Global Geospatial Conference 2013 to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 04-08 November 2013

The organisers of the Global Geospatial Conference 2013, to be held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4-8 November, are pleased to announce that industry leaders Esri, Intergraph, Google and DigitalGlobe have all signed on as lead sponsors for this joint GSDI 14 World Conference and AfricaGIS 2013 Conference.

Esri, Inc. is the conference Titanium Sponsor while Intergraph Corporation (part of Hexagon) and Google, Inc. are Platinum Sponsors. DigitalGlobe has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor. Esri and Intergraph are also both GSDI Association corporate members. Negotiations are on-going with a range of other sponsors and exhibitors. The Sponsor and Exhibitors Prospectus is available at the conference web site at www.gsdi.org/gsdi14/.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Jack Dangermond, President, Esri, Inc.
  • Peter Gilruth, Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme
  • Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Wilbur Khasilwa Ottichilo, Member of Parliament, Emuhaya Constituency, Kenya
  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
  • Lee Schwartz, Director, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, US Department of State
  • … and more are forthcoming!

AfriGEOSS Launch

AfriGEOSS, the GEO initiative to reinforce Earth observation in Africa, will feature a special plenary launch on the second day of the conference, followed by a cocktail reception that evening at the UNECA. Learn more about this exciting initiative that will expose African experts to global collaborations and improve their access to data and open-software tools for applications development in order to create new benefits for society, help sustain existing capacities, encourage knowledge transfer and provide a large return on investment in Earth Observation.

GSDI Global Citizen Award

The GSDI Association’s Global Citizen Award recognizes globally an individual who has provided exemplary thought leadership and substantive worldwide contributions in (1) promoting informed and responsible use of geographic information and geospatial technologies for the benefit of society and/or (2) fostering spatial data infrastructure developments that support sustainable social, economic, and environmental systems integrated from local to global scales.  The recipient receives a medallion and certificate to be presented at the global conference, and is invited to present a visionary speech. Following appraisal of the nominations and final selection by the awards committee, the winner has been selected. Watch this space for more news!

For more information, contact Sives Govender, Executive Director, EIS-Africa, SGovender@eis-africa.org or Harlan Onsrud, Executive Director, GSDI Association, onsrud@gsdi.org and visit the conference website at http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi14.

[Global Geospatial Conference 2013 Press Release]

2013 GIS in Transit Conference Program Unveiled

URISAURISA, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) are pleased to provide program details for the 2013 GIS in Transit Conference. The conference will take place at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Early registration discounts are available until September 6 and reservations at the conference hotels will be accepted until August 30.

GIS in Transit is a unique conference specifically designed for transit planners, managers, researchers and GIS industry experts who are interested in sharing ways to use geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

The conference will:

  • Provide GIS transit professionals an opportunity to learn from peers and industry experts (vendors, researchers, and practitioners)
  • Discuss emerging trends in geo-spatial analysis and transit informatics
  • Demonstrate the use of GIS data to improve transit efficiency and effectiveness
  • Provide a forum for public-private discussions about practical applications of new technologies

The conference program is organized into 15 sessions that feature presentations on the use of GIS to enhance service planning and improve transit performance, transit agency GIS innovations and applications, and opportunities for public-private partnerships to create practical applications of new technology. A poster session will also provide the opportunity for dialogue between conference participants and presenters on featured GIS applications.

Visit the conference website regularly for program details and additional information.

The conference thanks Esri and DTS in advance for their early commitment as conference sponsors.

[Source: URISA press release]

Abstracts Sought for 18th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

URISAThe International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 18th Annual GIS/CAMA (Geographic Information Systems / Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) Technologies Conference, to be held February 24-27, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The educational program is developed through a review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The GIS/CAMA 2014 Conference Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, panels and lightning talks and has proposed a list of suggested program tracks and topics for consideration (note that all abstracts received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program regardless of the list below):

Get It Done: At a time when budgets and staff sizes are dwindling, getting your work done better and more efficiently is critical. Presentations in this track should focus on improving processes from field data collection to data integrity. Some topics to consider:

  • Mobile technology in action
  • Utilizing GIS for change detection
  • Using GIS to support personal property assessments

Run the Numbers: Accurate and equitable valuations are the cornerstone of an assessment office. Learn new ways of analyzing data and utilizing statistical models. Some ideas to consider:

  • Modeling unstable markets using advanced techniques
  • Statistical models for commercial property
  • CAMA models using SPSS “Blame it on statistics.”

Serve It Up: Public confidence can rise and fall based on effective sharing and communication of property data and values with taxpayers, businesses, and other entities. How has your jurisdiction stepped up to the challenge and changed the ways or methods of utilizing, displaying and communicating data?

  • Raising Public Understanding: New ways of showing the public what we do and how we do it
  • Web-Interfaces: From electronic submission of appeals to comparable sales maps for public use
  • Technology and Customer Service

General/Other Topics:

  • GIS in Crisis: Sharing data instantly using GIS when nature wreaks havoc
  • On The Up and Up: Tales of recovery after economic and natural disasters
  • The Best Idea We Had This Year Was…….
  • Modern Workflows: Where we’ve come from and where we are going
  • Organizational Models for IT and GIS Services to Assessment (Where do staff sit and who do they report to?)
  • Implementing the Subparcels: What it means to CAMA and GIS
  • Cadastral Mapping

Again, this list is not comprehensive. All abstracts will be reviewed and considered regardless of the suggested topics above. Abstracts are due on or before Monday, September 23, 2013. For details and an online submission form, visit www.urisa.org/gis-cama-technologies-conference/

[Source: URISA press release]