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MN GIS/LIS 2007 Conference Outstanding Keynote Speakers!
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MN GIS/LIS Conference Outstanding and Informative Keynote Speakers!

Two dynamic speakers will address this year's conference.

8:30 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2007

Keith Clarke, Research Cartographer and Professor University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Keith Clarke is a research cartographer and professor. He holds a B.A. with honors from Middlesex Polytechnic, London, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography, specializing in analytical cartography, from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1996. Clarke’s most recent research has been on environmental simulation modeling, on modeling urban growth using cellular automata, on terrain mapping and analysis, and on the history of the CORONA remote sensing program.

America’s Secret Eyes in the Sky: Implications of the First Real Decade of Remote Sensing

When ERTS-1 was launched in 1972, and widely hailed as opening a new era in mapping and earth science, its success was in fact already assured. This is because by 1972, the United States had already designed and built four generations of remote sensing satellites over more than a decade that were used not only for spying into "denied territory" but also for a host of civilian applications, at a level of secrecy unprecedented in history. In particular, the CORONA program, which provided imagery from 1960-1972, resulted in 2.1 million linear feet of film and thousands of pages of declassified documents entering the national archives. Since the original declassification in 1995, and a subsequent second declassification in 2002, it now appears there will be no further opening of the US secret archives. Yes, the cost and consequences of keeping the vast amount of global imagery collected for intelligence purposes secret in the post-Cold War era is perhaps questionable. In this presentation, Clarke will examine the secret programs and discuss their legacy as a possible provider of the environmental "baseline" that the study of global change so badly needs.

Noon Friday, October 12, 2007

Ken Hoetmer, Managing Director Spatial North Technologies

Ken Hoetmer has been working with collaborative mapping technologies since the very beginning of the mashup craze. His ongoing projects include Quikmaps.com, a service for doodling on Google maps; Geobirds. com a location-aware Web portal for birders and bird sightings; and LonelyPlanet.tv, a destination for sharing and discovering travel videos. Along the way, Ken founded Spatial North Technologies and now serves as the company’s director and primary consultant.

GIS 2.0? Neogeography and the Social Mapping Movement

Mapping platforms from Google, Microsoft, and others have changed the face of spatial technology for consumers. No longer are maps simply visualizing spatial data; these platforms are forming the basis of live, interactive, and collaborative Web applications. "Neogeography" has become a significant part of the social internet.

How has this popular phenomenon come about? Where is it headed and how can it be leveraged? Where do more traditional GIS/LIS fit in? Have we simply found new, sexy viewers, or has the entire landscape changed? Hoetmer reflects on these questions from the neogeographer’s perspective and tries to find a place where geographer and neogeographer live in spatial harmony.

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