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Letter to GITA members
Dear GITA members:
We appreciate your patience as we have transitioned from a full-time paid staff to an all-volunteer organization. After tremendous amounts of work by members such as yourselves, I am quite pleased to announce a "Big Picture" vision for GITA as an organization going forward. The following is a summary of what we hope to provide both to you, our valued members, and to the industry at large:
- GITA is a non-profit professional association dedicated to providing geospatial education and professional development to its members, with special emphasis on the electric, water/wastewater, oil and gas, transportation, emergency response and telecommunications industries.
- Educational services will be delivered through:
- Live webinars and training sessions
- Published white papers and approved trade articles
- Recorded lectures and webinars
- A newsletter
- Product and services reviews (think Underwriters Laboratory for geospatial)
- Research papers and services
- Specialty conferences and related events, such as the Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference
- Industry recognition for excellence (scholarship and awards)
Please also note that Dr. Sheila Wilson will present our next webinar about the GIS Certification Institute and the value of GISP on Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. CST. Additional information will follow in next week's NewsHub.
- Our services will be delivered primarily online (save for conferences) and created/conducted by volunteers.
- We shall be organized by functional committees coordinated by an executive management team (Board of Directors)
- Our value propositions (why people should join and participate) are:
- GITA will serve as a registrar and record activities in support of GISP certification and other professional development reports/benchmarks conducted using association materials
- GITA will serve as an unbiased artibiter and reviewer of products and services (example: we will compare or review vendor-supplied data sources for a particular industry or perhaps provide a comparison of services offered by firms working in a particular industry) — these will not be "this is best" types of reviews, but rather analysis for completeness, accuracy and similar — users still decide who/what is best ...
- GITA will conduct relevant industry research
- GITA members will gain access to geospatial products and services at a discount by using our Business Affiliate members
- GITA members will have direct access to industry leaders engaged in NGAC, FGDC and GISCI as GITA holds representative seats within these organizations
- Our educational content will be first rate, extensive in coverage, and highly available
We hope that you will join us in re-committing to GITA as an organization. We are listening and committed to your professional development. Additional information about key personnel and organizational structure will be posted to our web site in the coming weeks.
Talbot J. Brooks, President
Geospatial Information and Technology Association
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Share your opinion on geo-information products
How beneficial are geo-information products for disaster and risk management? Assessing the operational as well as strategic impact of geoinformation (e.g. risk maps, early warning, damage maps) is a central question in this context. It can only be solved by integrating the knowledge and experience of end-users involved in emergency response, disaster preparedness or risk reduction activities, on an operational or strategic level.
In the context of the VALID project, the project team has issued a survey which is online on http://www.un-spider.org/validsurvey. We invite you to share with us your opinion on up to ten geo-information products that have been shortlisted in a previous user survey. If you wish to give your opinion in this user appraisal, kindly do so until April 11.
VALID is an ongoing project jointly carried out by UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The objective of VALID is to produce a publication to give evidence of the benefits which can be realized by applying geoinformation to disaster and risk management.
If you have any questions about the VALID project and the user appraisal, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Robert Backhaus.
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