05/29/14 It was announced yesterday at the White House that Esri will provide free ArcGIS Online subscriptions for all K-12 schools (instructional use) in the United States as part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative.  More information is available at and Resources to help schools get started with ArcGIS Online are available at In conjunction with this initiative, we encourage GIS professionals to become GeoMentors who volunteer to help schools set up their ArcGIS Online account, provide data for the local community, and provide local expertise.  More information about the GeoMentor program is at ArcGIS Online subscriptions for K-12 schools include 500 named users.  The July release of ArcGIS Online will include a new custom role (“Student”) and new account administration tools for managing student accounts.Please contact with questions.From the SCGIS listserve (Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP  |  Education Manager)


Future Holds Higher Resolution Satellite Imagery
May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. government will eventually approve a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution satellite images, the head of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. See full article here.

Teresa Townsend is on the Ballot for URISA President!

URISA Board of Directors Candidates Announced
URISA’s Leadership Development Committee recently presented its recommended slate of candidates to the URISA Board of Directors. The Board approved the slate, announced below, for its 2014 election. In a few weeks, URISA members will have the opportunity to review each candidate’s visionary statement and professional profile and cast their votes. Those elected will begin their three-year Board terms following GIS-Pro 2014, URISA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, this September. To see the full URISA press release, click here.


StoryMapsESRI has launched a story map contest. See full details here.  This reported by
Several categories to enter.
Grand Prize/Best Overall: 1-yr ArcGIS Online subscription (5 users) + plaque + certificate
The winning Story Maps will be featured at Esri International User Conference, where more than 15,000 of our users come together to share ideas and do their part to transform our world.




URISA Invites Participation in GIS Education Needs Assessment. Click Here to complete the online questionnaire.


Some GISPs may be eligible to be grandfathered as PLS.
The application must be submitted to the Board by July 1, 2014. After July 1, 2014, no individual performing surveys described in 21 NCAC 56.1608 shall be licensed without meeting the same requirements as to education, length of experience, and testing required of all land surveying applicants (Session Law 2013-98-House Bill 301).GISP checklist can be found here.



URISA Invites Participation in GIS Education Needs Assessment.
URISA is conducting a brief survey in order to better serve the educational needs of the GIS community.  Please take a few moments to respond to the questionnaire which addresses educational topics of interest, education delivery preferences, and questions which will help categorize responses according to organization, job, experience level, etc. See the full URISA press release here.

NCGICC-Feb 2014 – 2013 Imagery Online & Geospatial Portal Adds Data (NC ONEMap)
The imagery for 25 counties in the Eastern Piedmont region is now available as a region-wide image service and for download in areas of interest. Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal or watch the video to see a demo of how to access the new imagery.

GISCI Releases Exam Development Process Summary

To strengthen the GISP certification program and advance the GIS profession, GISCI is developing an exam component for the GISP certification process. See GISCI News Article Here.



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