How Open is Open? Five Years Later ...

Ian White (Urban Mapping, Inc)
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The confluence of social media, mobile computing, the democratization of data and technology, and government transparency leaves us in the midst of an information tsunami of sorts. The tidal wave of data has many catalysts: passive broadcasting of geographic data, the phone as probe (gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity, ambient light, distance/elevation, location, audio, video, time), and openness in government initiatives (opening access to location-based data, including crime reports, macroeconomic data, and other datasets). From mass transit systems to open (or proprietary) formats, lawsuits to metadata, the intersection of GIS and public policy looks messy.

Unanswered and intersecting questions abound: what geodata should be available, to whom, and under what conditions? How does the “firehose” of data affect reasonable expectations for government transparency? Who truly “owns” this data, and what is the appropriate means of distribution? With real-world experience standardizing and sourcing unique sets of geodata, Urban Mapping CEO Ian White will provide an updated perspective on the good, the bad, and the ugly from his company‚Äôs work in the trenches. The presentation will also highlight emerging trends, recent advances, and hopes in public access and bureaucratic morasses.

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Ian White

Urban Mapping, Inc

Ian is the CEO of Urban Mapping, a leading provider of hosted mapping services.

Prior to founding Urban Mapping in 2003, White worked as a business consultant at and held various roles in business development and marketing. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Design and Management at Parsons School of Design in New York.

White received a BA from McGill University in Montreal, an MBA from Babson College and completed postgraduate studies in France.

  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Nokia, Location & Commerce
  • Facebook
  • Bing
  • Control Group
  • Localeze
  • MyCityWay
  • Socrata
  • Urban Airship
  • MapQuest

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