World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) Launches With Commercial GIS Representation Only

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The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) has launched as a representative body for commercial GIS companies. The creation of the WGIC was announced on August 1, 2018 at the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) meeting in New York. A press release announcing the association of GIS companies was co-founded by 21 GIS companies including: AAMGroup, AGIIndia, Autodesk, BentleySystems, Cyient, DataWorld, DigitalGlobe, e-GEOS, Esri, FARO, GeoTechVision, GroundTruth, Hexagon, IICTechnologies, Oracle, Riegl, RoltaGroup, Trimble, TomTom, and Topcon. Jack Dangermond, the founder of Esri, is listed as the Chairperson of the WGIC.

With a deliberate emphasis on commercial GIS entities only, the newly established council doesn’t include representation by any open source GIS entities. In fact, the press release issued by WGIC specifically notes that “membership is open to commercial companies and representative trade bodies”. This omission is a bit bold considering that the stated objective of the WGIS is to “to be a collaborative platform for advancing the role of the geospatial industry and strengthening its contribution in the world economy and society.” A look at the increasing prevalence of open source GIS software and applications across many industries would merit including representatives from QGIS, MapBox, PostGIS, and many others.

The press release:

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