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Welcome to URISA’s GIS-Pro 2020 — A special virtual edition for challenging times.
We invite you to review the agenda, block your calendar, and join us virtually for URISA’s 58th Annual Conference. Our community has always been resilient and eager to help each other through a crisis. Be engaged. Ask questions. Explore solutions. Make the most of this opportunity. Be safe.

Workshops will be presented ’live’ on September 23 & 24 and after GIS-Pro on October 6 & 7. Attendance at one workshop is included with full registration.

Note that all times in this online agenda are presented in CENTRAL Time (URISA’s office is in Chicago).

You must be registered to access the online platform (which is not this Sched agenda). 

Main conference site: www.gis-pro.org 
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Tuesday, October 6 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Building Community Using Geospatial Tools

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Building Community Using Geospatial Tools
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 9:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Instructor: Judy Colby-George, GISP, Principal, Spatial Alternatives Inc., Yarmouth, ME 

As spatial data becomes readily available; many organizations and community groups are taking GIS out of the back room and are using it in public settings. Using GIS technology to engage various “publics” in decision making requires more than traditional technical GIS skills.

This course focuses on the process of entering into this type of engagement. It will review current tools and technologies used to engage the public as well as methods for engagement. Using real-world examples, the course will explore both government and community-led projects that encourage citizen participation and engagement. These methods will be applicable to governmental, non-profit, and community organizations. Special attention will be given to the responsibility of the GIS professional to engage the widest possible audience.

Specific topics include:
  • Use of Geospatial Tools to Enhance Community Organizing and Engagement
  • Innovative Use of Technologies and Visual Communication
  • Developing processes that reach a diverse audience
Learning Objectives: Participants should come away from the class with a broad understanding of the key concepts and project design objectives related to PPGIS. Participants will come away with knowledge of how to incorporate various aspects of geospatial technology into participatory projects.

Intended Audience: Individuals who have GIS experience and want to expand their skills to reach out and engage the public. Participants should be well versed in GIS general practices and analysis.

Requirements: Individuals will not need any specific equipment; but since this is a class about participation, participants should be prepared to participate. 

avatar for Xan Fredericks, GISP

Xan Fredericks, GISP

National Map Liaison, U.S. Geological Survey
Xan Fredericks is the USGS National Map Liaison to Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. She is the Chair of the USGS Lidar User Group, a member of the USGS Geospatial Information Response Team, and a GISCI-certified GIS Professional. Xan works to help people... Read More →

avatar for Judy Colby-George, GISP

Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy is the owner of Viewshed, which is made up of Spatial Alternatives, GIS Consulting and tjd&a, Landscape Architects and Planners.  She has worked with municipal governments, regional planning agencies, and state governments in New England for over 25 years.  Judy has extensive... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm CDT