Sources of Free Spatial Data

Some of the websites I’ve found that offer free Shapefiles. I’m going to be categorizing this further and adding to this collection over time.

Serving as an Idera ACE 2016-2017


I’m very proud to announce that I have been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Idera ACE program.  This means I’ll be able to participate and mentor others in the #sqlfamily more than ever before! My first event as an Idera ACE will be SQL Saturday, Lincoln NE. I’ll also be traveling to Washington, DC and presenting at their SQL Saturday thanks to Idera!

Part of my Idera ACE responsibility is to also blog, mentor and educate, fantastic! I am truly honored and so excited. This award has given me some new energy and I feel invigorated and ready to “get going!” Here’s to a great year!!

What is an Idera ACE?

“ACEs (Advisors & Community Educators) are active community members who have shown a passion for helping the community and sharing their knowledge. Idera helps the ACEs pursue that passion by sponsoring travel to select events and offering guidance for soft skill training.”

Requirements to become an Idera ACE:

  • Enthusiastic members & leaders of the SQL community
  • Accomplished contributors to the SQL community
  • Good speaker, writer and presenter
  • Demonstrated a passion for educating fellow community members


Data Quality & Reference Data Management Keynote

This year I was asked to deliver a portion of the 2016 TMW Systems / PeopleNet In.Sight Conference Keynote which was held in September at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I was so honored and excited to have the opportunity to speak to a crowd of thousands. Below is a link to my 10 minute talk. I had a so much fun doing this presentation and hope to do more at this level in the future.