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2018 - It's a Wrap (Almost!)

The Northern California Chapter of URISA’s annual meeting was held on November 9 at the Old Soul Coffeehouse in downtown Sacramento. It’s always great to meet up and reminisce with longtime chapter members while meeting the energetic newcomers and this year’s event had plenty of both. Outgoing chapter president Christina Boggs-Chavira announced that Norcal URISA has signed on to the new OneURISA membership model, an initiative that has been in the works over the past fifteen years. OneURISA is integral to the strategic vision of URISA in creating a unified organization and membership model, uniting/aligning the International Organization with the chapters and expanding the resources, capabilities and opportunities for our members at global, regional and local level.  It is designed to provide many benefits to individual members, chapters and URISA International.  A key feature of the OneURISA model is that it empowers all our members, chapter members and International members alike, by making them part of the same organization. This means we have some work to do over the next year as we transition to OneURISA. For 2019, membership to the NorCal chapter and to URISA International will remain separate, and on that note, please remember to renew your membership for 2019 – or become a member for the first time! You can do this online at
Also at the annual meeting, we adopted the slate of officers and board of directors for 2019:
President – Lane Simmons Penn  (120 West Ventures)
President-Elect – Jason Latoski  (Esri)
Treasurer – Maria Clay (California Employment Development Department)
Secretary – Marcus Harner (County of Shasta GIS)
Board Members at Large:  Tyler Friesen (Dudek), Chuan Shin Chong (Formation Environmental), Christina Brunsvold (California Energy Commission), and Bryan Ferri (KSN Engineering)
Christina Boggs-Chavira will serve on the Board as Past-President, and Jane Schafer-Kramer will assist the chapter as Communications Chair. (They work for the California Department of Water Resources.)
Thanks to these folks for stepping up to lead the chapter!

We would like to take a moment to thank this year’s sponsors, Fehr and Peers, Dudek, and 120 West Ventures along with all of the employers of our board who allow their employees to support the GIS Community at large, and all of our board members who take time from their busy schedules to serve.

CalGIS 2019 - Call for Presentation Proposals is Out!
Now in its 25th year, CalGIS  draws GIS practitioners who present on a broad array of subject areas, and it provides a friendly and supportive audience for novice presenters.  Each one of you who are reading this should submit a presentation proposal. Seriously!

Carrie Carsell, who served as our Chapter President in 2017, is the Conference Chair, and Jane Schafer-Kramer, also a past chapter president, is serving as the Program Chair.

The agenda is developed by reviewing submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The 2019 Planning Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, mini-workshops, and panel discussions.
We've included a list of suggested topics below to generate ideas. We welcome topics of interest at all levels, from beginner to expert.  All proposals received will be reviewed and considered for the program.
Suggested Presentation Topics:

Transportation GIS including transit, bicycle and pedestrian, safety, autonomous vehicles, multi-modal safety and vision zero, transportation network companies
Open Source Development
Geospatial Technology for Agriculture, including Cannabis
GIS for Environmental and Social Justice
GIS Leadership, Management, and Human Resources
Geospatial Data Standards, Governance, and Curation
GIS for Research
GIS for Emergency and Incident Response
GIS Supporting Health & Human Services
GIS for Water Planning, Management & Sustainability
Data Sharing & Web Development
Solutions for Small Jurisdictions
Next Generation 911
Mobile & Cloud Solutions
Data Collection and Safety in the Field
Innovations/Outside the Box Applications
Artificial Intelligence/Big Data in GIS
Imagery: Use of UAVs/Drones
The Geography part of GIS
And Everything else ...

Presentation Format:
Single presentation—individual presentation that will be scheduled on its own. Each presenter is allotted approximately 25 minutes, including questions from the attendees.
Complete session—Comprised of one subject covered by one or more presenters. The expectation is that the depth and complexity of the issue merits the longer time. A complete session is 90 minutes in length.
Panel discussion —A panel is a 60-90 minute presentation which encourages interaction and discussion between the panelists and the audience. Panel presentations should include at least three panelists all speaking on aspects of a particular topic.
Mini-workshop—A 90-minute seminar, forum, or tutorial presented by an individual or small team on a particular topic. Topics could range from a technical “how-to” to policy and governance.
Presentation Proposal Submission Deadline: January 9, 2019
Questions? Please send them to
But 2018 isn't over yet...
‘Tis the Season of Giving; why not give a gift of your time for humanitarian mapping?

Join us for a Happy Mappy Hour working on a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team disaster response project  . Bring a laptop or tablet to the Weatherstone Coffeehouse at 812 21st St, Sacramento, starting at 5:30 p.m. on December 19.
No special software is needed as the work is done in a web browser, and no experience is necessary. Questions may be directed to
Come on - it will be fun! Bring a friend. See you there.

Be sure to check our social media posts on Facebook (Northern California Chapter of URISA) and Twitter @norcalurisa for job and event announcements and other GIS news.
The Board and Officers of NorCal URISA wish you a happy and productive 2019!

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