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Webinars, Workshops, and Publications

URISA Has Educational Resources for GIS Professionals

In addition to URISA's many conferences throughout the year, the association also offers a number of other resources to support its members and the GIS community.

order The GIS Management Handbook coverURISA offers a webinar at least once per month with topics ranging from Addressing Standards to Public Participation GIS to Measuring the Benefits of GIS.

Many organizations have discovered that it is more economical to bring URISA Certified Workshops to their staff than sending their staff to conferences where the workshops are being presented. For the price of two conference registration fees, an organization can license a URISA workshop taught by a certified instructor. Entire departments can take advantage of URISA's peer-reviewed, full-day courses without spending valuable time away from the office.

There is still time to register for URISA's Leadership Academy (ULA) being presented in Seattle, Washington, December 711, 2009. ULA is five days of targeted GIS leadership training, taught by GIS leaders. There have been nearly 140 graduates of the program so far. Plan to add your name to the list this December!

The GIS Management Handbook

Another valuable resource that is proving to be popular among GIS professionals is The GIS Management Handbook, offered in association with Kessey Dewitt Publications. The handbook covers the concepts, practices, and tools for planning, implementing, and managing geographic information system projects and programs. It is a comprehensive guide and reference for new and seasoned GIS managers, GIS staff, IT management, researchers, students, and companies providing products and services to the GIS community. The handbook was authored by Peter Croswell, an internationally recognized GIS practitioner, manager, and consultant. Reviews include the following:

  • "The GIS Management Handbook is the first book I have read that comprehensively covers all the tools GIS managers need to have in their toolbox. Beginners and seasoned GIS managers alike can learn something from this book."—Stuart Davis, assistant chief operating officer for the State of Ohio Office of Information Technology and past president of the National States Geographic Information Council
  • "This book fills a void and is long overdue."—Jury Konga, manager of GIS Services, Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

To Order

To order online and access details about book content, visit $110, 330 pp. (ISBN13: 978-0-9824093-0-5)

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