URISA Digest
June 23, 2011   
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URISA Board Encourages Adoption of Washington State's GIS Strategic and Business Plan


COGO Submits Letter to FCC re: LightSquared   




Going to the Esri UC next month? Data Transfer Solutions (DTS)  is once again making it fun with their Esri UC backchannel mobile app 


SF Parking App Gets Passing Grade, Not Perfect - (San Francisco Chronicle)




GEO-ETHICS Considerations of general business practice and GIS Data Ethics for the GIS Pro - Gretchen Petersen on GISUser.com  


Job Market  for GIS Professionals is Strong and Growing - American Sentinel University


GISCI Board of Directors Announces Resolution to Update the GISP

Certification Process


More on LightSquared - Bloomberg 


Directions Magazine - Worth a Click:  

5 provocative ways to think about cities & neighborhoods - NRDC

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


Help us grow the URISA Member Community through this $20 special offer!


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



Click the cover image above to read the latest issue of THE GIS PROFESSIONAL featuring:
  • An article by Tripp Corbin about GIS Management Skills
  • Rachel Kornak's piece about Inspiring the Next Generation of GIS Leaders
  • Cy Smith's column about Data Sharing
  • David DiBiase's reflections upon concluding his term as GISCI president
  • Chapter Corner, Sponsor Directory and much more! 
Upcoming URISA Programs
URISA Connect Webinar - Addresses: Return on GIS Investment, Key to Local Government

Presenter: Martha McCart Wells, GISP

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

1 PM Eastern/12 Noon Central/11 AM Mountain/10 AM Pacific

Free for URISA Members!

Details and registration here


Cartography & Map Design - URISA Certified Workshop

Instructor: Greg Babinski, GISP

August 4, 2011

URISA HQ Office - Des Plaines, IL

Details and registration here 


An Overview of Open Source GIS Software - URISA Certified Workshop

Instructor: Sara Yurman, GISP

August 4, 2011

Presented by Rocky Mountain URISA - Denver, CO 

Details and registration here 


2011 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference 

New Orleans, LA - August 15-18, 2011

Preconference Workshops:

Program details coming soon!

2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference

St Petersburg, FL - September 13-15, 2011

Program details coming soon!

GIS-Pro 2011: URISA's 49th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals

Indianapolis, IN - November 1-4, 2011

Program details coming soon!

16th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

San Antonio, TX - March 12-15, 2012

Call for Presentations coming soon!

URISA Supports GIS Day Student Poster Competitions
GIS Day 2011 is Wednesday, November 16, 2011 and URISA is pleased to announce its support of GIS Day student poster competitions.

We look forward to assisting professors, students, and competition judges as they plan their GIS Day activities. In further recognition of the winning posters, URISA is pleased to provide one-year student memberships for the best poster in each category.

"By posting the guidelines behind GIS Day poster competitions, and also posting the outstanding student posters, URISA is promoting advances in GIS research methods and techniques, communications, and achievements. This is a very significant contribution to GIS education, training, and apps. Congratulations to URISA for this exceptional initiative."

-  Barry Wellar, GISP, PhD, Wellar Consulting and (ret.) Professor of Geography, University of Ottawa

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.
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Wendy Nelson
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