Michael Gould


Esri and University Jaume I





Michael Gould joined ESRI, at the home office in Redlands, California, in December 2008. He works on the education team and has global responsibility for helping serve the needs of educators and learners at nearly 11000 universities and also at ministries and informal educational entities. Michael works as liaison with organizations such as AGILE, UCGIS, AAG, OGC, etc., and he organizes seminars and conferences bringing GI scientists together.

Michael studied Geography/GIS at the University of Massachusetts and NCGIA - State University of New York at Buffalo (PhD 1994). Between Masters and PhD studies he was research programmer at the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis, and then GIS specialist at an environmental consulting firm in South Carolina, where he helped create oil spill response applications for NOAA. In September 1991 he moved to Spain to take a position as director of technology transfer at ESRI-Spain, where he worked closely with university users and organized and taught several short courses and seminars. In 1993 he moved to academia and was visiting professor (GIS) at the universities Complutense (Madrid), Extremadura, and Valencia, before taking in 1998 a tenured position in Information Systems at the University Jaume I in Castellon (UJI). He spent the 2000-2001 academic year on sabbatical at the OGC main office in Wayland, Massachusetts.

At the university he co-founded the Erasmus Mundus-funded Master of Science degree in Geospatial Technologies, and later the Marie Curie (EU) funded doctoral program Geoinformatics: Enabling open cities. He has been principle investigator on several regional, national and EU projects, starting with ESMI (European Spatial Metadata Infrastructure) in 1998. His research interests include smart cities, mixed open-proprietary models, mobile apps and mobility.

Michael is a co-founder of the Vespucci Initiative.