Abstract for Presentations
The Future of the Paper
Map: The USGS Perspective,
Abstract: This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history of the development and production of the traditional USGS topographic map. Over the last several years, the USGS Topographic Mapping Programs have moved from a role of data producer to one of data provider utilizing state of the art information technology and web-based services. Most recently, the Director of the USGS established the National Geospatial Programs Office (NGPO) to provide leadership in developing a unified approach to advancing the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). In collaboration with the geospatial community at large, including federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector interests, the NGPO has been working to transform processes necessary to implement key components of the NSDI, including a revitalized suite of applications, products, and services. The strategic directions of this new and innovative office will be discussed with emphasis on its impact on mapping products of the future.
serves as a Senior Advisor for Partnerships and External Coordination with
the U.S. Geological Survey. Much of his work currently supports the newly
established National Geospatial Program Office (NGPO). In this capacity, he
provides leadership and develops policy and guidance for partnership
activities within the NGPO, and oversees the activities of partnership
liaisons at the field, regional and headquarters levels. Before joining USGS
he worked for other agencies in the Department of Interior, Bureau of
Reclamation and National Park Service and as an Assistant Professor of Earth
A Commercial View on the Future of Paper Maps, Russell Guy, Vice-President, Omni Resources.
Abstract: Over the past dozen years three significant events have greatly affected the independent map retailer. The advent of the super bookstores in the early 1990’s; the explosion of the internet and online retailers such as Amazon.com; and 9/11 and the precipitous drop of overseas travel forced map stores to rapidly adapt or to go out of business. The advent of digital mapping and various digital products is forcing the remaining independent map stores to re-evaluate their business plan, from their product mix to store location and their sales methods. Each store must answer the question – “is there a future for paper maps and if so, how will they be delivered to the customer?”
was born and raised in the
Role of the Paper Map in Libraries, David C. McQuillan, Map Librarian, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.
This presentation on the Role of the Paper Map in Libraries
will report on the findings of the IFLA Workshop on Paper Maps, held at the
Library of Congress on
is Map Librarian in the Thomas Cooper Library at the
Can Librarians make a Difference in the
Geoworld? The Story of INSIDE
is Professor and INSIDE Idaho Administrator for the Library at the
is the GIS Specialist at the
Policies for Maps and Geospatial Information,
Tsering Wangyal Shawa, Geographic Information Systems
Creating a collection development policy for maps and geospatial data is
very challenging work for librarians. Geographic data and information are
used by various disciplines and acquiring and purchasing them is not an easy
task. This presentation will share how
Tsering Wangyal Shawa
is the Geographic Information Systems Librarian at
The University of California - Stanford Map Libraries Group: Collaboration in Practice, Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Head, Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections, Stanford University.
Abstract: The University of California-Stanford Map Libraries Group has worked collaboratively over the years on collection development, interlibrary loan, and reference. Access to materials has increased for all of the libraries due to collaborative purchasing of expensive items such as Landsat imagery and digital orthophotography. The group is now exploring the possibility of large-scale scanning initiatives for California USGS topographic maps and early Sanborn maps of the state. This talk will present a brief history of the group and its current scanning efforts.
is the Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections at
Data Archiving at the National Archives, Robert Chadduck, Director, Electronic Records Archives Research Program, National Archives & Records Administration.
Abstract: Mr. Chadduck will present an update of developments in the National Archives and Records Administration's Electronic Records Archives Program. He will also present a synopsis of recent technical findings and results from ERA Program supported research specifically applicable to geospatial electronic records collections.
serves as director of research activities for the National Archives and
Records Administration’s Electronic Records Archives Program. Prior
Government Printing Office Policies and Plans for Spatial Information Distribution, Judy Russell, Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office.
Abstract: Maps have been distributed to Libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program since the program began. In recent years, Congress has directed that publications should be made available digitally (online), although some exceptions to this policy exist. This talk will discuss:
· The Government Printing Office’s digitization and preservation initiatives
· Plans for maps in the Depository Library Program
· Plans for digital spatial data in the Depository Library Program including versioning, authentication and preservation of data.
These plans may require changes in library services and equipment. The Federal Depository Library Program standards for library services and equipment will also be discussed.
is the 22nd Superintendent of Documents of the
Geospatial Data at
Information on the work to archive spatial data at the U.S. Geological
has a BA in Geography from
Friday, May 13, 2005
The Role of GIS in Libraries for Geographic Information Management, Clint Brown, Director, Software Products, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
Abstract: GIS use continues to grow and the subsequent collection and use of geographic information is expanding at astounding rates. Close to 200,000 organizations are now using GIS daily and this growth is expected to continue. Access to critical information represents one of the key challenges facing this community – not only gaining access to current geographic information, but also to historic collections which are increasingly becoming relevant in GIS use. One particular challenge is the cataloging, warehousing, archiving, and sharing of these important information assets. The goal of this presentation is to present some of the key trends and concepts that affect how geographic information will be accessed and shared. Key topics to be discussed include:
· Essential elements of geographic information. It’s more than the datasets and measurement collections.
· The shared and distributed nature of GIS computing and geographic information use.
· Cataloging GIS data sets and the evolving role of GIS Portals.
· Thoughts on archiving GIS data.
· A vision for a National GIS.
· The role of libraries in this growing information infrastructure.
has been responsible for managing all ESRI product releases since he joined
ESRI in 1983. This includes product releases for ArcInfo, PC ArcInfo,
ArcView, ArcSDE, ArcCAD, MapObjects, ArcGIS, ArcIMS, ArcPad, and other ESRI
software. He is also responsible for product design, development and release
of quality products. At ESRI, he manages a division of GIS analysts,
programmers, writers, and test analysts who design, build, document,
release, and maintain ESRI software. He has authored several books, white
papers, and presentations on GIS, including significant contributions on
many ESRI Press books, ArcNews, ESRI Training, and software user guides.
Before working for ESRI, Clint worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Future Directions for Geolibraries, Michael Goodchild, University of California-Santa Barbara.
Abstract: Heavy investments have been made over the past decade in geolibraries, remotely accessible cartographic information collections, geospatial clearinghouses, and geoportals. For several reasons the potential of such resources has not yet been realized: guidance in navigating the complex distribution of resources is still largely absent; few systems have progressed beyond the traditional roles of gatekeeping and circulation; and there has been little success at integrating such resources with other geospatial services. The presentation sketches a vision for a future in which many of these issues have been resolved.
Professor of Geography at the
National Geographic: From Paper to Digital to Distributed Mapping, Allen Carroll, National Geographic Society.
Abstract: Cartography at National Geographic has been transformed by rapidly changing technologies and an even faster-evolving marketplace. GIS, imagery, and desktop graphics have changed the process of making maps, but the greater and more exciting implications lie at the opposite end: How maps and spatial information are, and will be, disseminated.
is chief cartographer and executive vice president of National Geographic
Maps. As chief cartographer, he supervises the editorial and creative
efforts of the Society’s map division, including the supplement maps
published in National Geographic magazine, the
Eighth Edition Atlas of the World, National
Geographic’s wall maps and globes, and the National
Geographic Map Machine, an innovative world atlas on the Internet.
He has been an employee of the National Geographic Society for twenty-one
years, serving in a variety of positions in the map division and the art
department of National Geographic magazine. As managing
director of National Geographic Maps from 1995 through 1998, he presided
over the shift of the unit from a division of the Magazine to the Society’s
new taxable subsidiary, National Geographic Ventures. During this time, NG
Maps expanded from its traditional role as service provider to the magazine
and book divisions of the Society to a publisher and distributor of map
products. With partnerships and acquisitions, the group extended its product
lines to include road atlases, road maps, and outdoor recreation maps. From
1991 to 1995 Carroll was art director of National
Geographic magazine, producing historical, scientific, and
informational artwork, and leading an effort to establish a corporate
identity for the Society. He received two gold medals from the Society of
Illustrators for his work during this period. Before joining the Society in
1983, Carroll was a free-lance illustrator and designer in
Licensing Geographic Data and Services: Vision for a National Commons and Marketplace, Harlan Onsrud, University of Maine at Orono & Chair, National Research Council Study on the Licensing of Spatial Data and Services.
Geographic data are used in all sectors of society to support a huge range
of applications, ranging from emergency response to scientific studies and
from land use planning to location-based services. In the past, government
agencies typically acquired ownership of such data from private-sector and
other data producers and distributed these data without restriction.
Licensing--whereby the producer may restrict redistribution--has emerged as
an alternative business model that government agencies must now consider
among a suite of procurement options. Confusion and uncertainty have arisen
as a result of (1) a proliferation of nonstandard licensing arrangements;
(2) difficulty in designing licenses that track legal, economic, and public
interest concerns of different levels of government; (3) difficulty in
designing licenses that accommodate all sectors of the geographic data
community; (4) an imperfect appreciation for the licensing perspectives of
different sectors of the geographic data community; and (5) lack of
effective license tracking and enforcement mechanisms. Given the confusion
surrounding licensing, the National Academies, at the request of FEMA, GPO,
highlights licensing perspectives and experiences of major stakeholder
groups and examines the pros and cons of licensing. It concludes that
licensing may be a viable option in some instances and advises agencies on
how to best serve societal interests. Among the report recommendations is
that federal agencies should investigate options for building a
Dr. Harlan J.
is Professor in the Department of Spatial Information Science and
Engineering at the
The Idea of Discovery:
Planning and Implementing Access to Geospatial Data at Harvard,
Abstract: The Harvard Geospatial Library is a searchable repository of geospatial data that is dependent on its catalog, or metadata records, for locating and evaluating data held in the collection. Rather than producing metadata that is ancillary to the data, searching our collection is predicated on the metadata record for each item. The HGL is designed to address two issues, one a problem, the other a prospect, for digital geospatial data collections. The problem: Locating and assessing data with some degree of efficiency. The prospect: Building a comprehensive geo-library, based on traditional library principles of: search and retrieval; viewing and evaluating; and data utilization.
This talk will focus first on some broader issues with which we are confronted when organizing this data for access. Practical considerations for both traditional cataloging and metadata production will also be discussed.
is the Geospatial Resources Cataloger with the Harvard Geospatial Library He
also serves as a member of the Steering
Committee and Implementation Team for this collection, which was started in
2001. He received his B.A. in Physical Geography from the
Julia M. Giller, USGS Technology Transfer Office, Technology Transfer Opportunities and Cartographic Information.
Technology Transfer became a mission of all federal laboratories in the mid
1980’s. It arose out of national concerns that the
Julia M. Giller
is an attorney who has worked in the Technology Transfer and licensing area
since 1991. From 1999-2002 she served as Program Manager for the Technology
Transfer Office at USGS, and as a member of the Federal Laboratory
Consortium Board, and the Middle-Atlantic Regional Representative. In 2002
she moved to the National Mapping Program, as Gulf Coast Liaison for a
four-state area which included