FedGeoDay 2021

FedGeoDay is THE event devoted to "open geospatial ecosystems" (open source software, open/collaborative mapping, open science challenges and open engagements) that are used to initiate and grow capabilities across the U.S. federal government. This live, online conference brings together federal program managers, technology leaders, industry partners, NGOs, and many others to gather and share ideas, learn, and network.


Dr. Chelle L. Gentemann (she/her)

Senior Scientist, Farallon Institute

Open Ecosystems Help Science Storm the Cloud

Open source cloud-based data science platforms, accessed through a web-browser window, are revolutionizing what federal programs can accomplish. These new platforms enable advanced, collaborative, interdisciplinary science to be performed wherever scientists and citizens can connect to the internet. Yet, we have all witnessed promising new tools which seem harmless and beneficial at the outset become damaging or limiting. What do federal programs and scientists need to consider as these new ways of conducting our work are evolving?

Chelle is a passionate advocate for open science, open source software, and inclusivity. She co-chaired the National Academies’ Report on Open Source Software Policy Options for NASA Earth and Space Sciences, and in addition to being a full time oceanographer, also leads the development of open source and open science best practices for NASA researchers. As a physical oceanographer focused on remote sensing, she has worked for over 25 years on retrievals of ocean temperature from space and using that data to understand how the ocean impacts our lives. She is the lead scientist on a proposed new NASA satellite, Butterfly. Her more recent research focuses on using cloud computing for interdisciplinary science, air-sea interaction research, and geophysical algorithm development. She has served on scientific committees, notably as co-chair of a standing committee for the National Academy of Sciences, and has presented to a federal house committee on NASA's implementation of scientific community priorities.

Program Sessions

Program Day - June 8

Program Day includes plenary presentations, panel discussions, and lightning talks by leading experts.

Hands On Day - June 9

Hands On Day includes an extensive set of training opportunities on leading open source technologies. Hands on Day will require registration for specific sessions and sessions may have a minimal fee.

Program Day

Session Topics Include

  • Federal Agencies Innovating Through OpenStreetMap
  • Executive Roundtable: Building Federal Programs Through Open Ecosystems
  • Assuring Federal Program Software Supply Chains Using OSS
  • Open Source Geospatial Software & Federal Programs (Two Sessions)
    • Finding FOSS4G Solutions for Building Federal Programs
    • Programs Creating Open Source Software: "Sharing the Geospatial Love Through FOSS Development"
  • Machine Learning & Open Ecosystems (Three Sessions)
    • Human-in-the-Loop Active Learning AI
    • Open, Standardized Data and Methodologies for Federal AI/ML Programs
    • Open Ecosystems for AI/ML-Based Object Detection
  • Applying Open Innovation Culture and Effective Models within Federal Agencies to Tackle Geospatial Challenges
  • Lightning Talks and Networking


Meet Our Team

The Organizing Committee are volunteers dedicated to promoting open source geospatial and mapping technology.

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Luis Bermudez

GeoSolutions USA

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Maggie Cawley

Executive Director
OpenStreetMap US

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Daniel Dufour


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Stephen Gillotte

Reinventing Geospatial, Inc.

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Aaron Kelley

UpSlope Advisors

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Sophia B Liu, Ph.D.

Open Innovation Dir.
U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Health and Human Services

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Eddie Pickle

Sr. Director
Maxar Technologies

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Josh Sisskind

Senior Manager
Maxar Technologies

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Guido Stein

Geospatial Data Engineer

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Adam Timm

Enterprise Account Executive - DoD
Crunchy Data