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#12 - Denise McKenzie - Ethics for a Digital Age

May 22, 2023 Denise McKenzie Episode 12
BimTube Podcast
#12 - Denise McKenzie - Ethics for a Digital Age
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In this episode of the BimTube Podcast we speak with Denise McKenzie. She discussed the importance of openness of data; ethics for digital data use and sharing; the need for good communications and storytelling and making the case of location information.

About Denise

Denise McKenzie is a strategic advisor, partnership builder and presenter with over 20 years of experience with the global geospatial community. She works internationally to evangelize the benefits, value and application of location data across government, the private sector and academia and her experience covers a broad range of domains including agriculture, defence, sustainability, insurance, Smart Cities & IoT, statistics, development and data ethics. This diversity ensures that she works where geospatial meets mainstream technology.

She co-directed the Benchmark Initiative operating through Ordnance Survey’s Geovation accelerator, exploring the ethical use of location data and it is through this role she became a co-author of the Locus Charter. In the broader geospatial community, she is the Chair-Emeritus of the board of directors for the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) in the UK and remains on the council as the Lead for Ethics. Denise is also a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Location Based Marketing Association and a steering committee member for Women in Geospatial+ leading their Partnership program.

With a broad range of experience in both ethical use of location data, outreach and partnership development, Denise is now the Community & Ethics Partner at PLACE – a non-profit mapping organization founded on the belief that high-quality mapping is essential data infrastructure for the digital age. She leads the development of the global membership and partner program that will utilise the data collected in the PLACE Trust and will continue to promote the uptake and utilisation of the Locus Charter.

Previously, she has worked with the Victorian State Government in Australia on geospatial innovation projects and as the Head of Communication and Outreach at the Open Geospatial Consortium where she led work such as the UN-GGIM Geospatial Standards Guides and strategic partnership engagement.

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Politics from Monash University in Australia and a Masters of Science in Sustainability from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

The information and opinions in this profile are mine and not those of my employer. Inferences you may draw from the calibre and nature of my network are a reflection of me, not my current or prior employers.

Links to Resources and Events Discussed:
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) -
Association for Geographic Information (AGI) - https://www.

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