Redlands GIS Week Attendees Will Identify Best Practices in Volunteered Geographic Information
Thought leaders from academia, government, and industry will gather at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, February 8–10, 2011, for the second annual Redlands GIS Week. The event will focus on the future of volunteered geographic information (VGI) and how it can be integrated into applications built with geographic information system (GIS) technology.
Attendees will take part in advancing the partnership of VGI and GIS technology into multiple decision-making workflows—from citizen science to emergency response to social media applications.
To start the week, two keynote speakers will share their experiences with GIS and VGI. The first speaker is Michael Goodchild, professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the university’s Center for Spatial Studies, who coined the term volunteered geographic information. The title of his presentation is It’s About Time: The Temporal Dimension in VGI. Lorant Czaran of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs will present Coordinating Response: United Nations Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).
In addition, attendees will have several opportunities to share ideas and applications for VGI with leading geospatial professionals. Guest speakers, demonstrations, and Lightning Talks will foster dialog and debate about advancing geospatial solutions throughout various industries. It is expected that 100 researchers from sponsoring institutions will attend and participate in group discussions, while other researchers will discuss and present the practical aspects of VGI.
Redlands GIS Week is cosponsored by the University of Redlands, the University of Southern California, and Esri. There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit redlandsgisweek.org.
[Source: Esri press release]