AAIS is the Australasian chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), a global network of IS communities. AAIS seeks to promote and extend the support provided by a number of other organisations that are also active in the region. Among these organisations are ACPHIS (Australasian Council of Professors and Heads of IS) and ACS (Australian Computer Society).
AAIS actively supports the AJIS (Australasian Journal of Information Systems) and the annual ACIS conferences (Australasian Conference on Information Systems) which have been held since 1990.
The executive takes an overall consultative approach and members of AAIS are invited to contact any of the members of the executive with suggestions and comments. Please feel free to make suggestions even if you are not currently a member of AIS or AAIS.
AIS does not charge membership fees additional to those of AIS, nor receive any funds from AIS headquarters. We rely for funds on the generous financial support of our institutional sponsors.
The AAIS bylaws are available here.
What is the Association for Information Systems (AIS)?
The Association for Information Systems (AIS) was founded in 1994 as a professional organisation whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specialising in Information Systems (IS)
AIS was strengthened by mergers in 1998 with ISWorld and in 2001 with The International Conference on Information Systems. It provides financial support for the Pacific Area Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) and the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS).
AIS is organised into three regions. Chapters were originally formed by areas within the US, but more recently a number of international chapters have been formed.
A Brief History of the Australasian Association for Information Systems (AAIS)
A decision was made to form the Australian Association for Information Systems (AAIS) in December 2001, at the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). The new body is a chapter of the AIS.
Australasian members of AIS elected an executive for the new group, the election being overseen by Professor Michael Vitale, the immediate past-President of AIS. The executive met for the first time in Sydney in February, 2002 to discuss how the group should proceed and what activities should be undertaken in the short-term.
The executive saw itself as being in “listening mode” initially, and over the next few months, members of the executive sought input from the IS community in Australasia, especially from existing bodies and groups. The executive have been in contact with the ACS, ACPHIS, the organising committee of ACIS and the editorial board of AJIS. All of these discussions have been very fruitful and the AAIS has established formal lines of communications with all of these bodies. We are also discussing with various individuals how best to organise the various email lists and web pages associated with the IS community in Australasia.
Somewhat unexpectedly, the AAIS were asked to make a presentation to the Federal Government on Future Research Directions in Australia. The membership of the AAIS were invited to contribute their opinions on this matter and a response was drafted by the executive. This response was submitted jointly with ACPHIS.