GLIS Becomes Newest Member of the GISCI Family of Organizations

Geographic and Land Information Society, Inc.
c/o CBI
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5868
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412

The Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) is pleased to announce that it has become the newest member of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) family of organizations. Recently GLIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GISCI and is now a part of the organization. Mr. William (Bill) Coleman, RPLS, GISP and Mr. John Bean, PE, GISP, two (2) of its board members, were appointed by GLIS to join the current 10-member GISCI board.

“GLIS contributes a unique perspective in the geospatial industry and they seek to better the professional understanding of the many technologies that comprise land information systems. They understand that GIS and surveying capabilities are complementary and that we can learn more about how they operate in a unified
profession.” said Mike Vanhook, GISCI President. “In designing an examination that is fair and accessible to all GIS professionals, we think that GLIS will provide support and diversity that will enhance the certification program.”

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) provides the geographic information systems (GIS) community with a complete certification program and is now developing an exam component for the GISP Certification to be implemented in early 2015. GISCI’s other member organizations include the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), National States Geographic
Information Council (NSGIC), University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).
“Joining GISCI allows us an opportunity to further participate and collaborate with other fellow geospatial professionals which is a big part of our mission. We are currently working with COGO, ASPRS, CaGIS, AAGS, and URISA on various initiatives. We are very excited about this opportunity to also work hand-in-hand with GISCI for
the advancement of the geospatial industry.” said Coleen Johnson, GLIS President. GLIS members have a unique understanding of many of the GIS data layers such as geodetic control, LiDAR, aerial orthophotography, cadastral layers parcels and subparcels (i.e. easements and rights-of-way) and can bring a different perspective when it comes to the importance of metadata. We can also help GISCI with an understanding of what laws and rules exist for the different states when it comes to surveying licensure and professional registration.

Again, thank you for your support and dedication to our national organization. We look forward to working with GISCI to promote the geospatial industry and strengthening both organizations in the coming years.

GLIS Board of Directors

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