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Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton majored in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado and has been employed within both the LiDAR and IFSAR mapping worlds since 1998. His interests (that all appear to be tied to mapping) include blue water sailing, backcountry skiing and big mountain and downhill mountain … More »

Cancellation of the World’s Largest Symposium on Government Geospatial Data

October 9th, 2013 by Ryan Hamilton

The US Federal Government spends an estimated 4 billion dollars a year on commercial geospatial data. The very existence of companies like DigitalGlobe is based on government contracts. But as Washington continues to bicker over political posturing that puts party before country, the effects are starting to hit the geospatial community. Not only are the horrible and non-targeted spending reductions like the sequester indiscriminately cutting into geospatial budgets, forced furloughs due to a self-inflicted government shutdown have halted data appropriations. They have also caused the cancellation of the world’s largest symposium on government geospatial data use and purchasing, the GEOINT Symposium.

GEOINT hosts over 4,000 attendees from 27 countries and is critical for many smaller geospatial startups to obtain US Intelligence contracts for the upcoming year. Without these contracts many of these small businesses will not survive. To further exasperate the problem, market uncertainty caused by members of our own government threatening to force the US treasury to default on our country’s debt obligations is causing commercial projects that would use geospatial data to be delayed. So obviously this gridlock is not helping our industry. As map geeks we need to let our representative know that the path to prosperity is not on the far left or right but somewhere in the middle. If they don’t understand those directions tell them that you can make them a map.

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