This week in Grapevine (Dallas) Texas, the annual GITA Geospatial Solutions Conference is taking place and if you happen to catch some of the reports coming from the event (Thanks to Matt Ball and his @spatialsustain Twitter account) it sounds like this could be the final GITA conference – I’m a little old school, but like many of you, I still prefer to refer to the event as “The GITA Conference”. Sad to hear, however, it appears that this could be the end of an era with the annual event winding down, seemingly with relatively little fan fare.
There’s no question that organizing, planning, and running a conference is no small task and with innovations in technology like live video streaming, web conferencing, social media, etc… people have a number of options. Then there’s the economy, with many companies cash strapped, layoffs have been massive and widespread over the years, corporations and individuals forced to slash spending and seek alternative ways to enhance and support their professional development – conferences have been hard it indeed!
I’ve seen many conferences re-invent themselves over the past couple of years. Some have gone by the wayside, others have gone online, some turned to cool, web2.0 formats, others have been turned over to the community. Who knows what the future will hold for the GITA event or how this will affect the organization for that matter. I have some ideas of my own … time will tell I guess.