Welcome to GLIS

Geographic and Land Information Society

Established 1993


January 2018

Dear GLIS members,

The Geographic and Land Information Society was created as a member organization of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) to bring GIS and LIS to the surveyors and to provide a means for unlicensed surveyors and other related geospatial practitioners to be part of the greater geospatial community.

Since the elimination of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) as we knew it and were part of it, our activity and membership has dropped. Additionally, changes in media and information distribution have been able to put GIS and LIS on everyone’s radar. Software companies have incorporated GIS into their survey/CAD programs, and GIS companies have made it easy and inexpensive, if not free, for surveyors to use GIS tools. It seems of late our strength has been to bring surveying awareness to the greater geospatial community.

There are a number of accomplishments that we have made over the years that should be recognized and celebrated; just a few that come to mind are:

-GLIS participated in the development of the GISCI program. Members spent much time on the URISA committee making sure that surveying is recognized as one of the cornerstones of the GIS industry.

-We introduced surveyors to ESRI and the Survey Summit which introduced them to a worldwide network of GIS practitioners, users, data collectors, analyzers, decision makers and land information data managers.

-We have been a member and a supporter and of the Special Survey Interest Group, SSIG.

-Through GLIS leadership, efforts and hard work, The Surveying Body of Knowledge was prepared, published in SaLIS, and is currently used by colleges and universities in curriculum development.

-GLIS shared GIS knowledge with state surveying societies, we shared surveying knowledge with state and national geospatial organizations in a joint program entitled “GIS and Survey-A Conversation Between a Surveyor and a GIS Manager”, we will continue to do this.

-GLIS has been a long time leader in the sharing of surveying and GIS/LIS academic information through the Surveying and Land Information Systems journal.

-GLIS been a member and participant in the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations

We believe that the purpose and objectives as stated in the GLIS bylaws are as important today as they were 25 years ago. We are hopeful that at some point in the not so far future that all of the geospatial organizations can come together in a collaborative way to help each other and benefit from each other, as was the one time intent of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.

There are quite a few geospatial organizations that are eager to retain or gain new members; they compete with each other for dues dollars.  Therefore, we decided not to try to compete for dues dollars.  A number of our members are also members of varying organizations, with this in mind we did not feel there was one individual organization that we should merge with. Rather, we felt that we should all continue to advance the purposes of GLIS though other organizations.

This left the last option, to close and dissolve GLIS. Per our Bylaws, any remaining finances (approximately $5,000) should go to a foundation for scholarship. GLIS has already allocated $20,000 as a scholarship endowment and will deposit any remaining funds into that account when all is settled. We will also pass our ownership in the Surveying and Land Information Systems (SaLIS) professional journal over to our partner, the American Association of Geodetic Surveyors.

The Board would like to thank all of our members and friends who have made so many personal sacrifices over all of years. We believe that we all got much more out of it than what we put into it!


John Bean

Bill Coleman

Peter Borbas

Mark Kouwe

Rick Smith