Friday, December 12, 2008

URISA Webinar – December 17, 2008

URISA Webinar
December 17, 2008 – Strategic Planning for GIS

Presenter - Rebecca Somers, Somers St Claire GIS
Learn strategies for managing external and internal changes that impact GIS operations, resources and organizational support.

Date:    Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Time:    3:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Central / 1:00pm Mountain /12:00pm Pacific
Cost:    $20 per participant
Who:    Participation is limited to 40 attendees


Monday, December 1, 2008

Take Part and Help Plan CalGIS

The CalGIS planning group is in need of a few volunteers. Thank you for considering helping plan this conference. See note below for more details and a link to the volunteer form.


As we get ready for the April 2009 CalGIS conference in Sacramento it is time to assemble a group of talented and willing volunteers. It is through the work of these volunteers that makes CalGIS the success that it is.

You are receiving this e-mail because you are a volunteer, you want to volunteer or may know of someone who would make a great volunteer. This is a great opportunity to be a more involved member of the GIS community. Consider becoming a member at large.

We have several chair position still open:

  • Program Chair
  • Focus Session * this is a new one for this conference
  • Outreach/Media
  • Poster

Attached is a volunteer form which you can fill out electronically. Simply click on the ‘submit by email’ in the upper right corner of the form. Or mail directly to the Northern California Chapter of URISA’s post office box listed on the form.

Below is a brief description of the remaining chair positions:

Program – this person will be responsible for developing the sessions based on the theme selected by the chair or committee. For 2008, Kris has developed her own sub-committee of highly talented people to assist in getting people to submit abstracts in the various areas of interest: Agriculture, Education, Government, and Industry. We do allow other presentations but she and her committee review each abstract and decide on its relevance to the conference and GIS. This is a very important sub-committee chair and you will need someone that will motivated from the start.

Focus Session – this person will be responsible for coordinating focus sessions. They will work with the key persons who will hold the focus session and provide a progress report for each of the leads on the development of that particular session. This sub-chair will also be responsible for coordinating with the Program Chair

Media/Outreach – this is a somewhat new addition to the chairs for the conference. This person is responsible for posting the conference information on GIS or related web sites with event calendars. This person also works with the Marketing and Communications chair.

Poster – this person coordinates and organized the posters submitted for the conference and is responsible for their display. This person will work closely with the program chair, logistics person and conference manager