URISA Accepting Abstract Submissions for Caribbean GIS Conference

March 13, 2006 (Park Ridge, IL) – URISA is now accepting abstract submissions for its Third Caribbean GIS Conference. The conference will take place October 29-November 2, 2006 at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and will feature workshops, keynote presentations, dozens of educational sessions, an exhibition, and networking opportunities. The Program Committee will organize an educational program based upon the abstracts submitted through the Call for Presentations. All abstract submissions, received by April 28, 2006, will be reviewed and considered for this comprehensive educational program. Abstracts are being solicited in the following categories:

• Disaster Management, Law Enforcement, Public Health and Safety
• Standards, Policy and Management
• Land, Environment, Planning and Natural Resources
• Utilities, Business and Organizational GIS
• Education & Training
• Other Hot Topics

Visit the URISA website, for details and submission guidelines. This will be the third URISA Caribbean GIS Conference. The first two events were held in Jamaica (2001) and Barbados (2004). The chair of the 2006 conference committee is Ms. Carolann Albury, Director of the Bahamas National GIS Centre. The committee is comprised of well-respected GIS professionals from across the Caribbean region and the United States.

As in the previous gatherings, the conference objectives are:

1. To inform broad cross-section of Caribbean users about GIS technology and applications
2. To share experiences regarding GIS implementation and management issues
3. To establish new relationships with the vendor/consultant community
4. To provide workshops and sessions that are application driven, and are relevant to the Caribbean community of GIS users
5. To foster a Caribbean GIS network

Visit www.urisa.org for conference information.

Wendy Francis
Executive Director
URISA – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association