USC Spatial’s Contributions to CGIA

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The California Geographic Information Association has announced that Dr. An-Min Wu, Lecturer of Spatial Sciences with the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, has been elected as its Vice Chair for 2018-2019. Wu will serve as CGIA Chair in 2019-2020.

In addition, Dr. Jennifer Swift, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences with USC Spatial, has been elected to the CGIA Board of Directors, representing educational programs.

Rachel Rodriguez, Senior GIS Analyst for the Los Angeles County’s Countywide Address Management System (CAMS), also has been elected to the CGIA Board, representing URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet for the interests of professional societies and not-for-profits. Rodriguez graduated from USC Spatial’s M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology Program in 2014.

The mission of CGIA mission is to promote the effective use of GIS by pursuing the following goals:

  • Encouraging appropriate, coordinated, and cost-effective use, acquisition, exchange, and management of geographic information in the state of California;
  • Promoting the use of consistent standards, procedures, and mechanisms for ensuring the accuracy and quality of geographic information used and created by public and private entities in California;
  • Supporting and promoting the practice of GIS;
  • Monitoring developments in the field of GIS and informing the membership of same;
  • Serving as a resource for its membership; and
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information

From October 9 – 12, 2018, URISA and CGIA have joined forces to offer a combined GIS-Pro and CalGIS conference in Palm Springs, California. For program and other information, see

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