MAGIC is always a big event for GEO Jobe, and this year is no exception! This is a must-attend conference for many companies in and around Tennessee. We will be there to connect with a number of our application users and enterprise customers.
The Memphis Area Geographic Information Council (MAGIC) is a nonprofit organization. Their mission is To Promote the profession and education of GIS in the Memphis Area, providing training opportunities and awarding GIS student scholarships, coordinating GIS advocacy, and generally promoting appreciation and participation of GIS to all interested parties – all are goals of MAGIC. MAGIC is headquartered in Shelby County, TN and attracts members from the entire Mid-South region of the United States. Most members fall into a radius of roughly one hundred mile radius around Memphis, although membership is open to anyone.
This year is special for GEO Jobe’s David Hansen, as he will be the event’s keynote speaker. His talk, Professional Adaptation to Change in Geospatial Technology, looks at how the continued advancement of geospatial technology has enabled people to generate massive amounts of geospatial data without requiring highly specialized knowledge. What once took professional expertise has now become commonplace and second nature for our end-users. Therefore, we must adapt as professionals to better serve those end-users and foster growth in the field.
David Hansen, GEO Jobe COO, 2018 MAGIC Conference keynote presenter.
About David Hansen
David Hansen is the Chief Operating Officer and the Director of the Center for Research and Engineering for GEO Jobe GIS Consulting. David’s interest in GIS began when he took courses in high school. He then went on to earn a degree in Geography, with an emphasis in GIT, and a minor in Comparative Religion from The University of Southern Mississippi. Furthermore, David was a graduate of the Honors College and was Magna Cum Laude. Throughout his career, David has received numerous awards for the advancement of geospatial technologies. Now, David often speaks at conferences and universities around the country on the subjects of data science, machine learning, and the future of geospatial technologies.
The MAGIC Annual GIS Day Conference takes place November 1 and 2 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Registration is open to anyone. This event is a great opportunity for professionals in the fields of GIS, remote sensing, students, and others in the Memphis region to network and share knowledge. Since GEO Jobe is headquartered in Nashville, we have strong ties to the GIS/Geospatial community throughout Tennessee. MAGIC is an important event and enables us to connect with many existing partners and clients from the Memphis area.
In addition to this year’s keynote address, a number of themes will be addressed at this year’s conference, including:
- The March of GIS Technology Desktop Shp -> GDB -> Shared GDB -> IMS -> ArcServer -> Web GIS -> What’s Next
- Change of our role: teachers, true analysis, content curators, stewards of the data
- Citizen engagement: Open data, property search, end-users are now used on Google.
- SDE vs Datastore
- Data science
- Machine learning
- Spatial-temporal data / Time Space Cubes / Tensors
- Internet of Things
For more information, visit the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council website.
You can connect with David on Twitter @dhansen601
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