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Major reviews of URISA’s achievements and previews of its prospects were featured at the 1977 (15th anniversary) and 1992 (30th anniversary) conferences (Wellar, 1977; Wellar and Parr, 1992). The 1977 proceedings included 13 invited papers on the theme “Information System Inputs to Policies, Plans and Programs”, and 26 invited papers on key IS/IT issues and topics. In 1992, with “Making Connections” the conference theme, 14 papers were commissioned for a special proceedings volume, IS/GIS/LIS and Public Policies, Plans and Programs: Thirty Years in Perspective.
In this paper several of the abiding issues, opportunities and challenges identified in the two previous reviews-previews are revisited, and several new bench-marking criteria are introduced. It is our contention that over the course of 40 years URISA and its members have played a central role in: shaping global and association IS/GIS/LIS networks; defining the G of GIS; expanding and harmonizing the IS family; providing substantive content and personnel for the information system industry; elaborating the connections that underlie information system innovation and adoption in government, business, academia and society at large; and, advancing IS/GIS/LIS research frontiers.
The paper closes with the presentation of selected “Enterprise Principles”. The principles are derived from an inspection of prior URISA reviews-previews, and a keyword-based search of recent proceedings. It is anticipated that this topic will become central to future URISA discourse on curiosity-driven and client-driven research initiatives.
Due to the large amount of review-preview documentation that is already available on URISA’s record, the approach in this paper is to emphasize graphics with a minimal amount of text. It is our impression that the graphics tend to “speak for themselves” in most cases.