Delaware Geographic Community Service Award 2007

callahanJohn A. Callahan of the University of Delaware was honored with the 2007 Geographic Community Service Award at the annual Delaware GIS Conference on May 2, in Dover. Mr. Callahan, a member of the University’s Information Technologies – User Services department, was recognized for his outstanding service to the Delaware GIS community.

The award focused on Callahan’s efforts to help build a statewide geospatial data infrastructure. He has provided leadership and expertise in creating or expanding a range of network-accessible mapping and data distribution services. These include web-based, interactive UD campus maps; an interactive, integrated on-line base map for Delaware; a clearinghouse for information (metadata) about Delaware’s geospatial data; and other web sites providing easy access to data sets and imagery. He has offered a variety of workshops on campus and at the State’s annual GIS conference.

Callahan has also been a leading member of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee, a cooperative effort among state agencies, the University of Delaware, county and municipal governments, and others, to build a Delaware GIS community and improve the coordination of the use of GIS and spatial data in Delaware.

“One of the great things about Delaware’s GIS Community is that it is filled with people ready to help you realize your ideas,” said State GIS Coordinator Mike Mahaffie. “John Callahan is one of those people, and he’s one who also shows you dozens of possibilities that build on and improve your ideas. John has been a force for change and a valuable resource for all of us in GIS in Delaware.”

The Geographic Community Service Award is given annually in memory of the late Vernon C. Svatos, an early leader in GIS in Delaware. The award honors those who demonstrate a commitment to furthering geographic knowledge and understanding in the State. Nominations come from members of the GIS Community.