Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (S.1253)
Part of URISA's mandate is to protect, promote and grow the GIS profession. And that includes monitoring and reacting to any possible negative impacts to our members' livelihood.
There has been a lot
dialogue about the Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (S.1253). URISA's Policy Advisory Committee debated and developed a position statement about a month ago. If you haven't had a chance to familiarize yourself with the details yet, take some time to read through the full text of the bill along with the URISA Board's position.
During a meeting at the Esri UC, a Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) subcommittee was formed to recommend language changes in the bill that many of the COGO members objected to (not just URISA). The URISA representative to COGO is on the subcommittee which has met once and is scheduled to meet again August 15. Stay tuned!