A WARM GSDI WELCOME TO QUÉBEC CITY THIS SPRING
Now is a good time to make plans to visit historic Quebec City, Canada this spring for the Global Geospatial 2012 Conference. Bringing together the GEOIDE 2012 Annual Scientific Conference, the 3DGeoInfo Conference, the Canadian Geomatics Conference (CGC 2012), and the GSDI World Conference (GSDI 13), the event will take place at the Québec City Conference Centre May 14th-17th 2012.
The Conference theme is Spatially Enabling Government, Industry and Citizens. Preparations are well underway, with outstanding support already in place from Tecterra, our Titanium Sponsor, ESRI and ESRI Canada, our Platinum Sponsor, and Gold Sponsors Natural Resources Canada and the Province of Québec. Silver and Bronze Sponsors include Borealis, Hydro Québec, Intergraph, Erdas, the North West Group, Viasat and OpenGeo. Exhibit spaces are almost completely booked at the time of writing.
Papers and presentations have already been accepted from authors representing six continents, with two special books, conference proceedings, and follow-on special editions of journals planned for GSDI, GEOIDE and 3d GeoInfo. Workshops and business meetings associated with each of the individual organizations involved have ben planned during the week.
Québec City is one of North America's oldest cities. Voted one of the World's Best Congress Centres in 2006, the Conference Center venue itself is located within a short walk of the historic district of Old Québec - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hotels, great shopping, and fine restaurants abound within minutes of the Conference Center.
In addition to Monday evening's Icebreaker Reception held in the Conference Center complex, a special Dinner Cruise on the St. Lawrence River is planned for Wednesday evening, May 16th, on the restaurant boat Louis Jolliet. Springtime temperatures in Québec City are usually mild during the day - perfect for walking - and cool in the evening. Dinner conversations will be warm inside, but bring your sweater and jacket for a stroll on deck to view beautiful Old Québec from the water.
Further information on the Global Geospatial 2012 Conference may be found at http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi13/. Québec City's official tourism website at http://www.quebecregion.com/en offers plenty of information on nearby services, attractions and events that also may be taking place during the conference
Bringing together students, professionals, researchers and policy-makers, this is one event in 2012 that should not be missed. Mark it in your calendar now, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Global Geospatial Conference in Québec City in May!
Learn more about the GSDI Association and how to participate here: http://www.gsdi.org/joinGSDI
Dr. David Coleman President-elect of the GSDI Association.