June 8, 2006 (PARK RIDGE, IL) – Following a very successful Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference in Orlando last February, URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) are accepting abstract submissions for the 2007 conference in Las Vegas.
The conference, jointly sponsored by URISA and the IAAO, has successfully brought together assessment and GIS professionals for education and networking for the past ten years. The eleventh annual conference will take place at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, March 4-7, 2007. The theme for the 2007 event is “Don’t Leave Your Value to Chance.”
The Committee has specified four general program tracks for this year’s conference and has provided topic ideas for each (please note that all abstracts will be considered for the program – whether or not they fit directly into one of these tracks):
Systems & Data Integration
How do you integrate systems, computer applications, databases, work processes and networks in the assessment and Land Records offices? There is a lot to consider, including: data management and maintenance, network operations, system design, process and data modeling, database design, cooperative development and collaboration within multiple departments in your jurisdictions, and many other topics. How-to integrate, SQL scripts, creating queries and views, etc. would all be welcome topics within this track.
CAMA Modeling has come a long way. What are the methods and results of mathematical models used in the appraisal of property? The presentations in this track may focus on the use of location in models, visual display of results with GIS, advanced modeling techniques, 3-D visualization and other related topics.
What’s new in Assessment and Land records offices? What are the new methodologies, tools, technology and software that are available. How have offices applied these new ideas to the assessment and Land Records business? Technology changes before your eyes. It is important to keep up with what’s new, and what has been done with it.
Management Issues & Case Studies
Administrators in today’s assessment and Land Records offices are seriously challenged when it comes to managing GIS, CAMA and Land Records data. Further challenges arise in the implementation of multiple databases such as GIS, CAMA and Land Records, and the collaboration and development of practical applications. Not only are there hardware and software considerations to manage, but there are also staffing concerns, management issues, political boundary and legal concerns, and learning to play well with others in the sand box. Internet and public access issues are also important topics within this track.
The 2007 Conference Chair is Greg Daniels, Assessor for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia and the Associate Chair is Jason Guilford, Senior CAMA Analyst for Lucas County, Ohio. The Conference Committee, comprised of URISA and IAAO members, will use the submissions from this Call for Presentations as the basis for the educational program. Abstracts will be accepted until July 31, 2006.
About IAAO — The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is a non-profit research and educational association. Established in 1934, its mission is to promote innovation and excellence in property appraisal as well as property tax policy and administration through professional development, education, research and technical assistance. For more information, visit www.iaao.org
About URISA — Founded in 1963, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a nonprofit association for professionals involved in improving urban and regional environments through the use of information technology. For more information, visit www.urisa.org