The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2004 Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference has been extended to October 17, 2003. The three-day educational program (with a full day of pre-conference workshops and a comprehensive exhibit hall) will take place March 28-31, 2004 in Austin, Texas. The conference, in its eighth successful year, is presented by the International Association of Assessing Officers ( and URISA (

Who attends this conference?

  1. Assessors who want to implement, improve or expand their use of information technology, specifically geographic information systems (GIS) and computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA).
  2. Managers of specific appraisal and assessment functions who are looking for new and improved IT applications.
  3. GIS managers who either are in, or serve, assessment departments.

The Program Committee will organize an educational program based upon the abstracts submitted through the Call for Presentations. Suggested topics include:

Systems & Data Integration
How do you integrate systems, computer applications, databases, work processes, and networks in the assessment office? There is a lot to consider, including, data management and maintenance, network operations, system design, process and data modeling, database design, cooperative development, and many other topics.

CAMA Modeling
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.

Internet/Public Access
One of the hottest topics in the field! How do you develop and use the Internet within the assessment field, and what are the effects of widespread public access to this data? What are the many technical considerations and web-based applications to consider? How do you deal with privacy vs. public information, marketing data, liability, and other related topics?

Management Issues
Administrators in today’s assessment office are seriously challenged when it comes to managing GIS & CAMA data. Further challenges arise in the implementation of GIS and the development of practical applications for the assessment office. Not only are there hardware and software considerations to manage, but there are also staffing concerns and the need to justify technology investments.

Other Current and Hot Topics
Some topics do not fit into a specific category. Additionally, there may be important developments that need to be discussed and shared.

For more information, or to submit online, visit Remember, submissions must be received by October 17 to be considered by the program committee.

Source: URISA - Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
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