URISA and NENA Announce New Name for Joint Conference and the Availability of a Call for Presentations

Park Ridge, IL, September 25, 2007-- The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) have announced a new name for its joint conference. The 2008 conference will be the first one presented under this name: The URISA/NENA Addressing Conference. The conference will take place April 7-10, 2008 in Portland, Oregon.

Conference History
This conference has evolved from URISA's Street Smart and Address Savvy Conference (held from 1999 to 2005):

1999: San Antonio, TX
2000: Baltimore, MD
2001: Milwaukee, WI
2002: Portland, OR
2003: Providence, RI
2004: St Louis, MO
2005: Austin, TX

In 2006 and 2007, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) joined URISA as a full partner in this educational program and the conference was re-named to the Geospatial Integration for Public Safety Conference (GIPSC). GIPSC brought together GIS professionals, addressing coordinators, 9-1-1 and emergency response specialists to one place for opportunities in networking and learning.

2006: Nashville, TN
2007: New Orleans, LA

Following the 2007 conference, there was much discussion about bringing more of the addressing focus back to the conference while continuing to bring the qualities of the GIPSC event to the program. So, beginning with the 2008 event, the event will be known as the URISA/NENA Addressing Conference.
Don Cooke, 2007 URISA GIS Hall of Fame inductee, will provide the keynote address at the conference.

Call for Presentations

Individuals are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration by the Conference Program Committee. The Committee, consisting of NENA and URISA members, will organize an educational program based upon the abstracts submitted through this Call for Presentations. All abstract submissions, received by November 5, 2007, will be reviewed and considered for this comprehensive educational program.
The Committee has specified three 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):

Addressing Basics, Coordination, and Standards
Sessions within this track will provide insight on topics including identifying standards, developing documentation and policy, establishing workflow, collecting inventory and issuing citations.

Emergency Response and 9-1-1
Sessions in this track will focus on projects at the local, state, and Federal levels of effective emergency response using GIS. Presentations in this track demonstrate what is possible when two powerful technologies collaborate for informed emergency response.

Case Studies of GIS Integration with Public Safety
This track will focus on presentations from real-life experiences in integration of GIS and public safety technologies; what works and what doesn’t.

Other/Hot Topics
Please submit in this category if your presentation idea does not fit neatly into one of the specified categories.

Submissions Due: November 5, 2007

Online Submission Form and Conference Details: http://www.urisa.org/conferences/Addressing/Info

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About NENA – The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) is The Voice of 9-1-1 ™. Now celebrating its 25th Year, NENA was established to promote implementation and awareness of 9-1-1 as North America’s universal emergency number. NENA has grown to become the leading professional non-profit organization dedicated solely to 9-1-1 emergency communications issues. For more information, visit www.nena.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


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