The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association was founded in 1992. The chapter serves as a forum for professionals and students to meet, share ideas, and discuss local issues. The local chapter is part of the international Urban & Regional Information Systems Association.
The local chapter is guided by a set of Chapter By Laws. The By laws were developed by the local chapter and are periodically amended to reflect changes in the local chapter. View the Chapter Bylaws (PDF File).
The Oregon and S.W. Washington Chapter of URISA International is a local chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is the association for GIS professionals. It is an international association that offers educational programs, publications, and other resources. In addition to producing the URISA Journal; The GIS Professional newsletter; and all the association's conference offerings, including GIS-Pro, URISA strives to be the go-to organization for GIS professionals around the world.
But URISA is also organized to connect professionals locally. URISA has more than two dozen state, provincial, and regional chapters. Chapter meetings, workshops, conferences, and social events occur regularly throughout the United States and Canada and also in the Caribbean. Chapters connect GIS professionals locally, and the networking and education are invaluable. Workshops, "happy hours," and multiple-day conferences are all provided by URISA chapters.
URISA's mission is to:
Support and provide education,
Foster communication among professionals, and to
Encourage the effective application of information technology and its integration in an enterprise information environment.
GIS Certification - GISP
A GISP is a certified geographic information systems (GIS) Professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). We encourage Chapter members to apply for GIS Certification at the GIS Certification Institute.
Chapter Maturity Assessment
Each year OR-URISA completes what referred to as a Chapter Maturity Assessment (CMA). The CMA is an excellent tool for both the local chapter and URISA International to document what has accomplished during the past year.
Alcohol Consumption Policy
OR-URISA has adopted a policy to assure responsible management and consumption practices of alcoholic beverages at chapter sponsored events. View the Alcohol Policy.