The 2017 GIS in Action Conference will be at Portland State University on April 17th and 18th. We are seeking presentations from students for a special session. Applications need to include the student's contact information, a title, and 250-500 word abstract. Images and tables are optional and may be included to supplement the project summary. Submittals are due by January 20th.
OR-URISA Young Professionals and ASPRS are each contributing $200 ($400 total) to reimburse student presenters for their registration. Student registration is already discounted at $90.
For more information about the student session or to submit a presentation contact Alexa Todd: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NWGIS User Group conference taking place next month October 17 – 21, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. There are sponsorship, vendor, and poster opportunities still available. In addition, there is also a student rate available for attendees.
Please see the website for more information:
Are Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Right for Me?
The Central Coast GIS Users Group (http://orurisa.org/2016_UAV_Symposium) is pleased to invite you to the 2016 GIS Symposium by the Sea - Are Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Right for Me? on Friday, September 16th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in Lincoln City, OR (Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Htaj7wtLU3K2) from 9 am - 4:30 pm.
Register HERE: http://2016symposiumbythesea-uasandgis.eventbrite.com
Been hearing the buzz about drones? Want to know how this technology can be applied in your work? How is GIS entwined with UASs? Presenters from OSU, ODFW, National Estuarine Research Reserves and other organizations will cover a variety of different guidelines and principles to help make sense of this emerging and game-changing technology. More details, including a draft agenda, will be available on the symposium website.
Lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee ($35). Register before Sept. 1st to receive a $5 discount! If this registration fee is difficult for you, please contact us for alternate options. Registration will close on Sept. 13th. at midnight. In an effort to reduce waste we will not be providing individual bottled water this year. Please consider bringing a reusable water bottle or other container for drinking water during the symposium. We will also have cups available in case you forget. Thank you!
Even if you can't make the symposium, please be sure to join us afterwards (~5:00 pm) for pints and dining (Roadhouse 101, 4649 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367)
This year's State of the Map US 2016 will occur July 23 - 25 in Seattle, WA. Join for three days packed with talks, workshops, hacking, mapping parties and meetings all around OpenStreetMap.
Find event description and website on the ORURISA site: http://www.orurisa.org/event-2284853 or go straight to the event website: http://stateofthemap.us/
If you're a student and would like to attend GIS in Action at Portland State University April 4th and 5th for free, consider becoming a conference volunteer.
To get free attendance, you only need to volunteer for 4 hours. That's pretty amazing, right?
If you're interested in being a volunteer, please fill out this form. You will be contacted in the coming weeks to sign up for shifts.
Example of volunteer duties:
Setting up poster displays, registering attendees, counting ballots for the poster contest, presentation room support, announcing winners of poster contest, cleaning up after the conference, and much more!
Note, free attendance for volunteers is limited to the conference and does not include workshops.
April 4th & 5th, 2016
(Workshops April 6th)
Early Registration is NOW OPEN! Click HERE to register.
Please mark your calendars for the TWENTY-FOURTH Annual GIS In Action Conference, hosted by the Columbia River Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).
This year, we are back at Portland State University!
Each year ASPRS and URISA collaborate to hold this informational conference on current issues in the Geospatial Information Community. Join us for what will surely be another successful opportunity to meet with colleagues in the geospatial industries and organizations, to learn about emerging topics and recent advances in GIS applications, and to discuss our problems and solutions together. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet and network with GIS professionals from the region. Find out who is doing what, and how.
Preliminary Conference Program!
Here's our conference only web site.
Register now for the upcoming GIS in Action conference April 4 & 5, 2016 held at Portland State University.
There are several post-conference workshops being held on Wednesday, April 6th, the day after the conference. These workshops are all offered at a discount to conference attendees.
Here is the list of workshops with detailed descriptions on the web site.
Cartographic Workshop – ‘Cutting Through The Graphic Clutter’
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 9 AM – 3 PM
Extending ArcGIS: Python Geoprocessing Tools and Add-Ins
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Introduction to CartoDB for Web and Mobile Applications
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 8 AM – 3 PM
Create Great Web Apps – No Coding Required
Format and schedule: Half-day workshop, April 6th, 9 AM – 12PM
ArcGIS Open Data: Get Started and Use Best Practices
Format and schedule: Half-day workshop, April 6th, 1 – 4 PM
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Call for posters!
Poetical Poster Contestants,
Participants at the 2016 GIS in Action conference will have the opportunity to present a poster and engage in a competition, which includes prizes in different poster categories. Anyone going to the conference can enter to display their poster. Details for entry to the competition are below. You can enter a digital and/or paper version. The deadline to enter is the beginning of the conference.
Voting will happen on all posters and winners will receive $50 REI gift certificates for first place and $25 certificate for second place for five categories.
If you plan to enter a poster please submit your poster on our web site.
The Central Coast GIS Users Group
(http://www.orurisa.org/2015_Cartography_Symposium) is pleased to
invite you to the 2015 Cartography Symposium by the Sea on Friday,
September 25th at the Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, OR
Presenters from UofO, ESRI and other organizations will cover a
variety of different guidelines and principles to help make your maps
the envy of all your friends. We all know a great map when we see it,
but what are the principles behind making a good map yourself? GIS
has changed map making from a time honored handmade labor, to mass
producing large, data filled maps in minutes.This all-day symposium
will introduce you to the basic principles of cartography (map
making), guidelines you can follow for nearly every map, and tips and
tricks for making your map fabulous. More details, including a draft
agenda, are available on the symposium website
Lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee ($35). If this
registration fee is difficult for you, please contact us for alternate
options. In an effort to reduce waste we will not be providing
individual bottled water this year. Please consider bringing a
reusable water bottle or other container for drinking water during the
symposium. We will also have cups available in case you forget. Thank
This year we will be reaching out to our participants to help us create the Conference T‐shirts in celebration for our joint conference and the 30th Anniversary of the Northwest GIS User Group. The 2015 Joint Conference Committee is now seeking a design for the 2015 Conference T‐shirt. The winning entry will have the choice of a $250 cash prize or a free conference registration.
Who: Members, Participants, and friends of International URISA, its local chapters, and the Northwest GIS User Group are invited to participate in the URISA GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference T-shirt Design contest.
What: Design entries of original artwork for the T-shirt Art Contest are to:
Where: Submit design entries to email@example.com with subject line containing the words “Conference Logo Submission” or via mail to Linda Davis, NWGIS/URISA Conference, IDWR, 322 East Front Street, Boise, Idaho 83720.
Why: Art work of all finalists will be displayed publicly in conjunction with the URISA GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference activities. Recognition may be given to the runner up designs.
Note: The winning artist gives the Joint Conference Committee the right to use the winning artwork for projects promoting the URISA GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference. The artist must grant URISA and/or their Chapters and NWGIS the right to use the submitted image in whatever way he/she might feel suitable for the purposes of publication and broadcast. Artist must waive all rights over the image and understand that it might be cropped, altered or modified for said purpose. Artist gives permission for use, re-use, publish or re-publish in whole or in part, in any medium.
Background Information: URISA is the leader in connecting people and resources for the geospatial community. A multi‐disciplinary geospatial organization, URISA provides education and training, a vibrant and connected community, advocacy for geospatial challenges and issues, and essential resources. Since 1963, URISA members and friends from around the world have convened annually to learn about, share and discuss all things geospatial. The Northwest GIS User Group, Inc. is a non‐profit organization that provides a forum for training, exchange of knowledge, techniques, and data among the users of GIS software and related GIS products and services. The Northwest GIS User Group provides a yearly conference in the fall where people from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and beyond present and exchange information. These well‐known national and regional organizations, along with local URISA chapters (Northern Rockies and Washington), are coming together for the first time ever in Spokane, WA for the URISA GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference - Geography at the Nexus of Collaboration - at the Grand Hotel in Spokane, WA.
Call for Volunteers!!
Are you a student of GIS, cartography, geography or related combination (including GIS certificate)? Want to earn conference discounts and freebies? Good news! Volunteer perks are available on a first-come, first-served basis for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 4-6 at the Vancouver, WA Hilton. There’s also a work party on Sun, May 3 from 3-5 at the Vancouver Hilton.
Volunteer at least four (4) hours and choose:
1) FREE, same-day conference sessions (no registration required)
2) A discount off already-low student rates for the entire conference (special registration)
Help make GIS in Action 2015 an awesome event! Contact the Student Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Blackmore for details, firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks!
Details about the competition and how to enter are on the Poster Contest tab on the GIS in Action website.The deadline to enter is April 29th.
Check http://gisinaction.org/ for details. Also, follow OrURISA on Twitter; and by OrURISA’s Young Professionals on Twitter and LinkedIn. The hashtag for this year’s conference is #GISinAction.
The 2015 GIS in Action Conference Committee is hard at work planning for this year’s joint conference, May 4 – 6 at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel and Conference Center in Vancouver, WA. We would like to share the following conference news with you.
Reminder - Abstracts for the 2015 program are currently being accepted. This is your chance to be a part of the program, receive a $60 conference discount and earn professional certification credits.
Click here for the Call for Abstracts. All abstracts are due February 9th.
The Washington and Oregon chapters of URISA and the Columbia River Region of the ASPRS invite you to submit a proposal to conduct a workshop for the GIS in Action 2015.
We are seeking instructors to give educational presentations and workshops on a wide range of GIS topics. All submissions are welcome and will be evaluated as a potential workshop focus. All submissions are due by February 10th.
Please see the Call for Workshop Proposals for further details. Or email questions toWorkshops@waurisa.org.
Richard “Dick” Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition & Award
WAURISA announces the 9th annual Richard "Dick" Thomas Award. This award was established to honor Washington State GIS pioneer and mentor Richard ‘Dick’ Thomas, who passed away in 2006. The intent of this award is to honor Dick by continuing his work of encouraging students to excel in their studies and to transition successfully into careers in the field of GIS.
Please see the Complete Guidelines and Competition FAQs for more information on how to enter the competition.
The Summit Award
The Summit Award is presented during the annual Washington GIS Conference for highest contributions by an individual to the Washington State GIS Community. WAURISA is now accepting nominations for The Summit Award. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 20, 2015.
Please visit The Summit Award Nomination page to review the criteria and make a nomination.
More information is coming soon for vendors, registration, the poster contest, and social events. Be sure to check out the GIS in Action website.
Registration for GIS in Action will open soon.