Everything is somewhere: Geography as the ultimate disruptive technology
Organizations are improving their performance, efficiency, decision making and user experiences by developing game changing applications that use geospatial data and technology. A spatial data infrastructure (SDI) is the framework for facilitating the access, sharing, use, integration and revision of spatial data. SDIs are contributing to a range of new and transformational technologies including: Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Commercial Drone use and Autonomous Vehicles.
Gordon Plunkett is the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Director at Esri Canada. Educated as an Electrical Engineer, he has more than 30 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing in both the public and private sectors. He currently sits as a member of the Community Map of Canada Steering Committee, GeoAlliance Canada Interim Board of Directors, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Geomatics, and the Advisory Board to the Carleton University Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. During his career, Gordon has worked on projects in more than 20 countries and has contributed to numerous scientific conferences and publications. At Esri Canada, he is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s SDI vision, initiatives and outreach, including producing content for the SDI blog.
“Organizations are rapidly deploying geospatial technologies in innovative ways across existing business processes to improve efficiency, productivity and customer experiences.”