Preconference Courses & Workshops

Monday, August 6, 2012

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

URISA and NENA are pleased to offer three full-day educational opportunities to begin the conference. Each comprehensive course is presented in a classroom format and attendance is limited. Workbooks, certificates of attendance and refreshment breaks are provided (lunch is on your own).

Take the opportunity to delve into the important subject matter and register for a preconference course (an additional fee is required to attend).

Addresses and IS/GIS Implementation: Key to GIS Success

Instructors: Martha Wells, GISP, Spatial Focus, Inc., University Park, MD
Sara Yurman, GISP, Spatial Focus, Inc., Decatur, GA

Street addresses are the key, user-friendly geospatial identifier used by everyone, but addressing processes are usually poorly organized at the local level.

This URISA Certified Workshop will help you understand the addressing process, managing address data, and organizational challenges. It will guide you in developing a Master Address Repository that serves the needs of the entire organization. The workshop will also review the Federal Geographic Data Committee Street Address Data Standard, and help you understand how the standard can help you build quality address data.

Specific topics include:

  • What is an address?
  • What are the types of address?
  • How are addressing systems structured, and addresses assigned?
  • How do you develop a Master Address Repository
  • Geocoding and managing addresses in the GIS
  • Organizational Issues with Addressing
  • Working with the FGDC Street Address Data Standard

GIS & NG9-1-1 for the PSAP

Instructor: Marc Berryman, ENP, DDTI, Houston, Texas

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a critical component of Next Generation 9-1-1. Even if you are not planning to implement NG9-1-1 in the near future, it is important to realize that it will probably take more time than you realize to get all your data ready. Municipalities and PSAPs who currently develop and maintain their own data for addressing and mapping must now understand how NG9-1-1 data requirements will impact their current processes. Much of the required data for NG9-1-1 is being used in PSAPs today for map displays, call routing, and address verification.

This NENA course explains how and why GIS must be reconciled and synchronized with existing ALI and MSAG records and what PSAPs will need to do with their existing data to prepare for NG9-1-1.

During the class, attendees will explore how MSAG Coordinators, Database analysts, and GIS professionals will work together to build and maintain the PSAP’s data needs. Designed to be informative, entertaining, and easy to understand, this course reviews the data development required for NG9-1-1. Progressively building on a solid foundation, attendees will come away with a better understanding of NENA’s concepts and principles of a fully NG9-1-1 PSAP environment, and the data needs to meet today’s and tomorrow’s 9-1-1 challenges.

Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy

Instructors: Ed Wells, GISP, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Kim McDonough, GISP, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, TN

As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between access to public records as a foundation of a free society, citizen expectations of confidentiality, and protection of public security.

  • What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws?
  • What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns?
  • Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data?
  • What about liability for data errors?

This URISA Certified Workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame. Specific topics include:

  • State and federal Freedom of Information laws
  • State and federal informational privacy laws
  • Secrecy and homeland security protections
  • Balancing public access, privacy, and secrecy
  • Data sales vs. data access
  • Protecting ownership and minimizing liability
  • Policy and technical considerations

When you register for the conference, consider adding a preconference educational event to your registration for in-depth attention to an important topic!