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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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Thursday, November 3 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Free Puppies and Solutions - Open Source and Commercial Software

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Open source software has uses in many organizations.  This session will focus on often overlooked open source geocoding tools and developing a platform in an open source stack.  Attend and obtain skills that you can apply immediately. 

Moderator: Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP, Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation, Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

  • Open Source Geocoding
    Sara Yurman, GISP, Principal, Spatial Focus LLC, Avondale Estates, Georgia, United States
  • Developing an Argumentation Platform in an Open Source Stack
    Justin Pierre, MSA, GIS Developer, Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Using Open Source Python Packages for Machine Learning on Vector Geodata
    Richard Wen, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Moderators
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Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, developing methodologies for using broadband internet mapping data to provide solutions to stakeholders that impact policy, economic development, and the digital divide. She is currently on the URISA Board of Directors (Secretary), is a Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and was on the inaugural URISA Vanguard Cabinet - an advisory board of young GIS... Read More →

Speakers
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Justin Pierre, MSA

GIS Developer
Justin Pierre is a GIS Developer specializing in web mapping applications and process automation. His focus is on open data standards and open-source software with the goal of making GIS affordable and available to all organizations. He has been working in GIS systems development for 8 years in the retail, real estate and resource sectors and manages web mapping systems for enterprise clients.
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Richard Wen, BES, MSA

PhD Student, Ryerson University
Richard Wen is a PhD student in Civil Engineering, specializing in Geomatics, at Ryerson University. His research interests include machine learning, open data, and open source software development for geospatial applications. He has over 4 years of experience in developing automated code for geospatial research using various open source programming languages. He also holds a Masters of Spatial Analysis (MSA) from Ryerson University, and a... Read More →
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Sara Yurman, GISP

Geodata Architects, Spatial Focus Inc
Sara is a founding partner in Spatial Focus, a GIS consultancy started in 1998. Her work with Spatial Focus has been all over the United States, with international projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Serbia, Indonesia and Malawi. She manages Spatial Focus production staff, often using open source GIS to build master address repositories. She is a member of the Address Standard Working Group, chairing the Quality Control section of the FGDC... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Harbour C

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