Geo-Resolution 2021: Building a 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem

September 21, 2021

Geo-Resolution 2021: Building a 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Saint Louis University (SLU) are co-sponsoring Geo-Resolution 2021 to continue the collaboration of government, academia and industry in growing the Geospatial Ecosystem in the Greater Saint Louis region.

Vision: A 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem requires the combined efforts of government, industry and academia to provide the enterprise data and services needed for informed decision-making, to increase our knowledge of the world, and to improve quality of life and societal conditions.

Geo-Resolution 2021 is an in-person conference that will take place on the campus of Saint Louis University. Conference protocol is contingent upon Saint Louis City and CDC health guidelines. The conference will also be digitally accessible to a remote audience.

Moderated Panel Discussions

Panel 1: Hard Problems in a Geospatial World. In a world of hard problems, everything happens in time and space. Geospatial science captures those problems and aids in building solutions. As problems evolve in their complexity, the geospatial profession must do the same. This panel will explore how government, industry and academia are maturing geospatial technologies and their application to today’s and tomorrow’s problems.

Panel 2: Preparing the Next Geospatial Generation. The exponential growth of location data and imagery require a new workforce with digital skills and an understanding of geomatics to tackle hard problems. This panel focuses on how to create an equitable talent pipeline though traditional academic degrees, workforce development, outreach to K-12, and training trajectories for those looking to transition into the geospatial field.

Panel 3: Geospatial Ethics: Privacy, Persistent Surveillance and Connectivity. Personal activity via GPS location is shared with outsiders at increasing rates. Individual data can be broadcast during daily activities. What are the safeguards, and how is the need for public safety balanced with the expectation of privacy? Explore ethical issues involved in living in a world of ever-increasing surveillance and connectivity.

Panel 4: Geospatial Opportunities and Innovation. Local leaders talk about opportunities in the Saint Louis region as a geospatial center of excellence. They will share the initiatives that pave the way to an inclusive, coordinated, innovative and growing ecosystem.

Featured Events

“Leaders’ Look” Developments in the Geospatial Ecosystem. NGA Director Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, SLU President Dr. Fred Pestello and Harris-Stowe State University Interim President Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith will share their perspectives on the growth and development of the Geospatial Ecosystem in the Greater Saint Louis region.

Special Broadcast: Why a Geospatial Career? Ask Young Professionals. Young professionals discuss why they chose a career in geospatial innovation and take questions from students in the audience. The event will be recorded and made available to high-school and middle-school students.