Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist and EMEA Open Data Lead, Google

Ed Parsons is Google’s Geospatial Technologist, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. Ed also leads Google’s efforts in maintaining a healthy Open Data Ecosystem in Europe.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. He also represents Google at the EMTEL committee of ETSI developing geospatial solutions for emergency telecommunications.

He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and has been an industry advisor to a number of international universities.

Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop.

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