David Arctur

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Since July 2012, Dr. David Arctur has the title of Research/Academic Advocate, representing a community outreach and liaison role to stimulate greater use of OGC and related standards in geosciences research, and to encourage greater participation by the scientific community in the evolution of OGC standards and processes. In support of this role, David also holds an appointment as Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences. His "home base" at UT Austin is in the interdisciplinary Center for Integrative Earth System Science (CIESS, http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/ciess). David also teaches GIS at the UT School of Information (http://www.ischool.utexas.edu).

From 2008 to June 2012, David was Director of Interoperability Programs in OGC, leading multi-disciplinary and collaborative prototype and testbed initiatives (OWS-6, OWS-7, OWS-8) to advance new requirements and specifications for sensor web, geoprocessing workflow, decision support services, and data model harmonization. Before joining OGC, he served two years as President and Chief Technology Officer for the OGC Interoperability Institute (OGCii), taking a leadership role in starting the charitable non-profit organization positioned to better engage the academic research community in developing interoperability of scientific data and models. Arctur was previously with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) for six years, serving as a data architect, interoperability engineer, and technical writer. He coauthored the book, Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling (ESRI Press, 2004). Before ESRI, he was Chief Scientist for four years at Laser-Scan Inc, a GIS software company in Sterling Virginia. Prior to entering the GIS field, he taught relational database design and object-oriented programming for Informix and ParcPlace Systems in Silicon Valley (1986-92), and was involved in electric power industry research at the Electric Power Research Institute and the Stanford Research Institute (1979-84). He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida.

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