In a historic development, worldwide geospatial industry leaders have come together to announce the formation of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC). The official announcement and introduction of the council was made on Aug. 1 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) by Jack Dangermond, founder and CEO of Esri and chairman of the WGIC.
“With WGIC, we have the vision to create a new institution that brings together participants from around the world in the geospatial industry. This will allow new kinds of partnerships to emerge, enabling companies to help each other, and will also allow the geospatial industry to collectively work with big global initiatives such as the World Bank and the UN,” Dangermond stated.
The WGIC, as it intends to be known, aspires to be a collaborative platform for advancing the role of the geospatial industry and strengthening its contribution in the world economy and society. The organization endeavors to facilitate the exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-create larger business opportunities for the industry. With policy restraints limiting private sector participation and commercialization, WGIC also seeks to raise awareness among policy makers and advocate for a better environment and investments in the geospatial sector.