I know not too many of you made to GITA 2010 in Phoenix last week, but you missed a good time. I had a really enjoyable time being on two panels. The afternoon panel was lead by Dr. Bob and discussed “Driven by Data: Who Pays, Who Plays?”. We discussed how government can do a better job sharing data and I think all of us on the panel were on the same page that governments need to engage more and not stick their head in the sand on data sharing. Proactive governments will succeed in stimulating use of their data for the benefit of their citizens and others will allow their communities to stagnate.

The morning panel, “Not Your Father’s Approach to Geodata Creation and Sharing” was lead by Peter Batty and I was lucky enough to take part along with Andrew Turner, Steve Coast and the venerable Ron Lake. It seemed to be well received and Peter was able to record the panel and has posted the video for everyone to see. I had a really good time and enjoyed talking with everyone there.

GITA Panel: Not your father's approach to geodata creation and sharing from Peter Batty on Vimeo.

I’m off to the PBBI Insights 2010 User Conference next week in Miami. It is my first trip to a MapInfo PBBI conference so I’m excited to see all the great new stuff that PBBI has planned.