Tuesday, October 2, 2012
After a couple of days of meetings, classes, workshops and networking, the conference began in earnest on Tuesday morning. URISA President, Greg Babinski welcomed everyone to the event. Claudia Paskauskas, Conference Chair, spoke of highlights and thanked all of the volunteers who worked together over the past year to present a stellar conference. Bruce Kessler, chair of the Northwest GIS Users' Group welcomed NWGIS members and talked about the great collaboration that resulted in GIS-Pro 2012. Amy Esnard, Chair of URISA's Chapter Relations Committee, summarized the issues that are most important to GIS professionals today, and Michael Goodchild engaged the audience in a very timely and interesting discussion about Digital Earth. Perhaps you followed the conversation via Twitter?
Claudia Paskauskas, Conference Chair, challenges attendees.
Bruce Kessler speaks of partnerships and collaboration.
Amy Esnard addresses the crowd.
A memorable and inspiring keynote address from Professor Goodchild.
Following a coffee break, attendees self-selected the sessions they wished to attend. The conference program was organized into these tracks/themes and breakout sessions were categorized according to the tracks:
Data and Applications of GIS
Leadership and Management
User and Business User
The Presentation Luncheon, again, was a major hit among attendees with nearly 40 individual presentations being delivered, over lunch. Another way that participants shared their ideas and research was through a poster session.
Congratulations to the Poster Winners:
Drew Thompson, Chris Long, Ryan Beck
Bonneville Power Administration Poster
Innovative Spatial Analysis
Geological Map of Alberta Rocky Mountains
Best Overall Graduate/Undergraduate Student Poster
Jennifer Charney, University of Calgary
Type Cast: A geographic Information System Analysis of Turn of the Century Print Culture in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Networking continued after the sessions ended at 5:00 PM...
Tribal Round Table Discussion
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Esri Dev Meet Up