Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fantastic upcoming panel at GITA!!

I will be chairing a panel at the GITA conference in Phoenix next week, on Tuesday at 10:30am, and I am excited to have a diverse group of great participants. We will be talking about a broad range of issues relating to data creation and data sharing, and the state of the industry in general.

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”
None of them are known for being shy and retiring, so I may have my work cut out to keep order! We have an hour and 45 minutes, so plenty of chance to get into some interesting and substantive discussion.

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?
In the true spirit of crowdsourcing I would also like to solicit questions from my blog readers – so if you have something you’d like me to ask this distinguished group, please add a comment below or email me.


Learon Dalby said...

Has our industry truly embraced the use of mobile devices?
Good, bad and ugly impacts of augmented reality on the traditional GIS industry.

Andrew Zolnai Blog said...

"show me the money", what business model do crowd-sourcing or other neo-geo's have that generates sustainable income, if a) data is free (new data.gov), b) software is free (FOSS), and c) services are TBD (do going concerns really work on neo-geo, or do they use paleo work to bankroll the neo, and if so what is their go-forward plan across Moore's chasm?)