Laws and Legislation


Sample Affidavit – Often GIS professionals have the pleasure of being asked to file affidavits as to the accuracy of maps for court cases.

IndianaMap Law – IndianaMap legislation passed May 2007 that establishes a Geographic Information Officer, requires data sharing and integration, and defines framework data

MAPPS Litigation
Litigation has been filed in US District Court by the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Firms (MAPPS), et. al., to require that nearly all federally contracted mapping and GIS activities be limited to licensed surveyors or engineers. Read the background and legal filings compiled by the Association of American Geographers:
Case Background Paper (January 2007)
Amicus Brief (January 2007)
Amicus Brief Affidavit (1) (January 2007)
Amicus Brief Affidavit (2) (January 2007)
MAPPS Lobbies US Congress (May 2005)

Business Case for GIS – IGIC makes the case for coordinated GIS activities in State Government (December 2006)

GIS Day Video – Indiana Senator David Ford’s keynote address, “A Vision for Future Applications of GIS,” at the Indiana University GIS Day event (November 2006)

IGIC’s top 5 priorities to support the IndianaMap (November 2006)

‘Privacy’ a bar to disclosure of electronic GIS maps by FEMA – Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press article on a federal appellate court ruling that a non-profit environmental group is not entitled to FEMA maps, or download a printable version (June 2005)

NSDI Guidelines for Providing Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data in Response to Security Concerns (June 2005)

Supreme Court Orders Town To Release Aerial Photos, Maps – GIS User article on ruling in Greenwich, Conneticut. Or print the article (June 2005).

Connecticut Supreme Court Case – court documents from the Connecticut Supreme Court case on public access to publicly funded GIS data

Indiana GIS Technology Strategy (November 2004)

Summary Security Report Summary of the report from the Rand National Defense Research Institute, “Mapping the Risks: Assessing the Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information” (May 2004)

How Homeland Security Affects Spatial Information (April 2004)

Access To Public Records 5.14.3 – Indiana Code that includes provisions related to GIS and data security (July 2003)

Indiana Bill Watch – follow upcoming GIS legislation

Economic Stimulus Plan

The House of Representatives put together an $825 billion bill called “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009.” Below is a record of how discussion about the bill took place.

Stimulus Package – The Legislation
Summary – from the House Appropriations Committee
Transforming our Economy with Science and Technology – section of the bill with direct impact on GIS printable version
Appropriations Bill – full text of the bill
Bill Tracking Proposal: Building a National GIS
This is a letter from Jack Dangermond (ESRI) and Anne Miglarese (Booz Allen Hamilton) proposing $1.2 billion in bailout funds for a National GIS.

A Proposal for National Economic Recovery – complete letter
Additional Information – includes endorsements from GIS and other organizations
National GIS Support from NSGIC – formal letter of support from NSGIC

Proposal: NSDI 2.0
This is concept paper from a collaborative grassroots coalition.

NSDI 2.0: Powering our National Economy, Renewing our Infrastructure, Protecting our Environment – full proposal

Proposal: Reinvigorating the American Economy Through Investment in the NSDI

This proposal was developed by Google, Microsoft, Intergraph, Autodesk, and Oracle.
A Proposal for Reinvigorating the American Economy Through Investment in the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) – full proposal

IndyStar article January 29, 2009 (first proposal) (second proposal) (third proposal)

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
Materials and opinions from the national organization.

Advocacy Agenda – plans for Imagery for the Nation, parcels, etc.
Economic Stimulus and Transportation for the Nation
Federal Coordination Standards

Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO)
COGO Recommends Establishment of Geospatial Subcommittee in Congress 1-6-09

Parcels – National Academy of Sciences Report

National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future – issue brief from NSGIC
National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future – obtain a copy of the report

Flood Mapping – National Research Council Report

Mapping the Zone: Improving Floodmap Accuracy – article on the report
Mapping the Zone: Improving Floodmap Accuracy – obtain a copy of the report

NGAC – National Geospatial Advisory Committee

NGAC Website
A National Geospatial Strategy – recommendations for the Presidential Transition Team (October 2008)
The Changing Geospatial Landscape – NGAC report (January 2009)