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GIScience, GIS, and Public Policy

The potential for GIS and GIScience to contribute to the formation of public policy has long been a reality, but is now becoming more broadly understood and central to governmental policy-making at all levels, as well as in society at large. The GIScience, GIS, and Public Policy theme will explore the expanding role of GIScience and GIS in the public policy arena, on crucial national issues such as climate change, immigration, health, civil rights and racism, transportation, energy, electoral redistricting, natural resources, social justice, the environment, and many others.

This theme also encompasses another dimension, that of federal and state policy-making regarding GIS itself. At the AAG Tampa meeting, several special sessions will focus on the work of two key national organizations which make policy for GIS: the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). Current challenges in GIScience, such as locational privacy implications of the wide-spread availability of real-time geographic data, will be an area of special focus. Sessions have been developed which address issues such as public access to governmental GIS data, federal procurement procedures for GIS and mapping services, evolving legal frameworks of a spatially enabled society, and a wide range of critical analyses and perspectives of GIScience, GIS, and Public Policy.

A session of particular significance under this theme is 2665, Federal Agency GIS Leaders Spotlight.


Featured Sessions

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Session # Session Title
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 1209 Spatial Data: Access Issues and Urban Policy Analysis
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 1409 International Public Policy and GIS Applications
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 1509 GIS Case Studies in Environmental and Landscape Policy
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 1609 Utilizing GIS in Public Health Policy


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 2152 Climate change: Planning, Policy and Practice I: Role of the People
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 2252 Climate change: Planning, Policy and Practice II: Role of Government Agencies
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 2465 Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 2565 Federal Geospatial Policy: The Role of Geographers
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 2665 Federal Agency GIS Leaders Spotlight
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 2630 Hurricane IV: Risk, Vulnerability and Policy


Download the GIScience, GIS, and Public Policy CFP.