2012 IMIA Town Hall Session
The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Geospatial Program (NGP) was a significant participant in this yea’s International Map Industry Association (IMIA) Americas Conference, September 9-11, 2012, Albuquerque, NM. Among the presentations and events was the Town Hall Session, titled: “Emerging Trends in Government”.
The focus of this session was changing government business models related to geospatial information in the areas of data availability, information access, and dissemination. This interactive forum linked experience and knowledge to trends and issues facing government mapping organizations, the changing role of government, how they are evolving to e-commerce, changing from paper map inventory to digital products, and distribution via the Internet.
This session was presented as a Town Hall Session to promote active participation and dialogue between the government panel members and the audience.
The Panel was moderated by Ron Lofton of the NGP and included representatives from the following Federal agencies:
- • Robert Morris, Library of Congress;
- • Michael Cooley, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS);
- • Connie Beard, U.S. Census Bureau;
- • William Krausmann, U.S. Forest Service (USFS);
- • and John Hannah, Bureau of Land Management (BLM).