High-profile geospatial organisations sign on to global geospatial ethics charter
By American Geographical Society
The Locus Charter outlines an ethical framework and best practices for the use of location data to protect individual and public interest. Developed in collaboration with location data and data ethics experts globally, it was launched in March 2021 by the American Geographical Society’s EthicalGEO and the Benchmark Initiative, hosted at Ordnance Survey’s Geovation.
Nine high-profile geospatial organisations have lent their support the charter as signatories. They are the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the American Geographical Society (AGS), Association for Geographical Information (AGI), Environmental Information Systems Africa (EIS – Africa), the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI – Mexico), PLACE, Radiant Earth Foundation, Royal Geographical Society (RGS), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
These organisations have pledged to promote responsible practice in the use of location data across all sectors, including public, private, educational, and not-for-profit contexts. The organisations will seek to inform and improve location data practice across their portfolios, including individual projects and organizational mandates.
The Locus Charter will continue to evolve as its supporting organisations provide input, apply case studies, and incorporate best practices.