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.


2014 California GIS Conference

April 14 - 16, 2014
Join the four URISA California Chapters and the California Geographic Information Association for training, breakout

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 Connect

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"The webinars really are uniquely fantastic!"   Jay Clark, City of Shoreline, WA (URISA Connect attendee)

URISA Connects is the online component of URISA’s educational offerings.  Webinars that connect you to the cutting edge in technology and management lessons for the GIS industry are at your fingertips.

URISA Connects webinars offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn about GIS best practices from trusted experts.
  • See the latest technical and management advancements.
  • Ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate on today’s big issues.

Are you trying to find ways to increase your industry knowledge and learn new skills without a budget for travel? Or learn in-between professional conferences?  URISA Connect is an effective way to develop your professional skills and even work towards GISCI Certification Education Hours. URISA Webinars count towards the EDU-2 section of the application. 

Upcoming Virtual Education:

Building an Address Repository Using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing - A virtual workshop

URISA is pleased to announce the presentation of one of its most popular Certified Workshops, Building an Address Repository using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing, via instructor-led web based training.  URISA’sBuilding an Address Repository using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing workshop is regularly presented at URISA conferences, chapter events, and at regional conferences. Normally a full-day classroom session, the workshop has been re-packaged into three sections and will be presented online this August to meet the constant demand for the subject matter without the travel expense and time away from work.  The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credit (8 hours of EDU-2).  

This 8-hour workshop will be presented over three days: 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 1:00– 4:00 pm EST
Thursday, August 7, 2014  - 1:00– 4:00 pm EST
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 1:00– 3:00 pm EST

Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $295

Attendees will receive all of the benefits of traditional classroom learning in an interactive online classroom while not having the expense of traveling to onsite training locations.  Interactive communication between the instructor and other attendees is accomplished through communication tools within the training platform. Participants will receive an electronic workbook to accompany the instruction and certificate of completion.

Course Description: Street addresses are the key, user-friendly geospatial identifier used by everyone, but addressing processes are usually poorly organized at the local level.

This workshop will help you understand the addressing process, managing address data, and organizational challenges. It will guide you in developing a Master Address Repository that serves the needs of the entire organization.  The workshop will also review the Federal Geographic Data Committee Street Address Data Standard, and help you understand how the standard can help you build quality address data.

Specific topics include:

  • What is an address?
  • What are the types of address?
  • How are addressing systems structured, and addresses assigned?
  • How do you develop a Master Address Repository
  • Geocoding and managing addresses in the GIS
  • Organizational issues with addressing
  • Working with the FGDC Street Address Data Standard

Intended Audience: GIS Managers, staff members who assign, maintain or use addresses. This workshop will focus on managing address workflows, address data, and use.

Instructor Profile:  Ms. McCart Wells is co-chair of the FGDC Addressing Standards Working Group that championed adoption in 2011 of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard and is currrently being updated.  She had been the primary instructor of the very popular URISA Addressing Workshop for several years.  As founder of Spatial Focus, Inc., she brings over 40 years of experience in local government planning and zoning, organizational issues, budgeting, project management, real estate development, transportation planning, and coastal zone management.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Recent URISA Webinars:

October 30, 2013 1:00 pm EDT: Expanding Broadband Mapping in Economic Development and Planning Initiatives
Ashley Hitt, GISP, Connected Nation, Louisville, Kentucky

Archived webinar available now in the Archived Workshops section.

November 6, 2013 11:00 am EDT: The GIS Management Institute and the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM): updates, overviews and implementations.
Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center , Seattle, Washington

Available for viewing without restrictions on the GIS Managment Institute page.

November 13, 2013 12:00 noon EDT: The Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata
Ryan Bowe, Photo Science , Lexington, Kentucky 

Archived webinar available now in the Archived Workshops section

February 27, 2014 - 11:30 AM EST: Exemplary Systems in Government Award Winner Showcase
"Show Me My House" for Snow Ordinance Searches
Anna Whipple - City of Des Moines, IA

March 19, 20, 21, 2014 - Deploying Mobile Solutions: What to Consider - URISA Certified Workshop
Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP, eGIS Associates, Atlanta, GA

Archived webinar coming soon.

Link to Archived Workshops


Benefits of sponsorship of a URISA Connects webinar include direct marketing of your webinar to the entire URISA Membership and beyond.  As well, URISA will promote your workshops online, in the URISA Digest (seen by how many people?) and in other online publications.  As an added benefit, your webinar will be hosted by URISA, for future viewing for 12 months following the webinar.

Working directly with you and your team, URISA staff will ensure a professionally presented online experience.  

Understanding that marketing is a valuable component to your business, and that the costs of marketing is ever increasing, the need to get your message to as many people with the best return on investment, the URISA Connects sponsored webinar series will help to attain these goals.

If you are intested in hosting a sponsored workshop please contact Keri Brennan, GISP, Education Manager at

URISA Connect Cancellation and Refund Policy:
All cancellations must be received in writing (via fax, email or regular mail) at URISA Headquarters no later than 72 hours before the event in order to receive a refund, minus a $10 processing fee. After that time period, cancelled registrations will not be refunded nor applied to future events. URISA is not responsible for any technical issues caused by Adobe Connect that may prevent or limit access, recorded or live, to the webinar by attendees, and will not be able to offer refunds should these issues occur.
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