I am now writing an article on GIS Education and I will appreciate your your advice and guidance.
Is it ethical for GIS Vendors (Vendor X or Y , it doesn’t matter) to trademark/sales/market their products/brand/services as “the science”? It might be a profit /sales/marketing strategy for the vendors to help increase market share for their products, add more credibility for their brand/products/services etc . But what will be the affects for the credibility of science and scientific community in the future?
If any Vendor is “sponsoring” Scientific conferences or education initiatives ("free" licences etc) in return for promoting the vendor products/brand as “the Science” in the conference website etc , what is its impact for the discipline? Is it ethical? If so, what happens when then the vendors can use this framework “sponsorship “ model for promoting their product/brand as “The Science” and advance the vendor Education agenda to the student and user communities ? Are there any guidelines on vendor lobbying in GIS Education initiatives?What is the ethical impact of this for the discipline as a whole? What is the impact of this for Humanity?
Are there university policies and code of conduct to follow if any academics/researchers are funded by any vendor (for example, through GIS vendor funded faculty posts , research funding by any GIS vendors)? Can academics and researchers publish articles on GIS education promoting the vendor products (either directly or indirectly)?
I am interested to learn more on what policies and curriculum are universities, educators adopting to reduce Digital Feudalism in GIS education? Do your courses cover topics on data rights, digital citizenship ?
I will appreciate your advice and guidance. Please send your reply to ***@***.***
You might be interested in the Data Values article that myself and Kathryn Bailey wrote , which looks into the Ethics of Digital Feudalism in Earth Observation (EO) data. I thank the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and Data Values initiative for inviting us to write this article.
More details at https://datavaluesdigest.substack.com/p/how-digital-feudalism-hurts-farmers
Dr Suchith Anand
Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate
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