Last night Directions Magazine challenged visitors to our booth at the Esri Education GIS Conference Solutions Expo to explain some GIS acronyms. And, to make it fun, we video taped their answers! Below are the acronyms they skillfully and amusingly tackled. Thanks to our brave contestants (expecially the 4-Hers) for being so entertaining! Here's the video.
GNSS - Global Satellite Navigation System
The generic term for a constellation of satellites that send signals for use in terrestrial navigation worldwide. The U.S. Global Positioning System, GPS, is an example of one.
NSGIC - National States Geographic Information Council
A professional body for U.S. state geographic information leaders that promotes statewide geospatial coordination.
UCGIS - University Consortium on Geographic Information Science
A membership organization for institutions that focuses on teaching, learning and research on GI Science.
SDTS - Spatial Data Transfer Standard
A standard from FGDC for sharing spatial data. Its future as an endorsed standard is unclear.
WMS - Web Map Service
An OGC standard for sharing mapping data. Sometimes used as a generic term for an Internet-based service that serves maps.
UAS - Unmanned Aerial System
The hardware and software that enable what are commonly called drones.
FOSS4G - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
An adjective describing geospatial software that's free (as in beer and free to use) and under an open license. It's also the name of a number of conferences on the topic.
ESRI - Environmental Systems Research Institute
The original name of Esri; also the Economic and Social Research Institute of Ireland.
GTCM - Geospatial Technology Competency Model
A model sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines the skills of those who work in the geospatial field.
GISCI - GIS Certification Institute
A body that confers a certification called GISP, geographic information systems professional.
INSPIRE - Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community
A European Commission initiative to build an European spatial data infrastructure.
EROGI - European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information
An organization aiming to maximize the availability, effective use and exploitation of geographic information throughout Europe.
GGIM - United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management
A United Nations organization that aims to set the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges.
GIS & T BOK - Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge
A document detailing the knowledge of our field. An updated version is under development by UCGIS.
KML - Keyhole Markup Language.
XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. It's now an Open Geospatial Consoritum standard.
NGA - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
The U.S. agency provides imagery, map-based intelligence and geospatial information in support of the nation's military forces, national policy makers and civil users.
GIS - Geographic Information System
A computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data.