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September 14, 2015
Presentation Proposals Invited for 2016 URISA Caribbean GIS Conference

Des Plaines, IL, September 14, 2015 — URISA is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the Eighth URISA Caribbean GIS Conference taking place in Barbados, September 5-8, 2016. Presentation proposals are due by December 1, 2015.

Since 2001, URISA has hosted several conferences focused on the effective application and management of GIS and other information technologies within the Caribbean. Previous events have taken place in Jamaica (2001 & 2012), Barbados (2004), the Bahamas (2006), Cayman Islands (2008), Trinidad and Tobago (2010), and Curacao (2014).

The conference is organized by a committee of Caribbean GIS professionals, who dedicate considerable time and energy to developing an important educational program. The Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, panel discussions and lightning talks. Consider the following list of suggested topics for consideration (note that all submissions received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program regardless of the list below):

  • National SDI implementation
  • Mobile technology and field data collection
  • Climate change
  • Collaboration, coordination and cooperation across departments, agencies, ministries, regions
  • GIS management challenges and best practices
  • Sustainable capacity building
  • Water resources
  • Standards, Policy
  • Modern Geodetic Framework
  • Big data to support planning and development
  • Web solutions
  • Business intelligence and analytics
  • GIS in support of economic development
  • GIS in public safety, emergency response and disaster management
  • Improving addressing
  • Landuse planning
  • Coastal and marine spatial planning
  • Environmental monitoring and analysis
  • Commercial applications including retail, insurance, manufacturing, financial services
  • The use of location technology
  • Land/Parcel management
  • GIS in the ‘Cloud’
  • How to prepare/use Census GIS
  • Citizen's use of GIS - web access
  • Aerial imagery and LiDAR
  • Use of drones/UAVs for collecting imagery
  • Innovative health GIS applications
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Oil and gas
  • Enterprise GIS trends
  • Open Source GIS
  • PPGIS - community participation
  • Developing GIS leaders in your organization
  • Data management challenges
  • Standards implementation issues and experiences
  • Data sharing, open data
  • Creative funding solutions
  • Other topics

Abstract submissions are due no later than December 1, 2015. For details and an online submission form, click here.

URISA is an international geospatial organization that provides professional education and training, advocacy for the profession, and essential resources to foster excellence in GIS. URISA's Caribbean Chapter strives to be the leading medium of the Caribbean Geospatial Community providing geospatial professionals with opportunities for educational development, networking, leadership, coordination and representation.

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