This week I’m in Calgary at the GeoTEC 2007 conference, where I was asked to deliver the Keynote and it is proving to be an interesting contrast with conferences back in the UK.
Outside of user conferences and a few academic conferences, it is unusual to find particularly technical presentations and workshop sessions – things that appeal to me and the “hands-on people” in GIS.
Well that is certainly not the case here, taken at random from the programme..
Advanced LIDAR processing;
Intercomparison of DEM Terrain and Watershed Attributes Derived from Three Independent Sources;
Google Earth adds a New Dimension: Dynamic Time based Data Display;
and The 1901 Census as a indication of the Spatial Existence of a Letis Homeland.
Matt Ball and his team have developed a strong technical programme which has attracted over 1000 people to Calgary, and most of those will have had to fly here, arrange accommodation etc.. In Canada at least there is a strong demand for such content – and this is the 21st GeoTEC conference.
I have often had the debate with people back in the UK why we don’t have such strong technical programmes at UK conferences, which end up often only with “Hello I’m from [organisation A] and I did this with my GIS, and here is [Vendor X] who helped me do it”, or lets bash the OS (easy target) and “Why does nobody listen to us”.
Answers on a postcard, or maybe I can convince Matt to come and run a conference in the UK.
Written and submitted from Hyatt Hotel, Calgary, using its in-room wired network.