GIS Speaks Out - Geospatial technologies are now considered mainstream components within the overall enterprise IT framework and are increasingly used for a wide range of business process automation and to support decision making. This track looks at how GIS technologies, programs, and solutions are maturing across the Enterprise, and, as a result, providing much greater return on investment than if kept in isolated silos. Obviously, this takes more than technology itself to be successful. Leadership, governance, creativity, change management, and collaboration, are but a few of the non-technical characteristics that lead to GIS maturity. A true leader not only identifies areas where GIS can support business processes but is also the figure that inspires, motivates and enables such integration. Learn about ways to integrate GIS within other organizational units as well as how to use GIS leadership skills to achieve a pervasive level of maturity within your organization!
One Government - We often hear the cries at tax time that "there is only one taxpayer!". While this is true, how should public sector representatives of multiple jurisdictions and overlapping levels of government (federal, state/provincial, regional, local) act collaboratively as One Government? What are some tried and true approaches to data sharing challenges and what is the role of government in setting standards? How do data "stewards" obtain the official mandate and funding to perform their function for the community as a whole? What activities can promote government transparency and accountability? Can we get government to support and fund spatial data as an infrastructure asset with appreciating value (as opposed to depreciating value) over time? How can initiatives such as Open Data and Gov 2.0 contribute to a better return on the geospatial investment, while still maintaining necessary protection of privacy? How is the private sector interacting with this module? Hear about cross-jurisdictional collaboration success stories that led to a "one government" approach. With any luck, this track will bring together a collective conscience that will provide some insight and creativity into building solutions that address many of these complex challenges!