Welcome to URISA Alberta
The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
URISA Alberta Chapter Goals
- Promote the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related Information Systems within Alberta;
- Represent the users of GIS among:
- Governments and agencies;
- Provincial, national and international associations;
- Professional orders;
- Public service companies;
- Universities and colleges;
- Exchange knowledge and expertise to enhance the development of GIS;
- Promote the development and publication of standards and methodologies;
- Enhance research and development in GIS and related Information Systems.
What: Create an application, website or map that will provide an innovative and worth while solution for Albertans, Alberta communities, and/or Alberta Industry.
Open Data for download: Alberta Data Partnerships Ltd. (www.openareas.ca) and Calgary Regional Partnership Open Data (www.calgaryregionopendata.ca). Datasets are freely available and you can begin using them NOW to start creating your innovative solution.
Who: Teams of 2 – 6 participants. Don’t have a team? We’ve created a sub list on REDDIT called GeoAlbertaHackathon.
How: Register your team through the GeoAlberta Conference registration page(www.geoalberta.com/registration).
Cost: The cost is $200/person with the first 40 registrants receiving a $50 discount! Entry fee includes:
Prizes: Teams will get to showcase their work and compete for a Grand Prize of at least $3000 for “Best Overall Solution” as well as 3 prizes of $1000 based on specific challenges provided in the last 2 weeks of February.
When: NOW! Both the Alberta Data Partnerships ‘Open Data Areas’ and the Calgary Regional Partnership Open Data catalogue are freely available and accessible. Your project work can begin today.
Project completion, presentations, judging and prize announcements will take place over the conference dates (March 21 and 22) at the Hyatt Regency.
Five Days of Targeted GIS Leadership Training…
Taught by GIS Leaders
URISA is pleased to announce the 2017 URISA Leadership Academy,
April 3-7, 2017, San Diego, California
July 24-28, Providence, Rhode Island
Respected business consultant and author Peter Drucker (1909-2005) once stated that
“management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Learn from the best minds in GIS and take your skills to the next level by attending the URISA Leadership Academy (ULA) (or demonstrate your support for the emerging GIS leaders on your staff and support their attendance!).
The five-day professional development program, the only leadership training of its type, is tailored to those faced with the unique challenges of GIS leadership and management and who want to make an impact leveraging the power of GIS. The ULA is suited to all experience levels and work situations, from government and nonprofit to the private sector and academia.
Attendance is limited to facilitate networking and discussion. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis… so don’t delay. (Note that team, GISP and member discounts are available.)
ULA graduates have overwhelmingly offered their support for the program and encourage your participation:
“I felt that the ULA truly authenticated the change in mentality from being a general worker to a true geospatial professional, or leader. It really boosted a change in attitude for me.” – Craig Barraclough, GISP, Park County (CO) GIS (ULA 2008 – Chicago, Illinois)
“For me, the URISA Leadership Academy (ULA) really brought to the forefront the need for, and importance of, a champion for geospatial technologies in almost any organization. The experienced instructors really demonstrated how to be that champion, with the steps for success, and the pitfalls along the way. From the excellent team-building exercises, to the “elevator” speeches, the ULA showed that the only place in line for geospatial professionals is the front.” – Jamie Leitch, GISP, City of Welland, Ontario (ULA 2012 – Savannah, Georgia)
“I would highly recommend the ULA event; it helped to broaden my organizational awareness and perspective regarding leadership roles within a GIS context… After almost a year I still find myself referencing the material and my course notes. The ULA team-based exercises allowed participants to learn from each other, to analyze their own issues and challenges, and to thoroughly explore leadership strategies throughout the five day event.” – Laura Holmes B.Sc., GISP, GIS Lead – Associate, TERA Environmental Consultants, Calgary, Alberta (ULA 2012 – Savannah, Georgia)
Come to the ULA to Develop Strong GIS Leadership Skills – Learn key GIS leadership and management techniques; discuss successful team development, organizational capacity building, program investment and justification; learn strategies for addressing GIS politics, change management, situation assessment, and problem solving. Courses are taught by proven leaders in the profession.
For complete ULA details, registration and sponsorship information, visit http://www.urisa.org
and click on the Events menu.