Chris Holmes
Planet Labs

Towards a Queryable Earth

Chris Holmes is a geospatial technologist and architect whose efforts at the intersection of business and engineering aim to bring the community to more innovative, open, and interoperable solutions. He serves as Product Architect at Planet and is also the first Technical Fellow of Radiant Earth.

He started his career as the first lead developer of GeoServer and then served as the founder and president of OpenGeo (now Boundless), where he built a fully open source business model around open source geospatial software, adding OpenLayers and PostGIS to form the OpenGeo Suite.

Chris sits on a number of community wide boards including the Open Geospatial Consortium, Carto, Baseform, and Brave New Software. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Zambia, served on the boards of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association and the Eclipse Foundation, and was a founding board member of OSGeo.

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Julia Wolfe

Map Like a Journalist

Julia Wolfe works at FiveThirtyEight as a visual journalist. She has covered elections, economics, and natural disasters — all through data visualizations. She is also an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Before FiveThirtyEight, she worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. She has won several awards, including the 2016 Statistical Society of Canada’s Excellence in Data Journalism Award and a 2015 SND award of excellence for digital design. (Read more about FiveThirtyEight here.)

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Mark Munsell

May the FOSS Be With You: Building Alliances through Open Source Development

Mark Munsell is Deputy Director, CIO and IT Services Directorate at the the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this role, he oversees the directorate’s IT-related capabilities and services and encourages innovative development aimed at streamlining and modernizing NGA’s IT infrastructure to better serve its GEOINT mission partners and corporate customers.

Mark's previous roles at NGA included Technical Executive of the Office of Global Navigation, where he promoted Web Services and the adoption of Service Oriented Architecture throughout the agency. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq, serving as the team lead and representative to the Multi-National Corps Iraq in Baghdad, and earning the Joint Civil Service Achievement Award. His first government position was at NOAA in a professional, multi-disciplinary role as photogrammetrist, cartographer, and surveyor. In 1995, he was awarded the NOAA Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system.

In the private sector, Mark has worked for Northrop Grumman TASC, and in 2000 he founded Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, which offered flight and maritime planning services. Mark is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Geography and a minor in Aerospace Studies.

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