Today, UCGIS has grown into an organization of more than 70 member institutions and is a widely recognized voice of Geographic Information Science (GIScience).In 10 years, UCGIS has been rapidly expanded and implemented the vision of the Boulder meeting in accomplishing its mission:
- To serve as an effective, unified voice for the geographic information science research community;
- To foster multidisciplinary research and education; and
- To promote the informed and responsible use of geographic information science and geographic analysis for the benefit of society.
- Provide ongoing research priorities for advancing theory and methods in Geographic Information Science.
- Assess the current and potential contributions of GIS to national scientific and public policy issues.
- Expand and strengthen Geographic Information Science education at all levels.
- Provide the organizational infrastructure to foster collaborative interdisciplinary research in Geographic Information Science.
- Promote the ethical use of and access to geographic information.
- Foster Geographic Information Science and analysis in support of national needs.
In 2004, the UCGIS Summer Assembly will actually be held in October in conjunction with the GIScience 2004 Conference to allow the Council of delegates to interact with a broader array of GIScientists worldwide and to provide a larger forum for the intellectual exchange of knowledge in GIScience.
The Winter Meeting provides a venue for member institutions to present their research results to members of Congress and their staff showcasing the value of GIScience to the nation.The meeting also features presentations by federal agency representatives reporting to UCGIS delegates of needs and funding opportunities in the federal agencies for GIScience research and education.The Winter Meeting also offers an ideal opportunity for UCGIS delegates to meet with members of their state congressional delegations in Washington, DC.
In the 10 years since its formation, UCGIS has developed a set of long-term research challenges documented on the UCGIS web site and in a forthcoming book from Taylor and Francis.The evolution of the research agenda has also included examination of applications of these research challenges and now includes a set of short-term research briefs.The applications and research briefs are also documented on the UCGIS web site.
UCGIS developments in education have included a set of priorities, distance learning, virtual seminars for graduate students in GIScience conducted among UCGIS member institutions, and a model curriculum document.These education objectives of UCGIS are ongoing and details are presented on the web site.
UCGIS has grown to be the primary organization representing GIScience researchers and educators in the United States and is gaining acceptance worldwide.It now includes representation of the initial founding university members plus additional universities, professional societies, corporate affiliates, a government agency and foreign affiliate institutions.The list of the member institutions can be viewed here. UCGIS continually welcomes new member institutions and is well positioned to lead the GIScience community in its second decade.