Plenary Sessions

Plenary 1: Moving Forward - US Geospatial Strategy from Plan to Practice

Panel featuring leaders from government, industry, academia, and the research community providing their insights regarding the current status of our Nation’s Geospatial Infrastructure and the key local to national development challenge areas and priorities for implementation relative to the recently released National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Strategic Plan.

Plenary 2: Seeing is Believing – Communicating the Value of the NSDI and Geospatial for National Development and Sustainability

Presenters discuss geospatial programs that have had significant, positive impact and ROI in addressing key social, economic and environmental challenges.

Fireside Chat: Driving Investment in Geospatial Infrastructure

Leaders from across the public and private sector provide their recommendations on avenues for funding / investing in further advancing our Nation’s geospatial infrastructure to further inform policy and improve decision making.

Plenary Session 3: Piloting to Practice for Advancing the Utility of NSDI

Given the diverse U.S. jurisdictional structure and the varying needs of government at all levels, the piloting of new concepts, technologies, workflows and inclusive governance / coordination approaches is an effective way to “try before you buy” new approaches. Leads for several publicly and privately resourced pilot initiatives relevant to the NSDI and National Development will discuss the goals, objectives and results of initiatives designed to help further advance the utility of geospatial and the capabilities of the NSDI.

Plenary 4: Government and Governance: Advancing the NSDI for National Development and Sustainability

Leaders from across the public and private sectors will engage in discussion on the opportunities and challenges of moving toward a “whole of community” governance and coordination approach for the NSDI. Discussion will include implications of new and innovative emerging technologies, capabilities, and capacities coming from the industry and research community. Emphasis will also be placed on the increasing calls from across the local, State and Tribal government community – where geospatial data is created and managed - for more equitable representation in decision-making relative to our National Geospatial Infrastructure as represented in the U.S. by the NSDI.

Plenary 5: Readying the Geospatial Workforce to New Markets, Technologies, Practices

Public and private sector leaders discuss opportunities and challenges in addressing workforce readiness. Discussion will include focus on lifelong learning and new entrant preparedness amidst the tremendous pace of technology advancements, and the broadening use of geospatial across specialized user industries as our community works to assure a pipeline of future entrants into the geospatial tradecraft. Concepts on improved national coordination of workforce training and related resources are discussed.