During the last decade rapid growth has occurred in the field of
geographic information. With this growth have come diverse notions
concerning which direction the field should take. To ensure that a
coherent view emerges, a broad representation of universities and
professional associations have come together to form the University
Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS).
To serve as an effective, unified voice for the geographic
information science research community;
To foster multidisciplinary research and education; and
To promote the informed and responsible use of geographic
information science and geographic analysis for the benefit of
Provide ongoing research priorities for advancing theory and
methods in Geographic Information Science.
Assess the current and potential contributions of GIS to
national scientific and public policy issues.
Expand and strengthen Geographic Information Science education
at all levels.
Provide the organizational infrastructure to foster
collaborative interdisciplinary research in Geographic Information
Promote the ethical use of and access to geographic
Foster Geographic Information Science and analysis in support
of national needs.