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Wednesday, April 10 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
URISA and the California GIS Council Help GIS Professionals Affect Public Policy

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GIS applications have become necessary utilities in our public and private workplaces.  Correspondingly, an increasing number of public issues affect, and are affected by, the California GIS community.  GIS professionals have specific expertise that can inform important public policy, and we are also impacted by public policies propounded by others.  This session summarizes what URISA's Policy Advisory Committee and the California GIS Council are doing about these issues, and invites participation by URISA members.

Some of the issues include:
  • Supporting Federal and State efforts to coordinate geospatial data
  • Creating and maintaining essential base data such as addressing, property ownership, elevation, land use, and transportation.
  • Defining and providing education on the professional boundaries of Surveyors and GIS Professionals
  • Encouraging networking and coordination between all GIS users with specific attention to emergency response, and open data distribution
  • Promoting fair public agency procurement policies for geospatial services
  • Supporting open access to our governments' geospatial data
  • Using NSRS and CSRS geodetic control for geodatabase themes
  • Preserving GPS infrastructure
  • Balancing divergent concerns about the use of sUAS (drones) for mapping

Following the presentation there will be an open session with the California GIS Council. All are welcome to join the GIS Council for a discussion about how to get involved; helping the GIS Council set priorities, and improving GIS collaboration in California.

Bruce Joffe, GISP, Principal, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA
Nathaniel Roth, Ph.D., GISP, Chair California GIS Council

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Jane SchaferKramer

Geographic Data Specialist, California Department of Water Resources

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Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Founding Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce has been providing GIS planning and implementation management services, public policy formulation, and organizational therapy to cities, counties, and utility companies for over 40 years. Bruce was Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee... Read More →
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Nathaniel Roth, Ph.D., GISP

Geographic Information Officer, California Department of Conservation
Dr. Roth is the Geographic Information Officer for the California Department of Conservation (DOC). The DOC provides core data and scientific analysis of the state's geology, minerals, geologic hazards, and geologic energy resources, as well as supporting agricultural land conservation... Read More →

Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
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