The purpose of the JBGIS is to
provide, where possible, a collective and unified voice at the international
level regarding geospatial affairs, especially to the United Nations and
other global geospatial information stakeholders and to assist in the
coordination of relevant activities between the organisations in which they
The Joint board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a
coalition of the Presidents, Secretaries-General or equivalent office
bearers or their nominees, that lead recognised international organisations
involved in the coordination, development, management, standardisation or
regulation of geospatial information and related matters.
The JBGIS may either invite new member organisations to join the society
or new member organisations can be accepted based on application. Any new
member organisation must be a recognised international organisation.
Membership of JBGIS places no obligations on the organisations that members
represent. There are no membership fees, and members are expected to bear
their own costs.
The members of the JBGIS currently are: GSDI, IEEE-GRSS, IAG, ICA, FIG,
IGU, IHO, IMIA, ISPRS, and ISCGM.
The JBGIS shall have a Chair who will be elected annually by the
representatives present at the meeting. When there is more than one
candidate for the position of chair a secret vote will be held. The position
of chair may be held for a maximum of 3 years.
The Chair may speak on
behalf of the JBGIS on those matters on which they have consulted with the
members and particularly those members whose organisation may be affected.
It is the responsibility of each member to highlight their need to gain
approval or endorsement of their parent organisations on decisions or
actions of the JBGIS. It is their sole responsibility to gain it.
member of the JBGIS may choose to be accompanied at meetings by a maximum of
one appropriate colleague. The member will inform the chair in advance of
the meetings of the name and position of anyone accompanying them.
Decisions will normally be achieved by consensus. When a vote is necessary
decisions require a majority of the votes by members present. People
accompanying members have no vote.
The names of members, and the
organisations in which they hold the position which entitles them to
membership, together with that title, shall be published on the JBGIS web
The JBGIS will have a permanent address which is the office of
FIG. FIG will also be responsible for the publication of minutes of the
meetings, administration and a web presence.
The JBGIS will meet normally once a year. Wherever possible the meeting
will be linked to a conference or other meeting of one or more of the
organisations represented by the members. The host of the meeting shall
decide whether participants may be allowed free registration to any
associated event. Wherever possible, free registration should be offered to
at least each member of the JBGIS. The working language of meetings shall be
English. Meetings may also be convened when sufficient members of the JBGIS
are able to attend forums or meetings organised by the secretariat of the
United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management
Ad hoc Committees
The JBGIS may establish ad hoc committees for certain projects and
important topics of common interest. These committees shall have clear goals
and be established for a limited time period. Each member of the JBGIS may
designate an appropriately qualified or experienced person as a member of an
ad hoc committee
The JB GIS has approved a new logo in June 2010. You can download the
logo from here. Permission for the use should be applied from the JB GIS.
Unauthorised use of the logo is strictly forbidden.