Today we receive Ed Parsons of Google. His job is to evangelize location-based solutions and look beyond the current status quo of geospatial technology and into the practical applications of what’s next in Geotech. Ed’s career is incredibly broad. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and a professional member of the British Computer Society. Ed was the UK Ordnance survey’s first chief technology officer where he worked from 2001 to 2006. He has an honorary Ph.D. from Kingston University in recognition of his many contributions in the field of GIS.