URISA Digest
August 24, 2011   
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URISA Journal - Volume 23, Number 1



Can GIS Exist Separately From Surveying? - Professional Surveyor - August 2011 


Geo-Immersion Makes Maps Come Alive - Science Nation  


GIS Plays Supporting Role in Improving Rwanda's Coffee and Its Growers' Lives - ArcNews


Directions Magazine - Worth a Click   

Did you join URISA as a STUDENT MEMBER?

Our wonderful intern, April, is working on a student outreach project for URISA and would like your input. Please email April if you are willing to talk about URISA and your career.   

Book Reviewers

Interested in reviewing a book for The GIS Professional? We've recently received quite a few new books to review. Email Wendy if you are interested.



Have you applied for GISP Certification yet? Make it a goal by the end of the year!   

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Member Recruitment Challenge 2011!
Help to grow the URISA Community.
Talk to your coworkers, colleagues, peers, clients, young professionals, students... tell them about URISA and why you feel it is an important organization to join!
Is it the Resources? Programs? Connections? Advocacy?

From September 1 until November 1, the URISA member who promotes the most new memberships will receive a complimentary registration to GIS-Pro (2011 or 2012 - your choice) and all of those who encourage at least one new member to join will be entered into an additional drawing for a complimentary GIS-Pro registration.

Direct folks to the Membership page  and the online application. Be sure they note your name in the Referred By box so your efforts are counted!
Don't Forget to Vote!
URISA Members: If you have not yet voted in the 2011 Board of Directors Election, you have until September 2 to make your vote count. If you cannot locate the email instructions for casting your ballot, please email Verlanda and we'll resend it to you.
Upcoming URISA Conferences
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St Petersburg, FL - September 13-15, 2011

Early registration discounts through August 31
$89 hotel room rates !

  • Sept 13 URISA Workshops: GIS Program Management & Asset Management 
  • Sept 14 KeynoteAdie Tomer of the Brookings Institution will share analysis linking transit systems to jobs in metropolitan America   
  • Sept 15 Keynote: David Emory & Kevin Webb to discuss OpenTripPlanner and the role and benefits of open source multimodal trip planner in public transportation.    


 Indianapolis, IN - November 1-4, 2011

Early Registration Discounts through September 1 - We've drafted a justification letter to help you make your case and get approval to attend.  


Exhibit discounts through September 15. 



 San Antonio, TX - March 12-15, 2012

Abstract submissions due by September 23 

News & Announcements

URISA Members - Save $300 on registration to the Geospatial Summit, September 13 in Herndon, Virginia.  

  • 3 distinguished keynote speakers including Michael Byrne (FEMA), Russ Johnson (ESRI), and Michael DeMers (author, GIS For Dummies). 
  • Session highlights:
    • Open Source GIS Support to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
    • Integrating GIS into the Enterprise Technology Mix
    • Why GIS, Why Now: Doing More with Less
    • Next Generation 9-1-1
    • GIS To Go For Less

CalGIS is accepting abstract submissions until October 3. CalGIS 2012 will take place April 11-13, 2012 in Sacramento. 


PRIA Announces GIS Workshop - Land Record/GIS Integration Initiative (Saturday, September 24, from 2-5 p.m., ET, at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio). The cost of the workshop is $40. For details, and to register, click here

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) has announced is small grants program. Deadline October 31.


The GIS Specialty Group (GISSG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2012 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS). Abstracts are due October 3.        


Census NEWS: The Census Bureau published final criteria for delineating urban areas for the 2010 Census in the August 24, 2011 Federal Register.  In addition to the final criteria, the notice contains a summary of comments received in response to the Census Bureau's proposed urban area criteria and the Census Bureau's responses to those comments.  Background information about the Census Bureau's urban-rural classification also is included. The final criteria are available from the Census Bureau's website at http://www.census.gov/geo/www/ua/2010urbanruralclass.html
Questions regarding the Census Bureau's urban-rural classification, urban area criteria, and the delineation of urban areas should be directed to Vincent Osier, Chief, Geographic Standards and Criteria Branch, Geography Division, Census Bureau via e-mail at vincent.osier@census.gov or telephone at (301) 763-3056.


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director