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Monica Stephens, PhD to keynote the 2017 Washington GIS Conference, Tacoma, WA May 15 - 18!

Washington URISA invites you to join your fellow GIS professionals at the only statewide GIS conference in Washington State, at the 2017 Washington GIS Conference, May 15 - 18 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma. We are thrilled to welcome Monica Stephens, PhD, @geographiliac, as this year's keynote on Wednesday, May 17. Her keynote will discuss 'Layers of Social Change: Gender and Geographic Information'.

As the medium of the map has changed, the data and society reflected in the map have evolved. Geographic information is now almost ubiquitous in mobile phones and online repositories, but that information is not created equally. Some demographics have contributed more and the corpus of crowdsourced information (Wikipedia, Google, OpenStreetMap) is reflective of those perspectives. Many of the maps used in everyday life simultaneously maintain and reproduce race, class, and gender biases. This talk will discuss these social, spatial, and gender biases in geospatial data and how social change can happen online through democratic processes. It will also reflect on the role of municipal open data in social processes.

If you're not excited by the 2017 Washington GIS Conference already, then wait till you see the great presentations, panels, and socials we've got lined up! Keep track of your schedule using Sched, the online scheduler.

Nominations for the 2017 GIS Person of the Year are now being accept online on the Submit Award Nomination page. The Summit Award is given to the Washington State GIS Person of the Year. It is given annually at the Conference to a person who has contributed to the GIS Community in Washington State. Selection criteria can be found on the "Awards" page under GIS Person of the Year. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 10, 2017.

WAURISA invites you to enter your best poster, map, script, or mapping application at the 2017 Washington GIS Conference. Take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your work and inspire your peers and colleagues with your fascinating projects. The deadline for submissions is May 14, 2017

You are invited to the Women in GIS Breakfast at the 2017 Washington GIS Conference. WAURISA is pleased to announce that the 4th annual Women in GIS Breakfast will occur at Bite in the Hotel Murano on Wednesday, May 17 from 7:00 - 8:30 AM. Besides great food, this is an informal chance to network and make friends with other women in geospatial. This is a no host event and reservations are required. Attendance at the conference is not required. To reserve your seat, visit Sched or the Facebook Event.

Register now for 2 days of workshops and 2 days of conference. This year WAURISA is proud to have two full days of high caliber workshops. For a full list of this year's workshops and information on the special interest group meeting, check out the website.

Keep up to date with all the latest conference news by following WAURISA on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. The hashtag for this year's conference is #wagis17.


The Washington State Chapter of URISA ( exists for the purpose of recognizing, supporting and encouraging professional growth through continuing education, communication, technical development and service to its members and others in the field of geospatial and information technologies. It is a non-profit association of GIS professionals using geospatial technology to solve problems in state, regional and local government. WAURISA members are from many disciplines and are dedicated to advancing the effective application of GIS technology in decision making and streamlining government operations and services. Other areas in which our members use this technology for problem solving include planning, transportation, public works, the environment, emergency services and utilities.

6/18/2014 - URISA President's Letter to Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

The full letter on the proposed changes to (CR-102) WAC 196-29-105 that could affect GIS Professionals in Washington State can be viewed here.

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