Welcome to BURISA!


BURISA will merge with LARIA at the start of 2013. The merger agreement was signed at a half day event on Friday 12th October 2012 in the Royal Statistical Society in London.

BURISA officially stands for the 'British Urban and Regional Information Systems Association', but we have never let that bother us unduly!

It is an informal, non-profit making, unincorporated association of practitioners whose common interest is the use and management of information and the development of information systems for services to the public.

BURISA aims to promote better communication between people concerned with information and information systems in local and central government, the health services, utilities and the academic world through its quarterly newsletter (click here for a sample) and periodic conferences and workshops.

It is run by a Board, each of whose members is co-opted in a personal capacity and gives his or her time voluntarily (but generally with the sponsorship of employers) to serve the aims of the Association.

A copy of the BURISA constitution is available here.

BURISA is affiliated to the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) through its membership of the Statistics User Forum.

BURISA interests span information systems for planning, policy making and service provision in:

  • Physical planning and development
  • Housing
  • Social services
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Health services
  • Utilities
  • Library service.




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