GeoDC August Meetup: Lightning Talks

Our August meetup will be on Wednesday August 1st at 7:00 pm at the upstairs bar at Stetson's. This month we'll forego the theme and keep it casual with several lightning talks on a variety of topics. We're still looking for a few people to give five minute talks on anything related to mapping, geography, GIS, and anything geo. If you'd like to give one, send us a message here or at @geo_dc on Twitter.

We have three talks on the lineup:

  • Justin Miller will talk about mobile maps, how they're used differently than maps in other mediums, and how at MapBox he's developing the mobile mapping SDK, an alternative to using Apple's maps in iOS applications.
  • Butch Lazorchak from the Library of Congress will talk to us about stewarding geospatial data. In libraries and archives we’ve gotten pretty good at stewarding and preserving what we might call “analog” maps, but we’re still trying to figure out how to ensure that the valuable digital maps we create today are also preserved in perpetuity.
  • Robert Banick from the American Red Cross will talk to us about the Red Cross's forthcoming project in the cities of Gulu and Lira in the north of Uganda. The American and Ugandan Red Cross societies will be remotely tracing these cities into Open Street Map, generating additional OSM content on the ground, and using the resulting maps to respond faster to fire outbreaks, traffic accidents, and other emergencies in both cities. Volunteer participation is most welcome!

Geo DC meets on the first Wednesday of the month to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more. For updates, join the meetup group and follow @geo_dc on Twitter.

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  • Lisa C.

    Great speeches and conversations.

    August 6, 2012

  • Jason B

    Was great having the opportunity to meet and talk with actual practicing geographers outside of academics.

    August 3, 2012

  • Matthew M.

    Very good meetup lots interesting people and three nice talks.

    August 2, 2012

  • lee de c.

    fairly interesting talks, but rather light on content

    August 2, 2012

  • Becky P.

    The talks were fascinating and enlightening. I really enjoyed that each speaker engaged members and made it easy to become more involved. I'm really glad I came!

    August 2, 2012

  • Bonnie B.

    This meetup will have formal presentations, just not around a single theme like we usually do - but expect the same general format.

    July 25, 2012

  • lee de c.

    when's the next formal meeting, e.g. with (a) presentation(s)?

    July 24, 2012

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