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January 22, 2016
URISA’s GIS Hall of Fame Nominations Process Opens

Des Plaines, IL, January 22, 2016  URISA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its GIS Hall of Fame. Nominations are due May 1, 2016. URISA's GIS Hall of Fame honors persons and organizations that have made significant and original contributions to the development and application of GIS concepts, tools, or resources, or to the GIS profession. Anyone may nominate a person or organization for induction to URISA's GIS Hall of Fame.

URISA’s Hall of Fame laureates are listed below:

2005 Inductees:

  • Edgar Horwood
  • Ian McHarg
  • Roger Tomlinson
  • Jack Dangermond
  • Nancy Tosta
  • Harvard Lab

2006 Inductee: Gary Hunter

2007 Inductees: Don Cooke and Michael Goodchild

2009 Inductees: Will Craig and Carl Reed

2010 Inductee: C. Dana Tomlin

2011 Inductees: William Huxhold and Barry Wellar

2012 Inductees:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • United States Census Bureau
  • United States Geological Survey

2014 Inductee: Charles (Chuck) Croner

Learn about their path-breaking accomplishments here.

Nomination Criteria and Process: Anyone may nominate a person or organization for induction to URISA's GIS Hall of Fame. To make a nomination, submit a written statement to URISA describing:

  1. The nominee's achievements, emphasizing significant and original contributions to the development or application of GIS concepts, tools or resources, or to the GIS profession; and
  2. The significance of the nominee's contributions, in terms of their enduring impact on the GIS field or profession, and their social benefit.

Hall of Fame laureates are expected to exemplify vision, leadership, perseverance, community-mindedness, professional involvement, and ethical behavior.

The nomination statement may be of any length, but it must be preceded by a one-page stand-alone summary. Email nomination statements to wnelson@urisa.org by May 1. A committee of past URISA Presidents will review all nominations and make recommendations to the URISA Board of Directors by mid-June. Presentation occurs at URISA's Annual Conference. This honor may not be given every year, and in some years there may be multiple recipients.

2016 honorees will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario Canada, October 31-November 3, 2016.

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