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Database Seminar - GIS Basics with PostGIS

Added 4/21/14:

I have received the following from John.

Can you forward this to the mailing list as well as update nextplex/meetup with this link:

These are instructions on how to setup the virtualbox with an easy to use interface to type geospatial queries and see the results on a map. The file size is a little large 951mb, but it includes everything a person needs to run Postgres/PostGIS inside a VM outside their main OS.

I believe it will really enhance the talk and help people get more out of the talk.


Once again, it was necessary to reschedule Databases: Distributed, Federated, Partitioned and Broken! (See "We apologize for any inconvenience."

John Longanecker will be presenting GIS (Geographic Information System) basics with PostGIS ( After he explains some of the basics, he will get into writing some basic queries then move into writing some more advanced queries. He will then share some tricks on how to make these queries fast. He will provide a link to a virtual box image that can be installed on any machine so people can follow along and try their own queries. Watch for more details on this about a week before the talk.

John is employed by NBT Solutions ( ), specialists in geospatial web applications. He has a degree in computer science and a degree in media studies from the University at Buffalo.

This talk is still on Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 PM in room 110 of the Knox Lecture Hall on the UB North Campus. Knox Lecture Hall is part of the academic spine and is surrounded by Norton Hall, Bonner Hall, and O'Brian Hall. It is near Founder's Plaza. The best places to park appear to be Fronczak, Ketter, and Furnas. No permit is required after 3PM. (I's great fun learning where all these buildings are on the campus, isn't it?)

We've been settling for light refreshments and will do the same. doolli is our current sponsor.

In order to avoid conflicts with other database meetups and also events at UB, I am scheduling the next two meetups for May 8 and June 19. More details will appear soon.

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