The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

  • September 17, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:35 PM - Announcements
6:35 - 7:15 PM - Basic Concepts
7:15 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings

Quantum GIS (qGIS)

I'll be discussing the Quantum GIS open-source Geographic/Geospatial Information System (, applications, and extension through the creation of plug-ins using PyQt, a Python binding of the cross-platform GUI toolkit Qt. Qgis is powerful tool that lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data in new ways that can reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. A blog post on setting up the development environment for Qgis under Ubuntu can be found at

Bill Bishop

Mr. Bishop is an entrepeneur and consulting technologist with over 25 years of science, technology, and business achievement. Mr. Bishop has won two Academy Awards for his cutting edge work in creating imaging and production systems used internationally. Mr. Bishop has worked closely with engineers and researchers to develop laboratory and production systems for institutional and corporate clients. These include NASA, IBM, the Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health, NOAA, NIST, Oracle, the United States Air Force, Lockheed Martin, and numerous universities around the country.

Using Solr and NLP

The customers in the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense that ISS serve have a big data challenge.  The sheer volume of data being produced, and ultimately consumed by large enterprise systems has grown exponentially in a short amount of time.  Providing analysts the ability to interpret meaning, and act on time-critical information is a top priority for ISS.  In this talk, we will explore our journey into building a search and discovery system for our customers that combines a variety of open source components - Apache Solr, OpenNLP, UIMA, Tika, Jackrabbit, and Hadoop to enable analysts to "Shrink the Haystack" into actionable information.

Wes Caldwell

Wes Caldwell is CTO for ISS and is responsible for technical oversight of a variety of programs at ISS, supporting the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and Federal Agencies. Wes has successfully led large scale implementations of mission-critical enterprise systems deployed into strategic and tactical environments. Prior to ISS, Wes held key technical positions at Kaman Sciences, General Dynamics, as well as a few software startups. His interests include service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, search, and big data analytics.

Website Sponsor: HSC Careers
Food Sponsor: Intelligent Software Solutions
Door Prize Sponsors: Jetbrains - Software license (Several products to choose from)
Book Sponsor: OReilly Publishing - Technical books

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  • HSC Careers

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  • TEKSystems

    TEKSystems is one of our quarterly food sponsors.

  • Apex Systems

    Apex Systems is sponsoring food and drinks once a quarter for the group.

  • Blackstone Technology Group

    Blackstone Technology group is a quarterly food sponsor for the group.

  • CA Technologies

    Quarterly food sponsor.

  • OReilly

    OReilly provides discounts and book door prizes for our monthly meetings

  • Atlassian

    Atlassian provides free software licenses for Open Source projects.

  • JetBrains

    JetBrains supplies a free license for a door prize for our group monthly

  • Pearson Education (Books)

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