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GIS Management Academy™ - Introduction to the Locus Charter for GIS Projects, Programs, and Professionals

  • June 06, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Webinar


  • Qualifies for CPD professional credits
  • Qualifies for GISP credits
  • GO Open Data Member Registration

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Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Noon to 2:00 PM


Workshop will be led by Greg Babinski

Greg Babinski is a GIS management consultant and founder of GIS Management Consulting Services LLC, located in the greater Seattle area.

He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP – Certified GIS Professional.

Greg is Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter. In 2019 Greg was awarded an Ethical GEO Fellowship by the American Geographical Society. In addition to GIS consulting, he is a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg has taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration.


This workshop introduces the Locus Charter developed by EthicalGEO and the Benchmark Initiative. In early 2023 URISA (USA) joined many other organizations in endorsing the Locus Charter. The GIS Code of Ethics obligates GIS professionals to standards of practice related to society as a whole and to individuals within society. Since the GIS Code of Ethics was published, there has been an explosion of data available for GIS organizations and geospatial professionals. The potential for harm to society and individuals in society has resulted in far-reaching proposals for regulation in many countries.

URISA (USA) members and GISPs may not be aware that they are obligated to actively abide by the GIS Code of Ethics. This workshop introduces how the principles outlined in the Locus Charter can be used to formulate ethical data collection, stewardship, and analysis practices and use cases. The workshop advocates for companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits to join the Locus Charter Community.

Hopefully GIS professionals will advocate for the adoption of the Locus Charter, not just for GIS, but for the entire body of corporate data within their organization.


GIS professionals interested in ethical practices related to spatial data management and use.

Agenda and Topics Covered

  • Introduction and grounding exercise
  • GIS code of ethics and moral imperative
  • Ethical obligations to society and to individuals in society
  • Development of the Locus Charter
  • The 10 guiding principles
  • Emerging Locus Charter Use Cases
  • Beyond spatial data
  • Call to action
  • Open discussion

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