DGI 2017 (past event)

23 - 25 January, 2017

44 (0) 207 368 9836

Key Developments in Crowd, Human, Open, Social and Volunteer Geospatial Information

08:00 - 08:30 Welcome and Registration

08:30 - 08:35 Organiser’s Welcome – Tom Webber, Director, DGI

Find out how human/social/crowdsourcing fit into the intelligence analysis and information (mapping/charting) provision domains during this opening scene setter:

  • Why do we need to operate in the open?
  • VGI/crowdsourcing for the intelligence analysis mission versus the information provision mission?
  • How will our business models need to change to operating in the open?
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Ian Spencer

Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD

08:45 - 09:20 How Geospatial Information will Help Overcome Obstacles to Building a Stronger Europe

Lt General Ben Hodges - Commanding General, US Army Europe
Discover how the US Army is prioritising security in Europe during this opening presentation. Identify key threats to regional security and what is required to overcome them in the next 3 years. To offer an up-to-date vision we are honoured to welcome the Commanding General from US Army Europe to DGI for the first time in 2017.

  • How the threat landscape in Europe is evolving
  • How the US Army will support Allies in the region to overcome emerging threats to peace and stability
  • The role of geospatial intelligence sharing in the next phase of collaboration and cooperation on regional security in Europe
  • New ways industry can support US Army Europe and its Allies in their mission in the region
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Lt General Ben Hodges

Commanding General
US Army Europe

09:20 - 09:45 Developments in UK MoD Policy on Open Source and Social Media Geospatial Information

Iain Breckenridge OBE MA MNI Royal Navy - Defence Authority for C4ISR Joint User, Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
Find out about the development of the UK MoD’s Open Source project and the future plans. Discover more about the geo products and challenges ahead too.

  • Exploring the genesis of the UK MoD Open Source project
  • Future development of the project
  • Geo aspects of the Open Source project
  • Challenges ahead
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Iain Breckenridge OBE MA MNI Royal Navy

Defence Authority for C4ISR Joint User, Joint Forces Command
UK MoD

09:45 - 10:10 The Future of Open Geospatial Data for the Defence and Security Community

Chris Rasmussen - Unclassified GEOINT Pathfinder PM, NGA
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Chris Rasmussen

Unclassified GEOINT Pathfinder PM
NGA

10:10 - 10:30 Open Source Intelligence as part of a Multi-Source Intelligence Enterprise

Keith Johnson - Chief Technology Officer/Chief Engineer for Intelligence and Homeland Secur, Leido
The exponential growth of data can overwhelm intelligence analysts and warfighters and hinder the speed at which they can digest and interpret available information in support of operational decision-making. Open Source Intelligence is a good example of the speed at which information needs to be turned into actionable intelligence in order to get ahead of an adversary.

Find out more about the elements required to effectively fuse all sources of data (including open source, imagery, geospatial, human collected, and communications information) to present a coherent view to the intelligence analyst and assist in the decision making process.

  • Key drivers in the exponential growth of geospatial data
  • How Big Data analytics and modern cloud based architectures promise to enable analysts to quickly sift through large volumes of data
  • Why Big Data architectures are necessary but not sufficient to enable rapid decision making
  • Key changes in the analytic workflow to enable better machine-assisted processing while preserving good analytic tradecraft

Keith Johnson

Chief Technology Officer/Chief Engineer for Intelligence and Homeland Secur
Leido

Responsible for providing project support to NATO and Agency activities associated with joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for greater interoperability Mr Ross is a highly-regarded expert in the geospatial intelligence community. Find out about the specific projects NATO’s lead technical authority on JISR is working on to bridge the gap between open and classified geospatial data.

  • Key cultural challenges facing Agencies as nations demand more open source geospatial data be included in intelligence analysis
  • Latest developments in operational concepts impacting the use of open source geospatial data
  • How training is evolving to meet the new demands on analysts to fuse open and classified geospatial data
  • How the ever increasing volume of geospatial data from open sources is reshaping traditional approaches to data management
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Joe Ross

Principal Scientist
Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Service Line at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)

10:55 - 11:30 Networking Break

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink and start networking!
With a relatively modest force, the Canadian Armed Forces have been involved in a series of operations for over two decades in the Balkans, Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eastern Europe as well as North America. At the heart of this, has been the deployable All Source Intelligence Centre concept - a resounding success story delivering world class operational effects and driving a transformation in unifying operations and JISR.

  • How the Commander drives the Intelligence and JISR Enterprise
  • Examining the evolution of All-Source and targeting in the unification of operations and intelligence
  • How the “Combat Team” approach applies at all command levels from sensors to decision makers
  • How CJOC has been operationalising JISR/PED as a deliberate program based on lessons learned

Steven Desjardins

Senior Intelligence Officer J2, Canadian Joint Operations Command
Department of National Defence Canada

11:55 - 12:15 The Globe in 3D - How Open Data Creates a Paradigm Shift in National Security

Manne Anliot - Vice President, Head of Marketing and Sales, Vricon
Find out how about the latest developments in 3D mapping and how to apply new tools and capabilities in your own programmes during this exclusive presentation from senior leadership from Vricon.

  • The technology and how it's based on commercial satellite imagery
  • Operational use - Targeting, Navigation, Mission Planning/Rehearsal, Situational Awareness, Georeferencing/correlating sensor data
  • User stories (pending approval)

Manne Anliot

Vice President, Head of Marketing and Sales
Vricon

12:15 - 12:45 Maps, Mayhem and Municipalities: Using Geo-spatial Information to Prevent and Solve Crime

Bill Moore - Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Explore the present use of maps and geo-spatial intelligence in a medium sized Canadian police agency with specific emphasis on the impact it has on strategic and operational decision making. Drawing on examples from the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada aspects discussed will be transferrable to a broader policing context.

  • From paper to digital: how the Canadian Police Forces are transforming to full digital mapping
  • The current state of Interoperability and common operating overlap of jurisdictions
  • Risks and opportunities of developing a common operating pictures that is secure and beneficial to the partner agencies
  • How technology is enabling faster generation of and access to geospatial intelligence for multi-jurisdiction missions
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Bill Moore

Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch

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Professor Elizabeth Chang PhD, MSc, BSc, FIEEE

Professor in Logistics and Canberra Fellow, School of Business UNSW at Aust
University of New South Wales

Steven Cannon

Deputy Director, Inventory Reform, Australian Defence
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

Evolution of Policy, Law and Technology

13:45 - 14:05 GEOINT Quality Enhanced With Social Network Analysis Michael Thomas - Project Manager, USAF Communications and Networks Division, Naval Space and Warfare Centre (SPAWAR)
Find out about NAVEUR and SPAWAR’s recently formed information project to study the effectiveness of the COCOM’s message capabilities on the human domains in the EUCOM AOR. Discover how to collect, structure, and visualise sociocultural data from open sources to assist units to rapidly communicate human dynamics, visualize community and group affiliations, prepare for key leader engagements, highlight potential powerbrokers, and identify information gaps about the human terrain.

  • Examining the utility of visualizing social networks in order to inform a group’s population engagement strategy
  • Key benefits of the project including how to prepare for key leader engagements, highlight potential powerbrokers, and identify information gaps about the human terrain
  • Real world example from the 2015 terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris
  • Find out how to understand and influence the human domain at the tactical level
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Michael Thomas

Project Manager, USAF Communications and Networks Division
Naval Space and Warfare Centre (SPAWAR)

Exploitation and Analysis

14:05 - 14:25 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program: New Projects and Strategies for the United States Civilian Mapping Agency Kari Craun - Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, US Geological Survey

Kari Craun

Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center
US Geological Survey

Evolution of Policy, Law and Technology

14:05 - 14:25 Using i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (i2 EIA) for National Threat Intelligence & Investigations Christopher Hawkes - Subject Matter Expert for i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis, IBM

Christopher Hawkes

Subject Matter Expert for i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis
IBM

Exploitation and Analysis

14:25 - 14:55 Connecting with Online Communities to Crowdsource Visual Media Analysis for UN Support Lars Bromley - Principal Analyst and Senior Advisor, UNITAR
Find out about the UN’s investments in crowd sourcing and use of social media to quickly develop shareable maps to save lives in humanitarian and disaster relief operations. Focusing on the GeoTag-X project Mr Bromley will provide up-to-date information and data about the way the Agency will use Apps and technology in future operations.

  • How the UN is harnessing its expertise in HADR operations to develop highly relevant tools for future operators
  • Introducing GeoTag-X: origins, research and development, operational feedback
  • How evolving technologies are enabling new ways to approach preparation and responsiveness in humanitarian and disaster relief operations
  • 3 capability gaps industry can help solve to improve geo-location in HADR missions
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Lars Bromley

Principal Analyst and Senior Advisor
UNITAR

Moderator: Ian Spencer, UK MoD

Colonel David Pendall, G2, US Army Europe

Daryl Madden, Senior VP and GM, TextronSystems Geospatial Solutions

Kari J. Craun, U.S. Geological Survey

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Daryl Madden

Senior Vice President and General Manager
Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions

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Major Gary Cutler

Detachment Commander and GI&S Officer
US Army Europe

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Michael Thomas

Project Manager, USAF Communications and Networks Division
Naval Space and Warfare Centre (SPAWAR)

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Ian Spencer

Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD

Matthew R. McNabb

Chief Executive Officer
First Mile Geo

14:55 - 15:30 Networking Break

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink and start networking!

Operational Applications

15:30 - 15:50 Making Open Source Fit for Purpose - Operational Applications Major Gary Cutler - Detachment Commander and GI&S Officer, US Army Europe
Using recent examples from operations as well as research into the applications of open source intelligence Major Cutler will provide proven ways geospatial data from open sources can positively impact mission outcomes.

  • The role of open source information in planning and fulfilling missions in today’s complex security environment
  • How to turn seemingly uninteresting information from the open into useful intelligence
  • Lessons learned applying open source intelligence in operations
  • Key challenges ahead for operators and analysts as open source information becomes ever more ubiquitous in missions
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Major Gary Cutler

Detachment Commander and GI&S Officer
US Army Europe

Standards and Interoperability

15:30 - 15:50 Standards as an Enabler in Data-Centric Operations
Find out how the UK MoD is investing in the standardisation of geospatial data in support of future multi-national operations where interoperability of systems and information will be crucial. Using examples from operations as well as updates on national standards policy this session will give you an accurate picture of UK prioritisation of geospatial data standardisation.

  • How the UK is investing in standardisation in the geo space
  • Key developments in standardisation leading to measurable improvements in operations
  • Key capability gaps in the ability of nations to freely share geospatial information that need to be addressed
  • What data-centric operations mean for future developers of geospatial information systems

Operational Applications

15:50 - 16:10 Fusing Multiple Sources to Map and Protect Cultural Property Tim Purbrick - Subject Matter Expert, Army HQ
Meet and learn from one of the world’s foremost experts on Cultural Property Protection. Lt Colonel Purbrick will explore why governments are increasingly taking an interest in the subject right now. Examples from operations around the world will include those from Iraq and Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya which will be discussed in some detail.

  • What is cultural property protection and what is its relationship with geospatial information?
  • How data gathered about cultural property is reshaping mission requirements and objectives
  • Recent examples of how geospatial information has improved outcomes of cultural property protection in operations
  • How the geospatial intelligence community can collaborate to ensure cultural property is protected in the future
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Tim Purbrick

Subject Matter Expert
Army HQ

Standards and Interoperability

15:50 - 16:10 Standards Compliance: How to Measure Standards Compliance as a Key Enabler of Interoperability Jeff Bell - Director, National Center for GEOINT Standards, NGA
Join NGA’s lead on Standards to find out how consistent and coherent implementation of standards can drive greater interoperability in your organisation. Drawing on recent experience Mr Bell will share lessons learned from projects to increase governance and compliance across NGA and its partners.

  • How NGA is driving standardisation from the inside out
  • Partnerships with Allies to drive standardisation
  • How NGA is measuring standardisation with a view to enabling greater interoperability
  • How industry can support NGA’s goal to improve the adoption of standardisation culture

Jeff Bell

Director
National Center for GEOINT Standards, NGA

Find out from experts and parties prioritising Cultural Property Protection how they work closer together to map and protect areas of greatest cultural importance around the world. An interactive session, this is your chance to ask questions of the panel to dig deeper into the challenges and opportunities arising from this increasingly important discipline.

  • Redrawing the map of threats to cultural property around the world
  • The role of geospatial information in the evolution of cultural property protection in the coming years
  • What can nations and agencies do to improve the prioritisation of cultural property protection?
  • Questions and answers with the panel of experts
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Peter Stone OBE FSA MCIFA

UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace School of Arts and C
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne

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Tim Purbrick

Subject Matter Expert
Army HQ

Jean Smith

Assistant Director Research, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces intell
UK MoD

Standards and Interoperability

16:10 - 16:40 Panel Discussion – Examining the Key Developments in Interoperability and Standards to Improve Sharing of Geospatial Data in Future Operations Scott Simmons - Executive Director, Standards Program, Open Geospatial Consortium Martin Jones - Team Lead, UK Government Earth Observation Service, Chief Scientific Adviso, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Join leaders from DGIWG, the multi-national working group dedicated to raising awareness and improving interoperability and standards as well as OGC, the lead association promoting similar efforts for this interactive discussion. Panel members will include national representatives for geospatial data standards and interoperability from NATO as well as industry experts, providing you with an up-to-date perspective on enablers for future geospatial data sharing.

  • Organisation and priorities of the DGIWG
  • How OGC and DGIWG are working together to improve the adoption of standards
  • Key capability gaps to bridge for international partners to improve interoperability in future operations
  • How industry can enable faster access to geospatial information for government and security agencies

Scott Simmons

Executive Director, Standards Program
Open Geospatial Consortium

Martin Jones

Team Lead, UK Government Earth Observation Service, Chief Scientific Adviso
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

16:40 - 16:45 Transit Time

Make your way back to the main auditorium for the final visionary statements.

16:45 - 17:15 Visionary Presentation – The Future of Open Geospatial Data for the Defence and Security Community

Dustin Gard-Weiss - Director, Office of National Geospaatial MAnagement NGA
Given the paradigm shift in how geospatial information is being sourced and used to enrich classified sources of intelligence what does the future hold? Find out from the leader of Pathfinder, one of the world’s most forward leaning open source geospatial programmes being run out of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

  • How Pathfinder originated and where it is headed
  • Lessons learned along the journey to a more open way of sourcing geospatial information
  • How technology is disrupting and transforming the way imagery and geospatial data is being sourced, analysed and shared
  • What the future of open source geospatial intelligence may look like
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Dustin Gard-Weiss

Director
Office of National Geospaatial MAnagement NGA

17:15 - 17:45 Who Has the Data: the Role of NGOs in Providing Mission Essential Data

Dr Emlyn Hagen - Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager, iMMAP
Find out how specialized Information Management NGOs, such as iMMAP, are supporting and bringing structure to mission essential data held by the humanitarian community.

With the availability of remote sensing and data mining, it is still surprising how often the most elementary disaster risk management information is inaccessible: e.g. location of hospitals or warehouses, flood zones, GSM coverage or security incidents. Humanitarian response campaigns, often involving international military, rely on such core datasets to support their decision making process.

In Afghanistan iMMAP is the largest international information management/mapping agency. It supports UN Agencies, NGOs, embassies and the government with data collection, processing, analysis and coordination. To disseminate mission essential data iMMAP created the Afghanistan Spatial Data Center, which is currently used by more than 100 organizations for emergency response, disaster risk management and forecasting.

iMMAP in Afghanistan is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
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Dr Emlyn Hagen

Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager
iMMAP

Bringing together all key take-aways from today’s sessions Mr Spencer will offer a final view on how to develop capability to operate in the open in the future.
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Ian Spencer

Director, Defence Geographic Centre, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK MoD

18:00 - 23:59 Ice-Breaker Drinks Reception

Old Star, Broadway, Near St James Park Underground Station (5 mins walk from QEII)

Join speakers, colleagues and peers for a relaxing drink and conversation in a local venue to break the ice before the main event on January 24th and 25th.