On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM, Roger Longhorn <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:___________
"GSDI 13 QUEBEC CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS
Attracting almost 700 participants from 56 countries, the Global Geospatial 2012 Conference brought together the GSDI 13 World Conference, 14th GEOIDE Annual Scientific Conference, 7th 3D GeoInfo Conference, and Canadian Geomatics Conferences 2012 under one roof. Held in Québec City, Canada, 14-17 May, delegates were treated to a mix of plenary and technical sessions appealing to senior executives, technology professionals, researchers and students alike.
More than 200 papers were presented in seven parallel sessions on each of the four days of the conference, interspersed with five plenary sessions, a poster session on 15 May, and keynote presentations across the individual conferences. The conference this year also included nearly 50 exhibitors from across multiple geomatics industry sectors.
A limited-edition book of selected papers "Spatially Enabling Government, Industry and Citizens: Research and Development Perspectives" was provided free of charge to all conference registrants. Abstracts and Papers from the Conference may also be downloaded from the GSDI Association's website at http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/g
Completing his term as GSDI Association President at this Conference, Abbas Rajabifard welcomed David Coleman and Dave Lovell into their respective new roles of President and President-elect.
As Executive Director of EuroGeographics, President-elect Dave Lovell's influence brings the GSDI Association back to its roots in public sector mapping organizations. He added: "Thanks to greater data availability and technological capability, geo-information today touches more people’s lives than at any other time in history. GSDI has an important continuing role in ensuring better understanding of its many benefits. I am pleased to able to contribute to it."
A geomatics professor and the Dean of Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, David Coleman recognized the challenges of his new role as President. According to Prof. Coleman: "The GSDI movement has worked over 15 years to ensure that high-level attention is paid to the interfaces between SDI technologies, services, policies, and people. President Abbas Rajabifard has done a great job in influencing SDI thinking internationally. Over the next three years, we must become even more relevant to the needs of people and institutions in emerging nations. We will accomplish that through the combined efforts of a dedicated Executive, a committed volunteer Board, and our member organizations."
Prof. Coleman recognized the special importance of GSDI's International Geospatial Society (IGS). "At a time when some people see a growing disconnect between our institutions and grass-roots users, IGS membership gives individual members the opportunity to connect with others and comments on SDI developments internationally." He also encouraged individual input through the GSDI Association's LinkedIn discussion group, which may be joined through http://www.linkedin.com. The IGS also has a LinkedIn sub-group, to which members can join once registering for the main GSDI Association group.
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