Monday, October 8, 2012

If you work with public land records, check out PRIA and PREP

hal Systems is a  member of several professional trade organizations.  PRIA and PREP have provided me with several educational and networking opportunities over the past few years, so I wanted to pass along some basic information in case you are not familiar with these forums:

PRIA (Property Records Industry Association) is a group of professionals from both government and business sectors with a shared interest in the integrity of public records.  They work together to address common issues and concerns.   

PRIA officially launched in 2002.  It evolved out of a task force initially created for a specific time frame and purpose.    The PRIA web site contains a wealth of information, including white papers outlining standards and best practices that have been developed through a collaborative effort by PRIA members.    Several documents are devoted to eRecording and include how to prepare, business requirements, and XML standards along with an implementation guideline.   You’ll also find information on GIS integration with land records, notary essentials and practical considerations with regard to privacy and public land records.  Current projects include papers on redaction and eRecording portals.

PRIA holds conferences twice a year.  These events combine educational seminars, business meetings and networking opportunities.  The 2012 annual conference was held in Memphis, August 28-30, where I attended sessions on MERS, Title insurance 101, Cloud technologies, GIS, and eRecording excellence.

 PREP (Property Records Education Partners) is a PRIA initiative that strives to foster relationships, enhance communication, and create networking channels and educational opportunities on local levels.  There are PREP chapters in AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, MD, MI, MN, NE, ND, NV, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA and WI.

PRIA has several membership categories available for both government and private sectors.  There is no cost to participate in PREP, and you do not have to be a member of PRIA to participate in PREP. 

Feel free to contact me with questions and visit the PRIA web site for additional information ( 

Kathy Taylor