“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” ~Robert H. Goddard
Welcome to the 27th Wisconsin Land Information Association’s Annual Conference! We travel back to Madison. Well, Middleton to be precise, to showcase the great work taking place throughout the State of Wisconsin. Our theme centers around vision and turning that vision into a reality. To help you develop that reality the conference offers workshops, technical sessions, discussions, demonstrations, special interest group (SIG) meetings, project updates and a vendor showcase.
It’s my pleasure to welcome DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to the WLIA Annual Conference! Sec. Stepp will discuss how the initiatives of Act 20 will address the concerns of the Wisconsin Deer Trustee report.
Our keynote speaker Scott Resnick serves as Madison’s 8th Alderman. One recent accomplishment includes passing the first open data ordinance in Wisconsin (second in the US behind New York). Resnick wrote the legislation for Madison to open up their public data so that data would be available to the public, free to use, reuse and distribute without worrying about copyright or restrictions. The concept expresses that every citizen has a right to data collected by the city. The Open Data Initiative Ordinance will make all current and future public city datasets available via open standard APIs. This will improve government transparency and function, while at the same time unleash valuable city data to developers. “Let’s get as much out there as possible. There are some very talented developers out there that may help us in management of the city and help the public access city services,” Mayor Paul Soglin said.
Plenary speaker Michael Terner will attempt to summarize, describe and place in context some of the new developments that are in some ways disrupting the geospatial marketplace. These developments include more open data availability, cloud-based platforms, open source software offerings and the increasing imperative for geospatial mobility. Although disruptive and intimidating at one level, these new development present huge opportunities for many organizations. This talk will present several of these opportunities using real world examples of applying a “best of breed” outlook and the implementation of hybrid systems.
Our Friday morning plenary speaker, Paul Braun, will share his amazing project Taking Autism To The Sky (TATTS). TATTS was a 6-month project with the stated goal of giving kids with autism a new perspective of the world, from the air, by building and flying a sUAS and making a film of their journey. The TATTS Project is at the intersection of emerging technology, the maker movement and the business needs that many WLIA members are facing. The TATTS team was comprised of eight boys on the autism spectrum ranging in age from 6 to14, several siblings and one parent for each child. This presentation will be a highly interactive showcase of what the kids built, the images and video they collected and the outcomes from the project. It will also offer some thoughts on crowd-sourced fund raising and cost effective approaches to UAS hardware. See firsthand a viable acquisition option for geospatial data that is current, clear and data rich.