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Tuesday, November 7 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lightning Session. Understanding the Geospatial Data Act of 2017

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AUTHORS. Sarah Hoskins, GIS and Data Librarian, Wellesley College Library & Technology Services

ABSTRACT. The Geospatial Data Act of 2017, alongside state level legislation and other Federal legislation like the Local Zoning Decisions Protection act, can potentially change the way GIS practitioners in all disciplines operate. This lightning talk will try to address why geospatial data is such a concern to lawmakers, the theoretical implications of such acts and the practical ramifications. The Geospatial Data Act limits all federally contracted geospatial work, including data collection and imagery, to a narrow set of licensed firms, excluding others from the market. The Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act takes these restrictions even further, claiming that “no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.” Professional organizations including the American Association of Geographers have come out strongly against the bills. It is important for GIS professionals in industry, government and academia to understand how Geospatial Data Act could potentially effect their work and how to respond. 

Tuesday November 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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