URISA Digest
January 6, 2012 
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Items of Interest

Greatest US Map Ever?

GIS Heroes


Chicago's Plow Tracker


Zen and the Art of GIS Communication- Managing GIS Article by URISA member Brandon Brown 

Important URISA 2012 Deadlines to Note

2012 Exemplary Systems in Government Awards - submissions due by May 7, 2012
2012 URISA Student Competition - poster and paper submissions due by May 21, 2012

MGMT Handbook 



URISA 2011 Salary Survey -  The latest version of URISA's GIS Salary Survey is now available. Find out average salary by job title; difference in salary according to region and certification status; and so much more. 


To order your copy and for more information, click here.    




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Have you read Volume 23, Number 2 of the  URISA Journal yet?


The printed copy should arrive in your mailbox any day now, but you can start reading the issue online if you can't wait to read the articles on these topics, submitted by your peers:

  • Walkability: A Review of Existing Pedestrian Indices
  • From Public Records to Open Government: Access to Massachusetts Municipal Geographic Data
  • Neogeographic Tools to Create Open-access Data: Mapping Vacant Land Parcels in Detroit
  • Evaluating Access to Spatial Data Information in Rwanda
  • Location Privacy: Who Protects?  

Thanks to Journal Editor in Chief, Dr. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah and the dedicated Editorial Board for another great publication!  

Education in 2012


The 16th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference will take place March 12-15, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Early registration discounts are available through Tuesday, January 10, so REGISTER NOW! Check out the new workshops, breakout sessions, Ignite talks and the Gadget-Palooza! Thanks in advance to our platinum sponsor - Manatron, gold sponsor - Esri, and all of our great exhibitors!  



Registration for the 2012 URISA Leadership Academy (June 11-15, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia) is way ahead of the pace for previous years. Remember that the class size for the ULA is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot (note that you also save $200 if you register by March 1). 


Calgis2012The 2012 CalGIS Conference is taking place in Sacramento, April 11-13, 2012.  Sponsorships are still available! Join these organizations who have already signed up:

  • Gold sponsors: Esri and Allen Instruments & Supplies 
  • Silver sponsors: Valtus Imagery Services, Intergraph & Dudek
  • Bronze sponsors: Microdesk, Inc, Pacific Alliance Technologies, US Geological Survey, RBF Consulting
  • Nonprofit sponsor:  California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA)  
Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Events
Call for Presentations - Resolve to Present at a Conference in 2012
URISA/NENA 2012 Addressing Conference  

August 6-9, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee   

  • Abstracts now being accepted - submissions due on or before February 13 

GIS-Pro 2012: URISA's 50th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals  

September 30 - October 4, 2012
Portland, Oregon     

  • Call for Presentations coming soon - submissions will be due on or before February 17 

URISA's 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference   

November 12-16, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica   

  • Call for Presentations coming soon - abstract submissions will be due on or before April 16 
Start thinking about your presentation ideas now!
Directions Webinar on Geospatial Technologies in the Real Estate Industry
Join URISA past president, Gil Castle, in this webinar series presented by Directions. URISA members receive a discount. Learn more here!

Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012!



Wendy Nelson
Executive Director