March 31, 2011

Introduction to Mashups and ad hoc mapping 13th April

Posted by josediacono @ 8:36 pm under Uncategorized

On Wednesday 13th April at the Institute of NSW office in Surry Hills, Sydney 5.30-7.30 pm. A joint SSSI – IS-NSW event.

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What are Mashups?

Why should I be creating them? 

How do I get started?

An entertaining and educational evening specially designed for surveyors and spatial professionals. Absolutely no prior web development knowledge needed.

Lots of lively examples, step by step guide and tips for creating good mashups. I’m really looking forward to  co-presenting with Matt Robinson of Lagen Spatial and Cameron Shorter of Lisasoft.

Seminar information Mashups with SSSI 13 April 2011

Download Registration Form (ISNSW don’t have online registration yet)

August 8, 2010

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

Posted by josediacono @ 9:53 am under Uncategorized

Talks in less than 6 minutes. My daughter’s Design and Technology teacher put me on to this one. Thanks Kate.

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium, overseeing the Web’s standards and development.

go to the TED website

June 28, 2010

Future Gazing

Posted by josediacono @ 2:01 pm under Uncategorized

How will the geospatial data market evolve over the next ten years?

I enjoyed this article by Matt Ball on the vector1media website. Matt looks at the impact of some profound changes that he says will give GIS users more (and for free) data.   Volunteer mapping and quality improvement from crowdsourcing,  not just from things like openstreetmap but also mobile platforms. (I was introduced recently to some new mobile location based games like foursquare that collect all sort of features and information as  a by-product).

Geospatial technologists will be synthesisers of data. Not a long article so well worth browsing to.

June 20, 2010

Citizen Mapping

Posted by josediacono @ 6:21 pm under Uncategorized

Ross Johnson sent me this fascinating article from the Los Angeles Times about openstreetmap. Crowdsourcing maps is becoming a mainstream social activity. With Google  Maps doing it soon (as mentioned in this article),  openstreetmap and even crowdsourcing through mobile games how does a user decide where to source data from? Can we talk in terms of a  single authoritative source anymore?

May 26, 2010

Neogeographers and paleogeographers

Posted by josediacono @ 2:09 pm under Uncategorized Not your fathers approach to geodata creation and sharing posted by moderator Peter Batty.  This is quite a long video and I do plan to make a summary of the key points sometime,but for a start there is a very good explanation of openstreetmap as an example of neogeography and powerful pictures from post earth quake Haiti (the building housing the goverment GIS was destroyed in the earthquake so over a matter of days volunteers created new maps from old paper base maps, high res satellite imagery, even Maps from the CIA if I heard correctly – which made a huge difference to the emergency response and saved lives.

Some amusing banter between neogeographers and traditional GIS people cheekily referred to as paleogeographers.

February 7, 2010

Crowdsourcing emergency maps

Posted by josediacono @ 10:15 am under Uncategorized

There is a very interesting short article in the latest ASM newsletter about how crowdsourcing has taken the street map of Port au Prince in Haiti from just a few streets to a highly accurate map with triage centres, camps and hospital in just two weeks.