During the past year, URISA has placed a vital significance on updating past workshops and has introduced several new workshops for presentation at its annual conference taking place October 9-12 in Kansas City, Missouri.

From Field Automation Options for Local Government to Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security, spatial information professionals are certain to find a URISA workshop to meet their current professional needs. The following workshops will be presented:

NEW - Field Force Automation and mGovernment Instructors: Richard Goodden, Innovateq, Silver Spring, MD

As mobile computing technologies continue to improve, many State and local governments are employing them to improve operations and provide better services to the public. Two rapidly growing application areas for mobile computing include field force automation and mGovernment. Field force automation refers to the use of mobile technologies to assist field workers such as maintenance crews and inspectors in the completion of their tasks. mGovernment is an extension of eGovernment that uses wireless networks to reach out to a public that is increasingly accessible through sophisticated mobile phones and PDA's. This workshop is designed to provide local government managers with practical guidelines for building effective field force automation and mGovernment programs.

NEW - 3D Geospatial: Project Implementation Methods and Best Practices Instructors: Tim Case, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Portsmouth, NH

The convergence of new technologies and business requirements is fostering a new wave of 3D geospatial applications that allow users to access virtual built environments. Urban governments are using complex 3D data and visualization tools to support emergency preparedness, urban planning, and many other business practices. This course introduces the data, systems, and processes to be considered when implementing 3D applications. Using structured project management methodology and extensive case studies, attendees will learn how to navigate the dizzying array of options and prepare for a sustainable 3D geospatial practice.

GIS Program Management Instructors: Michael Lovett, CDM Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, Maitland, FL Kauser Razvi, Strategic Urban Solutions, Cleveland, OH

Today, most government organizations have some type of GIS programs in place. They vary from being in their early stages, to rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to completely being changed as new technologies and applications emerge. This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program. It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS. The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors. A variety of real world examples will be presented showing a range of GIS programs and their implementations. This workshop presents an overview of successful and unsuccessful techniques for implementing GIS.

Public Data Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy Instructors: Ed Wells, GISP, DC Office of the CTO, Washington, DC Mary Tsui, Land Systems Group, Monterey, CA

As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between citizen expectations of confidentiality, access to public records as a foundation of a free society, and protection of public security. What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws? Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data? What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns? What about liability for data errors? This workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame.

Introduction to Digital Imagery and Remote Sensing: What You Can Do With It Instructors: Rick Jones, Space Imaging, Portland, OR

This workshop is directed at local, state, and regional governmental organizations that are interested in looking at digital imagery as a new approach to obtaining information about their land. The workshop will be divided into three succinct sections: (a) defining and choosing the right imagery for your application, (b) methods and approaches of remote sensing, and (c) applications of these datasets.

eGovernment - Planning, Policy and the Portal (WK-6) Instructors: Jury Konga, GISP, Town of Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada Kathy Covert, Federal Geographic Data Committee, Herndon, VA

eGovernment initiatives are expanding exponentially in all levels of public service. This workshop is a must to understand the full scope of what eGovernment is and to assess the role that technologies such as GIS need to play. The workshop will focus on planning towards implementing enterprise eGovernment services, policy considerations, and the various elements that go into the eGovernment portal as the key electronic service delivery mechanism.

Addresses and IS/GIS Implementation: Key to GIS Success Instructors: Martha Lombard, GISP, Spatial Focus Inc, Birmingham, AL Hilary Perkins, GISP, Jacobs Civil, St Louis, MO

Street addresses are the key, user-friendly geospatial identifier used by everyone, but addressing processes are usually poorly organized at the local level. This workshop will help you understand the addressing process, managing address data, organizational challenges. It will guide you in developing a Master Address Repository that serves the needs of the entire organization.

NEW - An Overview of Open Source GIS Software Instructors: Juna Papajorgji, GISP, Alachua County, Gainesville, FL Sara Yurman, Spatial Focus Inc, Decatur, GA

Free and open source software (FOSS) has been offering choices to computer users for a number of years. Over the past few years the open source choices in GIS have been broader and more capable than ever before. This workshop will focus on GIS open source software. It will give an overview of current developments from technical and management perspectives. Selected packages and their applications in various projects will be demonstrated and discussed.

Best Practices for Developing Geographic Information Models Instructors: Douglas Adams, Baltimore County, Towson, MD David Arctur, ESRI, Austin, TX

Even with decades of experience, effective design of a GIS database remains a combination of art and science. This workshop shows how you can build on your existing data and skills to take advantage of the latest generation of GIS tools and practices for database design. Exercises include developing use cases, conceptual and logical data models, and applying object-oriented design patterns for commonly used GIS database structures.

GIS Enterprise Architecture & System Integration Instructors: William Mumbleau, Rancho Cucamonga, CA David Peters, ESRI, Redlands, CA

The objective of this workshop is to examine both GIS enterprise architecture and the integration between various systems (GIS included) in an organization. Workshop instructors will examine the past, current, and future of GIS within an enterprise context, and apply the experience, discipline, and future direction of the Information Systems (IS) profession to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This workshop will provide GIS professionals with an understanding of some of the complex technical and specific technical management issues that must be addressed when developing a corporate GIS.

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation Instructors: Jason Amadori, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, FL Gary Outlaw, Merrick & Company, Aurora, CO

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.

Utilizing Geospatial Metadata as a Data and Project Management Resource (Not a URISA Certified Workshop) Instructors: Lynda Wayne, GISP, GeoMaxim, Asheville, NC Sharon Shin, Federal Geographic Data Committee, Reston, VA

The production of geospatial metadata is now established as a GIS best practice. However, few organizations utilize metadata to support functions beyond data distribution and archive. Robust, quality metadata can serve a critical role in GIS data and project management. Complete, robust data documentation is increasingly used to manage in-house data resources, assess the utility of available data resources, instill data accountability, establish data liability, monitor project status, evaluate return on geospatial data investments, and provide a common language for data deliverables and data assessment.

To fully realize this potential, metadata must be: produced in compliance with international standards; fully integrated into the geospatial data lifecycle; and contain key content for specific elements. Metadata utilities provided within current GIS software systems facilitate the realization of metadata as an internal data and project management resource and greatly expand opportunities for more fully utilizing this "˜data about data'. Organizations willing to incorporate these measures into their GIS practice will realize greater return on their geospatial metadata investment.

Internet GIS: State of the Art Instructors: Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Zhong-Ren Peng, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

The objective of this hands-on workshop is to offer an introduction to theory, technology and applications of Internet geographic information systems (Internet GIS). This workshop will focus on the understanding of the fundamentals of Internet GIS, the assessment of different Internet GIS technologies including the pros and cons of each, and the applications of Internet GIS. The workshop includes hands-on exercises.

URISA offers the most diverse educational program of any conference targeted to spatial information professionals working in state/provincial, regional, and local governments. Attendance at one full-day workshop is included with full conference registration. Program tracks will focus on diverse issues from community and economic development to tax assessment to transportation planning. Visit the URISA website, www.urisa.org, for complete session descriptions, presenter information and more. The URISA conference includes 13 full-day pre-conference workshops, nearly 60 ninety-minute educational sessions, an inspiring keynote, a comprehensive exhibit hall, networking events, and about 200 presenters.

Source: URISA, Aug. 25, 2005