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URISA Digest
September 19, 2016

URISA Announces GIS Hall of Fame Inductees
URISA  is pleased to announce the induction of Alex Miller, Mark Monmonier and Waldo Tobler into its GIS Hall of Fame. URISA's GIS Hall of Fame honors persons and organizations that have made significant and original contributions to the development and application of GIS concepts, tools, or resources, or to the GIS profession. 
Alex Miller
Mark Monmonier

Waldo Tobler

Alex Miller, President of Esri Canada; Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and Waldo Tobler, Professor Emeritus at the University of California in Santa Barbara will be officially recognized during GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference in Toronto.

Learn more about their contributions here

Join Us at GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto
GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference
October 31-November 3, 2016 
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Less than 50 days until GIS-Pro 2016! 

Our great URISA room rate at the Westin Harbour Castle is only available until September 29. Don't pay a higher rate later! Book your room today: 
  • Online Reservations Form
  • Or call the Westin Reservations Center at 1 800 937 8461 and give the  group code 'GJ29AA'.  
Click on each banner below for details about the educational program, registration and venue, and exhibitor and sponsor participation options:


Student Competition and Student Volunteer Opportunities:  D eadline September 30 .

Interested in presenting? We're inviting additional luncheon presentations. Informal small-group presentations done during lunch on Tuesday. Great opportunity to present to a small group of your peers (earn GISP points and generate feedback about your project or research). Submit your idea today.

We're honored to host  GeoAlliance Canada, the national umbrella organization for the Canadian geo community, and its first Annual General Meeting at GIS-Pro!

URISA Board of Directors Election Results Announced
Teresa Townsend will serve in the position of President-Elect and James Armstrong, Brent Jones and Robert Kirkman will serve as Directors. They will all begin their three-year terms at the conclusion of  GIS-Pro 2016  in Toronto this November.
President-Elect: Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, Raleigh, North Carolina
Teresa Townsend will serve as President-Elect for one year and her term as President will begin at the conclusion of GIS-Pro 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Teresa has previously served on the board (2011-2014) and is excited to rejoin the board in her new role. "I am very honored to have been elected to this position and excited to join my friends and colleagues on the Board and throughout the organization to continue to grow and strengthen URISA as the great organization that it already is! This is an exciting time for URISA and the GIS profession. I encourage you all to participate and share your ideas, challenges and opportunities to make URISA a stronger and better organization for our members and the community. Thank you very much for the opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!"
URISA Board of Directors:

James Armstrong, GISP, MGIST, Partner, Spatial Relationships LLC, Boston, Massachusetts         

 Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Global Manager, Land Records/Cadastre, Esri, Vienna, Virginia

Robert Kirkman, GISP, Enterprise Services Manager, Portland Metro, Portland, Oregon

Tripp Corbin, GISP  was elected by the membership as President-Elect last year and will begin his term as President of the association at the conclusion of the Toronto conference.
At the close of GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto, the terms of service for these URISA Board members will conclude and we thank them all, in advance, for their amazing dedication and service to URISA:
  • Immediate Past-President: Carl Anderson, GISP, Create I.O, Brandenton, Florida
  • Secretary: Ashley Hitt, GISP, Connected Nation, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jochen Albrecht, GISP, Hunter College Department of Geography, New York, NY
  • Amy Esnard, GISP, Elevon Solutions, Hood River, Oregon
Thanks to all of the candidates and to all of the members who voted in this year's election!

URISA Chapter Events & Workshops
We partnered with the Caribbean Chapter for the 8th URISA Caribbean GIS Conference in Barbados just over a week ago. Individuals from 33 countries were in attendance to take advantage of a packed educational program, fantastic networking and beautiful views. We were proud to host a Missing Maps mapathon (might try to recreate it at GIS-Pro in Toronto!) and hosted the UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information & Services for Disasters during the conference. We'll include an extensive write-up in the next issue of THE GIS PROFESSIONAL. 

Several URISA Chapters have upcoming events with many hosting URISA Certified Workshops:

GIS in the Rockies 2016
September 20-22
Denver, Colorado 
URISA Workshop: Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation
October 12-14 
Atlantic City, New Jersey
URISA Workshop: NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow

October 3-5
Athens, Georgia
URISA Workshops:
Introduction to GNSS
Emergency Preparedness for GIS
NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow

URISA Texas Chapter Workshop
October 14, 2016
URISA Workshop: Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation

Be sure to check out the 
Event Calendar  for more!
2016 Kentucky GIS Conference
October 17-19 in Covington, KY
URISA Workshop: An Overview of Open Source GIS Software

FGDC Announces New Address Theme 
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has announced the establishment of New National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Address Theme. The FGDC Steering Committee, in concurrence with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approved the creation of a NGDA Address Theme on August 8, 2016. The addition of the new theme represents an official change to the list of NGDA Data Themes established as part of previous updates to OMB Circular A-16, Appendix E.

The Lead Agencies of the newly created Address Theme are the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau. The new Address Theme will be supported by a subcommittee and will support the ongoing work to develop a National Address Database.

The NGDA Theme list and associated documents and web pages are being updated to reflect this change. The current list of NGDA Themes is available from the FGDC website