When: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Where: Affinity Lab
[masked]th St, NW 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
OUR JULY TOPIC
You've used services like Google Maps, and probably loved it! Google Maps and GPS are in the mainstream, but Geographic Information Systems (GIS) form the backbone of these services and you can use the power of GIS directly to serve your organization's goals. Join us for a comprehensive look into the application of GIS technology for nonprofits. Case studies and a demo of GIS will be combined with a lively Q&A with industry experts.
GIS technology turns complex data into easy-to-use visual representations such as maps. GIS can help nonprofits in multiple ways:
-- Speedy and accurate response to disasters
-- Target donors and potential members
-- Turn complex, hard-to-read data into simple, compelling visual representations
-- Make the most of your data by uncovering hidden trends and patterns
-- Make better decisions and leverage your existing data
-- Find out how to make use off the US government's free access to enormous amounts of data--much of it correlated to location
OUR JULY SPEAKERS
Join Dr. Timothy Foresman, Dan Zimble and Robert Cheetham of Avencia and your fellow DC tech & social change junkies to learn about the application of GIS mapping technology to Nonprofits.
Dr. Forseman's academic credentials in biology, ecology, engineering, and geography provide a wealth of experience in the application of technologies of such as GIS, remote sensing, and field survey techniques. He has helped design and manage, at local to global levels, including the UN and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Dr. Forseman pursued a career dedicated to devising strategies and contributing to improved systems to better cope with environmental threats facing humans and the planet; and identifying emerging scientific and technological advances related to these issues, while promoting availability of, and enhancing access to, the scientific information needed by decision makers, as well as the planet's citizens, for improved environmental management and protection, on a multi-national, local and global basis. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Forseman is also president of Global Water, and author of, "The Last Little Polar Bear."
Dan is a member of the Washington D.C. Technology Center team at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the worlds leading software provider of geographic informationsystems (GIS). Dan's passion is in advocating for sustainable approaches to ecosystem management through the application of GIS.
He'll bring a wealth of experience in ecology, remote sensing, and GIS to our meetup. In his role at ESRI, Dan assists in training decision-makers in the use of geographic tools and demonstrates how GIS can be applied towards addressing complex social, economic, and environmental factors. Dan holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. from Mississippi State University.
Robert is the founder of Avencia, a software development firm that specializes in creating web-based GIS systems. Avencia is a Philadelphia-based firm that works with non-profits and other organizations to build software tools that use geographic data to research, analyze and make better decisions.
Avencia develops innovative, web-based software, web services and products that use mapping technologies and geography to solve complex, interesting, and novel problems. Avencia has particular expertise in natural resource planning, economic development, crime analysis, real estate property analysis, and cultural resources, but their team is engaged
in a wide range of other interesting projects.
See you there,
Matt Stempeck of EchoDitto and Hatef Yamini of Care2
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