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AAG - The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. Its 7,500+ members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography and geographic education.

AGI - The objective of the AGI is to maximise the use of GI for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce. The AGI has 21 sponsor members who contribute a substantial part of the AGI annual revenues.

American Congress of Surveying & Mapping (ACSM) - Originally named the National Congress on Surveying and Mapping when it was founded in June 1941, the society sought to better coordinate the nation's surveying and mapping activities. Later the name was changed to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping to encompass members from Canada and South America. Today, although the majority continue to come from the United States, ACSM's members include more than 7,000 surveyors, cartographers, geodesists, and other spatial data information professionals working in both public and private sectors throughout the world.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) - AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of drinking water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the drinking water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) - The Canadian Association of Geographers is the only national organization in Canada representing practising geographers. The CAG organizes the principle annual conference on the discipline of geography, welcoming papers, panel discussions, workshops and field trips presented by members.
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Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) - Founded in 1882, the Canadian Institute of Geomatics has evolved to be a non-profit scientific and technical association devoted to advancing the development of geomatics in Canada.
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Association of American Geographers (AAG) - The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. Its 6,500 members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), the monthly AAG Newsletter, and the activities of its two affinity groups, nine regional divisions and 53 specialty groups.

The Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) - Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science's primary mission is "to develop unrestricted access to tools and perspectives that will advance the spatial analytic capabilities of researchers throughout the social sciences.

The Council for Excellence in Government - The Council for Excellence in Government works to improve the performance of government at all levels; and government's place in the lives and esteem of American citizens.

FGDC - The Federal Geographic Data Committee coordinates the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data. The FGDC develops geospatial data standards for implementing the NSDI, in consultation and cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments, the private sector and academic community, and, to the extent feasible, the international community.

GIAC - The Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (GIAC) is the only national business association dedicated to serving the geomatics industry in Canada. Originally formed in 1961 under the name Canadian Association of Aerial Surveyors, GIAC now encompasses the entire range of geomatics disciplines.
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GITA - Formerly AM/FM International, in 1998, AM/FM International changed its name to the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) in order to better reflect the association's new focus. GITA's mission is to provide excellence in education and information exchange on the use and benefits of geospatial information and technology in telecommunications, infrastructure, and utility applications worldwide.
Aurora, CO
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I-Team Innitiative - The I-Team Geospatial Information Initiative (I-Team Initiative) is a joint project of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Council for Excellence in Government, Urban Logic, TIE, NSGIC, NACO, and other strategic partners.

ICMA - The International City/County Management Association. The management decisions made by ICMA's nearly 8,000 members affect more than 100 million individuals in thousands of communities--from small towns with populations of a few hundred to metropolitan areas serving several million.

Manitoba GIS Users Group - The Manitoba GIS Users Group is a group of GIS professionals using geographic information systems for spatial data management, analysis, and visualization. Formed to facilitate communication between people working in all areas of GIS, the users group meets two to four times per year to allow its members to learn more about current activities and technologies within the industry and to network with their peers.

The Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) - MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services.

The Microstation Community - A chapter of Bentley Community with a mission to share ideas and build knowledge by conducting productivity-enhancing meetings and creating opportunities for you to network.

National congress of American Indians (NCAI) - The National Congress of American Indians was founded in 1944 and is the oldest and largest tribal government organization in the United States. NCAI serves as a forum for consensus-based policy development among its membership of over 250 tribal governments from every region of the country

National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) - The National Council for Geographic Education works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) - The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization of States committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of information technology. Members of NSGIC include delegations of senior state geographic information system managers from across the United States.
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Open GIS Consortium (OGC) - OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 220 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing specifications. OGC provides many opportunities for participation. Visitors can read and comment on OpenGIS Discussion Papers and explore opportunities to submit proposals for OpenGIS Specifications or Interoperability Initiatives.
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The Society for Conservation Geographic Information Systems (SCGIS) - A non-profit organization that works to assist conservationists worldwide in using GIS through communication, networking, scholarships, and training. Membership is open to any individual seeking assistance in the achievement of personal or organizational conservation goals.
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The Texas Geographic Information Council (TGIC) - The Texas Geographic Information Council (TGIC) is the geographic data coordination and planning group serving the State of Texas. TGIC addresses issues concerning geographic data development, data exhange, geographic information system (GIS) implementation, standards, statewide planning, and policies.

URISA - The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a non-profit association of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges in all state and local government agencies and departments.
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