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EXCELLING IN GIS MEANS

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The slides in this presentation are from the closing plenary of the 2010 GIS-PRO conference sponsored by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). The assigned task for the closing plenary remarks is to challenge GIS professionals to excel. I do so by recalling a selection of challenges from a previous, invited address that have not yet been met, by raising the bar on some of the leading applied research initiatives at URISA 2009 and 2010 conferences, and by recalling several outstanding sources of documentation that are required reading for anyone who wants to or claims to excel in the application of geographic information systems (GIS). The slides are discussed in detail in the paper which is published in the conference proceedings (URISA.com).

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EXCELLING IN GIS MEANS

  1. 1. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs   Dr. Barry Wellar Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa Principal, Wellar Consulting Inc. President, Information Research Board (IRB) Inc. [email_address] http://www.wellar.ca/wellarconsulting/ Closing Plenary Slides
  2. 2. Barry Wellar Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Knowing URISA’s History Closing Plenary
  3. 3. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Expert Advice and Hands-On Involvement <ul><li>Programs and Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops and Workbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas and Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Expert Advice and Hands-on Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Testing and Calibrating </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and Promoting </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Criticism and Encouragement </li></ul>Barry Wellar Closing Plenary Source: Forty Years of Vision: URISA in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Figure 6. Contributions to Information Industry Associations, Organizations and Corporations
  4. 4. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Having A+ Answers for the “ Who Care’s” Question <ul><li>Leading-edge Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Leading-edge Conference Programs </li></ul><ul><li>State-of-the-Field Reviews and Forecasts </li></ul><ul><li>Reality–Data–Information–Knowledge Transforms </li></ul><ul><li>IS/GIS/LIS Means of R–D–I–K Transforms </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Integration </li></ul><ul><li>IS/GIS/LIS/MIS/RIS/TIS/… Innovation and Adoption </li></ul>Barry Wellar Closing Plenary Source: Forty Years of Vision: URISA in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Figure 7. Contributions to Society/Science
  5. 5. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Having A+ Answers for the “ Who Care’s” Question <ul><li>Real-World Applications of IS/GIS/LIS/MIS/RIS/TIS/… </li></ul><ul><li>Decision Support Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Information as an Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Democratization of Data/Information Through IS/GIS/LIS/PPIS/… </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping Cause-Effect Connections Through GIS </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Measurement Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Better Governance </li></ul>Barry Wellar Closing Plenary Source: Forty Years of Vision: URISA in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Figure 7. Contributions to Society/Science
  6. 6. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Rockin’, Not Just Rowin’ the Research Boat <ul><li>Beyond Same Old Same Old to New and Different </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Data to Information and Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Analysis to Synthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Cataloguing to Hypothesizing and Theorizing </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Indicators to Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Description to Explanation and Prediction </li></ul>Barry Wellar Closing Plenary Source: Forty Years of Vision: URISA in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Figure 8. Advancing Research Frontiers
  7. 7. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Rockin’, Not Just Rowin’ the Research Boat <ul><li>Beyond Events to Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Incidents to Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Concepts to Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Exploratory to Confirmatory </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond “One-offs” to Generalizations </li></ul>Barry Wellar Closing Plenary Source: Forty Years of Vision: URISA in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Figure 8. Advancing Research Frontiers
  8. 8. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Taking GIS to New Levels: Hello Duty of Care and Standard of Care Barry Wellar Closing Plenary
  9. 9. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Polishing the “P” in GISP: We Have a Foot in the Door, but…. Barry Wellar Closing Plenary
  10. 10. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Excelling in GIS Means Maxing Your Card at “The Big Dog Library” By Reading the Books! URISA Proceedings   URISA Workshop Materials Barry Wellar Closing Plenary
  11. 11. Excelling in GIS Means Running with the Big Dogs Acknowledgement I wish to acknowledge the assistance provided by Sam Herold, technical advisor, Information Research Board (IRB) Inc. Barry Wellar Closing Plenary

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