Maxar Technologies had a strong presence at this year’s FedGeoDay, which was held virtually for the first time earlier this month. The goal of FedGeoDay is to promote open geospatial ecosystems that are used to create, develop and grow government and technology programs. As a strong proponent and dedicated contributor to collaborative mapping, open source software and open science, Maxar was proud to have the opportunity to discuss its capabilities with other thought leaders in the field–and I was proud to co-chair the conference.

The conference keynote speaker was Katie Baynes, of NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), who briefed her team’s use of open source for large-scale metadata cataloging systems ( ) and the Global Imagery Browse Services system (www.worldview.earthdata.nasa.g... ), and how open ecosystems enable them to meet program goals while working fully remote.

Maxar’s work was highlighted in three separate sessions:

  • Josh Sisskind, Maxar’s Senior Manager, Foundation GEOINT, participated in the “Open Mapping for Program Success” panel. During the panel, he outlined how the NGA Open Mapping Enclave enables improved map data development and curation by leveraging a crowd-sourced platform–with the extra, timely benefit of enabling scores of trusted mappers to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch a replay here.
  • Rhiannan Price, Maxar’s Director of Sustainable Development Practice, discussed how the company makes open data available in times of disasters and other humanitarian crises during the “Open Ecosystems for Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response” panel. Watch a replay here.
  • As co-founder and co-chair of SpaceNet, Maxar’s promotion of open science to advance computer vision science was highlighted in the presentation by SpaceNet co-founder and managing partner, CosmiQ Works, during “SpaceNet: Accelerating Open Source Analytic Techniques Through Partnerships.” Watch a replay here.

Day two of the conference was dedicated to training programs on open technologies, including QGIS, PostGIS and GeoServer, and a workshop on using open engagements to build programs by the staff of The Opportunity Project, an innovation program based out of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Even though the event was held virtually due to COVID 19, attendance hit an all-time high with well over 500 registrants and a large online audience throughout the conference.

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