Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a nonprofit association of professionals using geographic information systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges at all levels of government. [1] URISA promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and technology for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. [2]


URISA was formed in 1966, evolving from a loosely associated group of professionals with a common interest in urban planning information systems. The organization emanated from annual conferences held from 1963 through 1966, now known as the Annual Conference on Urban Planning Information Systems and Programs. URISA has an interest in the development of the GIS. [3] [4] URISA is currently headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, where the administrative functions of the association.


URISA is the founding member of the GIS Certification Institute , which administers professional certification for the field. [5] [6] [7] [8] URISA is also a founding member of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), a coalition of organizations concerned with US national geospatial issues. [9] GISCorps is a URISA program that provides volunteer services for underdeveloped countries worldwide. [10] [11] URISA’s proposed GIS Capability Maturity Model (GIS CMM) provides the means for local governments to gauge their progress in achieving GIS operational maturity against a variety of standards and measures. [12] [13]

URISA promotes data sharing by government organizations. [14] [15]

URISA hosts a number of conferences [16] each year including GIS-Pro: URISA’s Annual Conference for GIS Professionals; The GIS / CAMA Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by the International Association of Assessing Officers; [17] the URISA / NENA Addressing Conference, co-sponsored by the National Emergency Number Association; [18] a biennial GIS in Public Health Conference; Caribbean GIS Conference; And the URISA Leadership Academy, a five-day GIS leadership program.

URISA supports more than two-dozen chapters, the United States and Canada , with recent expansion into the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates . [19]

The URISA Journal [20] is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of the organization. [21] It has a history of open access. URISA. [22] [23] [24] Through an annual competition URISA encourages students to submit a paper for a special section of the URISA Journal . [25]

URISA also recognizes achievements in the industry through a variety of awards, including Exemplary Systems in Government Awards (ESIG) [26] and the URISA GIS Hall of Fame, [27] and the Horwood Distinguished Service Award. [28] [29]


Position name
President Mr. Greg Babinski, GISP
President-Elect Mr. Al Butler, GISP
Past President Mr. Cy Smith, GISP
Treasurer Mr. Carl Anderson, GISP
Secretary Mr. Thomas Conry


URISA members are professionals in the spatial data industry working in local, regional, state / provincial, tribal and federal government, academia, private sector, and non-profit organizations.

See also

  • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


  1. Jump up^ Geospatial Refarata WikiUrban and Regional Information Systems (URISA)
  2. Jump up^ Morrison, JLThe Organizational Home for GIS in the Scientific Professional Community
  3. Jump up^ Mark, Chrisman, Frank, McHaffie, PicklesThe GIS History Project
  4. Jump up^ URISA History
  5. Jump up^ Directions Magazine, Dec. 12, 2001The State of Certification – An Open Letter from William Huxhold, Chair, URISA Certification Committee
  6. Jump up^ Professional Surveyor Magazine, July 2007GIS – The Greater Extent: GIS Professional Certification
  7. Jump up^ Obermeyer, Nancy J.Certification and Accreditation:
  8. Jump up^ USGS Digital Mapping Techniques 2001 – Workshop ProceedingsThe Growing Issue of GIS Certification and Its Possible RamificationJournals to Geological Mapping Science
  9. Jump up^ Coalition of Geospatial Organizations
  10. Jump up^ GISCafe.com, March 21, 2012″URISA’s GISCorps Recognized by White House for Volunteer Service”
  11. Jump up^ GISProfessional Ethics Project, November 9, 2009Case study: Proprietary Software in an Emergency
  12. Jump up^ URISA Local Agency GIS Capability Maturity Model
  13. Jump up^ ArcNews, Winter 2010URISA Proposals a Local Government GIS Capability Maturity Model
  14. Jump up^ “URISA Data Policy and Amicus Brief” SDI Magazine, March 16, 2012
  15. Jump up^ A Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnellThe Census Project
  16. Jump up^ URISA Conferences
  17. Jump up^ IAAO
  18. Jump up^ NENA
  19. Jump up^ URISA Chapters
  20. Jump up^ URISA Journal
  21. Jump up^ Coppock, JT. And Rhind, DWThe History of GIS, p. 33
  22. Jump up^ URISA Publications
  23. Jump up^ Bibliography on urban and regional information systems
  24. Jump up^ NCSU GIS and related technologies
  25. Jump up^ University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute, April 21, 2011″URISA announces student competition”
  26. Jump up^ ESIG Award,
  27. Jump up^ University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, September 15, 2009″Will Craig to be Inducted into URISA’s GIS Hall of Fame”
  28. Jump up^ BusinessWire, December 16, 2004URISA Tele Atlas Awards’ Don Cooke the Horwood Distinguished Service Award; Award Recognizes Excellence in GIS & Digital Mapping
  29. Jump up^ Directions Magazine, October 27, 2005Lyna Wiggins Receives URISA Horwood Distinguished Service Award

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