GIS Update - Travels of a GIS Gypsy


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Presented at Edinburgh GIS Update 2008, Newcastle 2010. Stories from a varied GIS career that has taken me all over the world.

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  • MSC9127
    Masters in GIS has been a passport to travel
    Set up spatial consultants last june after returning to the UK
    - GIS perspective from multiple countries, business domains
    - Work as an architect and look at big picture
  • Deck pulled together from Flickr...
    Geology in 1988
    Ski season, met Eva
    Oil rigs in middle east – always liked to travel
    Edinburgh – beautiful city, great place to study and technology content
    GIS Course – required that I took a Fortran programming course
    Dissertation in information management and metadata – hacking ArcInfo executive
    Met Shawn callahan
    Spatial Consultants – information management consultancy – focus on integrating GIS capabilities into corporate IT services.
    (never found the ‘what is gis?’ question very easy)
  • Easiest way to produce map was with Google
  • 1991 – early days of GIS, easy visas.
    Value of contacts
    First GIS job
    FINDAR data catalogue – appearance of internet
    Olympics, compete against a gov dept.
    AusLIG – rise of the machines
  • Via the Himalyas
    Swedish Royal Technical University
    Public speaking – edinburgh jitters – sunscreen: do something every day that scares you
    Open source – GRASS, Unix
    GIS principles to civil engineering masters students
  • Honeymoon interview
    Forest ‘values’ – and evidence e.g. Moose poop
    Large area – coordinate system zones; datum change
    SDE acquired by ESRI
    Thomas Lee
  • Bristol water turned down
    Simulation model, versioning
    Difficult to integrate
    Stuffy / constraining brit ex public service
  • Visa lead time
    Large GIS system integrator – gov and utilities, cosmopolitan
    Box cars full of money
    Conferences in style, San Diego, GITA, actors
    North Dakota
  • Visa catch 22
    David – FME
    Fly into victoria harbour
    Bouncing to Thames uk with Atos
    The canadian rockies at last
    Geodatabase reluctance
  • Peter – from callahan fox
  • GIS is not a typically business application – it is not a standalone application
    It is an enabling technology set that supports business applications
  • GIS capabilities span much of the technical stack – Geographic Information Services
    National Strategy for Police Information Systems –
    based on TAFIM (Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management)
  • Architecture and Infrastructure Committee of the Federal CIO council and FGDC
    Jan 2006
    Performance, business, data, service component, technical RMs
    GIS as an enterprise wide business component system
  • Change is opportunity
  • OGC
  • GIS Update - Travels of a GIS Gypsy

    1. 1. Passport to Travel GIS Update Edinburgh 6th June 2008 Graham Morgan Geospatial Solution Architect Spatial Consultants Ltd. - A view of GIS from 30,000 Ft
    2. 2. 2 Welcome Plan 1. A little bit of background 2. What did GIS ever do for me? 3. What is it doing for my clients? 4. Where to next?
    3. 3. GIS Gypsy 3
    4. 4. Riding the Wave in Australia 4 National Wilderness Inventory
    5. 5. Facing my Vikings 5
    6. 6. O Canada 6
    7. 7. How hard can it be? 7
    8. 8. Back to the New World 8
    9. 9. Pulling it Together in BC 9
    10. 10. 10 Setting up in the UK
    11. 11. 11 What does GIS Do? (from 30,000ft…) Consolidated Analysis, Reporting & Decision Support
    12. 12. 12 Geographic Information Facilities Management Work Order Management Inspection & Maintenance Facilities Design Permitting Address Master Financials Billing Citizen Information Crew Scheduling Dispatching Parcel Management Materials Management Project Management Asset Reporting What does GIS Do? Spatial Data Management Services
    13. 13. 13 Enterprise Spatial Data Capabilities • Model • Capture • Maintain with integrity • Store • Analyse • Visualise • Manage • Distribute
    14. 14. 14 FEA Geospatial Profile • Recognises that “Geospatial data and capabilities are integral to virtually all government activities” • Provides a geospatial perspective to the 5 FEA reference models (joining Security & Privacy and Records Management profiles) • Goal of geospatially-enabling business processes • Focus on interoperability • Simplistic view of Geospatial Service Components
    15. 15. 15
    16. 16. 16 Looking forward • Specialisation of geospatial capabilities (Geographic Information Services) • Increasing awareness of the value of geographic information • Increasing expectation of quality and performance • Adoption of spatial standards across the board • Rise of collaborative data maintenance • Geospatial services • Globalisation • Self awareness • Virtualised, distributed, unpredictable ... • It doesn’t matter – it’s all good.
    17. 17. 17 Thank You Graham Morgan www.linkedin.comingrahammorgan 07717 539412 Did I leave time for questions?