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Tue, 2014-11-18 02:59

OSGeo and LocationTech Comparison and Incubation

We have two great organisations hosting FOSS4G this year: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation and LocationTech. Putting on a great event is not the primary responsibility of these software foundations - supporting our great open source software is!

This talk will introduce OSGeo and LocationTech, and balance the tricky topic of comparison for those interested in what each organisation offers and identifying possibilities for collaboration.

Mon, 2014-11-17 20:44

How to be an Opportunity Maker in the Geo Community

We all want to use our mapping talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how do we get started? In this talk, I’ll share my own experiences creating community in New York City including my own personal “convening” event after a bicycle accident. In order for us to create community momentum, opportunity makers must value the power of collective reach over individual achievement. By seeking the disruptive and diverse opportunities for collaboration, we are able to become true opportunity makers in the mapping communities we touch.

Mon, 2014-11-17 20:22

What time is it? It's Maptime!

Maptime is quite literally time for making maps. Well, actually, many times (and in many places): what started as a small meeting in San Francisco is now more than 40 community groups spanning ten time zones. All are full of beginners working together on hands-on map projects and tutorials.

This rapid growth has been surprising and awesome! But how did all this happen? What's happening next? And how can you get involved in this revolutionary movement?

Mon, 2014-11-17 15:59

Writing for everyone

It only takes one sentence to make a reader glaze over. That sentence may be rich with information and jargon. It may have tried to reassure the reader that the topic is "easy", when it's not. Clear writing is important when welcoming new individuals to the open source community and encouraging them to contribute. This talk will provide tips and advice to keep your readers reading.

An outline of the talk, includes:

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:15

The Two (Geo) Cultures: Why GIScience and geo-tech rarely talk--and how open-source software provides opportunities for collaboration

Geographic information scientists at research universities and geo-tech developers in industry are working on many of the same geographic problems, and yet they rarely talk, they rarely use each others' work, they rarely realize they’re asking the same questions, just phrased in different terms.

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