JIS News

The achievements of the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) were recognized at the recently concluded 4th Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Caribbean Conference held in the Cayman Islands. URISA is a non-profit association of professionals involved in improving urban and regional environments through the use of information technology.
The URISA conference was held under the theme ‘Evolution and Next Steps’ and focused on the effective application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies within the Caribbean. Mrs. Jacqueline DaCosta, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Land and Environment and Chairperson of LICJ, was awarded the GIS Pioneer Award by the URISA Caribbean Chapter. She was lauded for her tireless and valuable contribution to the development and advancement of GIS in Jamaica and recognized for her role in modernizing and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.
The LICJ was also recognized at the conference and was the first recipient of the URISA Caribbean Spatial Vision Award for extraordinary achievement in GIS in the Caribbean. The LICJ was selected because of its contribution to the advancement of GIS in the region through inspiring leadership, outstanding training programmes and community involvement.
LICJ has been coordinating the use and development of GIS and GPS technologies, standards and guidelines and has facilitated the growth of workers in the sector in Jamaica. The council has also equipped many countries in the region with GIS professionals.