URISA Digest
March 29, 2012 
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URISA Chapter Events
CalGIS 2012- April 11-13 in Sacramento
The Best in California GIS!

Announcing a free one-day workshop on how to implement the FGDC addressing standard!


The 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



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

 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. 

Last Call to Submit Comments re: the Geospatial Management Competency Model
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.

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).
Speaking Opportunities
URISA's 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference 

November 12-16, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica   

  • Abstract submissions due on or before April 30
URISA's Collaborative Publication Initiative

URISA Members are invited to help create the latest edition of the URISA Publication, Model Job Descriptions for Geospatial Professionals. This is a new endeavor under the direction of President-Elect, Al Butler. To learn more about this initiative, or to participate in the editing and reviewing process, please click here  

Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Events

Have you attended a URISA Connect Webinar yet? Check out the lineup and register for one or more today! Earn Education Points toward your GISP Certification or Renewal. 


April 11 - I've Seen the Future and it's My Browser: GIS Development in the Mobile Era
Presenters: Dave Bouwman and Brian Noyle of Data Transfer Solutions  


April 12 - URISA Leadership Academy Virtual Information Session
If you're interested in learning more about the ULA, URISA is offering a free one hour informational session, presented by ULA Committee Chair and Instructor, Hilary Perkins, GISP. She'll provide an overview of the topics discussed during the week and you'll have the opportunity to hear about this exciting learning experience from recent ULA graduates.    


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


September 18 - Asset Management Webinar Series - Part 1 

Presenters: Allen Ibaugh, GISP and Jason Amadori of Data Transfer Solutions 


Watch for news about  upcoming corporate sponsored webinars where you will be able to learn about products and services and the latest technology our sponsors are offering.

More Events in 2012

 ULA2012 Pre-registration numbers are well ahead of last year 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. Really looking good! Stay tuned for exciting conference details, activities and more!  

URISA Certified Workshops
Check out the online training calendar for a list of upcoming workshops on the schedule, including Open Source GIS at SoCal URISA (March 31); Asset Management at the GIS-T Conference in Colorado (April 15); the Addressing workshop in Tennessee (May 9) and in Austin, Texas (June 5) and Open Source GIS at URISA HQ in Chicago (June 21).

Attend and earn GISP points... also the first step in the path to becoming a certified workshop instructor!  

Closing Note
Have you heard about the fantastic recognition which GISCorps recently received? URISA's GISCorps was honored by the U.S. White House for volunteer service. A well-deserved and proud moment for all of those who are involved with this great URISA program.

GISCorps has been run by a volunteer committee since its inception in 2003. Thousands of individuals have signed up to volunteer their GIS expertise for this program. I'm sure you've kept up with the amazing missions and work that GISCorps volunteers have provided.

GISCorps is supported by financial donations (which are tax deductible). Keep GISCorps viable for many years to come by contributing financially to this incredible program. Please consider a donation to GISCorps today: click here.
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Wendy Nelson
Executive Director, URISA


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