In alphabetical order the panelists will be :
- Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap and Cloudmade
- James Fee, best known for his widely read blog, and an evangelist at WeoGeo
- Ron Lake, the original author of GML, and Chairman and CEO of Galdos
- Andrew Turner, CTO at FortiusOne, who generally tries but fails to avoid conference promoters calling him “the father of neogeography”
I’m planning for the discussion to be very flexible and interactive, and I’ll take questions from the audience, but I do have a few topics and questions lined up. The following are some candidates:
- Can crowdsourcing give you good enough quality? What are its limitations?
- What does crowdsourcing do to the notion of “authoritative” data?
- Many OGC standards are based on a technical approach that is 10 years old and predates newer web standards and approaches. Do they have a future or do we need to start again, or significantly rework them?
- What are the limitations of the more lightweight data sharing standards like KML and GeoRSS?
- What are the factors that determine whether a standard becomes widely adopted or not?
- Will Google become the default way we find spatial data (or has it already)? Would this be a good thing or a bad thing?
- Do you think that the traditional GIS vendors will still be around in 5-10 years?