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Redlands GIS Week Attendees Will Identify Best Practices in Volunteered Geographic Information

Redlands, California—January 26, 2011—Thought leaders from academia, government, and industry will gather at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, February 8–10, 2011, for the second annual Redlands GIS Week. The event will focus on the future of volunteered geographic information (VGI) and how it can be integrated into applications built with geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Attendees will take part in advancing the partnership of VGI and GIS technology into multiple decision-making workflows—from citizen science to emergency response to social media applications.

To start the week, two keynote speakers will share their experiences with GIS and VGI. The first speaker is Michael Goodchild, professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the university's Center for Spatial Studies, who coined the term volunteered geographic information. The title of his presentation is It's About Time: The Temporal Dimension in VGI. Lorant Czaran of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs will present Coordinating Response: United Nations Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).

In addition, attendees will have several opportunities to share ideas and applications for VGI with leading geospatial professionals. Guest speakers, demonstrations, and Lightning Talks will foster dialog and debate about advancing geospatial solutions throughout various industries. It is expected that 100 researchers from sponsoring institutions will attend and participate in group discussions, while other researchers will discuss and present the practical aspects of VGI.

Redlands GIS Week is cosponsored by the University of Redlands, the University of Southern California, and Esri. There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit redlandsgisweek.org.

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Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.

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