URISA's GIS Management InstituteSM serves GIS professionals and organizations that use GIS with resources, products, and services that focus on promoting the advancement and adoption of professional best practices and standards for the management of GIS operations.
URISA has nearly 50 years of study, experience, and intellectual capital related to GIS management. The GIS Management InstituteSM (GMI) continues to build upon resources that URISA has already developed, including:
The GIS Management Body of Knowledge (GMBOK) is the central unifying element of the Institute. The GMBOK will be a collection of peer-reviewed best practices and standards that can inform geospatial managers and operations in order to improve the effectiveness of their use of geospatial technology.
Programs are being developed based on the GMBOK to accredit the capability and maturity of GIS operations against the GISCMM. It will also develop a program to accredit GIS management educational programs against the GMBOK and GMCM. URISA has agreed to work in cooperation with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to advance the future certification of GIS managers.
Greg Babinski, GISP, Immediate Past-President of URISA, explained the motivation behind the development of the GIS Management Institute: “The management of enterprise GIS operations requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly set it apart from other management domains. GIS operations today are highly complex, critical for effective agency services, and have been proven to deliver tremendous financial benefits.” He further noted that, “Central to the GMI, is the theory that as GIS operational maturity improves, ROI (return on investment) from GIS increases.”
Greg Babinski's PPT presentation at the Esri User Conference: