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OSRA is a professional organization chartered for the purpose of pursuing research and education in the area of information technology and end-user information systems. OSRA provides a platform for dedicated professionals to meet and exchange ideas in the pursuit of excellence.

NEWSLETTER
Quarterly publication included with membership and designed to update members concerning OSRA activities, research in progress and announcements of upcoming events of interest. All Newsletters can be found in the "Files & Links" area located on the right.

JOURNAL
Biannual publications included with membership. Contains refereed articles on significant research and projects in areas of information systems. Also includes a practical application section, "Making a Difference," of interest to systems professionals and educators. All Journals can be found in the "Files & Links" area located on the right.

RESEARCH CONFERENCE
Annual event attracting experts in the field of information technology and end-user information systems, business education, corporate training, and curriculum development for the purpose of sharing research results and discussing issues related to educational and corporate activities.

MODEL CURRICULUM IN ORGANIZATIONAL AND END-USER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
An ongoing effort to develop, revise and improve the curricula supporting the education of professionals in the field of information technology and end-user information systems.

MINI GRANTS
Seed money available with initial costs of research in the area of information technology and end-user information systems. Business professionals, faculty, and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.

AWARDS RECOGNITION
Awarded for outstanding research in the field of information technology and end-user information systems and significant contribution to the annual conference through the presentation of a paper.

GOALS

  • Promote and market OSRA as an organization and organizational and end-user information systems (OEIS) as a field
  • Promote quality research and expansion of the organizational and end-user information systems (OEIS) common body of knowledge
  • Ensure relevancy of the OSRA curriculum
  • Create alliances between OSRA and the IS community (both business and academic)
  • Strengthen OSRA's business/academic linkages
  • Promote quality undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Build a strong financial foundation

STRUCTURE
Chartered in 1982, OSRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in information technology and end-user information systems and governed by a member-elected Executive Board. The OSRA consitution specifies that the Board be representative of the four major membership categories:

  • EDUCATORS in the field of information technology and end-user information systems.
  • INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS in the area of information technology and end-user information systems.
  • STUDENTS interested in information technology and end- user information systems.
  • OTHERS interested in the results of research on information technologies for the desktop and the end-user environment.

The Executive Board consists of eight elected officers:

  • President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President, Professional Studies
  • Vice President, Membership
  • Vice President, Research
  • Vice President, Publications
  • Secretary/Historian
  • Treasurer

The Board also includes Members-at-Large appointed by the President:

  • One Member-at-Large, Research
  • One Member-at-Large, Conferences
  • Two Members-at-Large, Business Associates

and other members necessary to maintain representation. An Executive Director, appointed by the Executive Board, is also a non-voting member of the Board.

RESEARCH
Research areas of OSRA members include:

  • end-user information systems
  • desktop environments
  • image and workflow processing
  • groupware applications
  • ergonomics/human factors
  • microcomputer applications
  • graphics and presentation systems
  • business process restructuring
  • performance support systems
  • training technology
  • documentation management systems
  • case studies/action research
  • behavioral and organizational issues implementing OEIS
  • information centers/end-user computing
  • technology assimilation/organizational change
  • international information services
  • telecommunication systems supporting end-users' information technology
  • the Internet and intranets as supports for end-user information systems

Contact: Donna Everrett

Department of Information Systems
UPO 2478, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351-1689
Phone : (606) 783-2718 Fax : (606) 783-5025 Email : d.everett@morehead-st.edu

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