In this interview with John Palatiello, executive director of MAPPS, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, the focus is on a bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado representing the Fifth District that includes Colorado Springs. Lamborn is the Chairman on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (http://naturalresources.house.gov/Subcommittees/Subcommittee/?SubcommitteeID=5062).
HR 4233 was introduced on March 21st and some of the elements of that bill offer to:
• consolidate responsibilities for leadership in a National Geospatial Technology Administration within the U.S. Geological Survey; in order to
• merge duplicate federal geospatial programs into a new Administration; and one that
• encourage the uses of commercial data and private sector service providers; In addition its offers to establish a National Geospatial Policy Commission to provide a priority-setting mechanism that not only includes federal agencies, but Congress and non-federal stakeholders as well;
Editor in chief Joe Francica spoke to Mr. Palatiello about the bill, the background on it and what’s next.[MAPPS counts more than 150 member firms and tracks legislative and regulatory issues that affect the geospatial profession.]
At the Creating the Policy and Legal Framework for a Location-enabled Society conference in Boston, Kirk Goldsberry, who is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard, gave a fascinatng presentation with the help of two of his students on the topic of personal geographic data and privacy. Geoff Zeiss provides a recap.