MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Spring 2007
ISSUE 48

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

State
LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

Regional
MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Local
Snowmobile Trails in E911

Federal
2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
EarthNow!
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

People
McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes

 

 

Lawsuit Might Limit Who Can Do GIS!

A federal court case in Alexandria, Virginia could have drastic consequences for the GIS industry. Simply put, an adverse outcome could lead to the exclusion of everyone but licensed engineers and surveyors from federal government contacts for “mapping” services of every sort.

The suit is filed by four trade associations of engineering and surveyors, led by MAPPS, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors.

It has been opposed by:

  • AAG, Association of American Geographers
  • GISCI, GIS Certification Institute
  • GITA, Geospatial Information and Technology Association
  • UCGIS, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science
  • URISA, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

The opposition filed an Amicus brief on January 24. MAPPS objected but the court accepted the brief.

See the AAG and URISA websites for more information, including the Amicus brief.