URISA Announces GIS-Pro 2013 Virtual Conference

September 10, 2013 (Des Plaines, IL) – URISA is pleased to announce a GIS-Pro 2013 Virtual Conference  for those who cannot make it to GIS-Pro 2013 in Providence, RI next week.  URISA is building on the success of previous live events at GIS-Pro to offer a virtual conference experience.

Take the opportunity to attend alone or better yet, gather your whole staff, local chapter members, GIS students… participate in the education together and then discuss the ideas presented.  

For less than $200 ($150 for URISA members/$199 for nonmembers), you will have access to a preconference webinar, all Keynote speakers, the Thought Leaders’ panel and the ever popular Ignite Session. In addition, you will receive the GIS-Pro 2013 Conference Proceedings… invaluable documentation from the nearly 100 speakers who are presenting at GIS-Pro 2013!  Register today.

Friday, September 13 th , 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Preconference Webinar: Big Data Integration

Begin your conference experience on the Friday before the conference, with a new and innovative webinar-style workshop on  Big Data Integration.  Carl Anderson, GISP, from Spatial Focus and Danielle Ayan, GISP from the Georgia Tech Research Institute, will be presenting an informative two-hour webinar on the utilization of data from Federal and State data sets and the implementation of this data into your enterprise GIS. Big Data…everyone’s talking about it. This is your chance to learn more and stay current.

Monday, September 16 th , 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT

GIS-Pro 2013 Ignite Session

A more informal evening session pairing education with entertaining delivery. Watch and learn on topics covering: GIS and System Integration for Small Organizations, Citizen Problem Reporting via Smart Phones, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution: Reflections on Teaching a MOOC on Mapping, and The State of GIS in Rhode Island. Nearly 15 presentations presented in ‘lightning style’!

Tuesday, September 17 th  8:30-10:00 AM EDT

Opening Session: Hear from URISA President, Al Butler; Conference Chair, Al Little; Steve Sharp, President of the New England URISA Chapter; and from Esri, GIS-Pro 2013 Diamond Sponsor – as we begin URISA's 51st Annual Conference.  Join us as we enjoy an update from Jessica Davies our esteemed guest from the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and recognize a number of VIPs in attendance. Join us as we ss - New  celebrate the opening of GIS-Pro 2013!  

Keynote Address - What's Next in Government Social Media ? -  Kristy Fifelski (aka GovGirl

Many agencies have established some level of social media presence and are slowly gaining followers. In this lively session, we will go beyond the basics to uncover the secrets of maximizing your social media program – with a specific focus on integrating GIS capabilities.  Explore critical lessons learned in ‘social GIS’ by other agencies. Want to take your program to the next level? GovGirl will give you a look around the corner exploring some of the newest social platforms and whether they’re a potential fit for government. 

Wednesday, September 18 th , 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

Keynote Address - New Hampshire Mosaic: The Power of a Composite Land Base Governments around the world are awakening to the power of composite land bases and the efficiencies and cost savings that they can yield.  In the US, multiple states including New Hampshire have begun developing composite land bases.  The New Hampshire Mosaic is a compilation of GIS parcel boundaries and computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) data, sourced from each of the 235 taxing jurisdictions in the state.  Property information is augmented with real estate transfer information on a weekly basis from each of the 10 County Registries of Deeds.  New Hampshire Mosaic is being leveraged by over 10 state agencies in a variety of disciplines.  Learn about the Mosaic and its utilization, methodologies, workflows, and the potential challenges of large scale composite land base development.

Thursday, September 19 th , 9:30-10:30 AM EDT
Thought Leaders’ Panel: 
 Hear from a panel of Thought Leaders about the blurred lines between public and citizen facing apps and how they connect to back-office government systems. The single largest item not recognized in this space is the need for organizational structure or institutional change on both sides. Let’s toss around some ideas!

Speakers include: Clare Brenner from Tumml, Jessica Davies from SSSI, Joe Ferreira from MIT, and Max Barber from USGIF
Discussion facilitated by: Christopher Thomas, Esri

Thursday, September 19 th , 10:45-11:30 AM EDT
Closing Keynote Address: Prof. Jack Mustard, Brown University

Professor Mustard will be discussing his work with exploring Mars for habitable environments. It will be an eye-opening way to close the conference!

Space is limited in our virtual meeting room so register right away. For less than $200 ($ 150 for URISA members/$199 for nonmembers), you will have access to a preconference webinar, all Keynote speakers, the Thought Leaders’ panel and the ever popular Ignite Session. In addition, you will receive the GIS-Pro 2013 Conference Proceedings… invaluable documentation from the nearly 100 speakers who are presenting at GIS-Pro 2013.  Register today


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Des Plaines, IL 60016
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