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Membership Survey: Needs and Expectations

ORURISA Board of Directors is conducting 3 surveys this year to better understand member needs and expectations.

Survey #2 is about the benefits you receive as a member of ORURISA. It should take about five minutes to complete.

Before you begin, you might want to review some frequently asked questions about OneURISA, the proposal to unify local chapters with international URISA.

The survey will close on October 31st, so please provide your input today.

Learn about OneURISA

URISA International is interested in updating its membership structure. ORURISA will be seeking input on the proposed changes this summer. Learn more about the proposed process on the OneURISA web page.  

URISA and IAAO to hold GIS/CAMA 2019 in Portland, Oregon

The GIS/CAMA conference will be held in Portland, Oregon next year, February 25 - 28, 2019. The organizers are seeking strong participation from the local and regional GIS community. Look for the call for presentations in April or May 2018!

Find out more on the conference website


2018 GIS Day

ORURISA sponsored the 2018 Portland GIS Day celebration held at Ecotrust on Wednesday, November 15th. Filling the room, students and professionals came together for an evening of reunions, networking, and general geospatial enthusiasm.

For more detail and photos, see the GIS Day event summary on Christina Friedle's blog.

Looking to get involved in ORURISA?

Please contact Molly or Dean if you are interested in nominating someone or being nominated to the ORURISA Board of Directors or just want to be more involved. The Board is developing a membership survey devoted to involvement. Look for the survey in the fall. 



2019 HotApps

One-Day Showcase held in Bend, Oregon on Friday, February 8.

HotApps is a 1-day showcase of new and emerging Geo-enabled tools, apps, and hacks.  

Organized by ORURISA, this year’s event will take place on Friday, February 8 in Bend. 

Talented students and professionals from around the region will show what they’ve built and where they are taking their current projects, with the goal of coming together to learn from each other and push the envelope even farther. Learn more on the Hot Apps page.


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Collaborate and Learn from the GIS experts

2019 GIS in Action conference

  • Technical innovations
  • GIS administration
  • Applied GIS techniques
  • GIS trends

View last year’s program here.

Website, registration and agenda will be coming soon.

Have questions about the conference? Please contact Rich L’Esperance, Conference Chair.

Start: April 22, 2019 8:00 AM

End: April 23, 2019 8:00 PM

Location: Portland State University


Have you heard about the Microsoft US Building Footprints data?

Have you heard about the Microsoft US Building Footprints data?

Organizations and government agencies are already examining and using the building footprints data released by Microsoft in June. To reduce potential duplication of efforts and to plot out a course for incorporating these data into processes across Oregon, the Oregon Geospatial Enterprise Office is convening a coordination meeting on September 11 at 9:30 AM to explore the evaluation and use of these data. All are welcome to attend. Read more...


Oregon and SouthWest Washington

Upcoming Events

February 08, 2019 9:00 AM • Bend, OR
February 25, 2019 • Portland, OR
April 22, 2019 8:00 AM • Portland State University

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