This is a background paper for a workshop on ethics and GI/GIS to be held at the AGI Conference 2004 in London, UK. The workshop format begins with a brief overview of ethics and introduction to the use of ethical ‘case studies’, followed by a small group discussion period, during which previously prepared GI/GIS case studies are examined in moderated groups of participants. The small group activity is followed by a plenary session for whole group questions and answers, ending with a summary session. Following the AGI Conference workshop in October 2004, the authors will update this document to reflect the issues that were of most concern to participants and re-issue it via the AGI Web site for use by others in conducting future workshops or seminars on this important topic and as a further resource for use in classroom instruction at undergraduate or graduate level in both GIS technology and GI Science courses.
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