URISA Digest
October 17, 2011   
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Gearing up for GIS-Pro 2011!!


Just announced - Two of the URISA Certified Workshops being presented on November 1, 2011 during GIS-Pro 2011 in Indianapolis have each been approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) for Certification Maintenance (CM) credit. Attendance at the Strategic Planning for GIS Program Development and Management or Public Data, Public Access, Privacy and Security: US Law and Policy workshop will earn AICP members eight (8) CM credits. There are still seats available for each course!


Notable Speakers

One Map. One Space. One Government. Vincent Hoong, Chief Executive of the The Singapore Geospatial Collaborative Environment (SG-SPACE) will deliver the opening keynote address at GIS-Pro 2011. Find out how the public, private and the people sectors share geospatial information to co-create innovative applications. Read this article for a preview.

21st Century Democracy: Powered by GIS
Sean Mcgrath, Chief Technical Officer of Propylon will deliver the closing keynote address at GIS-Pro 2011. Approximately 70% of all policy making by legislatures and executive branches can be related to place and yet a mere fraction of one per cent of all legal materials produced and consumed on the planet are based on maps. Learn how GIS is being integrated into the very heart of law-making in Kansas, opening up exciting new vistas for legislators and citizens alike.  

In addition to full-day URISA Certified Workshops, peer presentations and invited speakers and panelists:      

  • Learn something new ... very quickly... in the GIS-Pro 2011 Ignite session. 
  • Be an inside observer in the development of the "Management Competencies" tier of the US Dept of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).   
  • Curious about OpenStreetMap? Participate in an OSM Lab during GIS-Pro 2011.
  • Esri is hosting two technical workshops, a Dev Meet Up and a User Group Meeting during the conference!
  • Both GISCI and URISA's Young Professionals will host receptions during the conference.  
  • Mingle with your fellow conference attendees at the NCAA Hall of Champions during the GIS-Pro 2011 Social! Wear your favorite college jersey and jam along with Forbidden 403!  

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.   


Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities    

Follow the conference on twitter (#gispro2011).   

Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Events


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

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

URISA 2012 Event Calendar
  • URISA Leadership Academy
    June 11-15, 2012
    Savannah, Georgia
    • Register by December 31 for significant registration discounts! 
  • GIS-Pro 2012: URISA's 50th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals
    October 1-4, 2012
    Portland, Oregon    
Managing GIS
Have you read the latest URISA contribution to ArcNews' Managing GIS column? Thanks Corey!
News & Announcements

CalGIS is accepting abstract submissions through October 17. CalGIS 2012 will take place April 11-13, 2012 in Sacramento.  


NorCal URISA is hosting the URISA Certified Workshop, LIDAR Concepts, Principles & Applications, on Wednesday, October 26 in Sacramento. More info.  


Oregon & Washington URISA - Maps in the Cloud Workshop - November 17 in Portland. 


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