Crowdsourcing and Community Maps: Presentor, Keynote Speaker Donald Cooke
DONALD COOKE has been a leading proponent of making government data available for public use. He began his GIS career in the public sector where he quickly recognized the potential of the data and its impact in new industries. This would improve the quality of life for all Americans.
Donald was a member of the 1967 Census Bureau team that developed the Dual Independent Map Encoding (DIME) topological approach to a spatial database as part of the New Haven Census Use Project. The DIME methodology was a key predecessor to the Census Bureau's Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) system and of the modern geographic inforamtion systems industry. In 1980, he founded Geographic Data Technology, Inc. (GDT), with which the Census Bureau contracted to digitize the original TIGER data files. GDT was acquired by TeleAtlas in 2004. Donald was Chief Scientist at TeleAtlas, North America through February 2010.
Currently, Donald serves as a Community Mapping Evangelist at ESRI in Redlands, CA. He received the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's Horwood Award in 2004 and ESRI's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He has served on the Mapping Science Committee at the National Research Council.
Donald Cooke is a graduate of Yale University, studied Civil Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served in the Army as a Surveyor.
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