The role of the Communication Committee is to ensure timely communication between and among the Board, the Council and all members of UCGIS and between the UCGIS and individuals and organizations outside. As a primary vehicle for communication, the Communication Committee is responsible for the design, content and maintenance of the UCGIS website, and should also try to ensure that member institution's web sites are informative and up to date. Information to be available through the website includes, but is not limited to member portfolios, membership lists, bylaws, announcements, whitepapers, press releases, etc. Using appropriate web-based technology (e.g. push technologies, newsgroups, list servers, etc), the Committee will maximize the probability that relevant information reaches all delegates before each meeting of the council. The Committee also will develop methods and policies for distribution of a UCGIS Newsletter at least twice a year.
"The education committee shall consider priority issues in geographic information science education and public service from which positions, policies, and strategies may be recommended for implementation by UCGIS and its member institutions at local, state, national, and international levels. Major issues might include trends in enrollments, adequacy of the number of graduates and their skills to meet marketplace demands, curriculum and courses, innovations in education, role of faculty and institutions, and other issues that affect education in geographic information science." (from the Bylaws)
Duties - to receive and review new membership applications and to make recommendations for acceptance to the Council twice annually, to define criteria for emerging categories of membership, eg multi-campus, foreign, government, to advise and assist in recruitment, to review membership portfolios for membership renewals (began in 1999).
External Relations Committee
The External Relations Committee, also known as the Policy and Legislation Committee, monitors, analyzes, and drafts UCGIS responses to legislation and policies of interest to the GIScience Community. The committee’s primary focus is on federal activities, but it is open to local, state, and international issues.
Hamil Pearsall, Temple University
Barbara Poore, U.S. Geological Survey
David Tulloch, Rutgers University
"The research committee will articulate ongoing research priorities for advancing theories and methods in geographic information science; assess the current and potential contributions of GIS to national scientific and public policy issues; track federal and state programs, accomplishments, and needs; foster multidisciplinary research in geographic information science, particularly in support of national needs; and engage in other related activities such as appropriate recognition of outstanding research by faculty and students at its member institutions." (from the Bylaws)