GIS-Pro 2013 has ended
GIS Pro 2013: URISA’s 51st Annual Conference for GIS Professionals.  The conference will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center which is connected directly by a skywalk to our Headquarters’ Hotel, the Omni Providence (previously the Westin Providence)  http://www.urisa.org/gispro2013

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Sunday, September 15


Board & Chapter Leader Reception
Board of Directors and Chapter Leaders' Reception

Sunday September 15, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Rotunda, 5th Floor


Geocache Poker Stroll

On Sunday, September 15, plan to meet old friends and make new ones as URISA presents the Geocache Poker Stroll. Clues and GPS coordinates to five notable establishments will be provided to you as you stroll along Downtown Providence’s scenic streets in teams. At each destination, beverages will be available for purchase if you so desire.  The rules are simple:

  1. Meet Sunday evening (7 PM – Omni Providence hotel lobby) to divide into teams and receive GPS units
  2. Begin by following the coordinates and the clues to reach your first destination.
  3. Once there, enjoy a beverage of your choice, if you wish, and collect your team’s envelope containing the first of five playing cards that will make up your winning hand in Poker. Do Not Open the Envelope.
  4. Receive your next clue and coordinates.
  5. Continue to the next destination until all five playing card envelopes are collected.
When all teams have completed their mission, each team’s envelopes will be opened to reveal the winning hand! 

Sunday September 15, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Omni Providence hotel lobby
Monday, September 16



Description: Think pictionary, but for maps! Teams will be formed to recreate a map, but access to the map is restricted.  The best recreated map (according to the audience) will win a prize!

Divide all participants into 4 groups(determine max number of people per group). Each group will be given a correct map and another image of the same map but distorted. Each group will be given 20 sec. to look at the first image and start trying to replicate the image as a group. Each group has the ability to look at the map, but each time the map will be flipped to the other image. So one turn they see the correct map and another time they see the distorted map. Between each viewing the participants will have to wait 7 minutes before they can look at the map again(we can determine a different time). The goal for each group is to recreate the image. Once the game has started those entering the event late will not be able to join in, but are rather automatically part of the audience used to judge this event. Each group will present their map to everyone else and then we will reveal that there were in fact two different maps that they were looking at. At the end there will be a raffle or we need to determine what it means for them to win. Should the winner be the group that recreates a map that matches one of the images presented or do we want the winner to be the group that draws the most distorted image combining components from both maps?

Monday September 16, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Registration Foyer


GISPro Ignite 2013

Lightning talks, frivolity, and education! Attend URISA’s GIS-Pro IGNITE session for fast-paced presentations, with some entertainment mixed in. You’ll be glad you did! Participants to include: 

  • A Short History of Disruption
    Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center, Seattle, WA
  • My Transect Data are in PDF Format!
    Rachel Shmookler, RPS - Applied Science Associates, Inc., South Kingstown, RI
  • Afraid of The Dark: Community Streetlight Inventory
     Justin Jobin, The Town of Jamestown, Jamestown, RI
  • GIS and System Integration for Small Organizations
    Michael Olkin, GISP, Town of Amherst, MA, Amherst, MA
  • Citizen Problem Reporting via Smart Phones
    David Holmes, Intergraph Corporation, Levittown, AL
  • Access Your Plans and Drawings in the Field: A Mobile Application for Department - Thomas Harrington, Jr., PhD, Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo), Boston, MA
  • What GIS People Need to Know About MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
    Adena Schutzberg, Directions Magazine,
    Somerville, MA
  • Maps and the Geospatial Revolution: Reflections on Teaching a MOOC on Mapping
    Anthony C. Robinson, Ph.D, Penn State University, College Park, PA
  • Community Maps
    Don Cooke, Esri, Redlands, CA
  • We Are Vanguard!
    Ryan Bowe, GISP, Photo Science, Nicholasville, GA, and Wendy Peloquin, Reynolds, Smith & Hills (RS&H), Atlanta, GA
  • The State of GIS in Rhode Island
    Shane White, State of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

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Donald Cooke

Esri, Redlands, CA
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Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+

Director Professional Development and Geospatial Education, The Polis Center @ IUPUI
I am the current URISA Professional Education Committee Chair as well as Chair of the Community Resilience Task Force. At the conclusion of GIS-Pro 2019 I will assume the role of URISA President-Elect.I have nearly three decades of experience supporting GIS-related projects for federal... Read More →
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Ryan Bowe, GISP

Photo Science
Ryan Elizabeth Bowe, GISP works for Photo Science in Lexington, Kentucky.  She has a passion for metadata and she has created tens of thousands of metadata files for geospatial datasets, some of which she acquired, edited, documented and delivered to clients.  Co-author of “Avoiding... Read More →
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Michael Olkin, GISP

GIS Administrator, Town of Amherst
Michael Olkin is the GIS Administrator with the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts.  Michael has worked in the Geographic Information Systems industry for 17 years, specializing in municipal GIS implementation, server GIS, database administration & all types of fun techie stuff.  Michael... Read More →
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Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Shane White, GISP

RIGIS Coordinator, State of Rhode Island
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David Holmes

Business Strategy, Intergraph Corporation
David Holmes is currently a Business Consultant assisting with strategic marketing, business development, and sales operations within the Security, Government & Infrastructure Division (SG&I) of Intergraph.   He has been with Intergraph SG&I for 5 years in strategic marketing and... Read More →
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Justin Jobin

GIS Coordinator, The Town of Jamestown
Justin Jobin is the Environmental Scientist and GIS Coordinator for the Town of Jamestown, RI where he is responsible for the implementation, management, and maintenance of The Town's  Geographic Information System.  He is also responsible for overseeing the Town’s High Groundwater... Read More →
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Thomas Harrington, PhD

Director, Applied Georgraphics Inc
Tom Harrington is Director of Marketing at Applied Geographics (AppGeo) where he has worked for the last 12 years and where he is involved mainly in deciphering RFPs and preparing proposal responses to them. He also enjoys strategic business planning and the challenge of keeping up... Read More →
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Anthony Robinson

Assistant Professor and Director of Online Geospatial Education, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University
I direct Penn State's Online Geospatial Education programs and serve as an Assistant Director in the Department of Geography's GeoVISTA Center. On nights and weekends I'm Vice President of NACIS and Chair of the ICA Commission on Visual Analytics.
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Adena Schutzberg

Executive Editor, Directions Magazine
Adena Schutzberg is Executive Editor of Directions Magazine and principal at ABS Consulting Group, Inc., a GIS consulting firm providing services to clients including GIS software, data, and imagery companies. Previously, she headed U.S. operations for UK-based Cadcorp, and held... Read More →

Rachel Shmookler

Rachel Shmookler specializes in geospatial analysis, data processing, and data management. Rachel attended Clark University where she received a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Geographic Information Systems. She has been working at RPS ASA for the past three years on... Read More →
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Greg ​Babinski​​​

GIS Marketing & Business Development Manager, King County GIS Center

Monday September 16, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, September 17


Vendor Spark Session
Head to the ballroom and fill up a plate! This session will begin with something new, a Vendor Spark session. It’s an opportunity for you to hear highlights from each exhibitor at GIS-Pro. What sets one company apart from another? Why should you stop by their booth tonight during the networking reception? What cool giveaways do they have? You won’t hear long-winded sales pitches during this session. Short but sweet is the name of the game!

Tuesday September 17, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm


GIS-Pro 2013 Networking Reception

Head to the exhibit hall for an informal opportunity to network with fellow attendees and exhibitors, over some light appetizers and refreshments.

Tuesday September 17, 2013 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall


New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) GIS-Pro 2013 Social!
Join the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) and the Vanguard Cabinet for a fun evening social at Rí Rá Irish Pub in right down the street from the conference center.  We’ll have live entertainment, light snacks, and free drinks for the first 100 GIS-Pro participants through the door.  Connect with the NEURISA and Vanguard Cabinet members, get more information on how to join, or if you just have a few questions, come join us and you will be entered in a raffle drawing.  It will be an excellent opportunity for GIS-Pro attendees to mingle and network in a relaxed setting.  Slàinte!

Thank you to our generous event sponsors! 

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Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes... Read More →

Jasmine Bird

Application Support Specialist, Blue Marble Geographics
For over two decades, Blue Marble Geographics has been at the forefront of the GIS data processing software business for 20 years. Companies in every corner of the world, who appreciate the importance of maintaining the quality of their critical data, have come to depend on Blue Marble software. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper and Global Mapper SDK... Read More →
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Latitude Geographics Group, Ltd

ArcGIS server is the world’s leading web-GIS platform. Hundreds of organizations around the world rely on Geocortex Software by Latitude Geographics to accelerate and enrich the process of designing, building, and maintaining Esri ArcGIS Server Applications. They do move, faster... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Rí Rá Irish Pub (50 Exchange Terrace Providence, RI)
Wednesday, September 18


Lunch - on own
Lunch on your own – so many options for lunch! Head across the skywalk to the Providence Place Mall for both sit-down and food court options. Venture a little further and take advantage of one of the numerous dining establishments that have put Providence on the map for foodies!

Wednesday September 18, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm


GIS-Pro 2013 Social Event - URISAlympics

(Take the skywalk to the Providence Place Mall, go to the Third Level food court and take the escalator or elevator up one more floor, to the Entertainment Level… next to the movie theaters.)

Experience 50,000 square feet of food and fun under one roof...  and it’s all ours from 6 PM to 9 PM! GIS-Pro guests will partake of a substantial dinner buffet and drinks. Design your own experience… hang out with friends and chat, watch sports on the big screen, play pool on D&B’s handcrafted World Class Pocket Billiards Tables, or challenge your fellow attendees to the vast array of games in the Midway. From ‘old school’ carnival type games like Whack-A-Mole and skeeball to high-tech 3D adventures! Redeem tickets for toys and prizes and be crowned GIS-Pro champion!

Wednesday September 18, 2013 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Dave & Buster’s Providence