Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist of Google

Ed Parsons

The Where of Everything

Geospatial technology is now so much part of our day to day lives it might be described as ambient. What does such widespread use of this technology mean for society today, and what might it lead to in the near future.

Ed Parsons is the geospatial technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with universities, research and standards organisations which are involved in the development of geospatial technology.

Parsons was the first chief technology officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, the UK government agency responsible for the official, definitive topographic survey and mapping of Great Britain. He played a vital role in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to geographical information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA applications manager for the GIS division.

He earned a Masters degree in applied remote sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and holds a honorary doctorate in science from Kingston University, London, UK, and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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