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August 7, 2018

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)....


World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) Launched at UNGGIM

Kingston, Jamaica: 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 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) by Jack Dangermond, Chairman of WGIC and Founder and President, Esri.

WGIC is co-founded by a group of 21 companies including Oracle, Bentley Systems, Esri, FARO, Geospatial Media, and Kingston based GeoTechVision Enterprises Limited. Its membership is also open to commercial companies and representative trade bodies.

WGIC aspires to be a collaborative platform for advancing the role of the geospatial industry and strengthening its contribution in world economy and society. 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.

WGIC Chairman Jack Dangermond said, “With WGIC, we have the vision to create a new institution that brings together all kinds of participants in the geospatial industry. We believe this will allow new kinds of partnerships to emerge with companies helping each other, and also the geospatial industry to collectively work with the some of the big global initiatives such as World Bank, United Nations etc. This also enables our industry as a whole to have a collective opinion on emerging policies such as those on privacy or geospatial data restriction.”

According to Partnership & Industry Engagement Committee Chairperson, Valrie Grant, Founder & Managing Director, GeoTechVision,"I truly believe that we are at the edge of ‘Where’ and Geospatial Technologies are becoming mainstream, so the WGIC presents an opportunity to grow our industry by strengthening our ability to contribute collectively. In the Caribbean, this will certainly help to improve industry collaboration with government and regional institutions and ultimately leapfrog the use and application of geospatial technology in the region.

 

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Directives and Action Plans

  • WGIC will share and represent the perspectives and opinions of the geospatial industry and support the policy development processes with governments and multilateral agencies.
  • Find technology collaboration and convergence in solution-centric business processes.
  • Build the necessary working relationships with national and multilateral agencies and undertake joint programs.
  • Create opportunities for convergence and partnership with mainstream IT and engineering technology players.
  • Push for business development through pro-active engagement with user industries, trade bodies, associations and professional forums.