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Will Craig to be Inducted into URISA’s GIS Hall of Fame

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Will Craig, Associate Director of CURA

September 15, 2009
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William Craig, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, will be inducted into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame during the 47th Annual Conference in Anaheim of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) at the end of September. URISA established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community.

Craig is widely regarded by colleagues as one of the pioneers of urban and regional information systems and GIS, said Wendy Nelson, executive director of URISA. He began as system manager and project director of one of the first state-wide GIS—the Minnesota Land Management Information System.

Craig began his career at the University of Minnesota in 1967. He co-founded the University’s Master of GIS professional degree program in 1997. He has held numerous key appointments including: president of URISA (1986-87); president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (1997); president of the National States Geographic Information Council (2009-10); chair of the inaugural national GIS/LIS Conference (1988); chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information (1992-93); chair of the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee (2000-02); member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council (2000-2005); and member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Land Parcel Databases (2006-07).

Craig received the URISA Leadership Award in 1989, the URISA Horwood Distinguished Service Award in 1993, the Minnesota State GIS Honor Roll Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, the University of Minnesota Academic Staff Award in 1998, and the Outstanding Service Award from the National States Geographic Information Council in 2007.

Read a U Relations faculty-staff profile of Will Craig (April 13, 2010)