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GIS professionalism, ethics, and education

2012 Redlands Panel on Business and Society: Thinking Ethically about the Use of GIS
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David DiBiase

on 8 November 2016

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Transcript of GIS professionalism, ethics, and education

can there be
a cartographic ethics?
the land ethic
UCGIS virtual seminar
fall 2005
cosmos club, washington dc, 2008
cartographic perspectives,
1990-92
“A profession is a number of individuals in the same occupation voluntarily organized to earn a living by openly serving a certain moral ideal in a morally-permissible way beyond what law, markets, and morality would otherwise require.”
“Just as nobody likes a wiseguy, nobody likes a definition.”
I. Obligations to Society
1. Do the Best Work Possible
Strive to do what is right, not just what is legal.
2. Contribute to the Community
Make data and findings widely available.
IV. Obligations to Individuals in Society
1. Respect Privacy
Protect individual privacy, especially about sensitive information.
2. Respect Individuals
... allow individuals to withhold consent from being added to a database ... and remove themselves from a database.
1. ... Some applications of GIS products and services may harm individuals ... while advancing government policies that some citizens regard as morally questionable. GIS professionals' participation in such applications is a matter of individual conscience.
CODE EXAMPLE
RULES EXAMPLE
opinionating:
decide,
then justify
reasoning:
identify and test alternatives,
then decide
1. State the problem.
2. Check the facts.
3. Identify relevant factors.
4. List options.
5. Test options.
Harm test
Publicity test
Defensibility test
Reversibility test
Colleague test
Professional test
Organization test
6. Make a choice based on steps 1-5.
7. Review steps 1-6.
Davis' seven-step guide to ethical decision-making
"My approach certainly has changed ... I essentially drew a gut instinct conclusion without much deliberation."
“A profession is a number of individuals in the same occupation voluntarily organized to earn a living by openly serving a certain moral ideal in a morally-permissible way beyond what law, markets, and morality would otherwise require.”
the GIS profession's
moral ideal

The GIS profession's moral ideal is to apply geography to design sustainable futures for people and places everywhere.
GIS
professionalism

ethics
& education
david dibiase
CODE EXAMPLE
GIS professionalism,
ethics, & education

david dibiase
will craig
jack dangermond
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