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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.

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
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    • 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 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. GIS Gypsy 3
    • 4. Riding the Wave in Australia 4 National Wilderness Inventory
    • 5. Facing my Vikings 5
    • 6. O Canada 6
    • 7. How hard can it be? 7
    • 8. Back to the New World 8
    • 9. Pulling it Together in BC 9
    • 10. 10 Setting up in the UK
    • 11. 11 What does GIS Do? (from 30,000ft…) Consolidated Analysis, Reporting & Decision Support
    • 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 Enterprise Spatial Data Capabilities • Model • Capture • Maintain with integrity • Store • Analyse • Visualise • Manage • Distribute
    • 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
    • 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 Thank You Graham Morgan www.linkedin.comingrahammorgan 07717 539412 Did I leave time for questions?