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08:50 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Small town GIS - Leveraging GitHub, QGIS and community members to manage local data

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.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
30:00 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Quadcopter GIS for less than 700 - Hardware and software to map your local community

Quadcopter - Phantom FC40 (500). Camera - Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS 16.0 MP (110). Opportunity to engage your local community to produce open data - priceless.Let's get to the point. Let's talk about hardware and software to get out there and actually map some stuff with a quadcopter. This is the story of my adventures hacking with a Phantom quadcopter over the last 10 months to make local maps... and of course have fun. The only rules... it has to be cheap and the software has to be open source.We will go through the hardware, including purchasing, setting up, and flying the quadcopter. The camera is hacked with CHDK and strapped on the quadcopter with some velcro to a vibration dampener cut up with a dremel tool. The processing software is a pain to install, but we will talk through it including software options, how to get your processing off loaded to your video card GPU, and how we as a community can make all this easier in the future. Finally, we will look at what you can actually make... including mosaics, 3d models, and DEM's of your local community.Quadcopters are cheap, fun, and amazing for engaging your local community to produce open data. Let's do it!
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
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