[gis_info] GIS User Category Descriptions

Juston Manville jmanville at beavertonoregon.gov
Thu May 17 10:38:21 PDT 2012

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The URISA article was written in 2000. I look at a modern GIS shop in two parts. Data / Map Production and Application Production / Development with the GIS Manager in charge of both groups.  I would say that the days of a GIS professional learning to develop are gone. It is best to teach a computer scientist GIS rather than the other way around.

Just an opinion.

Juston Manville
GIS Manager
Phone:  (503) 350-4002
E-Mail:  jmanville at beavertonoregon.gov<mailto:jmanville at beavertonoregon.gov>

"The more mature your spatial integration the greater value you realize from spatial investments."

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To: Barbara Seekins; gis_info at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [gis_info] GIS User Category Descriptions

Hi Barb.

URISA has a document on their web site that I've found useful.  It is Model Job Descriptions for GIS Professionals.  It provides good examples of the primary GIS job categories and the duties related to such positions.  Here's the link:  http://www.urisa.org/model_job_descriptions

I'm sure Esri has some documentation as well, but I can't put my finger on it at the moment.

Good Luck.

Rachel Lyles Smith, GISP
Project Operations Manager
Geologic Survey & Services

Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries
800 NE Oregon St. #28, Suite 965
Portland, OR 97232
971-673-0481 direct
971-673-1555 main
971-673-1562 fax

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Subject: [gis_info] GIS User Category Descriptions

Hello All,

   Does anyone have a written description of categories of GIS users (in this case  users of ESRI software)? I'm looking for something to include in a document aimed at managers who are not necessarily very familiar with the GIS. It might categorize on the basis of  technological sophistication or area of expertise.


Geographer / GIS Coordinator & Analyst

NOAA Fisheries / NW Region
Portland, OR


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