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  • 05/04/2021 5:27 PM | Jeremy Conner (Administrator)

    It is with mixed emotions we announce the GIS Association of Alabama membership has voted to disaffiliate from URISA, with 26 of 39 votes for disaffiliation. With this change, we will remain the GIS Association of Alabama (GISAA). Disaffiliation will not impact your current membership. If you are currently a member of GISAA, you will remain a member of GISAA. Likewise, there will be no change in URISA membership if you are currently a member.

    Change in affiliation with URISA will not change our mission to be an impactful organization to our community. GISAA will continue to strive to be the premier association of GIS professionals and students.

    The disaffiliation process is not immediate and will take place over the next several months. The Board of Directors will work with URISA as we move through this process. We have maintained a close relationship with URISA over the years and wish them the best as we part ways. We support and encourage members who wish to participate with URISA, to continue to do so.

    We would like to thank our membership for voicing their concerns throughout this process and casting their ballot on the matter.  We are excited to be moving forward as an independent organization and anticipate this change will allow GISAA to be more impactful within the community. We are looking forward to continued service to our membership. 


    If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us on Slack or email info@gisaa.org.
  • 03/15/2021 3:32 PM | Alex Lopez-Rogina (Administrator)

    On March 12, 2021 URISA International sent out an email update about the OneURISA initiative. The email is included below. Be sure to attend the Future of GISAA Meeting on Wednesday, April 21 at 11:00 am. Voting will be available to current GISAA members for one week after the meeting. Being a URISA International member does not make you a GISAA member (read below for more on that) so be sure your GISAA membership is current if you want your voice heard!

    Dear URISA Member,

    I want to take this opportunity to update you on the OneURISA initiative as we approach the June 1, 2021 deadline for chapters to sign the Chapter Charter Agreement and begin the process of becoming a fully chartered chapter. For those new to URISA International (URISA) who may not be familiar with OneURISA, allow me to provide a summary:

    Chapters have always been integral to URISA and serve an important function at the local level. They are closer to local issues and often serve as the starting point for members interested in getting more involved in their professional community through URISA. Over time, chapter membership became separate from URISA International membership, making the definition of URISA membership confusing. For example, it is common for chapter members to register to attend a URISA educational event believing member discounts applied to them when in fact, they were not a URISA member, but only a member of their local chapter.

    Professional organizations are typically structured such that when an individual joins, they become a member of both the parent organization and their local chapter. Dues paid to the organization support services and benefits at both levels. The parent organization helps to support chapter programs and events, collaborating with local volunteer leaders. Working together provides for a coordinated, exponential increase in the organization's ability to share knowledge, education, and best practices and have a positive impact on the profession.

    After a lengthy discussion between chapter leaders and the URISA Board, the OneURISA initiative was announced in 2018. Existing and any new chapters are required to sign a Charter Agreement (previously an Affiliation Agreement) and meet several conditions, primarily that chapter membership is tied to membership in URISA. It is important to note this requirement does not prevent nonmembers from participating in chapter activities.

    Under the unified membership model, when you join or renew your URISA membership you automatically become a chapter member if one exists in your geographic area. If there is not a local chapter, let’s talk about starting one!

    The following list indicates the current status of U.S. Chapters.
    [Note: International Chapters will undergo a separate implementation process following the U.S. Chapters].

    Currently Chartered U.S. Chapters:

    California URISA
    Louisiana URISA
    New England URISA
    Northern Rockies URISA
    Rocky Mountain URISA

    U.S. Chapters in the chartering process:

    Chesapeake URISA
    Mid-Atlantic URISA
    Ohio URISA
    Texas URISA

    U.S. Chapters inquiring about the charter process:

    Alabama URISA
    Carolina URISA
    Florida URISA
    Oregon URISA
    Washington URISA

    U.S. Chapters currently not planning to charter:

    Georgia URISA
    BayGeo URISA

    Currently, inactive U.S. Chapters set for automatic disaffiliation:

    Alaska URISA
    Central Appalachian URISA
    Chicagoland URISA

    As stated above, existing chapters have until June 1, 2021, to formally indicate their decision to charter as a chapter of URISA. Those that choose to charter with URISA will continue to maintain URISA chapter status. Those that choose to go a separate way, will no longer be associated with URISA as a chapter. You can find out more about the charter process at www.urisa.org/chapters/oneurisa/

    We encourage you to investigate the status and plans for the chapter in your area and contact your current chapter leadership with your opinions on the unified membership model. Your membership in URISA is a statement of your commitment to the GIS profession and the vision and mission of our professional association.

    Thank you for your dedication,

    Kevin Mickey, President
    URISA
    president@urisa.org


  • 02/27/2021 8:41 AM | Jeremy Conner (Administrator)

    Each year, URISA recognizes a Chapter that has excelled in serving its membership and/or sponsoring effective activities. Great work and congratulations to the 2020 Board of Directors and all members of the Association on receiving the award!

    We encourage you to read more about the service GISAA has strived to provide during the past year: https://www.urisa.org/chapters/

    To see all past recipients and to learn more about the award criteria click here.

  • 12/16/2020 9:51 AM | Alex Lopez-Rogina (Administrator)

    The 2021 Board members met virtually for the annual Transition Meeting on December 15. It was a great meeting for passing along knowledge and setting goals for the new year.

    No election was held for the 2021 GISAA Board of Directors due to all seats being unopposed. The following Board has officially taken office:

     Position  Name Region of Residence
     President  Bryan Price  Central
     Vice President  Jeremy Conner  Central
     Past President  Alex Lopez-Rogina  North
     Treasurer  Jeannette Byrd   Central
     Secretary  Alison Sepulveda   Central
     North Region Director  Keith Conville   North
     Central Region Director  Emily Roberts  Central
     Capital Region Director  Sarah Jones   Capital
     South Region Director  William O'Toole   South

    Congratulations to all of the incoming officers! We are looking forward to a productive and successful year!


  • 10/02/2020 11:25 AM | Alison Sepulveda (Administrator)

    News from GeoCue Group:  GeoCue Group, Inc. has launched GeoCue Australia PTY! GeoCue Group, Inc. is based in Madison, Alabama and has partnered with two Australian investors to form GeoCue Australia PTY.  This joint venture is aimed at providing customers in Australasia GeoCue’s Lidar and drone mapping solutions, as well as local support for users in the region.  To read more on this venture, you can access the news release here or for more information on GeoCue Group, Inc. and their products or services, you can visit: www.geocue.com. GISAA thanks GeoCue Group, Inc. for their continued support and sponsorship.

  • 08/06/2020 12:18 PM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    Census Webinar - OnTheMap: The Road to Employment Dynamics

    This workshop is designed for data users who want to research local workforce and employment trends. During this training you will learn about the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) and Local Employment Dynamics (LED) programs from Eric Coyle, Data Dissemination Specialist. 

    Join Us

    This webinar will focus on and teach attendees how to use the LEHD's OnTheMap tool, which is a web-based mapping and reporting application that shows where workers are employed and where they live. It also provides companion reports on age, earnings, industry distributions, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and sex.

    Date: August 11

    Time: 11:00 a.m. ET

    Dial In: 888-566-5902

    Passcode: 6863273

    Link: Log In Details


  • 06/26/2020 8:22 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    Making Sense of COVID-19 Data through Geospatial Technology: Part 3 of the Johns Hopkins University “Mapping the Monster” series related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 1:00 PM CDT.

    In Part 3, speakers will give a state and county level perspective of data and geospatial visualization. How was the COVID-19 data used to determine State and local decisions? Participation in prior webinars in not necessary. 

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mapping-a-monster-part-3-tickets-104657679938?aff=Part2


  • 06/15/2020 8:27 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    From DATAMARK and the GIS Association of Alabama: The recent webinar, "Solving the GIS Puzzle in NG9-1-1," is now available online.

    Questions: info@datamarkgis.com

    Please follow this link to access the recordings of the virtual webinar.

  • 06/04/2020 7:53 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EST)
    Dial-in: 1-888-790-3521
    Participant Passcode:
     3521459
    Presenter:
     Earlene Dowell, Program Analyst, Economic Management Division/Data User and Trade Outreach Branch, U.S. Census Bureau

    Register: https://census.webex.com/census/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed0bc4249e31ea64d9e2c99a7a4966716

  • 05/13/2020 9:38 AM | Jeannette Byrd (Administrator)

    NOAA Webinar: State Plane 2022 - The Shape of Things to Come

    June 11, 2020  |  2-3 pm, Eastern Daylight Time

    Dr. Michael Dennis, National Geodetic Survey

    The State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS) of tomorrow is taking shape. March 31, 2020 was the deadline for submitting requests and proposals for SPCS2022 zones. Requests are for designs by NGS, and proposals are for designs by state stakeholders. Inquiries were also received for “special use” zones with coverage areas in more than one state.

    This presentation shows how stakeholder input affects the number, distribution, and performance of SPCS2022 zones. Although there will be more zones than earlier versions of SPCS, that will vary greatly by state, with some having only one zone and others having many zones (including low-distortion projections). This variability shows how SPCS2022 will help meet the diverse needs of the geospatial communities in different states.

    Intermediate Technical Content Rating: Some knowledge of this topic is helpful.

    REGISTER


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