Loads pf noise on the event front… A busy week indeed for the industry as many folks have just returned from a busy week-end in D.C where the annual State of the Map US (SOTMUS) took place. SOTMUS is THE conference for OpenStreetMap (OSM) users and anyone who has an interest in OSM. You can catch up directly from the attendees via the event hashtag #SOTMUS14 and also be sure to check out the tweets from the official account @sotmus – Note, I also urge you to have a read through Peter Batty’s very detailed report from the event on his Geothought bog – great stuff Peter! Moving forward, the geoint / Geointel community has gathered in Tampa this week for GeoInt 2013* event which has been rescheduled due to last fall’s Government shutdown. There’s loads of announcements from solution providers (see below), you can view the Show Daily from Day 1, and you can also stay informed on the state of Geoint via the Twitter hashtag #Geoint2013* and be sure to also follow @geointer @@USGIFypg and @GEOINTsymposium for useful and timely updates.
I know you all love the Left coast, and in particular the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. Well now there’s another great reason to come and visit Vancouver thanks to the gang at Safe Software – and get the boss to pay for the trip! Safe has announced the 2014 UC will take place June 10-13, 2014.
Of note, the call for presenters is now open (see here), there’s currently (at the time of writing this post) a discount for early reg. (Feb 7), and if you managed to sit in on James Fee’s Google hangout with Don and Dale there’s TONS of new goodies in the latest roll-out of FME and word has it that Damian Spangrud (think Esri) and Paul Ramsay (think OpenGeo / Boundless) will be on stage so that could be really good and lively!!
A great idea for conference organizers from ReadyPath. as an alternative to those glossy fold out maps that you tote around at events, usually stuffed in with your pocket planner, dangling from your laniard. ReadyPath maps are a “Green” alternative to paper maps for walking areas and inside buildings, not served by GPS devices. Maps are interactive with directory information so just selecting a directory item highlights the location on the map. Maps are downloaded one time into phone memory allowing navigation without Internet connectivity. The application enables conference goers to quickly locate exhibitors and retrieve information about them, plan a shedule and prevent conflicts, get current news and offers from exhibitors (I like that, imagine getting alerted to free beer at booth XXX…) and much more… nice concept!
Nice to see an event of this scale being so well received. Now in its third year, the Northwest PA Geographic Information Systems Conference took place recently at Clarion University. Keynote sessions featured David Gilbert, GeoDecisions and PaMAGIC president, who presented “PaMAGIC Overview and Current Activities”; and Gilbert and Kathryn Reed, GIS outreach specialist, who presented an, “Update on the Progress of the Commonwealth GIS Strategic Plan Meetings.” Other presentations came from reps attending from Latitude Geographics, Robert Kimball and Associates Inc, and a number of others. See more