URISA Digest
May 26, 2011   
Featured URISA Member Benefit


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

The 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 will occur this weekend!

Visit the GIS-Pro 2011 site for more reasons to attend!

Conference program details coming soon.


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Two URISA Events in June
URISA Leadership Academy
June 13-17, 2011
St Louis, Missouri
In today's work environment, it doesn't pay to sit still. Keeping your skills sharp and current can make the difference between moving ahead and becoming stale or even obsolete. Learn from the best GIS minds in the profession and take your skills to the next level by attending the URISA Leadership Academy in St Louis. The program will take place at the Moonrise Hotel (offering very affordable $99 room rates through June 1). Check out the program details online and register today. Participants also receive Esri's book, Managing GIS Best Practices and a copy of URISA's 2011 Salary Survey when it is released later this year)
  • ULA Faculty Member, Greg Babinski, recently talked to Cadalyst about what it means to be a good GIS Leader.
URISA's GIS in Public Health Conference
June 27-30, 2011
Atlanta, Georgia
Register by June 1 to take advantage of discounted early registration rates and hotel room rates.

Two preconference workshops will be presented:
  • Introduction to Public Participation GIS (PPGIS): Using GIS to Support Community Decision-Making (URISA-Certified Workshop)
  • Tools for Common Challenges in Public Health GIS: Aggregation, Smoothing and Masking
In addition to the twenty-one educational sessions on topics ranging from "Using Mapping to Assess Community Health Risk" to "Applications in GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Health", three keynote speakers will be featured:
  • Geomedicine: A Patient's Perspective - presented by Bill Davenhall, Global Manager - Health and Human Services, Esri
  • GIScience in Public Health: Chagas' Disease, Dengue and West Nile Virus - presented by Dr. Gonzalo M. Vazquez-Prokopec, Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University
  • GIS and Health: Where Can We Go from Here? - presented by Dr. Ellen K. Cromley, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

For program, registration and exhibit/sponsorship details, click here

Deadlines & Reminders
Call for URISA Workshop Reviewers - Respond by June 10

URISA's Workshop Development Committee (WDC) is once again coordinating updates of URISA Certified Workshops. This is an open call to anyone interested in serving on a workshop peer review committee. Reviews are expected to take 5-10 hours of each volunteer's time and to occur during late June and July.  


These workshops will be reviewed first: 

  • 3D Geospatial: Project Implementation Methods and Best Practices
  • An Overview of Open Source GIS Software
  • GIS Strategic Planning
  • Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy
  • Business Intelligence & Data Integration for the GIS Professional
  • Applying Geospatial Standards in the Workplace

 For details and to volunteer, visit http://www.urisa.org/WorkshopReviewers 

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 (including Roger Tomlinson's Thinking About GIS and Notes and Comments on the Composition of Terrestrial and Celestial Maps). 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.
More URISA Events
URISA Connect Webinar - Addresses: Return on GIS Investment, Key to Local Government
Presenter: Martha McCart Wells, GISP
June 29, 2011
Details and registration coming soon


Cartography & Map Design - URISA Certified Workshop

Instructor: Greg Babinski, GISP

August 4, 2011

URISA HQ Office - Des Plaines, IL

Details and registration coming soon 


2011 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference 

New Orleans, LA - August 15-18, 2011
Preconference Workshops:
  • Transition to Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Addresses: Key to GIS Success
  • Introduction to 9-1-1 Database
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

16th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference
San Antonio, TX - March 12-15, 2012

Other Events of Interest
Location Standards-How Do They Help Government?
Free webinar from OGC
Thursday, June 2,2011 2:00PM-3:00PM EDT

This OGC GovFuture webinar will show how local and subnational governments are already benefiting from the "organizational interoperability" enabled by technical interoperability. The webinar will provide a case study from a GovFuture Subnational member working on Australia's Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP) information delivery system, plus a review of pertinent legal and policy issues and an introduction to the OGC.

Spatial Analysis and Assessment Modeling Symposiurm
June 8-9, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

This symposium presented by the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) will serve as a forum for information sharing among assessors, appraisers, analysts, modelers, CAMA developers, GIS analysts and urban economists. It will feature presentations on the current state of spatial analysis in assessment modeling, as well as valuable input from a distinguished line-up of guest speakers and panelists.
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Wendy Nelson
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