World Geospatial Industry Council – WGIC Launched at UNGGIM

In a landmark development, geospatial industry leaders from across the world came together to announce the formation of the World Geospatial Industry Council – WGIC. The announcement was made on August 1, 2018 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management ) held in New York, by Jack Dangermond, Chairman of WGIC and Founder and President, Esri. Now that I think about it I wonder what took Jack so long to do this.

The New WGIC logoWGIC is co-founded by a group of 21 companies, namely AAM Group, AGI India, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Cyient, Data World, DigitalGlobe (a Maxar Technologies company), e-GEOS, Esri, FARO, Geospatial Media, GeoTech Vision, Ground Truth, Hexagon, IIC Technologies, Oracle, Riegl, Rolta Group, Trimble, To mTo m, and Topcon to begin with and its membership is open to commercial companies and representative trade bodies.

WGIC, as it intends to be known in short, aspires to be a collaborative platform for advancing the role of the geospatial industry and strengthening its contribution in the world economy and society. WGIC endeavors to facilitate the exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-create larger business opportunities for the geospatial industry. Further, with policy restraints limiting private sector participation and commercialization, WGIC also seeks to raise awareness among policymakers and advocate for better environment and investments in the geospatial sector.

The enthusiasm and energy was visible at the first formal meeting of the WGIC on the sidelines of the UNGGIM session in New York City on July 31, 2018, when representatives of the co-founding companies had lively discussions on geospatial industry trends and directions which were fundamental to determining the objectives and key activities for WGIC.

I hope this is going to be important on the world geo-political scale.

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