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August 18th, 2021
URISA Announces LEAP Conference

URISA has a long history of delivering resources and educational content focused on addressing and emergency response. Leading national addressing experts and members of URISA’s GIS & NG9-1-1 Task Force regularly provide resources to meet the professional education needs of the community from Geospatial Fact Sheets, workshops, and webinars to the development of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard.

Now, we’re pleased to announce a new URISA Conference to collaborate on Location, Enterprise Addressing, and Public Safety (LEAP) taking place virtually, February 1-3, 2022. Participation is invited.

The program will cover:

GIS-supported Addressing for Governance, Administration, and Management

Address location data is central to mission-critical operations across all levels of government and a broad range of the private sector. Organizations are realizing synergies and economies by integrating authoritative, quality-controlled, GIS-based address repositories with their business processes and systems. Hear about successes and lessons learned in integrating GIS-supported addressing into these or other operations:

• Local government: Permitting, planning, zoning, cadaster, assessment, streets/highways, public works, public utilities, 3-1-1, schools, treasurer/finance, capital budgeting, elections, economic development, human services, parks and recreation; human resources, courts/law, crime analysis, health care, emergency response

• State government: Emergency management, transportation/highways, environmental assessment, archaeological inventories, redistricting, election management, DMV/drivers’ licenses, tax/revenue redistribution, courts.

• Federal government: Census, USPS, FEMA, HUD, IRS, Social Security/Medicare, Education, military facility management, federal land management, federal law enforcement.

• Private: Private utilities and infrastructure, market analysis, location analysis, fleet management, delivery logistics.

Addressing for Public Safety: A Driving Force for Geospatial Addressing

Accurate location data is at the core of current and future Public Safety systems. Locating 9-1-1 incidents quickly and accurately is vital to reducing response times in pursuit of saving lives and protecting property. In addition, Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) utilizes GIS data for geospatial call routing of live 9-1-1 calls to the correct Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The core databases of all Public Safety systems are locally-maintained civic address GIS data layers. This track will provide the audience with the steps that can be taken now to optimize your addressing systems and GIS data to meet the needs of Public Safety.

• How Addresses Play a Critical Role in NG9-1-1 Implementation

• How Addresses Play a Critical Role in Public Safety Systems

• Emergency Response and Coordination using GIS

• Creative Implementation Strategies for Address and Public Safety Data

• What’s New with the NENA NG9-1-1 Civil Location Data Exchange Standards

• Overview of the NENA NG9-1-1 GIS Data Model

• 9-1-1 in Less Populated Areas

• 9-1-1 and the Emerging Importance of Z-values

Address Management: Business Processes and Collaboration

Addresses, street names, and even place names change constantly. Address management within an organization requires collaborative business processes and data maintenance workflows across the various operations that create, alter, or use address data. These processes and workflows provide the updates that maintain integrity, timeliness, and authority of the address repository. This track will explore workflows and collaborative tools for good address data management, including case studies and best practice solutions.

• Reengineering Business Processes and Workflows for Address Management and Data Maintenance

• Roles and functions of the Address Authority, Data Steward, User, and Aggregator

• Using Standards to Structure the Data Environment for Multiple Business Needs

• Developing an Address Manual: Policies and Rules for Address Administration

• Agency/Jurisdiction Collaboration

Enterprise Address Data Integration: From Address Reference System to Address Repository

Address reference systems organize the addresses. Address repositories organize the data. A well-conceived address reference system documents the rules implicit in all the addresses already on the ground. A well-designed address repository organizes the data so that one spatial database can, by views and applications, serve all of the enterprise operations that create, alter, or use address data. Repository management requires maintenance workflows and quality audits to maintain the integrity of the system, and timely propagation of changes to user applications to ensure consistent data across the enterprise. This track will cover case studies, best practices, and lessons learned for defining your address reference system, building your address repository, and managing it.

• Practical Strategies for Building an Enterprise Address Repository

• Street Networks and Centerlines for Addressing

• Understanding your Address Reference System

• Implementing Address Data Quality Tests

• Enterprise Integration: Address Data Services and Applications

• Address Data Aggregation and the National Address Database

The planning committee is inviting abstract submissions and suggestions for content from the community. Click here for submission forms:

Program details and sponsorship opportunities forthcoming.