URISA Digest
July 10, 2012 
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Of Interest

All aboard: you can kind of tell how big American cities are based on the density of their mass transit. (The Atlantic)

The history of London in map form. (Thomson Reuters)


GIS Mapping Keeps Track of Your Neighborhood's Health and Your Risk for Illness (HealthTech Zone)

(using Twitter to map regional differences in US culture)

Fun with Maps...warning: you will never again look at a map of the US and not think "Ohio looks like a pair of underpants."  (XKCD)  
In the current issue of ArcNews:

Managing GIS column: Avoiding Last-Minute Metadata Misery By Ryan Bowe, GISP and April  Davis, GISP 


URISA Board member David DiBiase's article about Strengthening the GIS Profession 


Jack Dangermond's URISA Memories 

GISCI/Directions Webinar - August 1
GISCI and Directions are co-hosting "Getting and Keeping Your GISP - Your Questions Answered" on Wednesday, August 1 at 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/Noon
Mountain/11am Pacific.

Do you have questions about how to get your GISP? Do you have your GISP and want to know how to renew? Would you like more information on how the GISP can help you in this job market? What professional standards of practice are supported by GISCI? This webinar is for you! 

The webinar will focus on reasons to become a GISP as well as the actual process of doing so, including some upcoming changes to the certification process.

Visit the
GISCI website
for more details and find out how to register for this event (available soon).
 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. 

Take Advantage of early registration discounts for GIS-Pro 2012 ...thru July 13!

URISA Leadership Academy
The ULA took place in Savannah, Georgia a couple of weeks ago and the post-event evaluations were extremely positive.

ULA grads

What they had to say: 

  • "I learned so much in one week, it's a miracle. I have immediately started work on a GIS Strategic Plan."
  • "This was the best week of training I have ever had, and you can quote me on that."
  • "Leadership has no title."
  • "Even though I am not the manager, I can be a leader for my organization in GIS and be an agent of change."

100% of post-event survey respondents would recommend the ULA to a colleague or coworker!

The date/location of ULA 2013 will be announced later this summer. Stay tuned and start planning your attendance next year. 
Upcoming URISA Connect Webinar Event

September 18 - Introduction to Asset Management  

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


If you've missed one of our live webinars including the fantastic LiDAR series presented by Mark Stucky of Merrick, you can find most of these events archived at www.urisa.org/urisaconnectarchives.


To register for an upcoming live webinar, please visit www.urisa.org/urisaconnect.

Fantastic News 

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URISA's GISCorps just launched its 100th Mission!! What an amazing accomplishment for a volunteer-led organization. Watch for much more news about GISCorps and their milestone mission and get involved today!


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director, URISA


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