Lance McKee

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Mr Lance McKee

Professional Title: Other (please specify)
Other: Consultant, former OGC Senior Staff Writer

Primary domain: open geospatial data encodings and software interfaces

Organization name: Independent

Organization type: Small and Medium Enterprise

City / Country: Worcester, MA - United States


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University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1970 -- bachelor's degree in English.

Worcester State University (Worcester, MA) -- 1979 -- master's degree in Education

My early professional roles were in K-12 education and then surveying and mapping. In 1984 I began working as a technical writer and marketing professional in the real-time computing and GIS industries.

In 1994, helped found the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an open membership, international not-for-profit consensus standards organisation. I served OGC until retiring from my OGC Senior Staff Writer position in 2016.

Current focus: As an independent writer, consultant and OGC member, I am working to advance technical standards that enable efficient publishing, communication, discovery, curation, comparison, assessment, access, aggregation, sharing, and analysis of environmental data. I am interested in open standard data models and encodings that enable workflows and practical policies for the open sharing of environmental data. Ultimately, I am interested in working with others to make environmental data and knowledge a foundation for economic and cultural transformation. This probably cannot happen, however, until open data in research becomes the norm.