Membership to Washington to the Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) is available to all GIS professionals and students across Washington State. Memberships are annual as noted in the registration types listed below.
WAURISA serves the GIS community across the entire State of Washington via a variety of services and programs:
Volunteer opportunities, networking, map contest, and student presentations at the Washington GIS Conference, resume posting and employment news on the Washington GIS Forum. The annual Dick Thomas Award student paper competition provides students an opportunities to present their work to their peers and to potential employers. WAURISA can help students launch their career in GIS in Washington State.
Access to a variety of educational and informational resources to help GIS users maximize their investment in GIS tools and technology. WAURISA programs and services help users accelerate their GIS programs via access to the extensive knowledge base that our members represent.
WAURISA is committed to advancing the GIS profession in Washington State. Our events and publications facilitate the sharing of GIS ‘best practices.’ Many of our events provide GIS professionals with credit for GIS Certification, and our support of the GIS Code of Ethics advances the standing of the profession.
WAURISA is not the only organization that serves GIS users and professionals in the state. We coordinate and cooperate with local ‘grass roots’ GIS user groups, state or regional chapters of other professional organizations (GITA, ASPRS, ACSM, etc.), and GIS organizations in nearby states and in Canada.
Vendors and GIS service providers are a key part of the Washington GIS Community and WAURISA depends on their generous support. We provide GIS vendors and service providers with value as well, by offering a variety of venues for the community to publicize how they have used outside GIS services or products to help meet their business needs.