Founded in 1963, URISA - The Association for GIS Professionals - is a leading provider of learning and knowledge for the GIS community. URISA connects great ideas and great people to inspire leadership and achievement. URISA strives to provide exceptional educational experiences, a vibrant and connected community, and the essential resources you need to be successful in your career.
URISA is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community come together to share concerns and ideas:
URISA sponsors numerous educational programs throughout the year, from webinars and workshops to multi-day conferences. In addition to GIS-Pro: URISA’s Annual Conference for GIS Professionals, URISA also presents a number of specialty conferences and events, including:
URISA members can take advantage of significantly-discounted registration fees to attend all of our educational programs. Further, URISA members are offered numerous opportunities to make presentations at these events, sharing their knowledge and experiences (while earning contribution points towards their certification).
“URISA is THE professional organization for those who use GIS. URISA goes beyond the software user groups and tackles the issues that are important to all GIS professionals, from GIS policy guidance to justifying GIS in your organization to fundamental addressing techniques. However, it’s the educational opportunities that really set URISA apart from the others.”
– Eric Bohard, GISP, GIS Manager – Clackamas County, OR
The URISA experience is all about connections and cultivating your professional network. You’ll connect with experienced managers and the thought leaders in the field, young professionals and students. Get involved with URISA Chapters to connect locally. Your URISA Network will quickly become your support system for ideas, solutions and encouragement.
“I can’t honestly say there was one specific moment that endeared me to URISA. But there were a number of situations where it became apparent to me that this association was focused on things that were important to me in the development of my career and my efforts to improve processes within my work environment. I don’t know of any other association where I have been able to learn so much from those experienced in the integration of technologies and spatially enabling the enterprise. And the network of associates that I have developed over my years of involvement with URISA have been most supportive and rewarding. It’s just the best place to be and to be involved!”
– Dianne Haley, BSc, MScGIS, GISP, GIS Program Coordinator, Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
From the URISA Journal, THE GIS PROFESSIONAL and the URISA Digest, to the numerous publications and white papers and unmatched Body of Knowledge in URISA Conference Proceedings, members are well-equipped to meet the challenges faced in today’s world.
“URISA has been and continues to be an outstanding resource of international best practices and guidelines for the geospatial community. The diversity and breadth of knowledge and intellectual capital of the URISA community is unmatched and has been a balanced resource for me since I first joined URISA as a student member several years ago.”
– Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP, CEO – Data Transfer Solutions
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