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 (UniversitĂ© 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.