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26:02 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Integrating FOSS4G into an enterprise system for Disaster Management

ROGUE (Rapid Open Geospatial User-Driven Enterprise) was a project funded under the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Program from the U.S. Department of Defense. Boundless and LMN Solutions, LLC implemented the project, with the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) serving in the role of project Transition Manager. The project's goal was to improve the abilities of the OpenGeo Suite to ingest, update, and distribute non-proprietary feature data in a distributed, collaborative, and occasionally disconnected environment. Under this project, PDC integrated the following technologies into its decision support system for emergency managers named DisasterAWARE:- GeoGit: Versioned replication of spatial data across multiple sites, supports disconnected editing and conflict resolution. - Arbiter: Android app for field data collection, syncs to GeoNode.- MapLoom: GeoNode GUI for spatial data editing and management. - KML Uploader: Functionality to upload KML for storage in PostGIS and served via GeoServer. - GeoServices REST (GSR): Extends GeoServer to publish data using the REST methodology of ArcGIS Server. This presentation will cover the integration of these components into DisasterAWARE, along with the security framework implemented for all components.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
28:08 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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The role of geospatial open source (FOSS4G) as a component of hybrid systems

Currently, it is rare that an organization faces a choice between "just commercial" or "just open source" geospatial software. Increasingly, the answer isn't about "or", it is now about solutions that may involve both. Indeed, Commercial systems - both installed software and cloud-based platforms - may have both functional and cost effectiveness gaps. Free and open source software for geospatial (FOSS4G) can be a critical component that helps to bridge these gaps. And, given that organizations may have large existing investments and sunk costs in commercial software it can make sense to leverage those investments by building hybrid systems that incorporate open source components. This presentation will describe several specific examples of hybrid systems that incorporate geospatial open source (e.g., OpenGeo Suite) alongside both Esri and Google components. The presentation will focus on both the business reasoning for choosing hybrid as well as the technical approaches taken. Ultimately, hybrid projects or systems can be very important as they provide a key entry-point for geospatial open source into organizations that might not otherwise consider it.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:48 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Community Health Mapping

This talk will cover a FOSS4G case study in which a workflow was implemented in several minority public health organizations in 2013. The three organizations were: 1) the Urban Indian Health Institute (Seattle, WA), 2) Papa Ola Lokahi (Honolulu, HI) and 3) The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI). The end users were not GIS professionals but public health staff. Such community based public health organizations do not typically have dedicated GIS staff or budgets for GIS. However, they have each identified mapping needs. The overarching goals of the project were to demonstrate that FOSS4G tools could be effective in minority public health applications, and that they could be used by non-GIS public health staff. Therefore, a focus was placed on identifying the most intuitive and low cost solution meeting their needs.The workflow started with field data collection and included spatial analysis and online data presentation. Field data collection was performed using smart phones and tablets that the end users already owned. Analysis was done via QGIS and final data presentation was done via GIS Cloud. Training sessions were conducted and support was provided throughout the year. However, each organization was able to use the tools with very little follow up support. Each project produced good results, and each is planning on continuing with additional projects in 2014. The workflow will be introduced and results of the three case studies shared.This work was funded by the National Library of Medicine's Division of Specialized Information Services via their Outreach and Special Populations Branch.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:10 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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From Nottingham to PDX: QGIS 2014 roundup

Following the long awaited QGIS 2 release, announced at FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham, the project decided to switch to a regular release cycle with three versions per year. QGIS 2.2 was the first release in this cycle and already packed with many new features like 1:n relations, gradient fills, native DXF export and NTv2 datum transformations to name a few. QGIS 2.4, released in June, has one major extension in its core: multithreaded rendering. Originally developed as a Google Summer of Code project, it makes a big difference in the responsiveness of QGIS desktop.This talk shows a selection of the latest features and gives an outlook what's in the works for QGIS 2.6. Some interesting plugins and other news from the community will keep you up to date with the high pace of this OSGeo project.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
1:02:01 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Mapping for Investigations

Closing Keynote Speech, FOSS4G 2014, Portland, Oregon.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
27:41 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Geodesign: An Introduction to Design with Geography

Geodesign, at its most basic, is design with geography. It is the combination of the tools and techniques geographers and other geoscientists use to understand our world with the methods and workflows designers use to propose solutions and interventions. For instance, the typical master planning process in which GIS-based knowledge is separated from the design process can be turned into a geodesign task by sketching buildings and other land uses directly within a GIS, and seeing indicators update on the fly as various data graphics. This can then allow the designer(s) to pinpoint specific design interventions based on live feedback from geospatial information.Over the last 10 years, technology has facilitated an explosive growth in geodesign as both a framework for solving problems and a toolkit of geospatial analyses that feed into that framework. The growth of the Geodesign Summit in Redlands, CA from 2010 to 2014 is an example of the demand for this sort of framework.Parallel to the rise of geodesign, the tools represented by FOSS4G have also been evolving into sophisticated tools capable of taking on the needs of geodesign. However, to date there's been too little discussion of how to take the framework and working methods of geodesign and accomplish them with open source tools. This session will connect those dots by taking the typical parts of a geodesign framework (suitability analysis, sketching/designing, evaluating/comparing, iterating) and outlining our own experience making use of open source tools for geodesign. In particular, we will focus on how the interoperability of open source tools and the growth of web-based geospatial tools can support (and evolve!) the ways that geodesign is done.This presentation will address:What is geodesign: the conceptual framework and typical use cases for geodesignWhere are we: workflows and tool stacks we've used and seen others use to dateWhere could we go: identifying current gaps and pain points in existing stacks and possible solutions from emerging technologies
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:15 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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GRASS GIS 7: your reliable geospatial number cruncher

GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) looks back to the longest development history in the FOSS4G community. Having been available for 30 years, a lot of innovation has been put into the new GRASS GIS 7 release. After six years of development it offers a lot of new functionality, e.g. enhanced vector network analysis, voxel processing, a completely new engine for massive time series management, an animation tool for raster and vector map time series, a new graphic image classification tool, a "map swiper" for interactive maps comparison, and major improvements for massive data analysis (see also http://grass.osgeo.org/grass7/). The development was driven by the rapidly increasing demand for robust and modern free analysis tools, especially in terms of massive spatial data processing and processing on high-performance computing systems. With respect to GRASS GIS 6.4 more than 10,000 source code changes have since been made.GRASS GIS 7 provides a new powerful Python interface that allows users to easily create new applications that are powerful and efficient. The topological vector library has been improved in terms of accuracy, processing speed, and support for large files. Furthermore, projections of planets other than Earth are now supported as well. Many modules have been significantly optimized in terms of speed even by orders of magnitude. The presentation will showcase the new features along with real-world examples and the integration with QGIS, gvSIG CE, R statistics, and the ZOO WPS engine.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
28:27 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Js.Geo part Deux recap

For those of you sad pandas who couldn't make JS.geo on Tuesday, we will give a quick intro as to why scheduling was so hard this year, a quick tour of some of the amazing demos, highlights of the discussion from the day, and wrap up with what we would like to do to see it go smoother next year. Be there or be square (actually all that would happen is you would miss out on the coolest tech demo'ed at FOSS4G)!
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
51:39 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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PostGIS Feature Frenzy

PostGIS has over 300 functions, which in turn can be used with the many features of the underlying PostgreSQL database. This talk covers some basic and not- so- basic ways to use PostGIS/PostgreSQL to process spatial data, to build infrastructures, and to do crazy things with data. Consider the possibilities: raster, topology, linear referencing, history tracking, web services, overlays, unions, joins, constraints, replication, json, xml, and more!
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
21:43 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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projections in web browsers are terrible and you should be ashamed of yourself

The JavaScript port of proj4 was (relatively) recently moved from subversion to github and updated to use modern build tools.The talk will discuss some of the differences between desktop and web environments when it comes to projections and CRS, other new projects that take a different perspective on projections (like topojson), and why you can't just use an EPSG number in your browser (and should be ashamed of yourself wanting to).
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:31 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Introduction to MapGuide

This class is for those who want to fast-track into installing and using MapGuide Open Source. MapGuide Server and Web Extensions are set up in the Workshop (Windows). MapGuide Maestro (Windows) is used to load and connect to GIS data, create layers, author maps and publish web sites.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
35:38 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Mapping in GeoServer with SLD and CSS

Various software can style maps and generate a proper SLD document for OGC compliant WMS like GeoServer to use. However, in most occasions, the styling allowed by the graphical tools is pretty limited and not good enough to achieve good looking, readable and efficient cartographic output. For those that like to write their own styles CSS also represents a nice alternatives thanks to its compact-ness and expressiveness.Several topics will be covered, providing examples in both SLD and CSS for each, including: mastering multi-scale styling, using GeoServer extensions to build common hatch patterns, line styling beyond the basics, such as cased lines, controlling symbols along a line and the way they repeat, leveraging TTF symbol fonts and SVGs to generate good looking point thematic maps, using the full power of GeoServer label lay-outing tools to build pleasant, informative maps on both point, polygon and line layers, including adding road plates around labels, leverage the labelling subsystem conflict resolution engine to avoid overlaps in stand alone point symbology, blending charts into a map, dynamically transform data during rendering to get more explicative maps without the need to pre-process a large amount of views. The presentation aims to provide the attendees with enough information to master SLD/CSS documents and most of GeoServer extensions to generate fast, appealing, informative and readable maps.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
31:19 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Advanced CartoCSS Techniques

CartoCSS is becoming an ever more popular Ð and ever more powerful Ð tool for cartographic and data styling. In this talk, Stamen designers and technologists will present some tips and tricks to make your next design sing. Tips and tricks covered include, but will not be limited to: pixelation, use of dingbat fonts for texture and markers, post-facto label adjustment, alternate uses for text symbolization, where to find and use entropy, blending, and geometry manipulation.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
52:09 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Don't Copy Data! Instead, Share it at Web-Scale

Since its start in 2006, Amazon Web Services has grown to over 40 different services. S3, our object store, one of our first services, is now home to trillions of objects and regularly peaks at 1.5 million requests/second. S3 is used to store many data types, including map tiles, genome data, video, and database backups. This presentation's primary goal is to illustrate best practice around open data sets on AWS. To do so, it showcases a simple map tiling architecture, built using just a few of those services, CloudFront (CDN), S3 (object Store), and Elastic Beanstalk (Application Management) in combination with FOSS tools, Leaflet, Mapserver/GDAL and Yas3fs. My demo will use USDA's NAIP dataset (48TB), plus other higher resolution data at the city level, and show how you can deliver images derived from over 219,000 GeoTIFFs to both TMS and OGC WMS clients for the 48 States, without pre-caching tiles while keeping your server environment appropriately sized via auto-scaling. Because the NAIP data sits in a requester-pays bucket that allows authenticated read access, anyone with an AWS account has immediate access to the source GeoTIFFs, and can copy the data in bulk to anywhere they desire. However, I will show that the pay-for-use model of the cloud, allows for open-data architectures that are not possible with on-prem environments, and that for certain kinds of data, especially BIG data, rather than move the data, it makes more sense to use it in-situ in an environment that can support demanding SLAs.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:46 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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An automated classification and change detection system for rapid update of land-cover maps of South Africa using Landsat data.

Recent land cover maps are essential to spatial planning and assessment by non-/governmental agencies. The current land cover mapping methods employed in South Africa are slow and expensive and the most recent national land cover map dates back to 2000. The CSIR is developing an automated land-cover mapping system for the South African region. This system uses widely available Landsat satellite image time series data, together with supervised machine learning, change detection, and image preprocessing techniques. In this presentation the implementation of this end-to-end system will be addressed. Specifically, we will discuss the use of an open source random forest implementation (Weka), a change detection algorithm (IRMAD), as well as tools used for satellite image preprocessing (Web enabled Landsat data, fmask cloud masking) and on-line validation tools. Furthermore the approach used in optimising automatic land-cover production accuracy for operational use will be discussed.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:24 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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"Sliding" datasets together for more automated map tracing

Importing new/updated geometry into large dataset like Open Street Map is tricky business. Features represented in both need to be detected and merged. Often times editors are asked to completely "retrace" over updated maps as automated methods are unreliable.While a 100% accurate merge is impossible, it is possible to auto create a best guess and let the user refine from there, eliminating as many manual, tedious steps as possible.Slide is a tool designed to solve this problem and works by iteratively refining roads, trails and other complex geometries to match another dataset, where the features are correctly mapped. In a single click one geometry is "slided" to the other, eliminating hundreds of tedious clicks.The form of the new dataset is flexible. It could be an updated representation of roads such as the new TIGER database, a scanned historical paper map, or a large collection of GPS data points like the 250+ billion made available by Strava, a fitness tracking website.Overall, Slide is designed to leverage what we already know, collected in various datasets, to speed map tracing. Map editors should be focusing on higher level challenges and not just retracing over another dataset.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:57 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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A Mobile Situated Learning Module using Open Source Geoweb Technology

Mobile device technology is being introduced into educational settings and is likely to become widespread as an instructional medium in the coming years. As of 2013, nearly three-fourths of American college students own a smartphone, while four in ten own a tablet, and a majority of students believe that mobile devices can make their education more effective. There is tremendous opportunity to harness these devices for situated learning, or lessons that take place in a real-world context, through the use of mobile-ready geoweb technologies. Adaptive web maps can be developed to guide students to important places—either virtually or physically—and facilitate landmark interpretation. This presentation will demonstrate a situated learning module developed using open source geoweb technologies for an International Studies course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The purpose of the module is to "make the familiar strange" to students in the Madison landscape, guiding them to historic landmarks and pairing those places with maps, images, and narration to explore the course of economic development in the U.S. The web application makes use of the principles of responsive web design to adapt to mobile or desktop devices, altering the map interface and modes of content delivery to fit the user's context. The mobile and desktop versions will each be evaluated to determine what adaptations effectively increased usability and whether situated viewing of the map on a mobile device influenced learning outcomes. A review of the application development and evaluation processes and results will be accompanied by a summary of lessons learned about how mobile mapping applications can adapt to their users and surroundings.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
20:28 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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A User-centered Design for Interactive Masking Capability within Web GIS

This presentation will discuss the design of interactive raster masking capability for a web-based geographic information system (Web GIS) from the perspective of user-centered design. A case study will be presented by analyzing and discussing specific aspects of the user-developer dialog within the context of the software development life cycle. The presented case study will take the audience through the development of an open-source Web GIS software architecture (MapServer, PostGIS and OpenLayers) with particular focus on how the masking functionality was designed and implemented. Software engineering techniques informed by iterative cognitive walkthrough allowed for a dialog between Web GIS production and consumption that led to a more usable and useful cartographic interface. Key findings from this case study will be presented.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
27:27 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Open Web Mapping: An educational resource for creating online maps using free and open source software

Free and open source software (FOSS) for GIS continues to increase in functionality and usability, and offers a flexible and economic option for organization that want to create online maps; however, beginners face a broad array of software choices and may not know which FOSS products and packages to deploy in each tier of the web map architecture. Compounding the problem is the fact that much documentation for FOSS GIS is fragmented among these tier-specific products and does not provide end-to-end workflows for designing and publishing cartographic web services and assembling them into an online map product. In response to these needs, The Pennsylvania State University has introduced an open online course entitled Open Web Mapping. The course lessons explain the theory and architecture of web mapping, while walking beginners through the process of deploying online maps with FOSS. Software such as QGIS, GDAL, GeoServer, TileMill, and OpenLayers is introduced as students start from the data processing stage and work their way to the final display of interactive web service layers in a browser-based map. The course is intended as an open resource for the entire FOSS community; therefore, the lesson materials are freely accessible through a Creative Commons license.
  • 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
23:33 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Gimme some YeSQL ! - and a GIS -

So long NoSQL, here is YeSQL !Not long ago, PostgreSQL was the the most advanced OpenSource relational database. With the latest version 9.4, it became an over-powerful mutant : the most advanced OpenSource Object-Oriented relational and/or non-relational, Spatial, SQL and/or NoSQL database. For the sake of simplicity, let us call it a YeSQL database.This presentation will introduce you to the feature galore of PostgreSQL, giving insights into the latest improvements from a user point of view. Of course some GIS inclination will drive this talk, and show you how you can take advantage of spatial extensions together with PostgreSQL core features.PostgreSQL 9.4 is an important milestone for various reason : a lot of new outstanding features, and core improvements which prefigure a whole world of new use cases. The main feature from a user perspective, giving PostgreSQL this YeSQL title, is probably the new JSONB storage. A fine marriage between the Hstore extension and JSON support, it literally transforms PostgreSQL into a document database (think MongoDB in PostgreSQL without data losses).We will therefore present great PostgreSQL 9.4 features, and some ways to use them with spatial data, leveraging the latest PostGIS and PointCloud extensions :* Exclusion constraints* KNN search* Lateral joins* Window functions* (writeable) (recursive) CTE* Automatic updateable views* Materialized views* JSON, more JSON, JSON indexing, JSON proceduresÉ* Foreign Data Wrappers* Logical decoding and future applications* More JSON ? GeoJSON ?The feature set available to PostgreSQL users is growing with every release, as are performances. And the spatial part of it is not lagging behind. It is a must-use platform for data management, data infrastructures. And a GIS.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
1:02:53 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Making Space for Diverse Mappers

<p>Diverse communities provide the space for different points of view to find voice. Historically open source communities have balanced the contribution of various perspectives and expertises. We are often industry examples of remote cultural collaboration. But the nature of collaboration is changing, where diversity must stretch further across geographies to foster a wider scope of difference. One that includes the other sides of privileged space. In this session, I will present on why ideological diversity can be at the forefront of community structures by introducing three personal cornerstones - Mapzen, Maptime, and GeoNYC. This interactive session highlights how embracing a range of cultural perspectives and technical expertise allows communities to create the unexpected. We'll review success and challenges while performing our own mini GeoNYC complete with 3-word introductions and mapping fun. </p>
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
31:33 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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UrbanSim2: Simulating the Connected Metropolis

<style type="text/css"><!--td br --></style>UrbanSim is an open source software platform for agent-based geospatial simulation, focusing on the spatial dynamics of urban development. å Since its creation UrbanSim has been used in the official planningå processes for at least a dozen regional governments which were usedå to help allocate billions of dollars in regional investments in transportationå infrastructure.UrbanSim was first conceptualized in the late 1990's and implementedå using the Java programming language. The technology landscape forå scientific computing changed dramatically after that, and by 2005å UrbanSim was converted to Python, making heavy use of Numpy to vectorizeå calculations. By 2014, it became clear that UrbanSim should be reimplementedå again to take advantage of significant advances in the libraries availableå for scientific Python. The new version of UrbanSim, called UrbanSim2,å makes extensive use of community-supported scientific Python librarieså to reduce the amount of domain-specific customized code to a minimum.UrbanSim is an excellent case study for the power of leveraging thework of the scientific programming community as scaffolding for adomain-specific application, as opposed to building an extensive customizedå solution in each domain. Additionally, the open and participatoryå nature inherent in nearly all of the open source projects describedå here has been particularly embraced by governments, who are oftenå reticent to support large commercial institutions and balkanized andå private data formats and software tools.<style type="text/css"><!--td br -->UrbanSim is an open source software platform for agent-based geospatialå simulation, focusing on the spatial dynamics of urban development. å Since its creation UrbanSim has been used in the official planningå processes for at least a dozen regional governments which were usedå to help allocate billions of dollars in regional investments in transportationå infrastructure.UrbanSim was first conceptualized in the late 1990's and implementedå using the Java programming language. The technology landscape forå scientific computing changed dramatically after that, and by 2005å UrbanSim was converted to Python, making heavy use of Numpy to vectorizeå calculations. By 2014, it became clear that UrbanSim should be reimplementedå again to take advantage of significant advances in the libraries availableå for scientific Python. The new version of UrbanSim, called UrbanSim2,å makes extensive use of community-supported scientific Python librarieså to reduce the amount of domain-specific customized code to a minimum.UrbanSim is an excellent case study for the power of leveraging thework of the scientific programming community as scaffolding for adomain-specific application, as opposed to building an extensive customizedå solution in each domain. Additionally, the open and participatoryå nature inherent in nearly all of the open source projects describedå here has been particularly embraced by governments, who are oftenå reticent to support large commercial institutions and balkanized andå private data formats and software tools.--></style>
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
41:41 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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How Simplicity Will Save GIS

It's 2014 — we have consumer robots and electric cars, private spacecraft, planet colonization projects, and the Higgs Boson is confirmed, but GIS software is still a mess. You might be able to make sense of it all if you're a GIS specialist with an academic background, but other creative individuals — designers, developers, tinkerers of all kinds, each with a vision and desire to create meaningful and beautiful maps and visualizations — are constantly losing battles against bloat, clutter, and complexity.How do we reverse this GIS entropy? What does it take to turn complex technology into something that anyone can use and contribute to? An attempt to answer by the creator of Leaflet, a simple JS library that changed the world of online maps forever. 
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:22 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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"Fast Big Data?" A High-Performance System for Creating Global Satellite Image Time Series

Description:We describe a system that transforms sequences of MODIS images covering the entire Earth into time-optimized data cubes to provide rapid access to time series data for various applications.Abstract:Satellite time series data are key to global change monitoring related to climate and land cover change. Various research and operational applications such as crop monitoring and fire history analysis rely on rapid access to extended, hyper-temporal time series data. However, converting large volumes of spatial data into time series and storing it efficiently is a challenging task. In order to solve this Big Data problem, CSIR has developed a system which is capable of automated downloading and processing of several terabytes of MODIS data into time-optimized "data cubes." This time series data is instantly accessible via a variety of applications, including a mobile app that analyzes and displays 14 years of vegetation activity and fire time series data for any location in the world. In this presentation we will describe the implementation of this system on a high-performance Storage Area Network (SAN) using open source software including GDAL and HDF5. We discuss how to optimally store time series data within HDF cubes, the hardware requirements of working with data at this scale as well as several challenges encountered. These include writing high-performance processing code, updating data cubes efficiently and working with HDF data in a multi-threaded environment. We conclude by showing visualizations of our vegetation and burned area time series data in QGIS, web apps, and mobile apps.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
20:48 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Fast Travel Sheds using GTFS Data in GeoTrellis Transit

General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data is the open standard for representing transit systems in space and time. While developing an open source planning application for public transit agencies, it became clear that processing speed was the primary impediment to calculating transit coverage indicators within a reasonable time. At a glance, GTFS is just a set of simple CSV files organized relationally with key fields. But transit systems are far more complex than just spatial data for routes and stops. They need to be able to model spatial-temporal relationships embodied in transit schedules as well as semi-cyclical and shifting schedule patterns. Additionally, the specification is flexible enough to represent many different approaches to operating transit systems and the same system attributes can often be represented in multiple ways.While some transit system metrics are fairly straightforward to compute, certain public transit system metrics are best modeled as "travel shed" represented by raster coverages or isolines derived from them. The GeoTrellis Transit project is an extension of the open source GeoTrellis framework and was created to calculate travel shed rasters using GTFS and OpenStreetMap data. GeoTrellis Transit accomplishes this by creating a time-dependant graph structure that can rapidly perform shortest path queries at a given time of day, based on the public transit schedule.The challenge in developing GeoTrellis Transit involved designing a time-dependent graph structure that contains information about how the nodes connect at any particular moment in time during traversal. Shortest path algorithms on time-dependant graphs need to take into account arrival times at any given node, as well as wait times until an edge becomes available. This makes fast calculation of shortest path trees on time-dependant graphs difficult, which GeoTrellis Transit optimizes using a novel data structure to represent the graph.This presentation will introduce the GTFS standard and identify where difficulties may arise, especially for large systems. It will also describe how GTFS, OpenStreetMap and GeoTrellis Transit can be combined to build a fast time-dependant graph structure that can then be used to create time-based shortest path trees and travel shed rasters.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:47 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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MapJakarta - Enabling civic co-management through GeoSocial Intelligence

Mapping urban infrastructure systems is a key requirement to advance our capacity to understand and promote the resilience of cities to both extreme weather events as a result of climate change and to long-term infrastructure transformation as a process of climate adaptation. Yet, while developing nations will bear the brunt of the interwoven, climatic, economic and social challenges of the 21st century, many of these countries lack the sensor networks required to monitor and model the response of the urban system to change. The nexus of people and place embedded in social media communication which is widespread and ubiquitous in many developing nations offers one potential solution. In this context, location-based social media often in the form of big-data, can be used to map emerging spatio-temporal trends to support situational management. Critically, however, the collection and application of such data raises significant questions around privacy, trust and security of the information gathered. The MapJakarta.org project will be presented as a demonstration of the capabilities of free and open source geospatial technology to employ real-time social media data in a secure and anonymous manner for the purpose of decision support.MapJakarta.org is a pioneering web-based platform that harnesses the power of social media by gathering, sorting and displaying information about flooding for Jakarta residents and governmental agencies in real time. The project, in partnership with the Flood Management Office in Jakarta (BPBD DKI) will radically change real-time data collection and feedback for flood monitoring in the most densely populated city in Southeast Asia. The platform runs on the open source software known as CogniCity Ð a GeoSocial Intelligence framework developed by the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong Ð which allows situational information to be collected and disseminated by community members through their location enabled mobile devices via social media networks. Furthermore, the framework also enables governmental actors to perform rapid infrastructure surveys and asset management for pre and post-flood assessment using the same networks. CogniCity is built on the NodeJS platform, and utilizes the PostGIS spatial database for storage, and the LeafletJS map library for visualisation.In this presentation we will explain how these open source components are combined to form a geographical information system within the existing flood management framework, enabling the collection and analysis of social media for flood response and civic co-management in the megacity of Jakarta.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
29:48 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Running Your Own Rendering Infrastructure

In addition to hosting the popular OSM-base Toner, Watercolor, and Terrain tile sets, Stamen incorporates custom cartography into much of our client work. This is a behind-the-scenes walkthrough covering the evolution of our rendering infrastructure and the peripheral services that help to make our work unique. Topics covered include the image processing used for Watercolor and Map Stack, raster manipulation for Terrain, Surging Seas, and the Chesapeake Bay Program, as well as the use of vector tiles (for both OSM and other data) to support Pinterest and future work.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
23:24 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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OpenSource GIS surveying - water application

It became possible lately to deploy a full OpenSource application stack for field surveying. This presentation describes a water distribution and waste-water management project from a technical point of view, with a strong integration of mobile tools within an industrialized GIS.This projects features a GIS part, with a centralized reference data storage leveraging PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and uses QGIS as a user interface. This combination allows to manage custom data with high volumes efficiently. The project also includes an important mobile side. Implemented on a rugged tablet, a custom tool has been setup to capture and enrich field data. The software is based on ROAM, a new OpenSource software designed for field survey. The tablet is connected on a 3G/4G network and takes advantage of a GNSS antenna to increase GPS precision. It also features an autonomous offline data management module, so as to be able to work in bad network access conditions. The tablet also embeds all required data for greater efficiency. One specificity of this project is the implementation of a synchronization tool between the data used in mobile situation and the reference data, in a multi-user environment.This synchronization tool, developed with PostGIS and SpatiaLite, let users manage data history, data modifications, data merges, offline mode, as well as branches, for parallel versions of the same data. The latter enables the design of evolution scenarios of the network. A classic issue of the surveying work in mobile situation is therefore solved, being able to work in a disconnected mode with multiple land surveying teams smoothly, while keeping data traceability.The project currently evolves towards water simulation integration, interconnection with SCADA industrial systems, and sensor data automated integration (through webservices).All These components therefore constitute a full software package, fully opensource. The various components can be used for other applications than water management. The new features developed thanks to this project can solve mobile GIS issues, and optimize the TCO of GIS solutions for industrial projects, for real-world critical applications.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
31:40 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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GeoNetwork opensource 3.0

The presentation will provide an insight of the new functionality available in the latest release of the software. Publishing and managing spatial metadata using GeoNetwork opensource has become main stream in many Spatial Data Infrastructures. GeoNetwork opensource 3.0 comes with a new, clean user interface based on AngularJS, Bootstrap and D3. Other topics presented are related to performance, scalability, usability, workflow, metadata profile plugins and catalogue services compliance. Examples of implementations of the software will also be given, highlighting several national European SDI portals as well as work for Environment Canada and the collaboration with the OpenGeoPortal project.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
57:42 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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The Development and Evolution of an open source mapping application within the USG <- Now with More Google Glass

The United States Government has a history of developing applications using legacy systems and continuing to use brittle software. This approach has managed to minimize data collection, sharing and use of open standards. With this in mind NGA has several groups focused on a rapid, innovative, and open approaches to application development. One of the recent applications developed in this fashion is the Mobile Analytic GEOINT Environment (MAGE), which evolved from earlier applications that were used for Disaster Response as well as various special events. Each of these earlier applications had their own strengths and weaknesses that were factored in during the development of MAGE. MAGE is built on an open source stack with a mobile and html5 application designed for geospatial data collection, imagery sharing, tracking, and communication. It is designed to be a lightweight, fully portable software stack that can be placed in front or behind firewalls with ease. It is fully customizable to a wide variety of mission needs so administrators can easily change the data collection parameters. MAGE is fully service enabled allowing easy access to the data via REST requests and returns multiple formats including GeoJSON, KML, and Shapefile to ensure ease of access and sharing. The app has also been ported to Google Glass for field collection and enhanced visualization.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:26 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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GeoNode for Humanitarian Crisis and Risk Reduction

GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI).The World Bank, the European Commission and the UN World Food Programme are among the major contributors and sustainers of the GeoNode project and they are using it for spatial data sharing and management projects.Being extremely active in the field of Humanitarian Crisis and Risk Reduction they have deployed custom GeoNode instances to support risk reduction and post crisis need assessment.During this talk three customized GeoNode instances will be presented, focusing the attention on their technology, usage for emergency preparedness and response, their federation and the added value provided by Open Source technologies for geospatial data sharing.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
14:08 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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A jumpstart for your mobile map app

Would you like to get started programming mobile mapping applications? There's a lot to keep in mind: a responsive layout, a mapping framework, positioning of controls and buttons, offline caching of tiles, and finally compiling it all into a mobile app.This presentation walks you through some problems and solutions, culminating in MobileMapStarter. Techniques discussed include jQuery Mobile, Leaflet, and PhoneGap/Cordova.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
20:36 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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GIS in the Browser - The Good Parts

Long gone (hopefully) are the days of replicating the "professionals only" desktop GIS interface in a browser. However, with modern browsers, HTML5 APIs, and increased efficiency of javascript engines it is possible to performantly replicate GIS functionality in a purely client-side browser application. Moderately complex geoprocessing, persistent client-side storage and simple to complex data visualization are all possible now. We walk through the underlying technology and demonstrate the practical use of it in an open-source sample application. Technologies covered include IndexedDB, WebStorage, Workers, Strongly Typed Arrays and Canvas. Some attention will also be paid to performance limitations, browser support and polyfills for older browsers.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
23:46 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Vector tiles for fast custom maps

Vector tiles are becoming a common solution for fast clientside rendering of spatial data in both browsers and mobile devices. With the recent release of TileMill 2 Mapbox has made it easier to design and render vector tiles. This talk will cover the open source technology under the hood in TileMill 2 as well as other available tools. Also discussed will be the status of an emerging specification for vector tiles and recent advances in the format.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
13:42 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2014
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Spatial Temporal Network Web Visualization Techniques

Maps are traditional means of presentation and tools for analysis of spatial information. The power of maps can be also put into service in analysis of spatio-temporal data, i.e. data about phenomena that change with time. Exploration of such data requires highly interactive and dynamic maps. Using geospatial open source software, various techniques for visualizing spatial temporal network change data and combinations of spatial temporal network, point and area data are evaluated. Linear referencing represents locations along routes, linear features with an established measurement system, using relative positions. It allows locating events along routes without segmenting it, and has been applied to manage linear features in transportation, utilities, along trail networks and stream networks. Linear referencing for events occurring along a network through time are visualized using both animations and interactive time line visualizations. Sliders are used to give the user manual control to step through the data, allowing them to explore the data presented in each time step. Categorized point events (i.e. traffic accident types, flood locations, etc.) appear at muItiple locations along the network. Color and size of symbols are used to denote these dynamic point event attribute changes and location changes. In addition, line segments are mapped using size and color to identify the changes occurring over time. Some of the combinations of changes evaluated include: attribute change (i.e. traffic accident type), spatial attribute change (i.e. flood boundaries), moving objects (i.e. traffic accidents), rate of change (i.e. fish survival by stream segment) and spatio-temporal aggregation (i.e. multiple fish releases by watershed). Some linear visualization techniques evaluated include: run maps and map and line chart visualization techniques similar to the famous Napoleon's retreat Minard visualization.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
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