Periodically, the URISA Board of Directors researches and takes action on specific initiatives.
In the spring of 2005, the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) accepted a proposal submitted by URISA to create a Street Address Standard. URISA Past President Martha Lombard, GISP, and former Board Members Hilary Perkins, GISP and Ed Wells, GISP are leading this effort on URISA's behalf. Additional Core Committee team leaders include Carl Anderson, Anne O’Connor, and Sara Yurman.
The results of this consensus-driven process will be submitted through the FGDC's formal standards approval process. If they are accepted, the Census Bureau will maintain the standards under the auspices of its duties as theme lead for the Federal Subcommittee on Cultural, Society, and Demographics.
At the 2002 URISA Annual Conference, a special task force was created to examine the vertical and horizontal integration of existing datasets at regional, state, and national levels. It also looked at the creation of new data where the gaps exist promise to finally bring about a viable spatial data infrastructure to support decision making and action in both crisis and ordinary situations.