The Veterans Clinic Map Project

Almost a year ago Professor Angela Drake asked me if I’d deliver the keynote address at the next Veterans Clinic Symposium.  I was beyond surprised.  I never thought of myself as a keynote speaker kind of guy.  I have always viewed myself as a sort of problem solver guy. But, when Professor Drakes asks you to do something to help your fellow veterans she has a purpose and a plan.  She laid out her belief that this mapping stuff that I do might have a practical application in helping veterans make stronger disability claims, and if they lost their claim, it might help them present a stronger appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington D.C. , or lead to some needed rule-making by the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have come to learn that there are two types of VA claims.  There are the presumption claims and Read More …

Arkansas – The GIS State

When it comes to GIS – Arkansas is getting it right.  I just got home from spending the past few days in Arkansas as a guest of the Arkansas GIS Users Forum. I was there to teach a four-hour Geospatial Law class, and present the Keynote Address at lunch the following day.  Here is what I learned: Cooperation: The Arkansas GIS community works together to support each other. They share their geospatial data, expertise, and enthusiasm.  I heard many examples of government organizations and commercial enterprises working together. I talked with a lot of people while I was there and everyone I asked said, ‘that is the way it is done in Arkansas.’  Allow me to paraphrase the most common theme I encountered, “This is a small state.  We know each other, and our limited budgets necessitate working together.” From my experience, that isn’t always the case in other states. The Read More …

I’m going to be a MOGISCON17 Presenter

Good news!  I am a featured presenter at next month at MOGISCON17 (2017 Missouri GIS Conference).  The event is being held at Tan-Tar-A Resort – Lake of the Ozarks – February 20 – 22, 2017.   I’m making two presentations. Presentation 1:  Geospatial Law (4 hours) By Christopher W. Dunn, Attorney and Counselor at Law Description: The law surrounding geospatial issues is complex and always evolving. This fast-paced 4-hour blitz through the current state of geospatial law is presented by a lawyer who actually uses ArcGIS 10.x in his business and law practice. With a focus on those issues of interest public sector members, the course will cover these topics, and more: 1.  State open records acts & geospatial data acts 2.  Your liability & sovereign immunity 3.  Government-held geospatial data & copyrights 4.  Crafting an ‘artful’ geospatial data use license 5.  Calculating ‘defensible’ charges for your geospatial records Course objectives Read More …