PHL to host Esri Asia Pacific Conference this January

December 6, 2010 11:33 am 

MANILA, Dec. 5 – The Philippines will be hosting the Esri Asia Pacific Conference, a highly anticipated event for geographic information systems in the region, this coming Jan. 26-27 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

The event will be managed by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) and Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc.

With the theme "One Community, One Map", the conference will highlight the need for national and community mapping programs that can provide a common map framework by which organizations can build and share consistent, authoritative, current physical, social, political, cultural, economic and environmental information for any geographical area of interest or community.

The results of such mapping programs can provide limitless possibilities for knowledge-based sustainable progress, whether in planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluation or research by governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations and academe.

It also opens up limitless possibilities for engaging citizens in community or nation building by making these geographic information systems and data available for access and use by them.

These will be highlighted through key events spread over the two-day conference, including executive forums, technical tracks, industry sessions, customer testimonials, a demo theater and map gallery.

There will be an exhibition featuring global and local players of the geographic information systems(GIS) market.

Acting as keynote speaker is founder and president of Esri, Jack Dangermond, who will be giving a briefing in the senior executive forum.

This forum will provide opportunities for chief executive officers and chief operating officers to exchange ideas and know-how in a roundtable discussion on the national and economic impact of “One Community, One Map”.

Dangermond is one of the founding fathers of GIS technology and is considered to be one of the most influential people in GIS.

He has received numerous awards including Global Citizen Award by the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association and the National Geographic’s Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

GIS integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

It allows users to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

Geodata executive vice president Francisca Nasol-Dayrit GIS has now become part of mission critical information communications technology solutions for many of the economic and environmental challenges happening today and anticipated in the future.

“Undoubtedly, GIS has become one of the fast-growing technologies being adopted by nimble and quick-thinking enterprises and public services in a rapidly changing and challenging world,” Dayrit said.

With this conference, Dayrit is hopeful that participants will learn how users in different organizations have used GIS successfully to solve problems and improve processes.

She said participants will learn from their peers the best practices and how GIS is implemented in industries, organizations and communities.

“Education and awareness on GIS is still key, which is why, we really make it an effort to come up with mediums and venues where users can learn more about the benefits of GIS,” she pointed out.

Esri and Geodata are expecting to see key GIS users not only from the Philippines but from the rest of the Asia and the Pacific countries as well. (PNA)

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