June 2012 Message from your NEURISA President

25 Jun 2012 11:15 AM | Anonymous member
Greetings, NEURISA Community! I hope that you're having a great spring. We've had a great spring and I wanted to reach out to keep you informed about all that's going on.

At the top of our list is the NEURISA Annual One-Day Conference (aka NEURISA Day), which is just around the corner on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA. NEURISA Day is always a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, see some great presentations on the newest technologies and interact directly with some of New England's top Geospatial / IT service providers. This year's NEURISA Day will delve into the following topics: Mobile & Web Technology; What’s New in GIS / Spatial?; IT Trends (e.g. virtualization, cloud technology, open source); LiDAR. Would you be interested in providing a presentation on one of these topics? Submit an abstract today! Even if you are not planning to give a presentation, we hope to see you there. Registration for attendees and exhibitors is now open. Details are available at http://neurisa.org/events?eventId=4852877

We strive for NEURISA Day to be an event that is worth every minute of your time. This takes careful planning by some really talented people. We would love to have your help! Contact us today if you are interested in joining the NEURISA Day team, either for event planning or to help us on the day of the event.

We have had three very well attended events this spring, thanks to the involvement of people from all around New England. Two of these events were Ignite Spatial events hosted in the evening, allowing participants to take in some fast-paced presentations, network with peers and enjoy some refreshments without the usual pressure to get back to work.

Ignite Spatial Vermont 2012
The fifth Ignite event that NEURISA has sponsored was on April 16th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier VT. Close to 50 attendees turned out for Vermont's second ever Ignite Spatial event, which featured speakers from multiple disciplines as well as several students. Our thanks to Steve Sharp and Leslie Pelch at VCGI for putting together a stellar event. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors including Maponics, Esri, Green Mountain College and Middlebury College. Presentations are now available at http://www.vcgi.org/commres/?page=./events/event_archive/default_content.cfm#ignite

Ignite Spatial Providence
The sixth Ignite event that NEURISA has sponsored was at Brown University in Providence, RI on May 7th and it was another great success! Approximately 50 attendees turned out for Providence's first ever Ignite Spatial event, which featured a dozen speakers presenting on a wide range of spatial topics. Our thanks to Shane White of RIGIS for organizing a very well received event, to venue host Brown University and to event sponsors Applied Geographics, Mapping and Planning Services, & New England GeoSystems for making this event possible. Presentations and full event footage are now available at http://www.edc.uri.edu/RIGIS/about/usergroup/20120507/

Sharing Spatial Data in New England: Policies, Technology, and Trends
This webinar, presented on June 5th to an active audience of more than 60 participants, examined issues in spatial data sharing in New England. The event was the brainchild of Robert Goodspeed, author of "From Public Records to Open Government: Access to Massachusetts Municipal Geographic Data," published in the winter 2012 issue of Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Mr. Goodspeed presented his findings from the same study that produced the article, followed by a presentation by yours truly on how we share spatial data at the Town of Amherst. Our final presenter was Meghan McGaffin of the City of Milford, CT. Ms. McGaffin presented a very intriguing story about difficulties in obtaining data from utility companies in the wake of mass storm-induced outages throughout Connecticut in the autumn of 2011. This story had a very positive ending shortly after our webinar, as legislation was passed in Connecticut, requiring public utilies to share spatial data with the stakeholders who need the information in the wake of disasters. Presentations and full event footage are now available at http://neurisa.org/sharing2012

Wishing you a happy summer,

Michael Olkin
President, NEURISA

The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is the professional association of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners in New England. NEURISA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to advance the effective and appropriate use of GIS and related information technologies to solve challenges throughout the region.
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