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Friday, February 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Applying the Public Records Law to GIS (AICP)

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Ah, the Public Records Law ... sometimes it's clear-cut, and sometimes it's a little grey. Some like it, and some don't. Regardless, there's no denying that all data producers, consumers, and government officials need to understand it and do their best when applying it since the GIS community relies greatly on open public records.

NOTE: For claiming AICP credit from APA, this session will be titled "Economic Development & Public Records Laws."

  • Public Records Law: What Does It Say Today?
             Jonathan Jones
    Overview of current state of public records law as it stands now and how it relates to geospatial data

  • What are They Doing With Your Data?
             Amanda Henley, Philip McDaniel
    The North Carolina GIS community’s culture of data sharing is both progressive and beneficial for the citizens of our state. Each year, GIS Librarians contact local and state government employees to request spatial data on behalf of students and researchers. Do you ever wonder how your data are being used? In this presentation, GIS Librarians from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will give you a sampling of some of the ways researchers are using your data.

  • Open Data? Show Me the Money!
             Blake Esselstyn
    GIS is a major resource for economic development. From marketing to planning and construction, GIS is a key component to effective economic development in North Carolina. Sustaining GIS as a resource through public/private partnerships and data sharing will be crucial to the long-term effectiveness of economic development efforts now underway.

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Jeff Essic

Data Services Librarian, NC State University

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Blake Esselstyn, GISP, AICP

After more than ten years working for the City of Asheville's Department of Planning and Urban Design, Blake recently ventured forth as an independent GIS and urban planning consultant – still based based in Asheville. He is particularly interested in telling geographic stories... Read More →
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Amanda Henley

Head of Digital Research Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I am interested in academic library services, technology, and spaces that support scholars using digital methods in teaching and research.
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Jonathan Jones

Director, NC Open Government Coalition
Jonathan Jones is a government transparency advocate and has served as the director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and its affiliated Sunshine Center at Elon University since August 2013. Jones worked as a newspaper reporter in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina... Read More →
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Philip McDaniel

GIS Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill Library
Philip McDaniel has worked as a GIS Librarian in Davis Library since 2012. Prior to that, he worked for over a decade as a Research Associate at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a BA in Geography from Old Dominion University... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 306 B/C

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