Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ Markham Convention Centre in Toronto

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Final Program & Keynote Announced - Steve Coast!

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We are excited to announce our Keynote speaker for BeSpatial 2017 will be Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap

   Steve Coast is a British entrepreneur, advisor and coach living in Colorado. Steve founded the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project to map the world with volunteers and give the result away for free. OpenStreetMap has been called “the Wikipedia of maps”. Following the success of OSM, Steve founded various companies and worked at Microsoft and Telenav. His latest project is glider5.com – building a search engine with crowdsourcing.

Presentation Abstract:

OpenStreetCam (OSC) is like Google StreetView, making photographic records of every street available online to anyone, but under an open license. Volunteers can use their phone and a free app to record images as they drive, which are automatically uploaded over wifi. The project is sponsored by Telenav and is open source from client to backend to images. Millions of miles of imagery has been captured and it acts as a complement to OpenStreetMap by allowing volunteers to locate speed limits, turn restrictions and other features not visible from aerial imagery. This talk will investigate OSC’s past, present and future and how it relates to OpenStreetMap.

Presenters will showcase their professional achievements for our audience of over 200 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology (IT) managers, analysts, technicians, professors, and students. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length, including 5 minutes for questions. 

URISA Ontario’s BeSpatial is an annual industry training, program and expo showcase that attracts Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology (IT) managers, analysts, technicians, professors and students from throughout Ontario. 

Can't make it to Markham? We're also looking for webinar presentations

For further information, please contact: Caitlin, Programs Director

View presentation abstracts, speaker biographies and sponsors/exhibitor information below!


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