URISA Vanguard Cabinet to Host Google Hangout

Learn about opportunities for young GIS professionals and prepare your VC application by November 30 deadline.

URISAs GIS Management Institute Invites Participation in 2014 Organizational GIS Survey

The results will provide a better understanding about how GIS operations are organized, staffed, funded, and resourced. 

URISA Caribbean GIS Conference to Feature Influential Keynote Speakers

NSDI strategy and the importance of open geospatial standards to be discussed in Curacao.


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).

URISA Connect Webinars & Virtual Education


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

URISA Connect is the virtual 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. From single presentations to multi-part workshop offerings, URISA Connect webinars offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn about GIS best practices from trusted experts.
  • Delve deep into topics important to your professional development.
  • 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? 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:

An Overview of Open Source GIS Software

URISA is very excited to offer one of our most popular in person workshop virtually.  An Overview of Open Source GIS Software.  This workshop will be presented via instructor led virtual delivery.  This very popular workshop is being presented virtually for the first time in this dynamic environment.  This is an excellent opportunity to do training while removing the expense of travel.  The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credits (8 hours of EDU-2)

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, October 22, 2014  - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Thursday, NOctober 23, 2014 - 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $245

Free and open source software (FOSS) has been offering choices to computer users for a number of years. Over the past few years the open source choices in GIS have been broader and more capable than ever before. This workshop will focus on GIS open source software. It will give an overview of current developments from technical and management perspectives. Selected packages and their applications in various projects will be demonstrated and discussed.

Specific topics include:

  • Open Source GIS background and development
  • Overview of Open Source GIS spatial functionalities
  • Live demonstration
  • Interoperability: The Open Source GIS spectrum
  • Planning and implementation issues

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in free and open source geographic information system software. The workshop will suit both managerial and technical needs and it does not require any prerequisites.

Register here today to reserve your spot!

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation

URISA is very excited to offer one of our most popular in person workshop virtually.  Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation.  This workshop will be presented via instructor led virtual delivery.  This is one of the most requested in person workshops and will be repackaged to be delivered over three days.  If the end of the year is coming quickly and you still have funds in your training budget, this is an excellent opportunity to do training while removing the expense of travel.  The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credits (8 hours of EDU-2)

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, November 19, 2014  - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $245

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: 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 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. 

Specific topics include:

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Software Solutions
  • Information Management and Decision Support Tools
  • Evaluation and Performance Measures
  • GASB34 Reporting
  • Life Cycle Costs

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.

Register here 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

June 24, 25, 26, 2014 - Introduction to GNSS
Keri Brennan, GISP - URISA, Des Plaines, IL

August 5, 7, 12, 2014 - Building an Address Repository using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing
Martha Wells, GISP, Spatial Focus, University Park, MD

Archived webinar coming soon.

Link to On Demand Content



Benefits of sponsorship of a URISA Connect 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 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.

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