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Paul Ramsey
Be Not Afraid: A Managers Field Guide to Life in an Open Source World

Open source is taking over vast swaths of the information technology world: Google and Amazon run on open source; Fortune 500 companies are converting to open source; and, governments of all sizes are bringing open source into their organizations.

The variety of options available in open source software is a strength, but also a liability: who has time to evaluate all those options? This talk will cover the open source technology available for GIS organizations, some reasons to adopt it (or not), and cover the real-world experiences of organizations that have already taken the plunge.

Paul Ramsey has been working with geospatial software for more than 10 years, as programmer and consultant. He founded the PostGIS spatial database project in 2001, and is currently an active developer and member of the project steering committee. In 2008, Paul received the Sol Katz Award for achievement in open source geospatial software.

As a team member with OpenGeo, Paul leads consulting engagements, software and support of the PostGIS database; he works with our business development team to improve communication about our open source offerings; and, he speaks and teaches regularly at conferences around the world.


James Scott Brew
A GIS Vision: Digital Nature and Sustainable Design

The world is changing faster than ever – environmental degradation, climate change and globalization are affecting not only the planet but now us. We have a distinct opportunity to use our knowledge and skills to change the way we plan for the built and natural environments, but will we seize it? Join us for a journey into the possible for a hopeful glimpse into the future of technology and nature and the role geographic information systems (GIS) may play.

James Scott Brew, FCSI, AIA, LEED AP is a Principal Architect, Urban Ecologist and Certified Passivhaus Design Consultant with Rocky Mountain Institute where he focuses on regenerative communities and campuses and sustainable living in a post-carbon world. James has nearly three decades of experience in historic preservation, designing healthy/high-performance/low-energy buildings, and creating sustainable campus, community and city plans. Before joining RMI, James spent 18 years as a principal owner, vice-president and leader of sustainable design in a Duluth, Minnesota-based architecture and engineering firm.

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