Tuesday, December 22, 2009

USGIF - COGO Full Membership

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced it was unanimously voted into the full membership of the Coalition of Geospatial Organisations (COGO) during a meeting at the ASPRS/MAPPS 2009 Conference.

“To be voted into COGO by our peer national geospatial organisations is a great way for USGIF to accomplish its mission of bringing together geospatial intelligence stakeholders,” said USGIF President Keith Masback. “With this partnership, we hope to bring more awareness to the GEOINT Community as a whole.”

COGO is a recently formed coalition of 16 national professional societies, trade associations and membership organisations in the geospatial field, representing more than 30,000 individual producers and users of geospatial data and technology. The purpose of COGO:

-Providing a forum for organisations concerned with national geospatial issues that will improve communications among member organisations and others.
-Providing educational information on relevant issues for their respective memberships.
-Aligning and strengthening their respective policy agendas and facilitate development of strategies to address national issues.

“Geospatial intelligence is rapidly becoming recognised at the highest policy levels across the country as vitally important to the health, safety and welfare, security and prosperity of the nation,” said Cy Smith, COGO Chair.

Members of COGO include the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Association of American Geographers (AAG), Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).


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