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MAPPS amends membership criteria

Reston, USA, August 2, 2007: A new definition of a member firm in MAPPS, the national association of private geospatial firms, was approved by a unanimous vote of the association’s membership during the annual business meeting at the MAPPS Summer Conference at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH.

The amendment to the MAPPS bylaws redefines the requirements for membership in MAPPS, which over the past 8 years has strategically expanded to include firms in the broader geospatial data and geographic information systems profession.

The by-laws change is effective immediately. It redefines the types of firms that are eligible for full MAPPS membership, as well as associate and emeritus members.

The membership levels are defined as:

  • Active Member: Any firm whose home office is located in the United States of America and is engaged in the geospatial profession. “Engaged in the geospatial profession” means any private, for-profit organization where one of its purposes is the creation, collection, dissemination and application of geo-referenced graphical or digital data to depict natural or manmade physical features, phenomena, or boundaries of the earth, geospatial intelligence, and any information related thereto, including any such data that comprises a survey, map, chart, geographic information system, remotely sensed satellite or aerial image or data.
  • Associate member: Any firm engaged in the manufacturing and/or supplying of geospatial equipment, services, supplies, hardware or software, that supports but is not engaged in the geospatial profession, any firm not engaged in but with an interest in the geospatial field, and any firm meeting the definition of “Engaged in the geospatial profession” whose home office is located outside of the United States of America may become an associate member.
  • Emeritus Member: Any individual who has been an officer of a firm which has been an active, associate or sustaining member firm for at least the preceding five consecutive years, who has reached the age of 60 years, who has retired from such firm and is no longer engaged in a full time practice in the geospatial profession may become an Emeritus Member.

    The vote occurred on Monday, July 16, 2007 during the annual membership business meeting of MAPPS held during the association’s 25th anniversary conference in Bretton Woods, NH.

    “Just as the geospatial community has evolved over the past 25 years, so has the MAPPS membership. These by-law revisions providing new membership definitions are not a change as much as a codification of the diversity of membership that we have been experiencing and implementing. These definitions should make a wide variety of private geospatial firms feel welcome as new members of MAPPS,” said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director.