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University Consortium for Geographic Information Science

  • By: Timothy Nyerges
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is an organization of universities and colleges, federal agencies, industry partners, and international affiliates whose purpose is to foster research and education in the field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience). UCGIS was founded in the early 1990s based on the recognition that a diverse and broad-based organization was needed to sustain growth in GIScience within the United States.

As described on the UCGIS Web site, the UCGIS mission and its associated goals are organized in three main thrusts:

Unify:

  • Provide ongoing research priorities for advancing theory and methods in GIScience.
  • Assess the current and potential contributions of GIScience to national scientific and public policy issues.

Facilitate:

  • Expand and strengthen GIScience education at all levels.
  • Provide the organizational infrastructure to foster ...
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