Coalition of Geospatial Organizations Urges Federal and State Agencies to Improve Data for Emergencies

At a news briefing on Monday, former Wyoming Governor James Geringer highlighted the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations’ (COGO) Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) released on February 6, 2015.

Abstract Submissions Invited for 9th National GIS in Transit Conference

Sponsored by NCTR, URISA and TRB, submissions are due by March 23.

GISCI Announces Changes to the GISP Certification Process

These changes affect both current and future GISP certification holders and were made in order to increase the value, recognition and long term viability of the GISP certification and the GISCI organization.


2015 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

March 2 - 5, 2015
The 19th annual specialty conference co-sponsored by URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).

CalGIS 2015: 21st Annual California GIS Conference

June 1-3, 2015



Registration & Venue - Register by March 23 and save $100

Exhibits & Sponsorship




Every year, the URISA chapters in California  and the California Geographic Information Association, come together to present the CalGIS Conference.

Southern California Chapter of URISA
Northern California Chapter of URISA 
Central California Chapter of URISA
BAAMA - Bay Area Automated Mapping Association
California Geographic Information Association (CGIA)

Make plans to join the California GIS Community in Sacramento this June for the 21st Annual California GIS Conference!

Preliminary Conference Schedule

The conference committee is busy reviewing abstract submissions and crafting breakout sessions for the conference. Expect not-to-miss program details soon!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Pre-conference workshops and meetings; evening networking event. Workshops are not included in the conference registration fee. Class size is limited and an additional fee is required.

Workshop 1: Unmanned Aircraft Systems
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sponsored by the Pacific Southwest Region, ASPRS

This workshop will provide a venue for exploration and sharing of current information about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones and their use in geospatial technology and applications.  The workshop will address the safe and efficient utilization of these systems in the National air space for mapping and geographic information science, and thus in programs at all levels of government, private practice, and academic endeavors. Speakers representing an array of applications and analysis discipline areas will provide their insights into this exciting new frontier in our profession covering the full project lifecycle from mission planning to data analysis and geospatial products. Fee: $150 (maximum enrollment, 40)

Workshop 2: Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sponsored by URISA

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This URISA Certified Workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets. Fee: $150 (maximum enrollment, 30)

Workshop 3: QGIS
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sponsored by OSGEO

Why limit yourself to just one GIS program?  It's good to have options.  
This workshop will introduce QGIS, a powerful free and open source GIS software, and teach basic skills in QGIS.  In the first half of the session, we will work through the training materials available from and in the second half, we will divide into groups for learning new skills in more depth, such as web mapping, spatial databases, or plug-in development.  A laptop computer is required for this session and we recommend you install QGIS 2.6 before hand. Fee: $75 (maximum enrollment, 30)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Opening keynote address;breakout sessions; exhibits; networking reception

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

General session; breakout sessions; exhibits; poster session; closing keynote address

Call for Participation: What have you been working on that you would like to share with your GIS colleagues and peers in California? Tips & tricks, research, success stories or cautionary tales? The deadline to submit an abstract has passed (February 2), However, late submissions are always considered. Submit your proposal online:  (submit via the online abstract submission form)

Registration and Venue

Registration Fee Schedule: Members of a California URISA Chapter and/or the CGIA may take advantage of discounted member rates. Registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote addresses, the CalGIS 2015 Exhibition, one hosted lunch, coffee breaks and a networking reception. Preconference courses/workshops require an additional fee.

  • Early Rate (through March 23, 2015): $75 student/$200 member/$230 nonmember
  • Regular Rate (March 24-May 29): $100 student/$300 member/$330 nonmember
  • Onsite Rate (at the conference): $125 student/$325 member/$355 nonmember

Downloadable Registration Form

Online Registration

Sheraton Grand Hotel:

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street (13th & J) in downtown Sacramento. The discounted conference rate is $145 single/double with a limited number of government rate rooms. Rooms reserved under the CalGIS conference block include complimentary in-room internet access (normally an additional fee).

Room reservations can be made by calling the Sheraton's Central Reservations Line at 1-800-325-3535. Be sure to request the CalGIS/URISA conference rate, which will be available until the rooms are filled or until May 15 (whichever comes first).

Exhibits and Conference Sponsorship

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities suit a wide range of budgets. Reserve your sponsorship right away as space is limited. 

CalGIS Sponsor Prospectus

2015 Conference Gold Sponsor



Exhibit Booths Reserved:

Open Spatial: Booth 100
David Evans and Associates, Inc: Booth 101
GeoWing Mapping, Inc: Booth 102
Geo Terra, Inc: Booth 104
CycloMedia Technology: Booth 108
CAD Masters, Inc: Booth 109
Esri: Booth 200/202
USA Imaging, Inc: Booth 201
Psomas: Booth 203
GISi: Booth 204
Latitude Geographics: Booth 207
Blue Marble Geographics: Booth 208
Data Transfer Solutions LLC: Booth 209
UC Riverside Extension

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Blue Marble
Connected Nation
eGIS Associates, Inc.
Geo Planning Services
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
Spatial Focus
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters
Valtus Imagery Services