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URISA Webinars & Virtual Education

URISA members can take advantage of monthly webinars on important topics. 

How to Zoom: Many of us are meeting virtually now. URISA uses Zoom for webinars, virtual sessions, and committee meetings. Here's a simple document that covers the basics. 

Webinar/Discussion: Impact of Proposed Revisions to NENA's Civic Location Data Exchange Standard (CLDXF)

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) has requested public comment on proposed revisions to its Civic Location Data Exchange Standard (CLDXF). CLDXF defines how address data is to be structured for exchange within NG9-1-1 systems. If you compile or manage address data, and especially if you provide address data to 9-1-1 operations, you will want to review this draft standard!
Webinar hosted by URISA will feature NENA Working group members (Ed Wells, Christian Jacqz and others) discussing the intricate details of the proposed changes. 
When: Thursday,  November 19 at 3pm eastern/2pm central/1pm mountain/12noon pacific. 
Impact of Proposed Revisions. The proposed revisions would make one major change to CLDXF v1. CLDXFv1 defines landmark names (also called points-of-interest in many CAD software packages), and five subaddress elements (building, floor, unit, room, seat, and "additional location information").  The proposed CLDXFv2 would eliminate the landmark- subaddress distinction and replace it with a single eleven- category hierarchy: Site, subsite, structure, wing, floor, unit, room, section, row, seat, and "additional location information" (a catchall category for anything that does not fit in the other ten). All landmark names and subaddress identifiers would have to be placed into one of the eleven categories before they could be entered into a CLDXF exchange record.   
For background, you are encouraged to read Christian Jacqz's notes from a recent FGDC Address  Theme Subcommittee presentation and Questions to Consider from Ed Wells.
This webinar is free. Capacity is limited. 
Registration required: On-line Registration

Student Webinar Series: A Look at Teenage Pregnancy Cases in Kenya

Thursday October 29, 2020

3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 Noon Pacific

Joy Christine Nduta Kimani, a university student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, will present her research on adolescent pregnancies in Kenya. Her research explores the impacts of teen pregnancies on the health of the mothers and offers strategies for reducing teen pregnancies. Tableau is utilized to share the story of teen pregnancies in Kenya via data visualizations.

This webinar is the first in a series featuring the 2020 University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition finalists. The live webinar series with Q&A will be available to URISA members at no cost. Following the live presentation, a recording will be made available to share with non-URISA members.

Moderator: Xan Fredericks, GISP - US Geological Survey, St Petersburg, Florida


  • Joy Christine Nduta Kimani, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
  • May Yariwo Kitiyo, Women in GIS Kenya

Co-hosted by URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet and Professional Education Committee

Meet the Speakers

Currently, Joy Christine Nduta Kimani is a Geomatic engineering student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where she is working to better her skills in spatial data analysis, remote sensing, surveying and mapping.  She is familiar with various software such as ArcGIS Online, Tableau and ERDAS IMAGINE among others.  She has also sharpened her skills in software development having attended a 5 month coding bootcamp recently. She’s also a finalist of the URISA Student and Young professional digital completion 2020 that was held in August. Joy also enjoys travelling and exploring other places in the world through maps.

Yariwo Kitiyo is a leading specialist in GIS in Kenya and an expert in spatial data science with over 5 years’ experience in both implementing enterprise and capacity development. She is cofounder and lead strategist at Women in GIS Kenya and has been featured in the Top 6 under 30 Women Breaking Barriers  n STEM by Mawazo Institute and the Einstein Forum for her application of Science, Technology and Innovation for socio-economic development.

Free webinar for URISA Members - Register today.

Roadmap for Implementing NG911 GIS Data Model, Part 2
Best Practices in Creating and Managing Road Centerline and Site/Structure Address Points for NG9-1-1

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific/12 Noon Alaska

Developed and presented by members of URISA’s NextGen 9-1-1 Task Force, this webinar will build off of Roadmap for Implementing NG911 GIS Data Model, Part 1 and take the GIS professional to the Civic Location Layers of the GIS Data Model; Road Centerline and Site/Structure Address Points. With the additional schema fields added, it can be difficult for to understand the proper way to parse out current road name information, especially when control of local addressing does not lie  with those performing the NG9-1-1 work. Join members of the Task Force as they discuss the best practices in creating and managing Road Centerline and Site/Structure Address Points for NG9-1-1.

Moderator: Keri Brennan, GISP, ENP - URISA President


Melissa Liebert, GIS Analyst, Comtech Telecommunication Inc., Seattle, Washington
Melissa Liebert is a GIS Analyst for Comtech Telecommunication Corp. Before moving to the private sector, Melissa was chair of the Washington State NG 9-1-1 GIS Subcommittee and was involved in developing NENA documents including NG GIS Data Stewardship, Standards for the Provisioning and Maintenance of GIS Data to ECRF and LVFs, and the GIS Data Model Template. She has presented at WAURISA and URISA GIS-Pro conferences on topics surrounding Next Generation 9-1-1 and best practices for data development and maintenance. Melissa serves on URISA’s NG 9-1-1 Taskforce and still sits on several NENA working groups. At Comtech, she is one of the top advisors for NG 9-1-1 GIS state deployments and works with state and local governments to ensure smooth transitions into NG 9-1-1

Hillary Palmer, E911 Addressing Specialist, Mat-Su Borough GIS, Alaska
Hillary is the local government addressing authority for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska, which is about an hour’s drive north of Anchorage.  She landed in the public safety realm after 10+ years of GIS experience in a variety of sectors and has enjoyed feeling her work is important and could help save lives.  Hillary is the first in Alaska to implement the NENA Next Gen 9-1-1 GIS Data Model and also serves on URISA’s NG 9-1-1 Taskforce.

Registration is free for members and nonmembers, but spots are limited. 

Register Here  

Announcing the URISA Professional Development Series... After Hours
Free professional development and networking opportunities for URISA Members

First up: Lean Coffee
Thursday July 30
Join at 5:30 PM in your time zone, starting at 5:30 PM Eastern
Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. Learn how to make your in-person and virtual meetings more meaningful.

Free for URISA members

  • Previously recorded webinars posted on URISA's YouTube Channel: 
    • U.S. Digital Response - Delivering Quick Help to Governments Amid the COVID-19 Crisis - June 30, 2020
    • GPS at Risk - June 9, 2020 
  • URISA Pandemic Panel: Perspectives from Across the Country - April 30, 2020
  • Roadmap for Implementing NG911 GIS Data Model, Part 1 - February 26, 2020 

  • NASA Disasters Program and Mapping Portal Overview - January 22, 2020

  • NextGen 9-1-1: What GIS Professionals Need to Know - December 4, 2019 

  • GIS for Government: Answering the Big Questions - May 29, 2019

  • Preparing for GISP Certification (two parts) - April 3-4, 2018
    • Portfolio & Application
    • Exam

Best Practices for GIS Project Planning and Management

When —  Thursday, April 2, 2020 at  2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 Noon Mountain/11 AM Pacific 
Duration —  2.5 hours with Q&A

Instructor   Peter Croswell, PMP, GISP, CMS is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with over 40 years experience as an IT and GIS practitioner, program manager, and an IT/GIS consultant. He currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design, planning, project management, and implementation support. He is a former URISA President, author of The GIS Management Handbook, and is an instructor in the Penn State University Online Geospatial Education Program.

Overview — This mini-workshop cuts through the theory and fluff to present, in practical terms, the essential practices for successful GIS project planning and management. Its intent is to provide project managers, teams, and stakeholders with the key actions methods, and tools to launch and execute successful projects—delivering results on time and on budget providing valuable deliverables to the customers and user community.  It is applicable to all types of GIS projects and covers the following topics:

  • Choosing and Prioritizing Projects
  • Defining scope, purpose, context
  • Workplan preparation
  • Estimating/assigning resources
  • Project tracking, status reporting, and communications
  • Procurement for GIS projects
  • Project quality management
  • Project closure
  • Quick peek at using project management software

If you are already a seasoned project manager, this mini-workshop will confirm practices you are already applying (or should be applying) and augment your PM toolbox with some new ideas and methods. If you are a new project manager or a staff person interested in moving into a management role, you’ll find the practical content to be an extremely valuable introduction to project management practices. 

URISA Member Fee  $50 

GIS in the Coastal Zone: Spatial Prioritization Widget and the Florida Coastal Mapping Program
Friday, June 21 at 3:00 PM Eastern

Globally, there is a lack of resources to survey the vast areas of the seafloor in need of even basic mapping data. Consequently, smaller areas must be prioritized to address the most urgent mapping needs. To address this, NOAA developed a systematic, quantitative approach and Web AppBuilder widget to gather mapping suggestions from a group of stakeholders. Inputs are standardized into a GIS framework using a grid overlaid on the area and through pull-down menu choices that enable participants to convey the types of mapping products that they need and the rationale used to justify their needs. This enables different groups of respondents to identify common interests and potential collaborations and more effectively invest limited mapping funds to achieve common goals. The approach can be easily scaled and customized to accommodate much larger geographic areas and numbers of participants.

The Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMaP) is an adopter of this approach. FCMaP was initiated in 2017 as a coordinating body of Florida State and Federal partners with a goal of achieving consistent, state-wide, high-resolution seafloor data for Florida’s coastal zone in the next decade. These data will provide critical baseline information to support a range of applications. An inventory of existing high-resolution elevation data collected on Florida’s coastline and shelf was undertaken by a technical team comprised of FCMaP partners. To complete a gap analysis, the Florida peninsula was separated based on geomorphological characteristics into six regions: Panhandle, Big Bend, West Peninsula, Keys, Southeast, and Northeast. FCMaP is soliciting input from managers, planners, and decision-makers to prioritize coastal and seafloor mapping needs. NOAA’s spatial prioritization widget was adapted for Florida and is being rolled out region-by-region via a series of stakeholder workshops.

Moderator: Xan Fredericks, GISP is the Associate National Map Liaison to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands for the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) and is the Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP). She is a GISCI-certified GIS Professional (GISP) and has been active in URISA since 2015, currently serving as the Associate Chair of the Professional Education Committee. Xan is also active in ASPRS, serving as GIS Division Director and Vice President of the Florida Region.


Dr. Cheryl Hapke is a coastal geologist with Coastal Science Solutions and also holds a research professorship at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.  She spent 20 years as a research scientist with U.S. Geological Survey and her research continues to build on why and how coastlines change over multiple time and space scales. She received her PhD in Coastal Geology from the University of California Santa Cruz, an M.S. in Geology from the University of Maryland, and her B.S. in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has applied her expertise to understanding coastal change in a large variety of geomorphic environments throughout the world. Cheryl is currently the Coordinator of the Florida Coastal Mapping Program, a Federal-State partnership to provide modern, high resolution seafloor information for all of Florida’s coastal waters in the next decade.

Ken Buja is a senior GIS developer with NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science. For over 25 years, he has worked with marine biologists, oceanographers, and statisticians creating applications and websites to collect, analyze, and disseminate data, models, and media.

FEMA and GIS: The Role of Technology and Data in Disaster Management - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

In 2017 the United States experienced some of the most significant disasters in its history.  FEMA is the key federal agency tasked with addressing disasters.  In recent years they have made it a strategic priority to develop GIS data and cutting edge technologies that now enable them to more effectively support communities before, during and after disasters.  In this presentation, you will see demonstrations of the tools and resources currently available from FEMA and learn how they are being used around the nation.  You will also learn about several exciting initiatives that are currently underway to develop GIS resources that quantify hazard risk and impact to support rapid and accurate decision making.   There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

Chris Vaughan – Chris Vaughan serves as the FEMA Geospatial Information Officer where he champions and coordinates geospatial technologies across multiple response and recovery programs.  In order to meet strategic goals and priorities, Chris works effectively across federal, military, state, local, and tribal communities to promote geospatial programs, technology, and institutional structures and share best practices. In addition, he is committed to identifying, mentoring, and developing the next generation of geospatial leaders. Mr. Vaughan has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Lee University and is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program. Thank you for the fantastic presentation! Download Mr. Vaughan's slides here.

Learn about URISA's GISCorps Webinar
June, 2018

We're all extremely proud of this URISA program, founded in 2003, which connects GIS expertise with underserved communities an in response to emergencies around the globe. Take some time to learn about the amazing missions that GISCorps volunteers have contributed to and learn how you can participate. #GISgivesback

  • Archived Webinars
  • Previous URISA Webinars:
  • November 2014: Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation - URISA Certified Workshop
    Jason Amadori, GISP, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, FL
  • October 2014: An Overview of Open Source GIS Software - URISA Certified Workshop
    Sara Yurman, GISP, Spatial Focus, LLC
  • September 2014 - GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) - URISA Certified Workshop
    Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center, Seattle, WA
  • August 2014 - Building an Address Repository using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing- URISA Certified Workshop
    Martha Wells, GISP, Spatial Focus, University Park, MD
  • June 2014 - Introduction to GNSS- URISA Certified Workshop
    Keri Brennan, GISP - URISA, Des Plaines, IL
  • March 2014 - Deploying Mobile Solutions: What to Consider - URISA Certified Workshop
    Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP, eGIS Associates, Atlanta, GA
  • February 2014 - Exemplary Systems in Government Award Winner Showcase
    "Show Me My House" for Snow Ordinance Searches - Anna Whipple - City of Des Moines, IA
  • November 2013 The Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata
    Ryan Bowe, Photo Science , Lexington, Kentucky 
  • November 2013: The GIS Management Institute and the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM): updates, overviews and implementations.
    Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center , Seattle, Washington
  • October 2013: Expanding Broadband Mapping in Economic Development and Planning Initiatives
    Ashley Hitt, GISP, Connected Nation, Louisville, Kentucky


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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