URISA Digest
January 26, 2012 
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URISA 2011 Salary SurveyThe latest version of URISA's GIS Salary Survey is now available. Order a copy for your office today!   

URISA Workshops at the Alaska Surveying & Mapping Conference
February 13-17, 2012

An Introduction to Public Participation GIS: Using GIS to Support Community Decision Making
Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, PhD, AICP

Transportation Spatial Database Design
Al Butler, AICP, GISP, CMS

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 Contributions to URISA - a 501(c) (3) organization - are tax deductible in the U.S. All contributions will be used to further the mission of URISA through the delivery of existing programs and the development of new programs. 

GISCorps Continues to Impact the World

URISA is pleased to announce that 25 GISCorps volunteers have recently been deployed to 9 new missions in 7 countries. 

  • Volunteers assisting in data cleansing of health facilities in Libya
  • Eleven volunteers deployed to an OSM/HOT project in Indonesia
  • Volunteers assist in three phases of a disaster simulation in Samoa
  • Geo-coding locations of NGOs in Sierra Leone
  • GISCorps volunteers testing an application for a non profit organization
  • Two remote sensing specialists are deployed to a project with UNOSAT
  • Mission with South Luangwa Conservation Society - Zambia

For details about this great work, click here.  


With these efforts, GISCorps has had a total of 88 projects in 42 countries with 272 deployed volunteers.  

Call for Presentations - Share your ideas and experiences - Participate!

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     

  • Abstracts now being accepted - submissions due on or before February 17 

URISA's 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference 

November 12-16, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica   

  • Abstracts now being accepted - submissions due on or before April 2
Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Events

GIS as Time Machine - February 29, 2012
Presenter: Peirce Eichelberger  


Flood Hazards: GIS Applied in the Collection and Dissemination of Spatial Data - March 27, 2012
Presenter: Diana Maties (new Vanguard Cabinet member!)    


  Have an interest in webinars?

The URISA Connect Committee is looking for volunteers to help indentify, review, and moderate URISA Connect educational webinars. Members of the URISA Connect Committee will be responsible for identifying topics and subject matter experts for monthly webinars. Occasionally, committee members will be responsible for moderating the live text chat portion of the webinar and may act as technical support for attendees. The committee will also be responsible for reviewing presentation content to ensure that the information is appropriate for the audience, engaging, and vendor-neutral. The committee conducts monthly conference calls and schedules at least one webinar each month. If you have additional questions or would like to join the committee, please contact URISA Education Manager, Jeni Griffith, at jgriffith@urisa.org. 

More Events in 2012

cama2012  The 16th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference will take place March 12-15, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. See you there!  


ULA2012 Early registration discounts for the 2012 URISA Leadership Academy (June 11-15, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia) are available through March 1). 


Calgis2012The 2012 CalGIS Conference is taking place in Sacramento, April 11-13, 2012. Learn more about this annual California event! 

Announcing a New Publication in Progress
Foundations of Urban and Regional Information Systems and Geographic Information Systems and Science

Barry Wellar, member of the GIS Hall of Fame and recipient of the Horwood Award and the Anderson Medal, is the Guest Editor of a new book celebrating URISA's 50th anniversary conference. The book is sponsored by URISA past presidents.

"URISA conference programs, workshops, and publications are responsible for numerous original research, education, training, and applications activities in urban and regional information systems and geographic information systems and science.

The 50th annual conference is a timely opportunity to once again take stock of the field's progress, and to reflect upon the significant contributions made by URISA and its members to the foundations of urban and regional information systems and geographic information systems and science.

I am very pleased that so many people with outstanding credentials are signing on to assist in preparing what I believe will be a must-read publication for decades to come."
Barry Wellar, Professor Emeritus,  University of Ottawa
Principal, Wellar Consulting Inc.

Information about titles of papers and names of contributors will be posted on a regular basis on the URISA website.  
Nearly Forgot to Mention...
Take some time to meet the next group of URISA leaders!
The 2012 members of the Vanguard Cabinet were recently announced:
    Ryan Elizabeth Bowe - Lexington, Kentucky
    Bill Craft - Gardner, Kansas
    Erik Endrulat - Salem, Oregon
    Lou Manglass - Winterville, Georgia
    Diana Maties - Chicago, Illinois
    Reed Tomlinson - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Congratulations and welcome aboard! Get to know the VC here.

We've recently updated our online Sponsor Directory. Take some time to learn more about these great organizations! (And if your favorite company isn't listed... encourage them to join!)

We started an online list of college and university GIS programs many years ago (all suggested by members) and the list has gotten incredibly long. Lately, we've had inquiries about online programs in particular, so we added that column to the table. Take a look when you have time and suggest updates/corrections if you have them!



Wendy Nelson
Executive Director, URISA


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