The Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (GDA 2017) is a proposed piece of legislation currently being considered by congress. If passed into law, it may negatively impact professionals in the geospatial field by limiting their ability to provide mapping/geospatial services for state or federal agencies. Links to the actual Act and position papers from the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are listed below.
Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (S.1253)
House Version (H.R.3522)
GITA Position Paper
AAG Position Paper
URISA Position Paper
WiGIS intends to collaborate with fellow geospatial organizations and groups such as the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) to compose a letter contesting some of the language in the bill.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding the WiGIS participation in this effort, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 18th, 2017.