Coalition of Geospatial Organizations Urges Federal and State Agencies to Improve Data for Emergencies

At a news briefing on Monday, former Wyoming Governor James Geringer highlighted the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations’ (COGO) Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) released on February 6, 2015.

Abstract Submissions Invited for 9th National GIS in Transit Conference

Sponsored by NCTR, URISA and TRB, submissions are due by March 23.

GISCI Announces Changes to the GISP Certification Process

These changes affect both current and future GISP certification holders and were made in order to increase the value, recognition and long term viability of the GISP certification and the GISCI organization.


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).

GIS Management Institute

Promoting professional adoption and awareness of best practices and standards in the GIS profession.

GMI Goal: The GIS Management Institute® helps organizations identify and implement enterprise GIS management practice improvements. GIS managers, anywhere in the world, will increase return on investment and maximize the effective use of GIS for their enterprise business goals with GMI products and services.


GIS Management Institute 2014 State of Organizational GIS Survey - Deadline to Participate: January 30, 2015

Metrics Survey

If you and your organization wish to participate in the 2014 State of Organizational GIS Survey, please click on the link above to register.  We would ask that you be as objective as possible while responding about your organization.  The results of of this survey will be compiled into a report and you will be provided with the results.


Need: GIS professionals and practitioners invest considerable time and money for their initial education and continual training, yet recognized professional practice standards and guidelines are lacking in the GIS profession. Public agencies and private entities have invested very large sums of money to develop and operate their enterprise GIS and program specific GIS operations, yet best-practices and investment validation for GIS operations  are both lacking. Worldwide, most GIS managers, professionals, and practitioners continue to deliver value to society through the work that they do.  But there remains a need for an environment where best practices and professional standards can be developed, validated, and promoted to maximize the value and effectiveness of GIS operations. These are the needs that the GIS Management Institute® will meet.

GMI Core Products and Services: The GIS Management Institute® already has two key products that are central to its core strategy:

The GIS Management Body of Knowledge (GMBOK) will be a third key product of the GMI. The GMBOK is intended to be a GMI product that generates substantial revenue.

The GISCMM and the GMBOK will also be used to develop an on-line subscription based organizational assessment and accreditation service for enterprise GIS operations anywhere in the world. This will be the primary revenue generating GMI service.  Subscribers to the service will populate the GMI database with metrics on their own GIS configuration, maturity assessment, and performance metrics.  Their subscription will then provide them access to the GMI database to analyze the effectiveness of individual GIS management best practices and to compare their GIS operations against peer agencies worldwide.

The GISCMM, GMCM, and the GMBOK will also be used to develop a revenue-generating, subscription-based GIS educational program accreditation service. The GMCM and the GMBOK will be used in cooperation with GISCI, to develop a revenue generating GIS Management Certification Program.

GMI Core Strategy: The GMI core strategy is to help those who deploy, operate, and manage GIS organizations enhance their personal competency, and improve the effectiveness and ROI from their investment in GIS.   The GMI will mobilize volunteer GIS professionals (to be called GMI Associates) to create the GMBOK, comprised of individual GIS Best Practices.

The GMBOK will be developed by starting with frameworks that have already been developed by URISA, such as the GMCM and the GISCMM. Topics for individual GIS Management Best Practices will be developed from the 23 capability and 22 maturity components of the GISCMM. Each topic will include a narrative of the best practice, a policy template, recommended metrics, a description of required professional competencies to support the best practice, and recommended learning objectives to inform the development of a curriculum to teach the best practice.

The URISA GIS Management Institute® is recognized as a worldwide authority for GIS management best practices. The GMI accredits the maturity and capability of GIS operations and, by association, the professional competence of GIS managers; develops, maintains, and promotes the GIS management body of knowledge; accredits and provides GIS management-related education; and advocates for effective GIS management related policies and funding at the local, state, national, and international level.





GIS Management Institute Publications and Resources

Glossary of Terms Used in the GIS Capability Maturity Model (May 2014)

This Glossary is intended for use with the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) and the Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM). Its purpose is to assist users of those models interpret the terminology used on a comprehensive basis. The Glossary makes reference to places in the GISCMM and GMCM where the term is cited:

  • GISCMM references refer to a page where the term is used, or to an Enabling Capability (EC) or Execution Ability (EA) component of the model where it is used.
  • GMCM references refer to the individual competency number where the term is used.

By referring to and applying definitions in the Glossary, individuals and organizations that complete GISCMM and/or GMCM assessments for the GIS Management Institute® will assist in consistent understanding, analysis, and comparison of assessments.

This Glossary is not intended to be a complete and authoritative document for the GIS profession.

GIS Management Institute Discussion Papers

This is the first in what is intended to be a series of occasional GIS Management Institute® discussion papers. These papers do not represent the opinion of URISA. We hope that publication of these papers will stimulate thought and open discussion about issues related to GIS management that are important to the GIS community. Interested authors should send their papers to the URISA Executive Director for consideration by the GIS Management Institute®.

Greg Babinski, GISP, Past-President of URISA, explained the motivation behind the development of the GIS Management Institute: “The management of enterprise GIS operations requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly set it apart from other management domains.  GIS operations today are highly complex, critical for effective agency services, and have been proven to deliver tremendous financial benefits.” He further noted that, “Central to the GMI, is the theory that as GIS operational maturity improves, ROI (return on investment) from GIS increases.”

For more information about the GIS Management Institute, contact Greg Babinski, URISA Past-President. For more information about URISA, contact Wendy Nelson, URISA Executive Director.

  • Read Greg Babinski's article in URISA's Managing GIS Column in ArcNews

Greg Babinski's PPT presentation at the Esri User Conference:

GIS Management Institute® and the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM):updates, overviews and implementations webinar

Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center, Seattle, Washington


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