2007 SHRUG GIS Work Shop
November 15th-16th
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center - Tallahassee, FL
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Keynote Speaker

Bill Burgess

Bill Burgess has a B.S. Degree in Conservation and Resource Development awarded by the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture in 1974. The State of Maryland sponsored his participation in the Government Executive Institute which is a residential education program managed by the Aspen Institute. He worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources From 1975 through 2003 where he managed programs that dealt with every aspect of water resources management. He managed up to 112 staff and an $18.6 million budget until his retirement. Bill was active in statewide coordination of geospatial technologies throughout much of his career. He has also been an active member since 1993, and served two terms on the Board of Directors for the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). He now Serves as their Washington Liaison and has responsibilities for the Fifty States Initiative, the Ramona System, and Imagery for the Nation.


The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT). Members of NSGIC include senior state geographic information system (GIS) managers and coordinators. Other members include representatives from federal agencies, local government, the private sector, academia and other professional organizations. A rich and diverse group, the NSGIC membership includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in geospatial information technologies, data creation and management as well as information technology policy. 


NSGIC provides a unified voice on geographic information and technology issues, advocates State interests, and supports its membership in their statewide initiatives. The Council actively promotes prudent geospatial information integration and systems development. NSGIC reviews legislative and agency actions, promotes positive legislative actions, and provides advice to public and private decision-makers. NSGIC members are actively involved in the coordination and application of geospatial technologies in their States. They are often at the forefront of GIS

Lunch Presenter for November 15th

Juna Papajorgji, GISP

Co-founder and co-chair of the GIS Corps, GIS Manager, Alachua County, Florida and Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida.

About GISCorps

Established in late 2003, as an international program of the Urban and
Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), GISCorps coordinates
short term, volunteer GIS services to underserved communities

Run by a committee of five GIS professionals located in the United
States, GISCorps supports humanitarian relief, community development,
local capacity building, health and education.

To date GISCorps has implemented nineteen projects in seventeen
countries. It has engaged sixtythree volunteers who have donated more
than 5,000 work hours in addition to CPU use. Sixty percent of these
projects have been implemented remotely.

GIS Corps Mission Statement

Operating under the auspices of URISA, GISCorps coordinates short term, volunteer based GIS services to underprivileged communities

Vision & Goals

GISCorps volunteers' services will help to improve the quality of life by:
  • Supporting humanitarian relief.
  • Enhancing environmental analysis.
  • Encouraging/fostering economic development.
  • Supporting community planning and development.
  • Strengthening local capacity by adopting and using information technology.
  • Supporting health and education related activities.
GISCorps implements URISA's vision of advancing the effective use of spatial information technologies. 

GISCorps makes available highly specialized GIS expertise to improve the well being of developing and transitional communities without exploitation or regard for profit. 

GISCorps coordinates the open exchange of volunteer GIS expertise cooperatively among and along with other agencies. 

GISCorps strengthens the host community's spatial data infrastructure through implementation of the best and most widely accepted GIS practices. 

GISCorps foster development of professional organizations in host communities to help sustain and grow local spatial expertise. 

GISCorps will benefit:
  • Communities in need
  • GISCorps volunteers
  • GISCorps' partner organizations
  • Volunteers' own communities
  • Spatial Information Technologies
  • Global professional networking

For more information regarding Guest Speakers please contact
Lee Hartsfield  (850) 893-6741