GIS-Pro Annual Conference
URISA is pleased to announce GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 8-11, 2014!
Leveraging Spatial Technology to Support Sustainable and Resilient Communities
Explore best practices and techniques to put your organization on the map. Participate in thought-provoking keynotes, intense workshops, important breakout sessions and invaluable discussions. Earn continuing education points and credit toward professional designations and credentialing. Build and nurture business relationships and discover solutions being offered by participating exhibitors and sponsors. Don't miss this learning experience in NOLA!
Call for Presentation Proposals
The GIS-Pro 2014 Conference Committee welcomes your presentation ideas and proposes the following list of suggested topics for your consideration. In an effort to make the program more cohesive under the theme of Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities, the Committee has organized the topics into categories of the “3 Pillars of Sustainability”: Society, Environment, and Economy.
Submissions are due on or before January 27, 2014.
Though proposals for complete sessions are encouraged (with detailed learning objectives), individual presentations, lightning talks, panel discussions and interactive session formats are also welcome. (Click here for a description of presentation formats.)
Presentation topics for consideration (note that all abstracts received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program regardless of the list below...these are just suggestions.):
- Transportation & Transit: planning, mapping and management of transportation GIS
- Addressing: more than just a number on the side of a building
- Map communication: don't make the “normal” mistakes
- Public health: flu mapping, disease tracking, supporting healthy community initiatives
- GIS in the Social Sciences: How does looking at the world through spatial eyeglasses change the way we act and interact?
- GIS in the First Nations/Tribal Agencies: First Nations are embracing GIS to map cultural values, governance, and management of territorial lands. Case studies of successful implementations are encouraged.
- Civic engagement and open government
- Leveraging open source solutions
- GIS uses in water quality analysis and coastal management
- Habitat and wildlife management
- National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) EAs and EISs, phase I/II/III site assessments, permitting and compliance applications
- GIS in renewable energy, carbon monitoring, and atmospheric studies
- Green infrastructure, LEED, and facilities environmental management
- Crisis mapping, Humanitarian Open Street Map, GISCorps' response to disasters
- Regional Leaders in Industry: Oil & Gas/Petrochemical, Shipping and Logistics, Aerospace Support
- GIS Return on Investment (ROI): measure it, document it, communicate it
- Leveraging shared GIS investments: GIS consortiums, data sharing agreements and more
- GIS applications in marketing, business and competitive intelligence, and economic development
- Geospatial industry employment outlook and regional job growth analysis
In addition, the Committee would like to offer two additional presentation categories specifically established to address specific issues: GIS Management – a track highlighting best practices in support of your GIS project; Solution Central – a track to showcase vendor-based solutions to technical challenges.
- Communicating with Maps: tell the right story in order to get the point across to decision makers
- Identifying 'champions' in your organization to propel your technology ideas forward
- PPGIS: how do you get the most out of crowd-sourced and volunteered information? And how do you manage the process?
- RFPs that work: tailoring an RFP to encourage the right proposals for the job
- GISP Certification: the ins and outs of becoming a Certified GIS Professional
- Esri Technical Certification: software certification and its merits in an ever-changing environment
- Education: how to cope with reductions in training budgets and still keep your staff on top of their game
- Professional practice standards: the foundations for defining and developing the GIS profession
- Business process re-engineering: business intelligence at its finest. How do organizations re-engineer themselves to be more agile in ever-changing markets?
- "New" Uses for GIS: Share your innovative applications for GIS.
- Geospatial Future: An incubator for next generation GIS applications.
- Managing GIS professionals: hiring, recruiting and retaining
- "Putting Out Your Shingle": how to start a consulting business
Solution Central: Vendor Technical Presentations
This is your opportunity to market your solutions to GIS-Pro 2014 attendees within the conference program. Note that a fee will be accessed if your submission is accepted and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis with exhibitors and sponsors of GIS-Pro receiving preferred access.
- Data storage methods: cloud or in-house; new methods for compression; reducing data redundancy
- Basemap updating/maintenance: best practices and lessons learned
- Maps in the Cloud: visualization and publication of GIS information
- Open Source GIS: a viable alternative to COTS in your organization?
- GIS Architecture: what are the best practices in designing an enterprise system?
- Server Technology or Cloud Computing: as a service computing in relation to GIS or server based technologies, what is best for your organization?
- Leveraging the tablet explosion: Apple iPad, Google Nexus, and Microsoft Surface are all part of the tablet explosion, how can your organization leverage these technologies?
- Mobile applications: from tablet to smartphones, what is the best way to utilize mobile technologies with your GIS?
Submit via the online abstract form by January 27, 2014.
Click on the applicable button below to submit either an individual abstract submission or a full session submission.
Please Note: Presentations that market specific products and services will only be accepted for Solution Central. Other presentations must be presented by the sponsoring organization (or in partnership with a client/user), not by vendors alone. Please consider submitting a Solution Central presentation and exhibiting/sponsoring the conference to promote your company's products and services.
Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to presenting within the Solution Central program track, GIS-Pro invites the vendor community to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Details are coming together and will be available soon.
- All accepted presenters must submit either a formal paper (preferred but not required) or presentation with notes (i.e. PowerPoint/Prezi) during the conference for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Your session moderator will collect the papers/presentations during the conference on a thumb drive.
- All accepted presenters must register and pay the regular conference registration fee. Acceptance as a presenter does not register you for the conference — registration fees are required. Presenters must register by July 21, 2014 and are encouraged to take advantage of early registration and membership discounts.
- All participants must read and abide by the URISA Event Code of Conduct to promote a respectful experience for all.
GIS-Pro 2013: Videos... see what you missed!
- GIS-Pro 2013 Ignite Session
- GIS-Pro 2013 Keynote Addresses
- Awards Breakfast & URISA GISCorps Ten Year Anniversary Recognition
- URISA GISCorps Tribute Video!
GIS-Pro 2013 (September 16-19 in Providence, Rhode Island) was an outstanding event! Thank you to all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors who gathered to transform ideas into solutions, and challenges into accomplishments. Over the coming months, we will be showcasing specific presentations (suggested as stellar and important by attendees) through webinars and newsletter articles.
Many thanks to our co-host, the New England Chapter of URISA!
GIS-Pro 2013 Conference Proceedings Coming Soon