Thursday, February 8th, 2018 9:00am-5:00pm

ESRI – Washington, D.C.

IMIA Americas hosted a meetup at ESRI on Thursday, February 8th at 9:00 am.  The meetup provided an opportunity for leaders in the mapping industry to meet, network and be an active part of some topical discussions and presentations. Our mission is to exchange information and learn what is happening in our industry.

Presentation Tracks included Government, Open Data and Cool Apps, and Boundaries.  A key note speech was also provided by Jerry Johnston (Deloitte) and Daniel Fenton (Esri).  



Everett Hinkley (Department of Agriculture), USDA Current Geospatial Capabilities, Challenges and Opportunities 

Betsy Kanalley (US Forest Service), Forest Service Visitor Map Program

Lisa McBride (US Forest Service), USFS Data Assessments for Better Data Lifecycle Management

Ted Florence (Avenza), Use of Avenza Maps to Distribute Maps for NGA users

Brian Fox and Mark Cygan (USGS and Esri, respectively): USGS’s use of Esri Print on Demand (POD) to Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Open Data and Cool Apps:

Suzanne McArdle (Census), Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)

Phil Satlof (Blue Raster), Your data tells your story- custom solutions for difficult problems

Mike Brown (USFS), Use of Avenza’s Temporary Group License

Ken Buja (NOAA), A Web AppBuilder Widget for Spatial Prioritization

Mikel Maron (Mapbox), People Before Data


Mark Budd (Williams & Heintz),  History, Evolution, and Political Correctness

Marissa Wood & Kevin Danaher (International Mapping), Building a database of Sovereign Limits

Bennett Moe (AND), Getting (hyper)local

Daniel Fleming and Ryan Tietjen (BLM), Modernizing the Eastern States Land Records


The Event’s Schedule

  • 8:30a – 9a:        Registration and Coffee
  • 9a – 9:10a:        Opening Remarks, IMIA President
  • 9:10a – 10:30a: Session 1, Government Session
  • 10:30a – 11a:    Networking Coffee
  • 11a – 12p:         Session 2, Open Data and Cool Apps
  • 12p – 1:30p:      Networking Lunch
  • 1:30p – 3p:        Session 3, Boundaries
  • 3p – 4p:             Granola Bar Breakout and Report Back
  • 4p – 5p:             Session 4, Key Notes
  • 5p – 5:10p:        Final Remarks, IMIA President
  • 5:30p – 8p:        Happy Hour

Keynote Speakers

Open Geospatial Data: Looking Forward

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the launch of Geospatial One Stop, and the 8th anniversary of, now is a great time to review how we got to where we are in the open geospatial data story… and to imagine the next chapter in this continued evolution.  As technology has advanced in recent years, the demand for geospatial information has continued to grow rapidly – and government’s role in this ecosystem has changed accordingly.  In this talk, we will explore that changing role, and discuss some lessons learned from past efforts as well as some potential recipes for success in the near term.

Dr. Jerry Johnston is currently the Specialist Leader Deloitte Advisory.  Prior to supporting Deloitte & Touche LLP, Dr. Johnston has over 20 years of experience in leading the design, development, implementation and management of numerous IT programs and projects.  He is a recognized geospatial technology expert and thought leader who specializes in developing advanced geospatial technology solutions that support public sector customers.  He has served at the executive level in two Federal agencies and has deep experience in providing solutions for and building consensus among senior executives and political appointees, and within inter-agency teams.

He previously served as the Director of the Information & Technology Management at the US Department of the Interior (DOI).  In this role, Dr. Johnston led technical design and development of the US Geospatial Platform (, a whole-of-government shared services initiative that supports public sector organizations in publishing, finding, accessing and using geospatial data, maps and applications.  He was responsible for leading the development of the enterprise geospatial strategy and technology roadmap for the Department and for the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  At DOI, Dr. Johnston also had executive leadership responsibility for the implementation of the federal open data initiative, and under his leadership the Department documented, catalogued and released nearly 100,000 datasets to the public.  He was a charter member of the launch team, and worked closely with the leadership of the federal open data initiative for many years.  He also led DOI’s cloud computing program, and oversaw the execution of a contract for cloud hosting services with a maximum value of $10 billion over its lifetime.

Prior to this, Dr. Johnston served as the Geospatial Information Officer, a role he also held at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Having served with distinction as the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information in both of these organizations, Dr. Johnston has a unique perspective on the development and use of geospatial data and tools to support public sector mission requirements.  He has served as a principal member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Executive Steering Committee, and represented both Departments in national and international forums on a wide range of geospatial technology issues.

Dr. Johnston was appointed by Secretary of the Interior to a three year term on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee in 2008.  In 2011, he was re-appointed for a second term on the Committee and served as NGAC Vice Chair through 2014.  Dr. Johnston holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Environmental Science from Indiana University, where his research was focused on the use of geospatial technology and to predict the potential responses of agricultural and forest ecosystems to future climate change.

Daniel Fenton (Esri), Open Source and Open Data at Esri

Stories about what we build in the DC R&D center and how these make their way into esri products to make GIS more accessible.

Daniel Fenton is a software engineer on the ArcGIS Hub team in Esri’s Washington DC R&D center. He leads the team responsible for search and data interoperability features and is the maintainer of several open source projects.