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The Changing Landscape of GIS – A Texas Perspective

April 21, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Richard Wade
TNRIS, Texas Natural Resources Information System, Austin TX



The largest state in the “Lower 48”, Texas encompasses ~275,000 square miles of landmass with varying terrain, climate, and demographics across the state. Coordination between federal, state, regional, and local governments can make the mapping efforts for Texas extremely challenging. Consistent with the independent characteristics of people important in Texas history, the last 60 years of mapping in Texas state government evolved through the efforts of dedicated individuals who met the challenges head-­on, experienced triumphs and understood the value of lessons learned. Bridging the hand-­crafted art of cartography with the future, this presentation will highlight initiatives to improve discovery and accessibility to publicly shared GIS data. You will learn how the GIS community is collaborating through the adoption of new tools, processes, and technologies to take the State of Texas well into the future. Texas is a big state, but as we continue to learn from our past and collaborate today, we can prepare to handle the ever Changing Landscape of Texas in the future.


Richard Wade has over 25 years of experience in GIS and computer mapping. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Texas State University. He started his career as an intern with TNRIS in 1986. He helped establish one of the first Statewide GIS systems at TNRIS and the Texas Water Development Board. Richard joined Earth Information Systems Corporation as the Director of Telecommunications. He managed and maintained several high profile data contracts for Qualcomm, Motorola, and Verizon. He went on to co­‐ found the Windrose Data Corporation, which provided GIS data and services to large environmental and energy firms across the country. He returned to TNRIS in 2005 as the Information Services Team Leader responsible for the development and the implementation of the TNRIS website and supporting GIS applications. He now serves as the Director of TNRIS and the GIO for Texas and provides direction and management of all TNRIS related activities and programs. In addition he serves as the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for Texas. Richard.Wade@TWDB.texas.gov


April 21, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Rudder Tower, Room 301