Tim Kearns is chief information officer at the Great Lakes Observing System and is responsible for strategy, policy and the development of cyberinfrastructure. He founded Map the Gaps, along with several Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Program alumni, to expand the scope and scale of the Map the Gaps Symposium and to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the ocean mapping community through mapping initiatives. Tim volunteers his time with Map the Gaps to support projects, deliver the symposium and grow the non-profit organization. Tim is a technology futurist with deep experience in marine information systems, mapping and visualization and data management.