April Georgia URISA Workshops to benefit Joe Bless.

From the email grab bag! It’s too late for one of the workshops – not too late for the other. It’s never ever too late to donate.

Dear Georgia URISA members and friends,

In an effort to raise some much needed funding for Joe and his family, Georgia URISA is presenting two workshops to benefit the Bless family.  Building an Address Repository Using the FGDC Standard workshop will be held April 16th.  GITA SE has now donated a second workshop, Using AutoCAD Data in ArcGIS.   For both, we were able to get everything donated in terms of licensing, instructor time and classroom space, so 100% of the funds raised for this workshop will go directly to the Bless family to help them get through the challenges that they are now facing.   Special thanks go to Sara Yurman and Tripp Corbin for agreeing to teach the classes pro bono,  Natalie Culpepper for donating classroom space at the ESRI offices in Alpharetta, and Keri Brennan for donating the URISA workshop license for us to use at no cost.  This has all come together in a short period of time so that we can provide assistance in a timely manner to Joe.  Please take this opportunity to leverage some great training at an affordable cost while helping out one of our colleagues in his time of need.

A fund is also set up for you to give directly to the Bless family.  Here is the link to the donation page:

https://fundly.com/aiding-the-bless-family.  Every dollar helps them to buy clothes for their children, food, and to repair the house so that they can move back home.  If you would rather to donate time, then rest assured that construction helpers are not going out of style any time soon.   Contact me at President@gaurisa.org, and I can connect you with their friend who is the contractor for the repairs.  

Visit http://gaurisa.org for more info!

May 2011 Georgia URISA Luncheon


Yes – the next one is coming up. This time we have an overview of the FGDC addressing standard from two of the authors: Carl Anderson and Sara Yurman. Here’s the info from this link :

Georgia URISA is pleased to announce the next Monthly luncheon, scheduled on Tuesday, May 10th 2011 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. This event is hosted by the City of Fayetteville and will be held at their facility located at 250 Lanier Ave East, Fayetteville, GA 30214.


Topic: Overview of the New FGDC Addressing Standard
Speaker: Carl Anderson & Sara Yurman


Now that the FGDC has formally adopted the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard, does it actually help you do anything? Two of its authors, Sara Yurman and Carl Anderson, will give an overview of the Standard, followed by a discussion of how the Standard is different from previous address data standards. The talk will continue with an open discussion on how the Standard will make data sharing easier and more intelligent. Closing with a discussion on use cases and design objectives of tools to make the Address Standard more accessible for daily work.

Speaker Bio:

Carl Anderson is a geo-spatial data architect, currently working as a Federal contractor in DC. Previously he worked for Fulton County GA, directing business intelligence, data integration and GIS for the County. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for URISA international, the Address Standard Working Group, is one of the authors of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard, is a URISA Leadership Academy instructor, is a frequent instructor of URISA Workshops, and has previously served on the GA URISA Board of Directors, and co-chaired URISA’s workshop development committee.

Sara Yurman is a founding partner of Spatial Focus, Inc., and has been a professional geographer for over 25 years.  She has been involved with URISA throughout that time as past president of Georgia URISA, URISA Leadership Academy instructor, author of the Open Source Workshop and co-chair of the URISA-sponsored Address Standard Working Group (ASWG). The ASWG created the recently-approved FGDC United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard.  With the address standard finally done Sara is preparing for this year’s Hotter than Hell 100, a one-day 100-mile bicycle ride in Witchita Falls, Texas at the end of August.