shrug-l: Highly Anticipated Events Scheduled For GIS-Pro 2011 in Indianapolis

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Thu Sep 22 14:34:31 EDT 2011

A number of events will be featured at GIS-Pro 2011: URISA’s 49^th 
Annual Conference taking place November 1-4, 2011 in Indianapolis. An 
“/All Things Geospatial/” evening Ignite session, Lightning Talks, an 
OpenStreetMap Lab, Esri Technical Workshops and User Group Meeting, and 
a DevMeetUp are all on the program this year.  In addition to full-day 
URISA Certified Workshops, peer presentations and invited speakers and 
panelists, URISA is also hosting a working group during the conference 
to develop the final tier of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model 
for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This tier will establish the 
competencies needed for GIS managers.

Conference Chair, Geney Terry, GISP noted that the educational content 
of the conference will“cover professional development, tools to measure 
the success of GIS like ROI and maturity models, state of the art 
technologies, geospatial industry trends, sharing of leadership 
experience, and cross-jurisdictional collaboration.  Several sessions 
will be conducted more like a training class and you will have 
information in your hands that you can take back to work and implement 
immediately. One area of the GIS profession that the conference has not 
focused on extensively in the past is the d*eveloper community**,* both 
application and web.  That's changing this year.  We've included several 
sessions, both daytime breakout sessions and evening events, that will 
provide opportunities for developers to learn, collaborate, and 
network.  These sessions cover industry standard software and open 
source applications.”

URISA Certified Workshops, this year offered at _no additional cost_ 
with your conference registration, will be presented on November 1. 
Attendees may choose one workshop to attend (note that some of the 
workshops are already nearing capacity):

  * Business Intelligence and Data Integration for the GIS Professional
  * Cartography and Map Design
  * 3D Geospatial: Project Implementation Methods and Best Practices
  * Open Source GIS
  * GIS Strategic Planning
  * Public Data, Public Access, Privacy and Security

*Featured Sessions include:*

*/One Government and Data Sharing /*– Vincent Hoong, Executive Director 
of the Singapore Land Authority will discuss in the Opening Keynote how 
they use a 'one government' approach to motivate agencies to work 
together and how they've developed a policy framework to successfully 
guide data sharing.

*/Thought Leaders Panel /*- Executives from a variety of national and 
international corporations that use GIS to solve their own problems will 
tell you why they decided to use GIS, and how they convinced their 
organizations to invest in geospatial data and technology.

*/Geospatially Enabling Decision-making/*– Find out how the Kansas 
Legislature is integrating geospatial data and location into the process 
of making laws.  You'll gain ideas about how to geospatially enable your 
own state or provincial legislatures, county commissions, municipal 
councils, tribal councils, or any deliberative body.

Recognize the 2011 GIS Hall of Fame inductees, Exemplary Systems in 
Government and URISA Service Award winners during the Awards Breakfast; 
network at the GISP and Young Professional receptions; and expand your 
professional community at the various social events during the 
conference. Sponsors/Exhibitors are a focus for the conference, with the 
general sessions and meals taking place in the same ballroom as the 

GIS-Pro 2011 will take place at the new JW Marriott Indianapolis which 
has already garnered customer satisfaction awards since opening in 
February. Discounted rooms are being offered for only $139 (including 
internet access), but the offer is only valid until October 7.

  Visit the conference website at 
<> for complete program and registration details 
and follow the conference on twitter *(#gispro2011*).

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