shrug-l: MapWindow Conference in Orlando

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Wed Jan 27 07:52:58 EST 2010

Also the URISA International Conference is in Orlando this year. Here is
the information from URISA:

Since 1963, URISA members and friends have convened annually to learn
about, share and discuss all things geospatial. And now the name of
URISA's annual conference has been updated to better reflect that focus.
URISA is pleased to announce GIS-Pro 2010: URISA's 48th Annual
Conference for GIS Professionals.  The first conference under the new
banner will take place September 28-October 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

Along with the new conference name, GIS-Pro will reflect what GIS
Professionals are looking for in a modern conference. Gone are
restrictive conference tracks - what's in are coordinated themes,
designed to move the conversation forward and interactively share
information among conference participants. 
The Conference Committee invites your participation. Proposals for
presentations, interactive discussions, roundtables, and other content
is invited and should fit into one or more of these conference themes: 

*	Value of GIS - The value of GIS can theoretically be quantified
in terms of Return on Investment (ROI), but the methodology for
determining ROI for GIS has not been standardized.  Proposals on this
topic could include information on measured return on investment (as
opposed to estimated cost/benefit analysis performed prior to
implementation); various methods for funding and justifying funding for
GIS implementation; and ways to articulate the financial/liability,
economic, social or environmental impact of GIS for a jurisdiction,
region or organization.
*	One Government - This concept is about multiple jurisdictions
and overlapping levels of government (federal, state/provincial,
regional, local) acting collaboratively.  Proposals could include data
sharing challenges and approaches; standardization and integration of
data, applications and services; collaboration and communication that
leads to a "one government" approach, and activities that promote
government transparency and accountability.
*	Stewardship - The notion of stewardship is one of service and
support to a community of data users.  Often, the steward has a vested
interest in maintaining particular data set(s) for his/her organization,
but no mandate (or funding) to maintain it for the rest of the
community.  Proposals could include data management, maintenance and
integration topics, metadata issues and processes, data governance
approaches, and methods for treating data as an infrastructure, or
other, asset. 

*	Data-based Decisions - This is a hot topic in 2010 at every
level. U.S. Congressional Hearings are even focusing on ways to drive
decisions based on data and "place".  At last year's Annual Conference,
Dr. Wellar's keynote focused on the need to manage various interrelated
information infrastructures to make well-informed, accurate decisions,
and the categorical need for GIS technology and geospatial sciences in
that endeavor.  Proposals could include Web 2.0 and social networking
tools as a means of bringing information together and presenting it
appropriately to everyone; promoting GIS use to decision makers; better
ways to visualize change spatially and temporally; and managing
interdependent information infrastructures with geospatial tools and

*	Training & Education - With geospatial technology changing more
and more rapidly, the need for high quality training and education
continues to grow.  And with the economic downturn, training budgets
have taken a significant hit.  Proposals could include ideas and tactics
for promoting K-12 geographic/geospatial education; use of social
networking tools for training; and information on technology updates and
Abstracts are due on or before February 23, 2010. Submit online at 

We've lowered registration fees to make the conference even more
accessible. URISA members can register for the conference at the BEST
VALUE rate of $350! Nowhere else will you find a world-renown GIS
conference that is so affordable. Be sure to make plans to attend now.
Registration materials will be available soon.  For further details,
visit or 

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
Vice President, GIS/IT
ESRI Authorized Instructor
Keck & Wood, Inc.
(678) 417-4013
(678) 417-8785 fax

-----Original Message-----
From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of C. Henry
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 7:52 AM
To: shrug-l at
Subject: shrug-l: MapWindow Conference in Orlando

     No idea how many of you look at other GIS programs but thought 
you might like to know about a MapWindow conference in Orlando in 
March.  I use the product as it is very good and very affordable.  In 
the meantime, FYI.

C. Henry Depew


  MapWindow conference and workshops on March 31 to April 2, then 
please book your hotel now. (The regular rate is $129/night).
You can find the information about the hotel here: 

And you can register for the conference here: 

Also, the annual American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS and 
Water conference web site has been updated to promote our MapWindow 
conference! (<>) The AWRA 
meeting is early in the week and we're meeting later in the week, so 
it's a nice opportunity for people interested in water and GIS to 
join both conferences.

If you want to learn how to program with the MapWindow ActiveX and 
.NET components, or if you want to get more involved in this project 
or learn how people are using it in academic and commercial settings, 
then please come to our conference!

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