Dan Paull has spent his entire working life in the geospatial industry. In addition to being the founding CEO of PSMA Australia – a position he has held since the body’s inception in 2001 – he is also a founding member of the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) GeoSpatial special interest group. The group was formed to help AIIA members achieve commercial benefit through greater use of geospatial information and services.
PSMA Australia is a self-funded company established by Australia’s federal, state and territory governments to deliver a high-quality national geospatial information infrastructure.
Throughout his tenure as CEO, Dan has seen every facet of the geospatial industry change dramatically. The rapid spread of connected mobile devices and the Internet of Things has radically changed how location data is generated and consumed. Dan’s collaborative approach and deep technical knowledge have kept PSMA Australia at the forefront of innovation in collecting, analysing, producing and applying location data globally.
This includes sharing data and technology with sister organisations around the world, and negotiating politically sensitive matters like privacy and data security. Dan’s technical expertise, negotiation skills and strong advocacy have seen PSMA’s automated data management processes trialled in Europe, and a data-sharing agreement drafted between PSMA and its European and pan-American counterpart organisations.
Dan has more than two decades of experience in the geospatial industry. He began his career as a rural cadastral surveyor. He then moved to a national engineering firm, where his responsibilities included managing large-scale topographic, construction and engineering surveys, as well as geographic information systems infrastructure management and global positioning systems control, network analysis and adjustment.
A self-confessed data nut, Dan is passionate about providing people, businesses and the Australian economy with access to a largely untapped resource – Australia’s precious location data.
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