership Academy
St Louis, MO - June 13-17, 2011

2011 GIS in Public Health Conference 
Atlanta, GA -June 27-30, 2011


2011 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference
New Orleans, LA - August 15-18, 2011

2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference
St Petersburg, FL - September 13-15, 2011

GIS-Pro 2011: URISA's 49th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals
Indianapolis, IN - November 1-4, 2011

GISCI Board of Directors Announces Resolution to Update the GISP Certification Process    

At its regular Board meeting on March 30, 2011, the GISCI Board began consideration of the proposal submitted by the GISCI Core Competency Workgroup and the public response collected during February concerning that proposal. The Board adopted a resolution recognizing the role that the current portfolio based process has played in recognizing the professional attainment of those certified.


The resolution identified the need for updates to the GISCI certification process to align the certification with the U.S.

Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. The Board will continue to discuss the recommendations made by the Core Competency Workgroup through the spring.


Meanwhile, the "GISP Certification Update" proposal and the comments are available for public review at http://www.gisci.org

URISA Advocacy Agenda
The outline of URISA's first advocacy agenda, developed from the Chapter Roll Call and other discussions at GIS-Pro 2010, has been posted and is awaiting your input. Get involved and 

check out the details today. 

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Wendy Nelson
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