Friday, May 30, 2008

Running Out of Time

So? What did you come up with?

What? Nothing?!


There is a $100 gift certificate up for grabs and you haven't come up with even one good, fun, catchy or inventive name for the SoCal URISA newsletter?

Time is running out.

The deadline is June 20th.


Send your ideas today - get them in to Melisa right away.

Friday, May 9, 2008

GISCorps Myanmar support - help needed now

Date: May 9, 2008

Project Title: Compiling Infrastructure damage data (buildings, ports, bridges) in Cyclone Margins affected areas in Myanmar in Google Earth (GE) environment

Number of Volunteers: 20

Volunteers for this project must:

1. Have experience working in Google Earth environment; able to create various features in GE environment

2. Basic knowledge in Geo-coding and database manipulation

3. Able to spend +/-8 hours per day on the project during the next 5-7 days.

4. This position does NOT require traveling and is conducted remotely. You will be using your own computer for this project and communicating with UNOSAT Project Manager via email and FTP.

If you are interested and available, please send an email to: as soon as possible and no later than Monday May 12th. If any changes have been made to your resume since you signed up with GISCorps, attach an updated version to your email. Most importantly, please only respond if you can work +/- 8 hours per day on this project during the next 5-7 days starting May 12th.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

California Endorses GISCI Certification

Written by GISCI

Thursday, 01 May 2008
Park Ridge, IL - The California GIS Council (CGC), the primary geographic information systems coordinating council for the state, has formally endorsed the GIS Certification Institute's (GISCI) certification program for GIS professionals.

California has joined New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon and North Carolina as the five states to offer endorsements of the program.

"The California GIS Council recognizes and endorses concepts embodied in the certification program of the GIS Certification Institute," wrote CGC council member Michael Byrne, GISP. "The certification program of GISCI provides a firm basis for identifying requirements for those practicing the profession. The certification program and related programs provide a cadre of GIS professionals to develop and apply geospatial data to meet the needs of California."

Bruce Joffe, GISCI President, added, "We welcome California's endorsement.  As geodata usage and GIS services become more mainstream in government and industry, the identification of GIS professionals who are GISCI-certified becomes more valuable to both service receivers and employers, as well as to service providers."

The CGC is made up of representatives from local, regional, state and federal government agencies and the private sector. It was formed to coordinate the planning, implementation and maintenance of a California GIS infrastructure.  This includes strategic planning for systems, organizational structures. services, policy, standards, procedures, and other factors that affect the ability of member organizations to jointly develop or acquire, share and maintain spatial data adequate to their needs.

Currently, 122 certified GIS professionals (GISPs(r)) reside in the state of California. There are 2,125 GISPs(r) as of March 25, 2008. To download application materials or for more information regarding the GISCI certification program please visit or call (847) 824-7768.