MAPPS is participating in a national summit to develop a strategy to establish a National Parcel System of interoperable land ownership data.

"Since the first National Research Council study in 1980, a national cadastre or parcel system has been deemed desirable and feasible, but has lacked organizational and institutional leadership at the federal level,” says Susan Marlow of Stantec and president of MAPPS.  "In 2007, I was honored to serve on the National Research Council study, “National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future.” This summit focuses on an action plan to implement the NRC recommendations and make a national system a reality." 

The summit was hosted by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and its Homeland Infrastructure Foundation - Level Data (HIFLD) Subcommittee, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  More than 120 experts from federal, state and local government, private companies and nonprofit organizations met at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) headquarters in Reston, Va. to develop the parcel strategy.

"MAPPS is pleased to be a partner with the summit's hosts. A parcel system has been a MAPPS public policy goal for many years, thanks to the longstanding leadership of Ms. Marlow.  We're optimistic this session will result in actions that will finally result in a parcel system that will assist with economic development, housing, homeland security, land management and dozens of other government and commercial activities," says John Palatiello, MAPPS executive director.

Support for the summit was provided by Esri, Digital Map Products, CoreLogic, Stantec, OptimalGEO, The Sidwell Company and Boundary Solutions, Inc.


Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the U.S. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including member firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LiDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes associate member firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the U.S. and other firms from around the world. Independent consultant members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.