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Wednesday, May 17 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Putting Dunder Miflin Out of Business

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On The Office (TV show), Dwight Schrute once claimed he kept a diary so he could keep secrets from his computer.  That describes the situation after Tacoma Water switched to an ESRI-based GIS three years ago.  During the transition, most of the data moved smoothly but the “secrets” in this case were hand-written notes on a collection of paper maps that had been generated using the previous generation of CAD data.  Much to the dismay of our favorite paper company Dunder Mifflin, the GIS team ceased the printing of these maps.  But some Tacoma Water employees continued to use the old maps and write new information on them.  With the help from quotes from Michael Scott and other characters from The Office, this story is about the solution to make these notes available online and how these “secrets” were vetted and migrated to the digital realm. 

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Keith Burdette

IT Analyst, Tacoma Water
After an early career detour to ESPN, Keith Burdette has settled into the Washington State GIS community as an IT Analyst with Tacoma Water. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College and a certificate in GIS from the University of Washington.

Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 315

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