The theme of this year's conference is "CONVERGENCE: Policies + Practices + Processes via Public Private Partnerships". The conference aims to address the need for greater coordination among policy-makers, technology providers and users to benefit the industry, and to highlight geospatial workflows as an enabler for successful PPPs by facilitating more informed decision making among the stakeholders.
OGC Member involvement
The OGC as Strategic Partner is involved on various levels in the conference and will present in various sessions with a focus on open standards. Additionally many OGC members will provide updates on actual standards developments and use of OGC standards in their projects. Some of these are listed below:
Epsilon Italia will be exhibiting in the eENVplus booth (#26), represented by Giacomo Martirano, who will be present the whole week. Giacomo will present at the Urban Energy workshop on Monday 25th. He will also present “An On-line Executable Test Suite to Validate Annex I-II-III INSPIRE Datasets” (co-author Luis Bermudez) on Tuesday 26th at the eENVplus workshop (Friday 29th)
Esri will be a corporate sponsor and have a booth. Damian Spangrud, Esri Director of Solutions, will deliver a keynote in Plenary 3. Esri will Co-sponsor and present at the LIS & Smart Cities Workshop. Esri will also have a dedicated workshop entitled “INSPIRE – From compliance to maximizing use in an open innovation ecosystem". In addition, an Esri representative will present a paper in one of the Standards & Interoperability sessions entitled, "GIS Data Models for INSPIRE and ELF".
GET will be exhibiting, with Gabriel Mavrellis and Thodoris Vakkas in attendance. Thodoris will present on Thursday 28th May between 09:00 and 12:30 (exact time is not fixed yet) and also will present a case study at the workshop organized by Boundless on Wednesday 27th May, 14.00-17.30.
Jacobs University staff Peter Baumann presents on "The EarthServer Initiative: Analyzing Massive Spatio-Temporal Datacubes" on Wednesday, 27th May.
lat/lon will be be exhibiting (booth No 45) with two other companies and organised the workshop on INSPIRE GIS on Thursday, 28th May. Sebastian Goerke will additionally present on "implementing INSPIRE Validation and Conformity Testing Tools with Open Source Software" at the Open Source track on Tuesday, 27th May.
Natural Resources Canada will have a presence at INSPIRE-GWF. Prashant Shukle, Director General of NRCan's Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, will be giving a plenary presentation entitled "The Value of Geomatics - Emerging Opportunities for the Public Sector". Eric Loubier, Director, GeoBase Canada Division will present on "Engaging the Policy Analyst - Integrating Location into Canada's Public Policy" within the Geospatial Policies track. And Cynthia Mitchell of the Federal Geospatial Platform Initiative, Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada will be giving a presentation within the Open Data track, entitled: "Platforms, Policies and the Public - Integration of Canada's Geospatial Data and the Open Government Portal".