GSDI in Trinidad! 2008

02/25/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

GSDI 10 Conference


University of the West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago

Over 170 paper presenters from over 40 countries are scheduled to present in numerous plenary and parallel sessions throughout the five day event as well as 38 poster presenters. Numerous round table discussions, affiliated business meetings, social events, and a full day of no-additional-cost workshops have been organized and scheduled as well.

Evening social events include an opening reception hosted by the University Principal, a "t-shirt and shorts" panyard experience sponsored by Intergraph featuring the internationally acclaimed B.P. Renegades large steel orchestra, and a "coat and tie" gala banquet sponsored by ESRI featuring the Samaroo Jets, one of Trinidad's most accomplished and versatile steel bands. Thus there should be plenty of fun and culture mixed in with the more serious business of advancing our professions and the information infrastructures of our nations.

We have a stellar cast of keynote and featured speakers including:

• Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American States
• Makhtar Diop, Director for Strategy and Operations for the World Bank's Latin America and Caribbean Region
• David Maguire, Chief Scientist, ESRI
• Mark Doherty, Executive Director, Technology Architecture and Strategy, Intergraph
• Ed Parsons, The Geospatial Technologist of Google
• Jacqueline daCosta, Chair, Land Information Council, Jamaica
• Dorine Burmanje, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive of the Dutch Cadastre
• Jeff LaBonte, Director General, Data Management and Dissemination Branch, Natural Resources Canada
• John Naustdal Director, Mapping Division, Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority
• John Wilbanks, Director, Science Commons
• Karen Siderelis, Geographic Information Officer, USGS
• Santiago Borrero, Director, Pan American Institute of Geography and History
• Karl Steinacker, Co-chair, UN Geographic Information Working Group and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
• Gilberto Camara, Director, National institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil
• Mark Reichardt, President, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
• Chris Holmes, Managing Director and Strategic Development, Open Planning Project