Just like access to money and decision-makers, access to data grants power and privilege for disaster response and preparation which small vulnerable communities and the general public lack. Imagine if we could unlock the best high-computer mapping, vulnerability science and big data to allow any city and any internet user around the world do sophisticated hydrological modeling or predict how their community will be affected by climate change in the coming decades.
Re-Densification is defined as “Increased use of space both horizontal and vertically within existing lots / properties and new developments accompanied by increased number of units and or population thresholds”. Re-densification is antidote to the urban sprawl / green field developments and it supports the concepts like city compaction, smart growth, intensification, brownfield and sustainable development strategies. It promotes redevelopment of existing areas rather than abandon the existing infrastructural facilities.
Geospatial optimization considers issues that balance objectives and constraints in spatiotemporal resource allocation. Beyond the traditional GIS functions of inventory and comparison, open source tools can extend GIS functionality to achieve goals related to best position, path, and configuration. This talk will introduce a cross section of spatial optimization problems and discuss open source solutions.
Because mapping has become such an interdisciplinary subject, we design CartoDB to appeal to artists and scientists, journalists and educators. This requires us to design a curriculum through our Academy and portfolio of tutorials that is both focused and broadly applicable. Based on feedback from educators at events like our Educators Night, meetings at colleges with professors, open source engagement, and many workshops all over the world, CartoDB continually hones its materials while aiming to teach for the next generation of mappers.
Several obstacles impact the ability of both the general public, students and University staff and leaders to make effective decisions using data: 1) Accessing up-to-date information is tedious and requires visits to numerous data sources. 2) The volume of data available makes it difficult to identify the appropriate information contained in it. 3) Users do not have access to or the technical ability to use complex geospatial and visualization tools. 4) Users don’t have the education or experience to critically evaluate this information and turn it into actionable ideas.
For the past five years the GeoAcademy has been developing a series of GIS courses based on open source tools, like QGIS. This work is funded by the US National Science Foundation and Department of Labor and has resulted in the first complete set of FOSS4G curriculum freely usable by any educator. The material is all copyrighted under Creative Commons BY 3.0 allowing for its free reuse and modification with attribution. The courses are all aligned with the national US Dept of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).