URISA Digest
March 8, 2012 
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Geospatial Management Competency Model- submit comments by March 31
URISA invites experienced geospatial professionals of all kinds - particularly those with management experience - to review and comment on a draft Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM). The GMCM specifies 74 essential competencies and 17 competency areas that characterize the work of most successful managers in the geospatial industry.

Reviews by GIS professionals, professional surveyors, photogrammetrists and remote sensing scientists, programmers and application developers who specialize in geospatial applications, educators with specialized expertise in Geographic Information Science and Technology, and others whose work relies on geospatial technologies and data analysis are all welcome.

A URISA Task Force prepared the draft for the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA). Reviews will be reported to the Task Force and DOLETA, and will used to refine and validate the GMCM. Reviewers who share contact information will also receive results of the public review as well as copies of the revised GMCM.

Please review the draft model online and then proceed to the questionnaire for your thoughtful comment in this important process for the profession (by March 31).
Call for Presentations - check the deadlines

URISA/NENA 2012 Addressing Conference  

August 6-9, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee   

  • Abstract submissions still being accepted
URISA's 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference 

November 12-16, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica   

  • Abstract submissions due on or before April 2
Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Events & URISA Certified Workshops


Flood Hazards: GIS Applied in the Collection and Dissemination of Spatial Data - March 27, 2012
Presenter: Diana Maties, CDM Smith       


LiDAR Webinar Series - Part 1 - April 25
Presenter: Mark Stucky, GISP - Merrick & Company 


URISA Workshops - Check out the online training calendar for a list of upcoming workshops on the schedule, including Open Source GIS at SoCal URISA; Asset Management at the GIS-T Conference in Colorado; and both Field Automation and Open Source at URISA HQ in Chicago.   

More Events in 2012

cama2012  Looking forward to seeing many of you at the  16th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference in San Antonio next week. Attendance and sponsorship numbers are really strong!  


 ULA2012 Numbers also look great for the URISA Leadership Academy (June 11-15, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia). If you're considering attending this year, you are strongly encouraged to register soon as classroom size is limited for this event.  


The GIS-Pro 2012 Conference Committee met recently in Portland to discuss abstract submissions and organize the conference program. Stay tuned for exciting conference details, activities and more!  

Upcoming Chapter Events

GIS in Action 2012, co-presented by Oregon URISA is taking place next week in Jantzen Beach. From Points to Polygons.... Bridging the Gap.  


Calgis2012The 2012 CalGIS Conference is taking place in Sacramento, April 11-13, 2012. Hotel room discounts expire soon. Learn, network, and share at this conference showcasing the Best in California GIS!


waurisaThe 2012 Washington GIS Conference will take place May 7-9 in Tacoma. Check out the conference details today!


The 10th Annual GeoAlberta Conference, co-hosted by URISA's Alberta Chapter, is taking place May 7-9 in Calgary.  


Also on May 9, URISA's Ontario Chapter is hosting its Be Spatial 2012 conference. For details, click here


mac2012  URISA's MidAtlantic Chapter is hosting MAC URISA 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ October 22-24.  

2012 Board of Directors Election
URISA's Leadership Development Committee presented its recommended slate for this year's election and the Board approved the slate during its February 24 meeting. The approved slate is as follows...

Carl Anderson, GISP - Spatial Focus, Inc., Sarasota, Florida
Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP - Data Transfer Solutions, Inc., Orlando, Florida

FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS - (to fill 3 positions)
Doug Adams, GISP - Dewberry, Baltimore, Maryland
Danielle Ayan, GISP - Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia
Keri Brennan, GISP - The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana
Alex Hepp - Pictometry International, Rochester, New York
Claudia Paskauskas, GISP - East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Altamonte Springs, Florida 
Sara Yurman  - Spatial Focus, Inc., Decatur, Georgia

What a great slate!

During the next few months, URISA members will have the opportunity to learn about each candidate and their vision for URISA. Voting will open in June.  


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director, URISA


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