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MAPPS v. U.S. - The Stakes for the GIS and Mapping Communities

The case of MAPPS v. United States (E.D. VA. No. 1:06cv378) in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, was ruled in favor of the government. The litigation could have had dramatic consequences for the entire mapping community, including the GIS industry. Simply put, an adverse outcome would have effectively excluded everyone but licensed architects, engineers and surveyors from federal government contracts for "mapping" services of every sort and description - not just those mapping services traditionally performed by surveyors. For more information on the case, see the documents below.