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Wednesday, October 21 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Knowledge & Power: Legal and Ethic Considerations for GIS and Planning - AICP/CM Approved 1.5 (.5 L/1.0 E)

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Attention Planners!  This session is especially designed for you,  but GIS professionals in planning departments – you’ll definitely want to mark your schedule to attend this very special session as well! This session was developed to combine both the legal and ethical responsibilities for a Certified Planner, or a planner preparing for certification testing, in understanding how to avoid perceived and/or actual misuse of “knowledge and power.”  Come learn about these two very important aspects of planning through a panel of experts and fun/interactive audience case scenarios. 

Participants of this session will learn:

  • Potential professional ethical risks of using or sharing data/information for decision-making and/or personal gain (intentional actions or not)
  • A clear understanding of your role and the Freedom of Information Law and FOIA requests
  • What is confidential and/or proprietary data including geocoded proprietary survey, sensitive/critical infrastructure, archaeological and environmental data – how are you ethically and legally bound?
  • Misinterpretation or using carefully selected data to paint an inaccurate picture or analysis –“Lying with Maps”
  • Understanding the statistical significance of data and the potential for bias and representation
  • Understand legal agreements for the use of proprietary and/or copyrighted imagery, data and other materials

Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC
Ed Wells, GISP, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC
Kelly Alfaro Haugen, Thurston GeoData Center


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Teresa Townsend, AICP

Chief Executive Officer, Planning Communities
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Ed Wells, GISP

GIS Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Ed Wells is GIS Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He has over 25 years' experience implementing GIS in local, regional, and state government. Ed is Past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He holds a BA degree from Stanford... Read More →
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Kelly Alfaro Haugen

GIS Analyst, Thurston County GeoData Center
Ms. Alfaro Haugen is a GIS Analyst II with over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors working with GIS data, analysis, cartography and education. Kelly has been with Thurston County, in Washington State, since 2007 where she supports the Long Range and Current... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 5

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