Small town GIS - Leveraging GitHub, QGIS and community members to manage local data

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Small town GIS - Leveraging GitHub, QGIS and community members to manage local data
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Langley is a small rural community on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Like so many other small rural communities, Langley is faced with limited resources but a great need to better understand the geospatial context of the local environment. Through the use of open source tools, including QGIS, GDAL/OGR, PostGIS, GRASS, and others, as well as free open data hosting at GitHub, Langley has started to better leverage existing data and attract community members to participate in gathering new and useful data. Small scale "civic hacking" is alive and well... and provides opportunities and challenges that are both similar and different than that of the larger urban counterparts engaged in large scale civic hacking.This talk with go over the technical aspects of the workflows that have proven fruitful for engaging local community members of small rural communities in both data creation and curation. We will also look at the social aspects of getting local governments engaged in the process of leveraging community resources for open access to data and tools.
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will come up with to the after session I hope you was all enough and could plunge the this quo limited and you'll come 1st speaker and thank you that you know my name's areas ago my day job I've been in the of fast GIS community for quite a while my day job is actually from working for no in disaster response plan down here this week just kind of on my own talking really about kind of an 2 passions that I have 1 is from I helped run a group in Seattle called to ghosts which is kind of open source user group and from 1 of the tenants of of what we try to focus on is very small concise of some practical tools that people can learn from building on so we've uh generate quite a few of these little projects things like from box finder proj finder you might have heard a map far if you came to a foster Fiji and they on the user has some people think of as kind of silly projects but they really are kind of the core of what and drives to those as a learning organization and a lot of those projects we actually leverage get home and get pages for it's kind of an spun up this idea with in quite a few of them are minds to see how we can leverage these free resources of with the and get get home in in new and interesting ways the other part of it is that I can live in a small town so this is kind of the story of how I try to engage my local community and word is kind of at the at the tip of the iceberg I'm trying to do this and this is kind of 1 crazy idea of some of the US in a couple of ways trying to and help the city in our local community and through the use of some of these free resources I'm not in any way saying this this is the right way to do it at even a good idea and I'm just gonna tell you kind of what we're trying to do and and maybe it'll strike a note with some of you mentioned about on whom I I my at you know this kind of 2 types of people here I think at this start the conferences the software developers who kind of learn GIS and there's the GIS natural resource kind of that whole half of people who learn computer science and we can meet in the middle I don't fully come from the software developer background and I learned about GIS I'm not actually not too long ago so I'm much more suffer developer but I also my graduate work was environment science so my whole big thing is trying to bridge that gap between the 2 and and so pretty much all my work is kind of that bridging that I also am phonetic by greater of 2 kids and I live online very small community just north to Seattle could call would be an on would be and call Langley on the city of Langley is pretty small when I'm the small I mean the entire town is about a thousand people so so we don't have the you know GIS experts and what we have just this very small rural community to deal with were just north of Seattle at the fantasy and of you can see really is highlighted on there that the city of Langley and were about 1 square mile so in my mind word tiny but were also like the perfect test because you know I'm 1 of the things and I'll talk about it tomorrow that I like to do is go fly my quadcopter introdu data-gathering like a fly the entire city of lying on a couple of batteries is not like in dealing with some giant metropolis so it's a perfect little test and plan again this is kind of the story about this started as a great idea where we had a woman Claire peers who was going to college came home for winter break and wanted uh basically a little mini internship was like sweet that sounds fun we started to do some of this data processing posting some stuff on get hub for the city of Langley I put in this talk hoping that you'd come back during the summer and finish on some of that work and work with me and she was nearly come back in the summer so I here I am trying to scramble to a kind of finish the story lower really trying to do is build a partnership with our local government or local government is like 3 people right tiny town middletown 0 resources and how can we engage them to help them out where small town does not have his any money right just like any other municipality right now money is extremely tight we don't have people resources they don't have extra people of manpower they don't have technology like if if you say all we could do this great lesser spin up a server and mobile like the they have no concept of what that means we need to leverage and the easy and free resources Watertown really needs is these inexpensive solutions we need to figure out a way for them to kind of normalize the data because literally the date is like an USB stick and this guy's desk and only I think someone over here had a CD with small data like happily go at data together and normalize it into a usable dataset and then we need just daylight and we just need to get people access to that's really the whole core of this and then potentially could build some simple applications are so I assume everyone here has heard of get of at least and hopefully a lot of you get have and get as a version control system from again are group who goes we actually made a concerted effort over the last 2 years to really focus our projects and using this because this is a valuable tool for any GIS slash Software Development person out there is to learn how to use get and get out so this is basically wrapped around that like it get help but basically provides a wraparound get which is a version control system and we can use it for both data and applications but they also provide hosting and I'm not just talking about posting of that data internally in a version-control system they actually offer this thing called get her I get help pages will actually do web hosting for you and which is what we talk about the open at heart which is great because if you're going to do open projects than their services free so if you go to the web page there's this whole column which is free if you if you if you do all of your work out in the open and all the stuff that stuff is open source and open data then it's free use that's great and and then you get help pages provide basically free hosting so if you're doing an open source project not only is there a version control of hosting free but this web service that they provide a pages is also free the but it's also interesting that I get help has been getting into Geo itself and so on of it and they do this for other industries and other data types of you know so if you have AutoCAD drawings and stuff they actually are starting to render those inside the web interface for the repository they do that for Geoserve you have duties on data in there they're actually rendering for him as part of the story today and they provide previews of data including attributes and a rendering on map box based map for free may even do things like this this is a fairly recent addition reading of a highlighted death from right there as well as you can actually do these like slider things and actually look at this and duty pretty amazing so what I'm going to focus on is this kind of this idea of a crazy workflow I don't know if this is actually of good workflow and it's gonna work but this is what we're in a track the the idea is that you can go ahead and add data into your get public out so that data will be you J. son or image tiles look at that hearing will but instantly you have a free viewer for your data for your city or for whatever it is you're doing right they can go on this is parcel data for the city of languages delta G adjacent file and there think like I think that the parcel metadata and they get a your that's great the they this is kind of the the weird part is you can cook up with G adjacent I'll I don't know if any of you have use that utility but not only can you take like a raw file that you have but you can actually hook up to your get public health and so you can use you based authenticate with get out and then