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Welcome Keynote - Tuesday Opening Session

Scott Oppmann  -  ArcGIS for Local Government: The Road Ahead

Scott Oppmann is a member of a team responsible for the development of Esri’s ArcGIS for Local Government solution.  ArcGIS for Local Government includes a series of useful maps and apps that help users and partners configure and implement ESRI’s ArcGIS software platform.

Prior to joining ESRI in the fall of 2008, Scott served as Oakland County Michigan’s Application Services Division Manager and was responsible for the planning, implementation, and support of spatial and non-spatial technology solutions across a diverse customer base. This customer base included more than 40 county departments and the 62 local cities, villages and townships within Oakland County.

He was responsible for implementing Oakland County’s unique, multi-participant, enterprise GIS (Geographic Information System) program and on a daily basis interacted directly with participating county departments, local governments and regional/national organizations in an effort to re-engineer government workflow through the implementation of GIS technology.

Since graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Urban & Regional Planning, Scott Oppmann has spent several years working in the public and private planning arena. He served as a Professional Planner in Johnson County, Indiana, and was Planning & Economic Development Director in the City of Franklin, Indiana.

Closing Keynote - Wednesday General Session

Aaron Addison - When data are not enough

Aaron Addison is the Director of Collaborative Research & Data\GIS services at Washington University in St. Louis, within the University Libraries, and also leads the Kopolow Business Library on campus. In this role, he and his team work alongside faculty conducting research in GIS and data analytics, serve as instructors for GIS courses and lead virtual reality efforts for the campus community. Their work encompasses the complete data lifecycle, including data collection strategies, data management, analytics, visualization, curation, discoverability and archiving. He is an organizational board member for the global Research Data Alliance, a representative to the UCGIS, long-standing member of MGISAC and past co-chair of MOGIS.

In addition, Aaron co-leads research efforts in India focused on reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and environmental sustainability in rural communities. The main outputs of this work thus far are a PAN India data platform and three data portals built on open source technologies. Outside of normal work hours he is the primary investigator for documenting all of the lava caves in the Galapagos Islands, Amazonia Ecuador, and the longest known cave in Illinois.

Prior to joining the university in 2006, Aaron worked for 17 years in the Engineering consulting sector, focusing on GIS, CAD project management and implementation. He has a MSGISc graduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University and a BS in natural resource management.

The last 30 years has seen countless advances in the ways that we collect data for use in GIS. So much so, that our ability to collect data has far outpaced our ability to do anything useful with it in many cases. Has the math for common geospatial tasks changed? Will it ever improve? How do we get beyond presenting layers on local systems and web services? Thinking about communication and the differences between data and actionable information may be the keys to making GIS mainstream.

We’ll take a look at real-world cases where GIS professionals are leading teams to explore what it means to provide interpretation of spatial data layers, provenance of data, and make their data communicate to users.