The Geographic and Land Information Society and GIS/LIS Activities in the United States
The Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) is the youngest and the smallest member organization of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The main goal of GLIS is to bridge the gap between traditional surveying and mapping professionals and the GIS community. In spite of its modest size, GLIS has had a considerable impact on both professional communities. The society was instrumental in bringing about the realization of the importance of surveying within the GIS community. The GIS community is becoming more aware of the importance of surveying to GIS, and of the importance of the surveyor's participation in GIS activities. One example of this recognition was the inclusion of surveying activities (spatial data compilation) as GIS professional experience in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's GIS certification criteria. The Geographic and Land Information Society is also making headway in making the surveying community more aware of the need to become involved in GIS, by promoting GIS activities in State Surveying Societies and by providing educational opportunities for surveyors at ACSM and other surveyors' conferences.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2006