2014 CalGIS Conference in Monterey to Feature High-Profile Speakers

URISAEach year the four URISA chapters in California, along with the California Geographic Information Association, come together to present the California GIS Conference. This year, the conference will celebrate the milestone 20th annual event in Monterey, California, April 14-16, 2014.

The conference will kick off on Monday with preconference courses and meetings and then feature a full day (Tuesday) of important general sessions and keynote addresses:

  • Mike Migurski, of Code for America, will deliver the opening keynote address discussing “GIS: Leaders from Within”. He’ll discuss Code for America’s work with hundreds of local city, county, and state governments, They have found that GIS departments and data are the unsung heroes of civic hacking and open data. Location data is first out of the gate with government data releases, and beautiful maps and visualizations are the poster children of accessible public data. What are the technologies that got us here, and what future skills and methods will help support the central role that GIS data plays in the civic tech ecosystem?
  • Dylan Lorimer, product development manager for Enterprise Earth and Maps at Google, will discuss “The Changing Nature of Geo” during the mid-morning keynote.
  • Just before a hosted lunch, a powerhouse panel discussion will focus on “The Future of GIS/Geospatial in California: Technology, Collaboration, Innovation”. Panelists will include:
  1. Scott Gregory – State of California GIO Alex Barth – Developer, Open Data Expert – Mapbox
  2. Dylan Lorimer – Google
  3. Jeff Johnson – Boundless
  4. Chris Thomas – Esri
  5. Mark Greninger – County of Los Angeles GIO

The Tuesday afternoon line-up will feature a town hall session on “Geospatial Education, Career Development and Mentoring, where the conference will discuss some critical issues facing the development of the human element critical to GIS success with a goal of generating actionable tasks that can be used to support human resources across the state. A brief look-back at 20 year history of CalGIS conferences will precede Lightning Talks, always entertaining!

Wednesday’s education will feature twelve breakout sessions on a wide range of topics from the environment and modeling to data sharing and Federal programs. The conference will conclude with a powerhouse closing session featuring Eric Gundersen of MapBox, who will discuss open source solutions followed by the closing keynote speaker, Jack Dangermond, President of Esri, dicussing “GIS Technology Trends”.

Always an important part of the conference is the opportunity to visit with exhibitors and sponsors and network with the California GIS community during a number of conference events.

In addition, Esri, gold conference sponsor, is hosting a GeoDev MeetUp on Sunday evening and a Story Map Competition on Monday.

Review the entire conference program online at www.calgis.org and register by April 11 in order to save $25.
[Source: URISA  press release]

Connect with Thought Leaders at the 2014 Geodesign Summit

geodesign-logoSee How Using Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Design Will Shape the Future

Planning and design professionals from local government, landscape architecture, architecture, health, engineering, and academia will gather at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, January 29–30, 2014, for the fifth annual Geodesign Summit. The event is open to anyone interested in finding innovative design solutions to address today’s major challenges. This year’s event will explore the use of geodesign for the planning of sustainable and resilient cities.

Geodesign—the blending of science, technology, and design—has taken off around the world with growing numbers of conferences and educational degree programs.

“Wherever I travel in the US, Asia, and Europe, people are saying we need holistic, integrative, evidence-based planning and design if we are going to solve the world’s biggest challenges,” said Shannon McElvaney, global industry manager of community development at Esri. “We are moving beyond the siloed thinking of the past. People who attend the Geodesign Summit want to share their ideas and learn how they can apply geodesign thinking and tools to their work.”

Attendees will have many opportunities to get involved. Hands-on training, featured speakers, stimulating discussions, and Lightning Talks will be offered. New to this year’s summit are preconference workshops taught by leading geospatial and design evangelists. In addition to a welcome social, networking breaks, and lunches, attendees will be able to further connect with others during the summit party on the last night of the event.

Featured speakers in this year’s lineup include the following: Chris Markuson, director of economic development for Pueblo County, Colorado, will speak on how he is using geodesign to secure funding to build a sustainable, resilient community in a former mining and steel town. David Early, principal of The Planning Center DC&E and an expert on smart growth and development, will speak about GreenScore, a methodology for evaluating the impacts of various planning scenarios to increase the health and sustainability of local communities. Will Rogers, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, will discuss ParkScore, a groundbreaking effort to analyze the accessibility of a city’s parks and open space to its citizens. He will introduce the new geodesign application that will allow city managers to increase their ParkScore rating. Carl Steinitz, professor emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will present a case study of his work done for Soma City, Japan, where geodesign was used to derive alternative plans against the constraints of flooding, radiation, rapid evacuation, and a shrinking population after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.

For more information and to register for the summit, visit geodesignsummit.com.

[Source: Esri press release]

2013 Transit GIS Conference Program Details

URISAURISA, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) are pleased to promote program details for the 2013 GIS in Transit Conference, taking place October 16-17 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. 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 opening session, chaired by Linda K. Cherrington, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, will certainly be a conference highlight, featuring:

  • Geographic Information Systems in Transit – A Federal Perspective —Therese W. McMillan, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Using GTFS for Transit Scenario Modeling — Kevin Webb, Conveyal
  • Google Transit with Real-time Feed — Brian Ferris, Google

Ms. Cherrington noted, “The opening session will be outstanding…learning about the Federal perspective on GIS in Transit, exploring the latest in GTFS scenario planning, and then delving into real-time information in Google Transit. We’ll all be fortunate to learn from true experts with relevant and current information.”

More than 60 presenters are scheduled to address these important topics in 17 breakout sessions:

  • Innovative Transit Mapping and Design
  • Title VI and Paratransit
  • Collecting, Presenting, and Managing Geospatial Transit Data
  • Delivering Agency Geographic Information Systems: Transit Geographic Information Systems Tools
  • Spatial Analysis for Replanning Service Networks and Areas
  • Bus On-Board Spatial Data Collection for Service Planning, Performance Analysis, and Origin– Destination (O-D) Trip Definition
  • Visualizations in Transit Planning
  • Public Transit Modeling
  • Better Spatial Tools and Concepts for Evaluating
  • Transit Coverage Level of Service: Commute Trips, Connectivity, and Continuous Accessibility
  • Transit Agency Geographic Information Systems Innovations and Applications
  • Transit Geographic Information Systems on the Web: Expanding Their Reach
  • Geographic Information Systems Tools and Analysis for Bus Stop Management
  • Web Mapping and the Cloud
  • Public Transit Performance Measures
  • Geographic Information Systems Tools and Analysis for
  • Transit Facility Location

A poster session will also provide the opportunity for dialogue between conference participants and presenters on featured GIS applications. The conference thanks Esri and DTS for their early commitment as conference sponsors. Visit the conference website regularly for program details and additional information.

[Source: URISA press release]

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]

CLIMsystems to Unveil New Marine Climate Adaptation Mapping Tool and CMIP5 data for ArcGIS at 2013 Esri UC

CLIMsystems Ltd is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art climate adaptation and change risk assessment tools and services to a wide range of clients. They will be launching the new SimCLIM for Arc GIS/Marine to accompany the SimCLIM for Arc GIS/Climate solution on July 8th, 2013, at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA.

Climate adaptation is increasingly recognised as a factor to be considered across sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, water resources, marine, conservation, biodiversity and disaster risk management. CLIMsystems wishes to put the knowledge, capability and climate-proofing capacity in your hands for conducting climate change risk and adaptation assessments.

CLIMsystems is proud to announce the release of the two new data sets and a new toolbar for ArcGIS Desktop. To follow on the successful launch of the SimCLIM for ArcGIS/Climate add-in earlier this year CLIMsystem announces SimCLIM for ArcGIS/Marine add-in. After extensive testing and end user review the new marine climate adaptation add-in is available in July 2013.

The new add-in includes nine key ocean variables:

  • sea surface temperature
  • pH
  • primary production
  • total alkalinity
  • dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, iron and silicate.

Baselines and general circulation model data is all derived from the most recent CMIP5 global models. The new marine add-in also includes the capacity for ensemble application and the 2.6, 4.5, 6.0, and 8.5 representative concentration pathways (RCPs). The tool and datasets represent a revolution in the provision of climate change marine data for a range of end users. Climate change and adaptation is impacting on the management of marine resources. The tool SimCLIM for Arc GIS/Marine ready to handle this uncertainty is now within the grasp of Esri Arc GIS® users.

The current SimCLIM for ArcGIS/Climate add-in has also been upgraded to include ensemble capabilities for the Unites States. Bias corrected, statistically downscaled data derived from the latest CMIP5 models with four RCPs is now available for the continental USA and as individual US states. It includes the variables of precipitation and minimum, mean and maximum temperature. Users have described SimCLIM for Arc GIS/Climate as an “easy to use tool which supports rapid integration of prospective scenarios. The creation of scenarios becomes much less time consuming which optimizes research costs and enhances our current capacity to achieve. In our industry, the greatest benefit would be for the GIS analyst supporting ecological studies.”

CLIMsystems can be visited during the Esri UC 2013 in San Diego from July 8th to 11th at the Environment Showcase (Hall C) at booth V1424, in the Map Gallery Upper Level in the Sails Pavilion on Monday the 8th from 3:30 to 8:00 pm, in their presentation in the Demo Theater of the Environment Showcase (Hall C) on Tuesday 9 July at 11:15 am and at the Paper Session Climate Change – Analysis and Adaptation on the Upper Level in Room 23C on 9 July at 8:30 am.

CLIMsystems, established in 2003, has an impressive international footprint delivering innovative climate modelling tools backed by high quality data processing capabilities. The science underpinning the models is supported by a prestigious scientific advisory panel of preeminent climate change scholars. The extensive network of Associates located around the world and affiliated with a range of stakeholder groups further strengthens the commitment and capacity for CLIMsystems to deliver high quality products and services for climate adaptation and risk assessment.

For more information on CLIMsystems products and services visit: https://www.climsystems.com or info@climsystems.com SimCLIM for Arc GIS/Climate Free Trail version and data sets are available from http://www.climsystems.com/simclimarcgis/

[Source: CLIMsystems press release]

URISA’s GIS in Public Health Conference Program Announced

URISA is pleased to announce its Fourth GIS in Public Health Conference. The conference will take place in Miami, Florida, June 17-20, 2013 and is chaired by long-time program committee member, Jason K. Blackburn, PhD, Emerging Pathogens Institute & Department of Geography at the University of Florida. This biennial conference has been previously presented in New Orleans (2007), Providence (2009) and Atlanta (2011) and was established to provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.The educational program was developed through a peer review of submissions received through a Call for Presentations. The broad conference theme for the 2013 event is: Geospatial tools for understanding health issues related to the environment, human population, and animal populations and the intersections of the three.

Preconference courses will be taught on Monday, June 17:

  • An Overview of Open Source GIS Software
  • Detecting Clusters of Adverse Health Outcomes using SaTScan™
  • Geospatial Data Collection for Micro-Environments and Multiple Time Periods: The Use of Spatial Video
Mei-Po Kwan

Mei-Po Kwan

The conference is honored to welcome Mei-Po Kwan (Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as the opening keynote speaker. She will address GIS Methods for Analyzing GPS Data: Applications in Neighborhood and Health Research.

Dozens of speakers from across the globe will discuss such topics as:

  • Preparing for the Future: Are Caribbean Countries Positioned to Manage the Increase in Non-communicable Illnesses?
    Patricia Boda, PhD, Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • GIS for Community Air Quality: A Spatial Model of Diesel Exhaust
    Jill Schulte, Research Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    Julie Fox, PhD, Senior Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • HealthGIS for Reaching the Unreached Population
    Paban Kumar Ghimire, Deputy Director, Department of Health Services, Nepal
  • Macro Mapping of Dengue Virus Vector
    Lynette Akong, Bsc, Msc, Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Spatial Modeling of Malaria Parasitemia in Young Children in Tanzania
    Rebecca Stallings, MHS Biostatistics Graduate Student, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Comparing Primary Care Service Areas to Estimated Drive Times
    Sean Finnegan, MS, Research and GIS Data Manager, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques for Monitoring Industrial Wastes for Amman City
    Raina Qutieshat, PhD, Lecturer, Balqa Applied University, Jordan
  • Using Geospatial Mapping to Address the Burden of Diabetes in Durham County, NC
    Benjamin Strauss, MS, GIS Analyst, Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, Ann Arbor, MI
    Nicole Sandberg, MURP, GIS Analyst, Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in India: GIS is The Tool for Epidemiological Studies
    Arun Sharma, MD, Professor, University College of Medical Sciences, India
    Marilyn O’Hara, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Small-Area Geographies of Mental Health in England
    Nick Bearman,  Associate Research Fellow in GIS, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, United Kingdom

The poster session is an important feature of the conference, with nearly 30 participants demonstrating their research on such important topics as:

  • Does Place Make a Difference for Texas’ Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survival
    Deborah Vollmer Dahlke, MPAff, Director, Texas Life Science Foundation, Austin, TX
  • Spatial Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) in Central Java & Yogyakarta Provinces, Indonesia
    Triwibowo Ambar Garjito, Health Epidemiologist and Molecular Biologist, Vector and Reservoir Diseases Research Center, Indonesia
  • Bayesian Spatial Analysis of Teenage Pregnancy Rates in a Brazilian State
    Daiane Leite da Roza,  Universidade de São Paulo, BrazilKazakhstan Health Study : The
  • Study of the Determinants of Metabolic Syndrome in Elderly Population
    Leila Utepova, MPH, Researcher, Center for Life Sciences, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
    Alibek Kossumov, PhD, Senior Researcher, Center for Life Sciences, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Dr. Andrew Curtis, Director of the GIS Health and Hazards Lab at Kent State University will provide the closing keynote address on Thursday, June 20.

Early registration discounts are available until May 15 and sponsorship opportunities are plentiful.

For specific conference details and participation options, visithttp://www.urisa.org/2013health

[Source: URISA press release]

Presentation Proposals Invited for GIS-Pro 2013

URISAPresentation proposals are now being accepted for GIS-Pro 2013: URISA’s 51st Annual Conference for GIS Professionals taking place September 16-19, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island.

All are welcome to submit proposals. There are no membership, certification nor experience requirements, and the presentation opportunities are plentiful… from formal speaking slots and panel discussions to casual luncheon presentations and ignite talks. GIS-Pro 2013 is the perfect venue to share big ideas, solicit feedback, and get noticed.

The GIS-Pro 2013 Conference Committee welcomes a wide range of presentation ideas and has proposed a comprehensive list of suggested topics for consideration, including:

  • GIS Return on Investment (ROI): measure it, document it, communicate it
  • Geospatial future: an incubator for next generation GIS applications
  • Communicating with maps: tell the right story in order to get the point across to decision makers
  • Maps in the cloud: visualization and publication of GIS information
  • Transportation & Transit: planning, mapping and management of transportation GIS
  • Addressing: more than just a number on the side of a building
  • How to identify ‘champions’ in your organization to propel your technology ideas forward
  • Public health: flu mapping, disease tracking, supporting healthy community initiatives
  • How to get the most out of crowd-sourced and volunteered information?
  • Business process re-engineering: how do organizations re-engineer themselves to be more agile in ever-changing markets?
  • RFPs that work: tailoring an RFP to encourage the right proposals for the job
  • How to leverage the tablet explosion for your organization

The suggested topics list from the committee is extensive. Take some time to review it and develop your own ideas.

Members of the GIS-Pro 2013 Program Committee will conduct a peer review of all submissions received and develop the program, in part, from those proposals.

To be considered:

1.      Prepare an abstract (title and a brief description of your proposed presentation).

2.      Select your preferred presentation format (individual presentations, complete sessions, luncheon presentations, panels, and lightning talks).

3.      Submit via the online abstract form by Monday, March 4, 2013.

URISA is pleased to announce that GIS-Pro 2013 is co-hosted by the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA). Program, registration and sponsorship details will be available shortly after the Conference Committee meeting in mid-March. For updates and more information, visit the GIS-Pro 2013 Conference website regularly.

[Source: URISA new release]

Bran Ferren to Keynote 2013 Geodesign Summit with “Five Minutes Into The Future: An argument for taking a longer view…”

Bran FerrenBran Ferren, designer, technologist, and Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds LLC, will keynote the 2013 Geodesign Summit with a talk titled “Five Minutes Into The Future: An argument for taking a longer view…”

“We are living in a time of short attention spans, where discussions of critical global topics are often sustained by little more than a succession of sound bites, blog entries, and tweets. Consequently, it’s becoming harder and harder to have a thoughtful public dialog about complex topics, some with long-term implications to life itself. This talk will explore how Geodesign is becoming a new form of storytelling that can help illuminate the reality of many of these key issues, and to help us find our way.”