"The proponents of human geography, physical geography and now neogeography spend too much time worrying about how to define their particular area of expertise and interest -- usually to the degradation of the other two. It's too much like siblings who fight amongst themselves, and only band together when the family is attacked. We tend squander great amounts of energy and time fussing over the differences and especially the tools we use, or don't, and completely miss the fact that our internal divisions are completely invisible to the other 99.9% of the world.
I believe it is time to bury the hatchets and concentrate on improving the human experience of billions of citizens of the earth who don't have time to worry about our internal differences and the UN, along with the SDI, can be the starting point."
Professor of Information Systems, University Jaume I, Castellón (Valencia), Spain.
Member of management council of Spain SDI (IDEE)
Participant in Implementation Rules Drafting Teams for the INSPIRE initiative
Past chair of management council of Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE)
Research currently focuses on alternative methods for georesource publication and discovery.
Roger Longhorn, a graduate of M.I.T. in Ocean Engineering (BSc) and Shipping Management (MSc), has been involved in the ICT industry since 1976 and the geospatial industry since 1992. He provided transport and regional planning expertise to UNCTAD (Shipping Division), UNDP and UNESCO (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - IOC), in Africa, the Indian Ocean and Pakistan. He worked as a marine information systems developer globally from 1976 to 1986, followed by an external expert post at the European Commission’s DG Information Society (1989-1999), during which period he was involved in developing the strategy for the pan-European SDI, beginning in 1995, now embodied in the INSPIRE Directive being implemented across the EU.
Currently co-Chair of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association Legal and Socioeconomic Working Group, he is also Information Policy Advisor for EUCC – The Coastal Union (Leiden, NL), a consultant for UNESCO’s IOC IODE Project, and represents two INSPIRE coastal/marine Spatial Data Interest Communities (SDICs). Roger is a member of the EUROGI (European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information) International Affairs Working and Advisory Group, and Editor of GEO:connexion International magazine, a trade journal that covers the geomatics industry globally.
His family life is documented at www.blakeparsons.com
Sam Bacharach is the Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Program of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Inc.
Sam Bacharach joined OGC in April 2000. He was a user of mapping data for many years as an Army officer, and then supervised terrain analysis and mapping production as a Topographic Officer before retiring in 1994. He spent 5 ½ years working for Intergraph Corporation and became convinced that open standards, specifically those from the OGC’s open consensus process, were a requirement for geospatial knowledge to ever make its way out of the basement (where the offices were usually located) to full integration with information and communication technology. He has managed several Test Beds for OGC and has presented on geospatial services and OGC in the U.S. and Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. He sees the creation of standards very much like surfing in that the effort has to match the wave pattern to be useful. A standard set before there is commercial viability will be out of date by the time business is realized and a standard that awaits business to be established may be too late to gain wide acceptance. He represents OGC to the Digital Geospatial Information Working Group, and the Committee for European Normalization (CEN) Technical Committee 287.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science, Geography, from the University of Idaho.
Schuyler Erle is a long-time Open Source software developer and activist, and a founding member of OSGeo Foundation. Schuyler was a co-author of /Mapping Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Digital Cartography/, one of the first books on the subject of digital cartography and GIS aimed at the mass market. More recently, Schuyler co-founded the OpenLayers and TileCache projects, two widely used components in the OSGeo software stack.
Schuyler currently runs Entropy Free LLC, a software engineering firm based in New York City, where he provides consulting services on geospatial technology to clients in the private and non-profit sectors,
including the UNICEF technology innovation unit.