Panel to Discuss Open Source Geospatial Solutions for the GEOINT Community
New York, NY, October 14, 2011 — Eddie Pickle, Senior Vice President of OpenGeo, the open source geospatial software company behind the OpenGeo Suite will participate on a panel discussing open source technologies at the GEOINT 2011 Symposium. The panel, Demonstration of Military Relevant Open Source Geospatial Software, will be hosted by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OpenGEO), Military Open Source Software Working Group (MIL-OSS), and the USGIF Tradecraft Subcommittee.
The session will be moderated by John Scott, Senior Systems Engineer and Open Technology Lead, RadiantBlue; Co-Chairman, Open Source for America; and Dr. Christopher Tucker, USGIF Board Member. When describing the event Dr. Tucker noted: “We are looking for our panel members to discuss the new opportunities for co-development and innovative capabilities that open source geospatial software enables for government, military and intelligence agencies, and their private sector partners.”
Mr. Pickle, who brings 25 years of experience in geospatial solutions to the panel, has noticed an increase in interest and awareness for open source solutions: "GEOINT is well known as the most influential and forward thinking intelligence conference in the United States. Open source sessions at GEOINT, and the growth of the Mil-OSS community are clear indicators that these solutions are gaining wide acceptance over proprietary products."
Mr. Pickle is Senior Vice President at OpenGeo. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of IONIC Enterprise, an industry leader in developing OGC standards-based software. He also served as Executive Vice President of Sales & Client Service at Claritas, now a part of AC Nielsen, where he directed geospatial applications for enterprises worldwide.
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, the UK Ordnance Survey, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo’s revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.