MAPPS to Provide Washington Policy Update at Location Intelligence Conference

May 15, 2014 -- MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello will present an overview of legislative and regulatory issues impacting the geospatial community at the Location Intelligence Summit in Washington, D.C. on May 20. The theme for the summit is "Location Analytics and Visual Data Discovery: New Pathways to Business Intelligence".
MAPPS is the association of private sector geospatial firms. Mr. Palatiello will provide the perspective of a Washington, D.C. insider on legislation and policy that have the potential to impact location professionals in the geospatial community. MAPPS has been an advocate for the geospatial and location intelligence community, educating Congress and Federal agencies on the benefits geo-location data, products and services provide to the nation and how policies, such as those alleging to protect privacy, could negatively impact legitimate business practices and the citizenry of the United States. He will also discuss business opportunities that could be created through the legislative and Federal policy making process. 
Kevin Promfret, Center for Spatial Law and Policy and Jules Polonestky, Future of Privacy Forum, will join Mr. Palatiello on the panel. 
Directions Magazine, Oracle Corporation, HERE - a Nokia business, and The Eclipse Foundation are collaborating host the summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center May 19-21. For more information, visit
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.
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