Des Plaines, IL, July 25, 2012 - URISA has launched a new initiative to develop a GIS Management Institute. Greg Babinski, URISA president, made the announcement during a presentation at the 2012 Esri User Conference in San Diego. The GIS Management Institute (GMI) will develop resources and services that focus on promoting the advancement of professional best practices and standards for the management of GIS operations.
The GIS Management Institute will build upon resources
that URISA has already developed, including the GIS Capability Maturity
Model, the Geospatial Management Competency Model, the Exemplary Systems in
Government (ESIG) Awards, the URISA Leadership Academy, and others.
A key component of the GIS Management Institute will be the development of the
GIS Management Body of Knowledge (GMBOK).
The GIS Management Body of Knowledge will be the central
unifying element of the Institute. It will be used to refine the GIS
Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) and the Geospatial Management Competency
Model (GMCM). The GMBOK will be a collection of peer-reviewed best
practices and standards that can inform geospatial managers and operations in
order to improve the effectiveness of their use of geospatial technology.
The GMI will develop programs based on the GMBOK
to accredit the capability and maturity of GIS operations against the
GISCMM. It will also develop a program to accredit GIS management
educational programs against the GMBOK and GMCM. URISA has
agreed to work in cooperation with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to
advance the future certification of GIS managers.
Babinski explained the motivation behind the
development of the GIS Management Institute: “The management of enterprise GIS
operations requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly set it apart
from other management domains. GIS operations today are highly complex, critical
for effective agency services, and have been proven to deliver tremendous
financial benefits.” He further noted that, “Central to the GMI, is the theory
that as GIS operational maturity improves, ROI (return on investment) from
The GIS Management Institute will be managed by
URISA. For more information, visitwww.urisa.org.
URISA Launches GIS Management Initiative
July 25, 2012