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Geo Data and Weather Data

  • May 8, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This meeting of ODBA we have great talks about open geo data and open weather data!


Wednesday May 8th 6-8pm

181 South Park San Francisco

Tyler Bell on The Realities of Open Geo Data

Rob Carver on Open Weather Data


At 8pm we will adjourn to Bar Basic at 510 Brannan Street to continue the conversations over drinks












Speaker: Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell (@twbell) leads Factual's product initiatives in global
place data and contextual audience platforms. He is a former
archaeologist who specialized in the medieval reuse of the Roman
landscape, with more topical publications in GIS and the use of
anisotropic cost surfaces to understand the ancient landscape. He has
broad interests in open source and place-based information systems,
and previously led Product for Yahoo's Geo Technologies Group. Tyler
far-too-intermittently writes about data-, semantic- and
geo-technologies for O'Reilly Radar at
Talk Title: The Realities of Open Geo Data













Speaker : Rob Carver
Robert Carver, a native Texan, is Weather Underground's Research and Development Scientist. Robert is not only responsible for all the scientific research at Weather Underground, but he is also in charge of evaluating the research results for company use. His main tasks are to perform innovative research and analysis to address company needs, seek out new datasets to improve forecasts, as well as to work closely with the development team to design prototypes of new products and the development of the forecast system.

Robert first started off his highly decorated educational career at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where he earned his B.S. in Physics. Then the weather bug bit him. He took off for the University of Oklahoma to get his Masters of Science in Meteorology where he graduated in 2001. While at OU, Robert was advised by Lou Wicker and Jerry Straka. Robert completed his educational trifecta in 2009 when he graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with his Ph.D under the guidance of Jerry Harrington. Some of his many professional achievements include: forecast team member for CRYSTAL-FACE (Cirrus Regional Study of Tropical Anvils and Cirrus Layers - Florida Area Cirrus Experiment), mobile mesonet crew member for STEPS (Severe Thunderstorm Electrification and Precipitation Study), and a mobile mesonet crew member for SubVortex-99 (a study to characterize atmosphere in and around tornadoes.

Talk Title: Open Weather Data

Description: Rob will give a brief overview of the history of open weather data (since the 1900's), explain what datasets are currently available, and then talk about the rise in user-contributed weather data and Wunderground's experiences with that.


Thanks to our hosts for this meeting, Prismatic!




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  • Kathy L.

    Thanks again to Lisa for a well organized event. Great conversations and interesting speakers.

    May 10, 2013

  • Tyler B.

    Thanks Lisa and everyone for very interesting evening. Deck on Open Geo Data is here:

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good event. I was expecting more technical content. for example what are good sources of data, which libraries and code packages work well, etc.

    1 · May 8, 2013

    • Lisa

      Hi Matt we have a variety of types of talks, some more technical than others. Rob's slides have some great links to sources of data­. You might enjoy Paco Nathan's talk from January - the slides are here http://www.opendataba...­. Next month or July we will have a technical talk on using Amazon Web Services Public Data Sets. Hope to see you at future meetings! Lisa

      1 · May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lisa, this was my open data meetup. I plan on attending more. Thanks for organizing them.

      May 9, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Here's a link to the deck I used in my talk:

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Great speakers, but then again I'm biased...

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup.

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to be missing this.

    May 8, 2013

  • vince

    Unfortunately, can't make it. Will there be PowerPoints, info of this session?

    May 8, 2013

  • Chuan L.

    new assignment come up, conflict with trip out of country, hope there will be slides or record.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this.

    April 30, 2013

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