nchart3dA bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate could effectively exclude everyone but licensed architects, engineers,and surveyors from federal government contracts for GIS and mapping services of all kinds —not just those services traditionally provided by surveyors.The Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2017 (S.1253) would set up a system of exclusionary procurement that would prevent most companies and organizations in the dynamic and rapidly growing GIS and mapping sectorfrom receiving federal contracts for a very wide range of activities, including GPS field data collection, GIS, internet mapping, geospatial analysis, location based services, remote sensing, academic research involving maps, and digital or manual map making or cartography of almost any type. Not only would this bill limit competition, innovation and free-market approaches for acrucial high-growth information technology (IT) sector of the U.S.economy, it also would cripple the current vibrant GIS industry and damage U.S.geographic information science, research capacity, and competitiveness. Read More