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 NWI 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 ArcSTORM 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 Perot 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 Portland North Dakota Kansas Acquisitions
Visa catch 22 David – FME Fly into victoria harbour Bouncing to Thames uk with Atos The canadian rockies at last ILRR ICF 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 ISO eGov
GIS Update - Travels of a GIS Gypsy
Passport to Travel
Geospatial Solution Architect
Spatial Consultants Ltd.
- A view of GIS from 30,000 Ft
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?
What does GIS Do? (from 30,000ft…)
Consolidated Analysis, Reporting
& Decision Support
What does GIS Do?
Enterprise Spatial Data Capabilities
Maintain with integrity
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
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
Virtualised, distributed, unpredictable ...
It doesn’t matter – it’s all good.
Did I leave time for questions?