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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The University of Sothern California Spatial Sciences Institute this fall launched a Bachelor of Science degree in geodesign. The new major trains students in design, planning, geographic information science (GIS) and geospatial technologies. It also provides students with valuable skills that allow them to pursue professional careers and/or graduate study in one or more of these three fields and a variety of environmental areas....