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GIS-Pro 2016: URISA’s 54th Annual Conference
October 31-November 3, 2016
Westin Harbour Castle - Toronto, Ontario

Geospatial information is everywhere, at everyone’s fingertips and URISA as an organization has been at the forefront for the past  50 years, through global technology and social shifts.  In the time it took you to pull up the description of this conference, perhaps on your phone, tablet or laptop, you have already considered the conference location, investigated the good eats and conference events, and mapped all of your indoor and outside activities.  URISA connects members and partners with the educational, networking and collaboration resources that professionals need to evolve geospatial tools and solutions that respond to real places in real time.

Join the GIS Community in Toronto, Ontario for a powerful, collective exchange of GIS knowledge!

Professional Planners: Be sure to note the workshops and sessions that have been approved for AICP-CM credits. Nearly 50 AICP-CM credits were approved for this year’s program!

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Note: If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Westin Harbour Castle saying that there is now a cheaper rate... just hang up. It is a scam.  

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Wednesday, November 2 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Leveraging Open Data

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Before considering the technical aspects of Open Data, you need to consider your organizational needs. For example: What is your organization’s Open Data Policy? Do you have an Open Data License? Have you identified data that you want to publish?  Do you have appropriate Metadata? What Open Data sources are already available? What will happen with the data after the download? This session will help you understand these areas of consideration and more.

Session Moderator: Susan Muleme Kasumba, Eastern Sales Manager, Airborne Imaging 

  • A (International) State and Local Government Geospatial Metadata Profile
    Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA, Principal, GeoMaxim, LLC, Asheville, North Carolina, United States
    Sarah Wray, GISP, CGCIO, Spatial Data Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • 2016 ESIG Award Distinguished Single Process System: Pitkin Maps & More
    Mary Lackner, GISP, GIS Lead, Pitkin County, Aspen, Colorado
  • Leveraging Open Data with Ontario, Entrepreneurs, and GIS
    Micahel Ahn, Vice President, MapYourProperty, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Jordan Turner, MapYourProperty, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  • Thinking Beyond the Download
    Karen Stewart, GISP, Municipal Solutions Industry Manager, Esri Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Susan Muleme Kasumba

Regional Sales Representative, Airborne Imaging

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Michael Ahn

Vice President, MapYourProperty
Michael Ahn is the Executive Vice President of MapYourProperty, an Open Data and Real Estate startup in Toronto. Previously, he was Major Account Director for Thomas Reuters . MapYourProperty has advised the Ontario provincial government, York Region, and City of Toronto on open... Read More →
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Lynda Wayne, GISP

Principal, GeoMaxim
Lynda Wayne is the Data for the Nation Project Manager for the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and Principal of GeoMaxim, a consulting practice specializing in geospatial data management. She is a researcher and educator with a long history of facilitating geospatial... Read More →
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Karen Stewart, GISP

Industry Manager, Municipal Solutions, Esri Canada
Karen Stewart is the Municipal Solutions Industry Manager for Esri Canada. She has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geomatics, specializing in GIS, and has over 30 years experience in the Municipal/Utility Mapping, GIS and Public Works fields. Karen has helped numerous organizations... Read More →
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Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Spatial Data Manager, NC Dept. of Transportation
Sarah Wray is Chair of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NCGICC) ad hoc Metadata Committee. She currently serves as the Spatial Data Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
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Mary Lackner, GISP

Geospatial Lead, Pitkin County
Mary Lackner, GISP has worked with spatial applications and data since command line ArcINFO and is proud to have one of her maps published in the 24th ESRI Map Book. She has been working in public sector GIS and planning since 1988 and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
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