URISA Publishes GIS Management Institute Discussion Paper

Papers are intended to stimulate discussion about GIS management issues.

GIS-Pro 2014 Conference Details Released

Join us in New Orleans, September 8-11, 2014 for important education, networking events and a community data collection project.

URISA Accepting Nominations for GIS Hall of Fame

Honors persons and organizations that have made significant and original contributions to the development and application of GIS concepts, tools, or resources, or to the GIS profession. Nominations due by May 1.


URISA Leadership Academy

May 5 - 9, 2014
The first offering of the URISA Leadership Academy in Canada. Take advantage of GIS leadership training!

GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference

September 8 - 11, 2014
Best GIS professional development event around! Join us in New Orleans!

URISA Leadership Academy

October 13 - 17, 2014
The first offering of the URISA Leadership Academy in Louisville. Take advantage of GIS leadership training!

CalGIS 2014 - Join us in Monterey! Logos/monterey.jpg

Mark Your Calendar: 20th Annual California GIS Conference
April 14-16, 2014 -Monterey, California Logos/CalGIS2014_Logo_web.jpg

Onsite Conference Program

Click here for all you need to know about Monterey... and the great ways to spend your free time!

CalGIS is definitely the place to be to learn about the Best in California GIS. A comprehensive educational program (for beginners and advanced professionals), networking events and an exhibit hall are all featured at the conference. In 2014,  the conference will celebrate its 20th milestone year!


Registration Fee Schedule:

  • Regular Rate (January 1-April 11, 2014) - $100 student/$300 member*/$330 nonmember
  • Onsite Rate (at the conference) - $125 student/$325 member*/$355 nonmember

*Membership in a California URISA Chapter or in CGIA

Downloadable Registration Form


The on-line registration is no longer available. Please print and complete the downloadable registration form and bring to the conference.




Conference Site

The conference will take place at the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay - Seaside, all-suites hotel.  The conference rate  is $159 single/double which includes: complimentary in-room wi-fi access, complimentary morning breakfast buffet and complimentary evening cocktail reception.  Only a limited number of rooms are in the CalGIS conference block. The special room rate will be available until March 31st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

March 20 Update: Just a few rooms remain in the CalGIS room block. Your best bet is to phone the hotel (831) 393-1115 and reference CalGIS or URISA,  to check availability for your specific travel needs. In the meantime, we have arranged for CalGIS attendee sleeping rooms at two 'overflow' hotels (Holiday Inn and Best Western) within walking distance of the Embassy Suites.

Alternate CalGIS Lodging -

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort Monterey
    2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey CA 93940
    Offering a rate of $159.00 per room per night (plus taxes) to include up to two vouchers for continental breakfast per room per day, complimentary Wi-Fi and a wine and cheese reception from 5-6pm daily.  CalGIS attendees should make their reservations by contacting LaTina Harris either by phone: 831-655-7650 ext. 503 or by email:
  • Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay
    Guests may either book online or by calling the hotel at 800-995-7666 or 831-394-5335 .  The Holiday Inn Express will offer their best available rate, which is currently $116.00 per night.

Airport transportation: Instead of flying to the Monterey airport, consider San Jose (SJC) or San Francisco (SFO). Monterey Air Bus provides bus service from each airport to Monterey ($35-$45 each way).

Click here for all you need to know about Monterey... and the great ways to spend your free time!

Confirmed Featured Speakers at CalGIS 2014:

  • Jack Dangermond – Esri:  Founder and President of Esri, Jack Dangermond almost needs no introduction.  He is an iconic figure in the GIS world and his efforts to increase the reach and use of GIS have influenced the industry in profound ways.    Mr. Dangermond was last with us at our 10th anniversary conference and we are excited to have him join us this year.
  • Mike Migurski – Code for America: Michal spent nine years as a partner and technology director at celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen where he architected the technical aspects of Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in Stamen’s design process, designing database schemas and API’s, to creating the dynamic applications that Stamen delivers to clients. At Code For America, he is responsible for engineering standards and technical sustainability. Michal has been building for the web since 1995, specializing in data design and publishing for a diverse range of clients and numerous public, technical research projects and active open source codebases.
  • Eric Gundersen – MapBox: As CEO of MapBox, Eric coordinates product and business development. Eric is passionate about open data and building open source data visualization tools focused on speed and design. Prior to MapBox, Eric co-founded Development Seed. Eric is a recognized expert on open data and open source software and has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Nightline, NPR, and others. He is frequently invited to speak on topics including open data, data visualization, and open source business models and has presented at conferences such as SXSW, Web 2.0, Where 2.0, GOSCON, and NodeJam.
  • Dylan Lorimer is a product manager at Google where he oversees product development for Enterprise Earth and Maps. Dylan sits at the confluence of the consumer cartographer and the enterprise mapping user. He is responsible for ensuring that Google's enterprise versions of its popular mapping applications continue evolving to meet the particular business needs of the enterprise.  Earlier in his career at Google Dylan managed Google's global aerial and satellite imagery acquisition strategy, helped lead Google's efforts to partner with governments worldwide in order to publish their authoritative geospatial data to Google's products and services, and was on the Earth Enterprise engineering team. Prior to joining Google, Dylan worked as a software developer and consultant.


The opportunity for product and service providers to connect with CalGIS 2014 attendees is an important part of the conference. On Tuesday, April 15, the airwall will be open between the exhibit area and the general session room (where the opening keynote and group discussions take place). On Wednesday, that airwall will be closed to facilitate breakout sessions, but you'll still be in the center of the action!

Sponsor Prospectus (includes form and floorplan) 

Sponsorships already reserved:





Monday Evening Awards/Networking Event Sponsor - Mapbox

Tuesday Networking Reception - Valtus Imagery Services

Tuesday Bonfire Sponsor

Wednesday Morning Bike Ride Sponsor: RBF/Baker International

Booth space reserved:

Esri - Booth #101/103
Dudek - Booth #109
CAD Masters - Booth #200
Latitude Geographics Group - Booth #105
University of California Riverside, Extension - Booth #202
Blue Marble Geographics - Booth #201
USA Imaging, Inc - Booth #203
Valtus Imagery Services - Booth #301
Pictometry - Booth #107
RBF/Baker International - Booth #208
David Evans and Associates, Inc - Booth #300
Boundless - Booth # 209
Quantum Spatial - Booth #204
CycloMedia Technology - Booth #206
California Surveying and Drafting Supply - Booth #308
Cityworks-Azteca Systems - Booth #205
California State University - Long Beach - Booth #207
DigitalGlobe - Booth #309
Cogent3D, Inc - Booth #304
AmigoCloud - Booth #302


CalGIS Webinars

CalGIS is hosting a number of webinars leading up to CalGIS 2014. The archived recordings will be posted here:

  • CalGIS 2014 Webinar Series - Webinar #5 January 17, 2014
    Guests: Landon Blake
    , Alex Barth To view the recorded webinar, click here.
  • CalGIS 2014 Webinar Series - Webinar #4 December 13, 2013
    Guests: Amy Smith, Rob Elkins
    To view the recorded webinar, click here.
  • CalGIS 2014 Webinar Series - Webinar #3 November 2013 
    Part 1 – Scott Gregory, California State GIO discusses GIS in the State. Click here
    Part 2 – Peter Meisen and Quentin Gregg from GENI discuss Renewable Energy and using ArcGIS Online to share their work. Click here
  • CalGIS 2014 Webinar Series - Webinar #2 October 2013,
    Guests: Michael Goodchild, Jessica Touchard

    Note: due to a problem with the recording software, the webcam portion did not record. The audio and slides are available. We will be trying something new to record the next video. Click here.
  • CalGIS 2014 Webinar Series – Webinar #1 September 2013, Guests James Fee, Prashant Singh.
    Note: due to a problem with the recording software, the webcam portion did not record.  The audio and slides are available. Click here (recording duration: approximately one hour)

Conference Hosts

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)

To volunteer on the 2014 conference planning committee, contact Jeff Orton, Chair.

Recent events:

  • 2013 - Long Beach, California (View program to see what you missed.)
  • 2012 - Sacramento, California
  • 2011 - Fresno, California
  • 2010 - Huntington Beach, California
  • 2009 - Sacramento, California
  • 2008 - Modesto, California
  • 2007 - Oakland, California
  • 2006 - Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005 - Bakersfield, California
  • 2004 - San Jose, California 
Blue Marble
Connected Nation
eGIS Associates, Inc.
Geo Planning Services
GeoTech Vision
North River
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Spatial Focus
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters
Valtus Imagery Services