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February 27, 2007

MAPPS slams AAG and geospatial orgs

Filed under: cartography, GIS, politics — ubikcan @ 10:29 am

Writing in the latest MAPPS newsletter (h/t APB) the President of MAPPS slams the AAG and other geospatial organizations:

The pending QBS litigation (MAPPS et al v. United States of America, 1:06cv378) has exposed a fundamental lack of understanding of state licensing, state law definitions of surveying, and procurement processes among members of several geospatial organizations, such as the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), all of whom have filed an amicus brief in Federal District Court in opposition to QBS and claiming that GIS and geospatial activities are not part of the broad architecture, engineering, surveying and mapping field. One of those groups, UCGIS, has gone so far as to issue a statement that it “is on record as opposed to accreditation” of university programs in the geographic information field. Professionalism is a market issue. It is part of building up our field, not dumbing it down.

Wow, what can you say about such a stupid comment? No one is saying that GIS is not part of the mapping “field,” rather they are objecting to his outfit’s attempt to vacuum in GIS and mapping activity and redefine it all as commercial. It’s turning GIS and mapping into the equivalent of a real estate license.

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