GIS-Pro 2012 Committee Meeting - Racing to 50!
Please help us wrap up a successful conference with your participation in this plenary session. A distinguished panel of conference attendees will tell us what they heard, saw and participated in during the conference that they found particularly valuable as ‘take aways’. Your questions and discussion with them will be used to bring the conference themes and content to a logical conclusion. You will leave this conference wrap-up session with a much better understanding of the conference as a whole and the context within which to place all the individual things you’ve learned here. As a result, it will be easier to put the conference knowledge to work when you get back home.
A wide variety of corporations have started using geospatial technology and concepts to power their business to the next level. We’ve invited executives from several of these companies to tell us why they started using GIS and how they became convinced that GIS was one of the keys to their success. They’ll tell us how executives are convinced to support GIS and why they direct significant funding toward its development and use.
Sean Mcgrath, Chief Technical Officer, Propylon
Approximately 70% of all policy making by legislatures and executive branches can be related to place and yet a mere fraction of one per cent of all legal materials produced and consumed on the planet are based on maps. GIS has advanced to the point where this can - and perhaps must - change in the interests of keeping the democratic law-making process vibrant into the 21st century.
In this talk, Sean McGrath, build director for the KLISS e-democracy system in Kansas, will outline how GIS is being integrated into the very heart of law-making in Kansas, opening up exciting new vistas for legislators and citizens alike.
Sean is co-founder and CTO of Propylon. He heads up the CTO Office out of Propylon's Lawrence, Kansas facility. He has almost 30 years of experience in the IT industry, most of it in the legal and regulatory publishing space. He holds a first class honors degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. He served as an invited expert to the W3C special interest group that created the XML standard in 1996. He is the author of three books on markup languages published by Prentice Hall.