Sommaire de la publication

Sommaire de la publication

Pouliot, J., M. Gervais, Y. BĂ©dard, 2013, Ethical principles for the Geomatics professional community: A first edition of a statement of values, AAG Annual Meeting, April 9-13 2013, Los Anageles, California, USA

Abstract

This paper presents one of the research outcomes of a 4-year Canadian GEOIDE (GEOmatics for Informed DEcisions) Network project that looked at public protection and ethical dissemination of geospatial data (www.geoide.ulaval.ca/projects-detail.aspx?i=109). The project that involved Geomatics engineering professionals, geographers and lawyers proposed a first edition of a statement of values adapted to the Geomatics professional community. It is the result of focus group meetings with Canadian participants from University institution (Université Laval), Government agencies (natural resources and transportation) and Private firms (Groupe Trifide and Bentley). Complementary to professional deontology codes, a statement of values may play important roles such as:
- Helping the Geomatics community to maintain and enhance the public confidence in geospatial data
- Guiding and supporting the users and producers of geospatial data in their activities (professional or not) in respect to the context of duties and responsibilities set out
- Fostering the responsible use of geospatial data
- Promoting Geomatics skills and for training purpose.
The first edition is organised around three main statements namely « Embracing a behavior marked by honesty and integrity », « Acting responsibly and being accountable for our actions and decisions », and « Making sure to hold the necessary skills and acting professionally ». This presentation will explain the process undertaken to produce such a statement of values. Much iteration was required and the presence of an expert in ethics was of great impact in the success of this proposal.