Webcast on geospatial data archiving and preservation

GeoConnections (Canada) is pleased to invite you to a webcast on geospatial data archiving and preservation.

English Webinar: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
French Webinar: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Webinar Overview
Geospatial data can be expensive to acquire, complex to manage and cumbersome to store. In addition, geospatial data can grow continuously or be dynamic, sometimes changing rapidly over short periods of time. The legacy value of geospatial data is not always recognized at the time of creation, and often the full scope of archiving and preserving geospatial data is not well understood by data producers. As a result, it can be both daunting and difficult to adopt a systematic and successful archiving and preservation regime. However, if well managed, geospatial data can be a valuable and lasting resource with a high potential for reuse over time that is well worth the investment of adequate archiving and preservation. Improved operational policy for geospatial data archiving and preservation has been identified as a requirement for a complete and sustainable national spatial data infrastructure for Canada. Under contract with Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation, GeoConnections is developing an Geospatial Data Archiving and Preservation Primer to fill this need.
This webinar will highlight good practices in digital data archiving and introduce you to the contents of the Primer, including the components of a generic digital data archiving and preservation operational framework. The session will close with a question and answer period where you will be welcome to pose questions to the presenters.

Webinar Presenters

Ed Kennedy, Senior Associate
Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation
English session (March 26, 2013)

Mr. Kennedy is the project manager for the Geospatial Data Archiving and Preservation Primer and will be the webinar facilitator. He has worked at the executive level in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, has extensive policy development experience and has been working on operational policies with GeoConnections for the past two years. Ed holds an undergraduate degree in geomatics engineering and a masters in business administration.

Tracey Lauriault, Post Doctoral Fellow
Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC)
Carleton University
French session (March 27, 2013)

Ms. Lauriault is responsible for leading and participating in GCRC research projects at Carleton University. In addition, she is a Research Associate with Acacia Consulting and Research Ltd., specializing in indicator development, data access, data consortium coordination, data portal development and social determinants of health.  Tracey holds undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in geography.

If you would like to participate in the webinar, please go to the following Website to register: http://www.hal.ca/index.php/eventregistration?task=view_event&event_id=5. If you need more information, please contact Jay Tompkins by e-mail at jtompkins@hal.ca, or by telephone at 613-237-2220, ext. 329.

Registered participants will receive a follow-up e-mail with information about how to access and participate in the webinar.

We look forward to your participation.

Webinar Agenda
13:30 Webinar Introduction

  • Brief introduction to GeoConnections and Program update

13:40 Presentation: Geospatial Data Archiving and Preservation

  • Data archiving and preservation basic concepts
  • Legislation affecting data archiving and preservation in Canada
  • Good practice in dealing with data archiving and preservation challenges
  • Examples of geospatial data archiving and preservation initiatives
  • A generic operational framework for data archiving and preservation
  • Introduction to the Geospatial Data Archiving and Preservation Primer

14:30 Question and Answer Session

  • Opportunity for webinar participants to pose questions to the speakers

14:55 Webinar Summary and Conclusions