Maps are perhaps uniquely usable by nearly everyone. They provide a visceral, common context for understanding complex relationships. However, not all maps look the same. Our oblique and overhead maps make sense to us, but maps have many shapes. Societies have used maps for millennia to share stories, navigate nomadic travels, cross oceans and build new homes and cities. Our maps have captured the real and perceived past and serve as a simple way to collaborate with others to achieve a common perspective and understanding.
How can maps and geospatial technology give us the ability to understand our world through both the visible and invisible aspects that affect us every day. What happens when anyone can access the world’s open data to ask personal questions and share them with millions in the blink of an eye – what does our future look like?
Bio: Andrew's work focuses on cross-domain collaboration and democratizing the map making process creating open tools for cartography and analysis. In 2006 he published the popular and widely regarded book "Introduction to Neogeography" which led an industry shift of the GIS market. He is a world renowned speaker, author, advocate and engineer for crowd-sourced geospatial technology and a successful entrepreneur that has grown and exited two companies through acquisition. Currently, Andrew is the Director and CTO of the Esri Research and Development Center in Washington, DC. His team are developing new technologies for government and citizen collaboration to build communities. This includes the global ArcGIS Open Data network for open access to authoritative data, as well as open-source and interactive tools and applications to build and share insights and solutions. Andrew is an active member in many organizations developing and supporting open standards such as the OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and World Wide Web Consortium. He is also the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers leveraging technology to assist in building solutions for disaster response, recovery and rebuilding.