URISA Alberta Chapter
URISA Alberta was formed in 1988 as a provincial chapter of URISA International, one of the longest-running Information Systems organizations in the world. The Alberta Chapter is separate from the international organization and has its own membership and fees.
URISA Alberta members represent many areas within the ever-expanding Information Systems (IS) field. Members represent provincial and municipal governments, the private sector (large and small businesses) and academia.
URISA Alberta Chapter Goals
- Promote the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related Information Systems within Alberta;
- Represent the users of GIS among:
- Governments and agencies;
- Provincial, national and international associations;
- Professional orders;
- Public service companies;
- Universities and colleges;
- Exchange knowledge and expertise to enhance the development of GIS;
- Promote the development and publication of standards and methodologies;
- Enhance research and development in GIS and related Information Systems.
URISA began in the U.S. in 1963. It is a non-profit organization focused on Technology education and issues, most recently focusing on all aspects of the geospatial industry. There are over 3000 members internationally with sister organizations in Asia, Australia and Europe. There are 24 Regional Chapters, primary in U.S. and Canada.
Executive officers are elected and normally serve a two-year term. Along with the President, URISA Alberta has two Vice Presidents (VP North and VP South), who participate in any conference planning activities, a Program Chair who coordinates and delivers the yearly program, a Publicity Chair who is responsible for advertising and promoting the chapter, a Treasurer and a Secretary. URISA Alberta also has a Member-at-Large and an Academic Liaison to assist with chapter activities and outreach.