A Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAAPS) working group is exploring the viability of a geospatial user fee that would create a trust fund to insure the creation and maintenance the United States spatial data stores. It's not as farfetched as it might seem; there are dozens of such fees that support important government created goods and services. Our editors are joined by John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director and Alan Mikuni, chair of the MAPPS Working Group on Geospatial User Fees and Trust Fund.
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