URISA Digest
September 27, 2011   
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Latest Geospatial Revolution video - Penn State


Check out this archive of over 1,000 maps from the Atlas of Canada dating back to 1906.   


Where's my jetpack? - Matt Ball 



Liability of Citizen-Generated Information for Disaster Management 


Online Mapping at the City of Ventura    


Spatial Law & Policy Updates via twitter


Crowdsourcing the Walkability of Streets in NY and the UK

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Hope to see you at GIS-Pro 2011 in Indy!!


Don't miss the "All Things Geospatial" evening Ignite session, Lightning Talks, an OpenStreetMap Lab, DevMeetUp, Esri Technical Workshops and User Group Meeting, in addition to full-day URISA Certified Workshops, peer presentations and invited speakers and panelists.    


Recognize the 2011 GIS Hall of Fame inductees, Exemplary Systems in Government and URISA Service Award winners during the Awards Breakfast; network at the GISP and Young Professional receptions; and expand your professional community at the various social events during the conference.

GIS-Pro 2011 will take place at the brand new JW Marriott Indianapolis. Discounted rooms are being offered for only $139 (including internet access), but the offer is only valid until October 7.  

Three free GIS-Pro 2012 conference registrations will be raffled among those who stay at the JW Indy this year!

Visit the conference website at www.gis-pro.org for complete program and registration details. Abstracts and speaker profiles are also included online! Follow the conference on twitter (#gispro2011).


Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities   

Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Events


Redistricting in Ohio Enhanced by Public Participation GIS 

Presenter: Mark Salling, Ph.D., GISP - Cleveland State University 

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Introduction to Asset Management
Presenter: Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP - Data Transfer Solutions
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2011 Student Competition Awards Winners Announced
First Place: Estimating Phosphorous Potential from Non-Point Source Pollution to Determine High-Risk Areas in the Missisquoi Watershed: A comparison of the Endreny and Wood and Sivertun and Prange Models
    * Submitted by: Taylor Riso, Lewis and Clark College
Second Place: Spatial Analysis of US Ethanol Production Infrastructure Vulnerability to Flooding
    * Submitted by: Yingying Chen and Nicholas Cuba, Clark University
Third Place: Minimizing Transportation Costs with Location-Allocation Analysis: An Application to Recycling
    * Submitted by: Laura Reading, University of Southern Maine and University of Michigan

Winning Submission: Mapping and Monitoring Storm Drain Outfalls on the Raritan River
   * Scott Jablonski and Nicola Mammes, Rutgers University

Honorable Mentions:
  • Community Gardens, Food Deserts and Vacant Lots - Chicago's Opportunity
    John Owens, Chicago State University
  • Considering Public Art Within the Context of Urban Revitalization and Redevelopment
    Rebecca Davoudian and Nicola Mammes, Rutgers University
  • Using R to Produce Maps for Google's My Maps
    Erin Hodgess, University of Houston - Downtown
Review all of the submissions online. Wonderful work!

URISA congratulates all of the participants in the 2011 Student Competition and thanks the hardworking Review Committee for their important volunteer efforts!

URISA 2012 Event Calendar
  • GIS-Pro 2012: URISA's 50th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals
    October 1-4, 2012
    Portland, Oregon    
News & Announcements

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


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


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!


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director