The response to the GIS-Pro 2021 Call for Presentation Proposals was phenomenal!
The planning committee met virtually last week to discuss and debate the submissions. The educational content is being developed according to these themes:

  • GIS Leadership & Management
  • Community Resiliency & Sustainability
  • Equity & Social Justice Implications of GIS
  • GIS Supporting Health & Human Services
  • Data Management & Analysis
  • Geospatial Technology Innovations
  • Students and Young Professionals - Shaping the Future of GIS
  • Addressing & Next Generation 9-1-1
  • GIS Role in the Census and Redistricting

The detailed conference agenda and sponsorship opportunities should be detailed by the end of May and registration will open shortly thereafter. Note that it is very likely that all venues where URISA events are hosted will require proof of vaccination from participants to comply with local jurisdiction guidelines.

Make plans to join your colleagues in Baltimore for GIS-Pro 2021: URISA's 59th Annual Conference .
So Much Virtual Education
Managing Addressing for the 21st Century
URISA Certified Workshop
Friday, May 21, 2021 - Full-day virtual course

Addresses are a vital data set for all local governments, and are increasingly needed for regional and state functions as well. Managing the addressing life cycles from assignment to maintenance, and serving address data to multiple departments and agencies with different user needs and requirements make addressing a complex task. This workshop will focus on understanding your addressing system, the workflows for address assignment and maintenance, and the development of standard-compliant address repositories that provide the structure and flexibility needed to meet addressing needs throughout your organization.

  • Register: Significant discounts for URISA members. For details, schedule, and online registration, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 26 , 2021
3:30 Eastern/2:30 Central/1:30 Mountain/12:30 Pacific (duration 90 minutes)

Preparing for the GISP Exam this June? Have questions about coordinate systems, data models, cartography, data acquisition or manipulation or analysis, or database, systems, and application design or management that you are not quite sure about? Or want to talk through some concepts? Join us for a zoom-based study session with current GISPs. Those preparing for the exam are welcome to attend, ask questions, and help others prepare for the exam.

  • Free for members and nonmembers. Zoom seats are limited so pre-registration is required. Register to reserve your spot here.

GIS Return on Investment
URISA Certified Workshop
Thursday, June 17, 2021- Half-day virtual course

Just updated and much anticipated! This half-day virtual course will be presented virtually as a half-day course on June 17 and in-person at GIS-Pro 2021 as a full-day course.

  • Watch for updates and registration opportunities!

Digging a Little Deeper into ETL for NG9-1-1 GIS Data
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
3:00 Eastern/2:00 Central/1:00 Mountain/12:00 Noon Pacific

Local GIS data models and schemas for address points and road centerlines vary greatly and evolve based on locally requirements and tasks that GIS is asked to meet. The NENA GIS Data Model Standard provides a roadmap to what next generation core service (NGCS) providers expect, but the standard is also clear that "it is not expected that every entity will use the GIS data model described within this standard for its day-to-day internal use and maintenance but it is expected that each entity will be capable of exporting their internal GIS data model into a given GIS file format that complies with this standard as frequently as may be necessary. The data management concepts, geoprocessing steps, and routines that meet this need are commonly referred to as extract, transform, and load, or ETL. This presentation gives an overview of ETL concepts before turning to a specific use case of loading local road centerlines into the NENA GIS Data Model.

Exemplary Systems in Government Awards - Applications due June 7
Since 1980, URISA's EXEMPLARY SYSTEMS IN GOVERNMENT (ESIG) AWARDS have recognized extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. The award competition is open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels. The first ESIG Awards were presented in 1981 at the URISA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
2021 will be the 40th Anniversary of URISA ESIG Awards.

Each year, submissions are invited in two categories:
  • Enterprise Systems: Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process. These systems exemplify effective use of technology yielding widespread improvements in the process(es) and/or service(s) involved and/or cost savings to the organization.
  • Single Process Systems: Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of applying information system technology to automate a specific SINGLE process or operation involving one department or sub-unit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money.

If your agency has successfully improved the way in which government operates through the use of geospatial information technology, consider applying for a URISA ESIG™ Award. Apply for a 2021 URISA ESIG Award - submissions due by June 7

Excellence in GIS Webinar Series (March-June, 2021)
Profiling 2020 ESIG Award winning systems
Monday, June 14, 2021
3:00 Eastern/2:00 Central/1:00 Mountain/12:00 Noon Pacific

Don't miss the final presentation in the series and learn about the award-winning Enterprise GIS Portal Implementation from Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department. The presentations are free to attend but you must register in advance (seats are limited). Register here: .

If you missed the first three webinars in the series, take some time to view the recordings.
URISA GIS Leadership Academy - Return to In-Person Training
After another very successful Virtual URISA GIS Leadership Academy, we are pleased to announce the return to in-person leadership training!

  • Portland, Oregon - August 16-20, 2021
  • St. Petersburg, Florida - November 8-12, 2021 
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - December 6-10, 2021

Seats are limited to comply with social distancing requirements and it is likely that the event venues will require proof of vaccinations against COVID-19.

For details, click here.
Geospatial Fact Sheets
URISA's Professional Education Committee has been supporting the development of an abundance of Geospatial Fact Sheets recently. Don't miss Geodatabase 101 and Geodatabase 201; GIS Data Layers for NG9-1-1 & What They Do; and an update to the Geospatial Data Act fact sheet. All four were published in April and May. Check the collection out here.
Nominations for URISA's GIS Hall of Fame and Service Awards

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. Take some time to review the individuals and organizations that are currently inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nominations for the 2021 class are due on or before May 31. For criteria and nominations instructions, click here.

URISA Service Award nominations, recognizing exceptional volunteer contributions are also due on or before May 31. For descriptions of each award (Horwood Distinguished Service, Leadership, etc.) and online nomination forms, click here.
More News & Opportunities
GISCI Exam: Next opportunity to take the GISP Exam is June 5-12, 2021.

So many events! The Intermountain GIS Conference, hosted by the Northern Rockies Chapter of URISA is happening this week.

Our friends at KAMP are hosting their 2021 Webinar: Geospatial Data and Information Management - Essential to your Future! (FREE) on May 25, 2021 - 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon Eastern. For more info and registration, click here.

The Washington GIS Conference is taking place virtually on May 25-27 Details here.

Be sure to check out the online calendar and review all of the opportunities.
Are you caught up with the podcasts co-hosted by URISA's Vanguard Cabinet and Directions Magazine? The latest is a conversation focused on Perspectives on GIS in Africa with Africa GeoConvo. Check out the podcasts here.

Be sure to also check out the URISA Texas Chapter's "More than Just Maps" podcasts for some great content. 
The GIS Professional

Have you had a chance to read the latest issue of The GIS Professional?

Thanks to all of the URISA members who volunteered articles and shared their good work.

Content is always appreciated. If you would like to write an article, please send a note. Remember that writing articles counts as GISP Contributions Points too!
Stay Connected
It's so important to have a professional network during this stressful time. Be sure to reach out to your fellow members to ask for help or recommendations, share ideas and lessons learned via our online community, URISA Connect.
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