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August 6, 2013
Abstracts Sought for 18th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

Des Plaines, Ill., July 30, 2013—The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 18th Annual GIS/CAMA (Geographic Information Systems / Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) Technologies Conference, to be held February 24-27, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The educational program is developed through a review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The GIS/CAMA 2014 Conference Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, panels and lightning talks and has proposed a list of suggested program tracks and topics for consideration (note that all abstracts received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program regardless of the list below):

Get It Done: At a time when budgets and staff sizes are dwindling, getting your work done better and more efficiently is critical. Presentations in this track should focus on improving processes from field data collection to data integrity. Some topics to consider:

  • Mobile technology in action
  • Utilizing GIS for change detection
  • Using GIS to support personal property assessments

Run the Numbers: Accurate and equitable valuations are the cornerstone of an assessment office. Learn new ways of analyzing data and utilizing statistical models. Some ideas to consider:

  • Modeling unstable markets using advanced techniques
  • Statistical models for commercial property
  • CAMA models using SPSS "Blame it on statistics."

Serve It Up: Public confidence can rise and fall based on effective sharing and communication of property data and values with taxpayers, businesses, and other entities. How has your jurisdiction stepped up to the challenge and changed the ways or methods of utilizing, displaying and communicating data?

  • Raising Public Understanding: New ways of showing the public what we do and how we do it
  • Web-Interfaces: From electronic submission of appeals to comparable sales maps for public use
  • Technology and Customer Service

General/Other Topics:

  • GIS in Crisis: Sharing data instantly using GIS when nature wreaks havoc
  • On The Up and Up: Tales of recovery after economic and natural disasters
  • The Best Idea We Had This Year Was…….
  • Modern Workflows: Where we've come from and where we are going
  • Organizational Models for IT and GIS Services to Assessment (Where do staff sit and who do they report to?)
  • Implementing the Subparcels: What it means to CAMA and GIS
  • Cadastral Mapping

Again, this list is not comprehensive. All abstracts will be reviewed and considered regardless of the suggested topics above. Abstracts are due on or before Monday, September 23, 2013. For details and an online submission form, visit www.urisa.org/gis-cama-technologies-conference/.

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