URISA Digest
March 28, 2013
Last Chance -2013 Dues Renewal 
If you have not yet renewed your 2013 membership, you can easily renew online or print an invoice. 
Join URISA as a 2013 Corporate or Business Partner  
The opportunities for engagement are limitless and the levels of partnership were designed to accommodate a wide range of budgets and resources (from global software companies to one-person consulting firms). Partnership details are posted online, along with a directory of current URISA partners.  

A special welcome to Somers St.Claire GIS Management Consultants as a new Business Partner!  
Certification Survey Request

Certification is still relatively new to the GIS field especially when compared to other related fields such as IT, Planning, Tax Assessment, and others. Those related fields generally require some level of certification in order to move up the career ladder. Since the GISP certification was released in 2003, over 5,000 GIS Professionals have earned their GISP certification. The Esri Technical Certifications are even newer. Several other professional organizations such as ASPRS and IAAO have also developed GIS related certifications.

This survey is an attempt to get some idea of how widely GIS certifications have been adopted and promoted within organizations that use GIS technology or services at any level. If you have not yet done so, please take the time to respond if you use GIS (even if it is not your primary job), oversee GIS staff hiring, help in the selection process of GIS Vendors or right GIS policies for your organization.

Check out Florida URISA's lineup of upcoming webinars:

www.flurisa.org (click on the eflurisa tab)

April 25: A GIS Survival Guide for the 21st Century 
May 23: ArcGIS Online - Transforming Your Organization  
June 20: Imagery and LiDAR in ArcGIS 10.1  
Click here for the latest GISCorps newsletter and information about the amazing projects in process! 
Managing GIS Column in ArcNews:
Spring 2013 Issue Features Alicia Gayle, GIS Manager, National Works Agency, Jamaica

The GIS Professional -
Interested in writing an article or case study to share ideas and earn GISP points? Send an email to

URISA Connect Webinars
Have an idea or best practice you'd like to share? Consider developing and presenting a webinar. Earn GISP points and get peer feedback. View proposal details here and connect with Keri Brennan.

Are you a certified GIS Professional yet? Learn more. 
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See many of you at CalGIS 2013 next month!  

We'll be at the 19th Annual California GIS Conference in Long Beach, April 15-17. All four California URISA chapters and the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) work together (with logistical/management support from HQ) to present the Best in California GIS each year. If you can't make it to the conference, follow along on twitter (#calgis).

Stay warm and hope to see you soon!
Wendy Nelson

Executive Director, URISA  


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