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  • 25 Jun 2012 11:15 AM | Anonymous member
    Greetings, NEURISA Community! I hope that you're having a great spring. We've had a great spring and I wanted to reach out to keep you informed about all that's going on.

    At the top of our list is the NEURISA Annual One-Day Conference (aka NEURISA Day), which is just around the corner on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA. NEURISA Day is always a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, see some great presentations on the newest technologies and interact directly with some of New England's top Geospatial / IT service providers. This year's NEURISA Day will delve into the following topics: Mobile & Web Technology; What’s New in GIS / Spatial?; IT Trends (e.g. virtualization, cloud technology, open source); LiDAR. Would you be interested in providing a presentation on one of these topics? Submit an abstract today! Even if you are not planning to give a presentation, we hope to see you there. Registration for attendees and exhibitors is now open. Details are available at

    We strive for NEURISA Day to be an event that is worth every minute of your time. This takes careful planning by some really talented people. We would love to have your help! Contact us today if you are interested in joining the NEURISA Day team, either for event planning or to help us on the day of the event.

    We have had three very well attended events this spring, thanks to the involvement of people from all around New England. Two of these events were Ignite Spatial events hosted in the evening, allowing participants to take in some fast-paced presentations, network with peers and enjoy some refreshments without the usual pressure to get back to work.

    Ignite Spatial Vermont 2012
    The fifth Ignite event that NEURISA has sponsored was on April 16th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier VT. Close to 50 attendees turned out for Vermont's second ever Ignite Spatial event, which featured speakers from multiple disciplines as well as several students. Our thanks to Steve Sharp and Leslie Pelch at VCGI for putting together a stellar event. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors including Maponics, Esri, Green Mountain College and Middlebury College. Presentations are now available at

    Ignite Spatial Providence
    The sixth Ignite event that NEURISA has sponsored was at Brown University in Providence, RI on May 7th and it was another great success! Approximately 50 attendees turned out for Providence's first ever Ignite Spatial event, which featured a dozen speakers presenting on a wide range of spatial topics. Our thanks to Shane White of RIGIS for organizing a very well received event, to venue host Brown University and to event sponsors Applied Geographics, Mapping and Planning Services, & New England GeoSystems for making this event possible. Presentations and full event footage are now available at

    Sharing Spatial Data in New England: Policies, Technology, and Trends
    This webinar, presented on June 5th to an active audience of more than 60 participants, examined issues in spatial data sharing in New England. The event was the brainchild of Robert Goodspeed, author of "From Public Records to Open Government: Access to Massachusetts Municipal Geographic Data," published in the winter 2012 issue of Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Mr. Goodspeed presented his findings from the same study that produced the article, followed by a presentation by yours truly on how we share spatial data at the Town of Amherst. Our final presenter was Meghan McGaffin of the City of Milford, CT. Ms. McGaffin presented a very intriguing story about difficulties in obtaining data from utility companies in the wake of mass storm-induced outages throughout Connecticut in the autumn of 2011. This story had a very positive ending shortly after our webinar, as legislation was passed in Connecticut, requiring public utilies to share spatial data with the stakeholders who need the information in the wake of disasters. Presentations and full event footage are now available at

    Wishing you a happy summer,

    Michael Olkin
    President, NEURISA
  • 19 Dec 2011 11:16 AM | Anonymous member
    Happy Holidays!

    The Year 2011 has been a very productive and exciting one for NEURISA. Our membership has been steadily growing and now is approaching to 900, an increase of over 100 from 2010. We successfully hosted 4 quarterly Ignite events across New England and our annual NEURISA Day conference. We introduced two new programs at the annual conference: NERUISA Spatial Achievement Program and Exhibitor Speed Networking. We extended our presence to all the major social media outlets such as twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. We provided opportunities to promote and facilitate the use and integration of spatial information technology, fostered relationships with professional organizations, and provided opportunities for the professional and educational development of our membership.

    Next year will be even better. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our 2012 President, Mike Olkin from the Town of Amherst, MA and 2012 President-Elect, Steve Sharp from Vermont Center for Geographic Information.

    I also would like to encourage all of you to get involved, share your ideas and help the organization advance.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season!

    Ms. Feng Yang,
    President, NEURISA
  • 10 Oct 2011 12:05 PM | Anonymous member
    Greetings on this beautiful autumn day!

    Our annual NEURISA Day conference (October 3rd, 2011) at Old Sturbridge Village was a success. Ninety five attendees and fifteen exhibitors gathered to share knowledge and get connected. Our keynote speaker Adena Schutzberg summarized it extremely well in her article, NEURISA Day: Networking New England GIS Users in the Directions Magazine.

    Preparation for Ignite Spatial Maine (November 1st, 2011) is underway, co-sponsored by NEURISA and MEGUG. It will take place at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. If you would like to become a sponsor or submit an abstract for this event, please contact Judy Colby-George Please visit our website for updates. Registration will open soon, so stay tuned…

    Enjoy the beautiful Fall in New England, and I hope some of you can attend the Ignite Spatial Maine event.

    Ms. Feng Yang , President, NEURISA
  • 23 Aug 2011 2:51 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm writing to provide an update of recent and upcoming events with NEURISA .

    The Ignite Spatial Hartford event, co-sponsored by NEURISA and the Connecticut Users to Users Group, was a huge success. For those of you who were not able to attend and would like to view the presentations, please visit our web site at

    Preparation for our annual NEURISA Day conference (10/03/2011) at Old Sturbridge Village is currently underway. If you wish to submit an abstract, participate as an exhibitor, or nominate a colleague for a special achievement award, please visit our website. Space for exhibition is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.

    Preparation for Ignite Spatial Burlington (09/22/2011) is also underway. If you would like to become a sponsor or submit an abstract for this event, please contact Steve Sharp @ (, Leslie Pelch ( or visit our website at .

    Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events in the fall of 2011.

    Ms. Feng Yang
    President, NEURISA
  • 03 May 2011 4:48 AM | Anonymous member
    I would like to keep you informed on what’s being planned by NEURISA, and to get connected with you to gain your feedback.

    1 - Ignite Spatial Hartford
    The second Ignite event that NEURISA is sponsoring will be at the Constitution Plaza, Hartford CT on June 22nd. The Call for Presentation has gone out. If you have an idea to share, please submit a 5-minute presentation by sending your topic proposal to Randi Pickford,, or by calling her at 860-757-9470.

    2 - NEURISA Annual One-Day Conference
    The NEURISA Day Conference will be held on Oct 3rd at the Old Sturbridge Village, MA. We have started the conference planning process. To help us develop program tracks that are useful, helpful, informative and entertaining, I would like to hear from you what areas you think we should focus on. The Call for Presentation and Call for Vendor Exhibition will be out shortly. Be sure to look for them!

    3 - Special Achievement Award
    This is the first year that NEURISA is introducing the Special Achievement Award (SAA). The nomination is open and the interactive form is available on our website ( Please take the time to recognize your colleagues and friends who through the use of geospatial or other information technologies, have made a significant contribution that greatly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization; or realizes a significant return on investment; or greatly improves the quality of services or lives.

    4 - Ignite Spatial Burlington
    Please make sure you save the date, Sept. 22nd for Ignite Spatial Burlington at Burlington VT! More details to come.

    Ms. Feng Yang
    NEURISA President

  • 08 Feb 2011 4:00 AM | Anonymous member
    As the president of the New England Chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA), I would like to keep you informed on what's new with NEURISA this year.

    What's New?

    1. NEURISA's annual one-day conference will be held on October 3rd, 2011 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge MA, the same location where we had the annual conference last year, which was very successful and well attended. Please mark your calendar. More information will be made available later on in the year on our website (, and through email announcements.
    2. This is the first year that NEURISA is introducing the NEURISA Special Achievement Award program. The nomination process is now open and the nomination form is available on the web site. Please take the time to recognize GIS or IT professionals you know who have made a significant contribution to an organization or a community by nominating them for the NEURISA Special Achievement Award.
    3. This year NEURISA is the coordinating sponsor of the Ignite Spatial Boston Event, which Guido Stein organizes and has run successfully for the past two years. The 5-minute presentations at this annual event have sparked many conversations in the past. This year it will be on March 24th in Cambridge MA. It's time to get your ideas out there. Submit a presentation or just attend the event and be inspired. Check the Ignite Boston event site at for more information. If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, please get in touch with us.
    4. NEURISA is also planning for the very first Ignite event in Hartford CT in the 2nd quarter of this year. If you would like to give a 5-minute presentation, please get in touch with our event coordinator and board member Randi Pickford. Details will be out shortly on the website.
    5. In addition to the Blogs and Forums from our website, NEURISA now has a presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook . More ways for our members to communicate and share information.
    6. More events are being planned through out the year. Stay tuned.

    2011 NEURISA Board
    The NEURISA board is comprised of GIS and IT professionals from all 6 New England States. From Massachusetts, Feng Yang (President), Mike Olkin (President-Elect), Chris French (Secretary and Communications Coordinator), Paul Samara (Past-President), Neil McGaffey (At-Large, President 2007-2009) and Kim Honetschlager (At-Large); From Rhode Island, Mary Hutchinson (Treasurer) and Shane White (At-Large); From Connecticut, Randi Pickford (At-large and Event Coordinator); From Vermont, Nate Dansereau (At-large) and Stephen Sharp (At-large); From New Hampshire, Rob Pruyne (At-Large); From Maine, Judy Colby-George (At-large). Our contact information is on the website.

    Get Involved
    We'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch with your board members from your State or anyone of us on the board, and help us better serve the GIS and IT Professionals in the New England Region.

    Ms. Feng Yang
    President, NEURISA
  • 12 Jul 2010 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings GIS Community,


    The Connecticut GIS User to User Group is proud to announce the new and updated web page - Your source for information about the who, what, when, and where.


    The upcoming quarterly meeting schedule will include:


    October, 2010 @ University of CT Storrs – GIS Education opportunities and Freeware GIS


    January, 2011 – the Annual meeting and How to achieve the GISP at the MDC Training Center in Hartford's south meadows


    March, 2011 – What’s new in GIS for First Responders, Public Works, and Transportation in the New Haven area


    April, 2011 – A special Saturday “Ground Up GIS” workshop at CCSU in New Britain


    June, 2011 – The Census: GIS Data by the Numbers location TBA


    October, 2011 – TBA


    Please note that locations are tentative while we seek confirmation; we'll provide more info as meeting dates approach.


    We want to know where you are (your work address, we respect your privacy if you don't want to tell use where you live)… tell us here


    Oh behalf of the CT U to U Network Steering Committee,


    Al Sylvestre, AICP

    Research Analyst, U to U Network President CT State Department of Labor 200 Folly Brook Boulevard Wethersfield, CT  06109-1153


    Al Sylvestre, AICP

    Research Analyst

    CT State Department of Labor

    200 Folly Brook Boulevard

    Wethersfield, CT  06109-1153
  • 29 Jun 2010 3:37 PM | Anonymous member
    As the only GIS employee in my town* (the only one with "GIS" in my job title anyway), I am often isolated from what other people are doing - both here in City Hall and among the other city or town GIS specialists. It's up to me to determine my priorities and what projects to take on, except of course when I'm responding to mapping emergencies which take up much of my time. I often wonder if there are better things I can or should be doing with my time. What are you doing at the moment?

    I'll start with my task list for this week - keep in mind that many of these are ongoing projects and not things I expect to finish this week. Please tell us about your projects.

    1. New web page update for the Assessor's Database from Applied Geographics - testing performance and server maintenance, some parts of the app still don't work, keep reminding them of this.

    2. The Assessor's Database (Vision) app. Vision has a GIS piece. It is an old MapObjects piece with no easy access to the configuration files. The addresses are displayed using an Annotation coverage. The coverage has been updated but needs some tweaks because the display is off (numbers are shifted to the lower right or SE of where they should be).

    3. Web GIS Browser - a JavaScript API application that is not public yet (we need to work out some server issues.) Need to add some better descriptions for codes in the data.

    4. ESRI's Community Maps project. We are participants - or will be.

    5. Post some content to the Eastern Mass Group Forum - doing that right now.

    6. Street Light Viewer - a MapObjects application used in our call center and DPW. Need to add content for Gas Lamps and Specialty Street Lights as these are maintained differently from the regular street lights.

    7. Newton History Museum - will be having a map exhibit this fall,. Need to set up some test online content and later some on-site content.

    8. Water System Edits - several years worth of new pipes need to be entered. The DPW should do this but they don't so I do it or we look bad.

    9. Building updates - new construction, most notably the new Newton North High School which we still don't have a digital plan for despite the
    fact that it is now built.

    *Newton, Mass is a "City", some of you are in "Town"s- I use the term "town" for simplicity.
  • 19 Mar 2010 4:50 AM | Anonymous member
    The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, featuring more content, event information, and self-service capabilities. In an effort to provide more information and better service to a growing contingent of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners and Information Technology professionals in the New England region, NEURISA built a website using the Wild Apricot membership management and website builder software.

    Beyond the new look and feel, the website offers a way to stay up to date on events, connect with others in the geospatial community, and to learn more about the organization. “This new website is an important step in educating people about NEURISA, encouraging participation, and managing events as the growing chapter fulfills its mission…” said Paul Samara, President of NEURISA.

    Content from the previous website was reorganized to provide easier navigation, better aesthetics, and access to membership management functionality. More content will be added in the coming months, as well as collaboration tools like a blog and discussion forum.

    Visitors will find information about upcoming events directly on the homepage. Event information is linked directly to the detailed event webpage where one can register, add the event to a calendar, or learn more about presentation abstracts and speakers. Past event information is also provided.

    Self-service capabilities allow a member to manage contact information, communication preferences, and event registrations.

    For more information or to inquire about joining, please contact:

    Chris French – NEURISA Communications Coordinator

    About NEURISA: NEURISA 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 across the New England region.
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