NEURISA Day 2012 Call for Presentations – Now Open

The New England Chapter of Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) will host its annual conference on Monday, October 15th at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  This one day conference will include keynote sessions, vendor demonstrations, and presentations from your colleagues in the geospatial and information technology community. 
NEURISA invites you to submit an abstract proposal for a 20-minute presentation in the following categories:
  • Mobile & Web Technology
  • What’s New in GIS / Spatial?
  • IT Trends (e.g. virtualization, cloud technology, open source)
  • LiDAR
Abstract submission requirements:
  • Abstracts should be less than 300 words.
  • Abstract must be submitted by July 2nd, 2012.
  • Presentations cannot be product marketing.
  • Please submit your presentations online at:
Questions?  please contact Mike Olkin, olkinm@amherstma.govor Steve Sharp,
NEURISA Corporate Sponsors: AppGeoCartegraphCDM SmithCritigenDGT Survey Group New England GeoSystems SewallTighe & BondVHB

The New England Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is a professional organization that provides a forum for: promoting and facilitating the use and integration of spatial information technology, fostering relationships, professional development, and representing the interests of Geographic Information System (GIS) practitioners and Information Technology professionals across the New England region.

URISAis an international association for professionals using GIS and other information technologies to solve challenges in state/provincial, regional and local governments. 

Sharing Spatial Data in New England: Policies, Technology, and Trends Webinar

Interested in learning more about policy, technology, and trends in sharing spatial data in New England? NEURISA is offering a free webinar on Tuesday June 5, 2012 from 10:00am-11:30am which will feature 3 presentations on sharing spatial data. Included below is the agenda for this webinar.

Introduction and Overview of Town of Amherst GIS Data Sharing Program – Michael Olkin, Town of Amherst GIS Administrator and NEURISA President

From Public Records to Open Government: Access to Massachusetts Municipal Geographic Data Robert Goodspeed, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

2011 Storm Season Opens Doors to Data Sharing with Utility Companies Meghan McGaffin, GIS Analyst City of Milford, CT; Editor, CT GeoFocus; Municipal Representative, CT GIS User to User Network.

When: Tuesday June 5, 2012

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Cost: FREE!

Registration: To register visit:

A Future Without Key Social and Economic Statistics for the Country?

This past week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that contains the Census Bureau’s budget. This bill includes several cuts which would impact several datasets including the Economic Census and the American Community Survey (ACS), datasets which provides key economic, population, and housing data critical for planning, analysis and decision making by state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private industry, businesses, and researchers.

With the 2010 Census not including a long form, the American Community Survey is THE source for detailed income, poverty, and population data. If the American Community Survey is no longer available, critical datasets for planning, analysis and decision making will no longer available, leaving a great void in data needed for informed decision making in the private and public sectors.

Please take a few moments to review the following link includes a blog post from Dr. Robert Groves, U.S. Census Director, to learn more about how this bill could drastically alter data collection in this country.

Included below is a brief video from Dr. Robert Groves about the impact this bill could have on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.