August Meetup

We'll have our second meetup in a lightning talk format, with three ten-minute speakers. As speakers are confirmed we'll update here: 

Glenn Waldron, of Pelican Mapping in Fairfax, VA will be speaking to us about 3D web maps . The main focus will be on the emerging WebGL technology and how it enables accessible 3D map development. He'll also talk about what's missing and what kind of stardards or best practices need to evolve to support 3D web maps. Finally, he'd like to gauge the community's interest in the tech and talk about potential applications.

Eric Gunderson, of Development Seed in DC will present a case study of a mapping tool they built to analyze data on violence against journalists in Afghanistan. This won't be technical, more of a "here's the problem, this is why we mapped it like this, and this is how we mapped it" talk.

Interested in building geospatial applications using Ruby on Rails? Peter Jackson will walk us through the current state of the web development stack using Ruby, Rails, RGeo, and their friends. He will also talk briefly about his upcoming release of the framework GeoRails. This isn't an in-depth technical presentation, so stay awake for it!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The group seemed very engaged and lively, but people seemed to clump and not mingle too much. I agree that the format of introductions didn't really facilitate networking, but I do understand the time constraints posed by having a large turnout along with scheduled presentations. I didn't notice anyone who identified him/herself as a current student. This could be a reflection of the stipulations imposed on introductions, but I also suspect that a 21+ venue would be a limitation on student participation. Perhaps rotating in alternate locations on occasion would facilitate valuable interactions between geographers who are at different stages of their careers and create mentoring opportunities.

    August 4, 2011

  • George P.

    Good presentations

    August 4, 2011

  • Kathleen D.

    Lots of attendees and lots of energy. Thanks for coming, everyone-- I'm really excited about this community!

    August 4, 2011

  • Jennifer E. H.

    I think there was a great group of people in attendance, however I wish that in the introductions people talked about their specific interests with mapping, rather than their personal hobbies. It would have made networking between/after talks easier. The quick fire talks were great - I appreciated the diversity in topics.

    August 4, 2011

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