The Miller Lecture: The Changing Geospatial Landscape

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:00pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:00 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

About the Miller Lecture

The department's Miller Lecture Series is designed to bring eminent geographers to Penn State and is a gift to the Department of Geography from the late E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller. E. W. Miller was a Professor of Geography, department head, and associate dean emeritus in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.


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About the talk

It has been more than three decades since president Clinton issued Executive Order 12906 Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Through his extensive experience with the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee, the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) Report Card Committee on the NSDI, Cowen has had the opportunity to track the progress of the federal government in providing geospatial data to meet the needs of society. In this presentation he will share his assessment of the current status of the NSDI and the changing role of various stakeholders in the collection, maintenance, use and sharing of geospatial data.

About the speaker

David CowenDavid Cowen is a Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. He is also a former chair of the NRC Mapping Science Committee, Chair of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. He is a major author of the NRC report National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future, The NGAC report The Changing Geospatial Landscape and the Report Card on the US The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).



Suggested reading

Report Card on the US The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

The Changing Geospatial Landscape

National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future        

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