Speaker: Adam Steer (Australian National Computational Infrastructure)
I'm an Earth systems data service specialist - which means I sit between NCI's users and a vast store of Earth systems observations and model output. What I do is help to provide pathways for users to the data, using FOSS tools wherever possible, and generally bringing users to the data rather than the other way around.
My scientific background is in field observation of the marine cryosphere, and by FOSS4G time I will have completed a PhD in estimating sea ice thickness using airborne LiDAR, drill hole observations, underwater SONAR and photogrammetric point clouds. It's a heady mix, brought together only by escaping from proprietary point cloud data models. Unfortunately it's not terribly efficient, which is why I'm highly interested in working toward open, efficient and user-friendly point cloud data models in my current role.