- Hello 2019! Let’s talk PostGIS and Spatial DBs!
Happy New Year! We hope one of your resolutions is to attend GeoDC every single month. :) 2019 will be momentous for GeoDC. In April, we have the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference in town, and July is our 10th birthday. Are you excited? We are! This month is all about spatial databases, especially Postgres. We have a number of fantastic talks for you: Paul Ramsey will present on PostGIS. PostGIS is a widely used spatial extension to the PostgreSQL database that adds types, functions and indexes suitable for carrying out a wide array of GIS operations right within the database environment. Paul will review the many features of PostGIS, some interesting GIS problems that can be solved with them, and provide a peak into changes planned for the 3.0 version next year. Dan Noble will present on how Geofable, a tool for building map-based infographics, uses PostGIS under the hood. Topics will include spatial indexes, PostGIS and Python with Geoalchemy2, GeoJSON generation, vector tile generation, and more. Nick Ingalls, Geocoding Engineer at Mapbox and Co-Founder of OpenAddresses, will present on Hecate, a modern Geospatial Feature Storage API.
- Holiday Potpourri: OSM Viz and Retail Blight
On the first Wednesday of the month, we'll gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more. 7-7:30: Socialize 7:30-8: Presentations and Announcements 8 - ?: More Socializing Thomas Gertin will present on Visualizing Impact from OpenStreetMap Contributions. MapGive is a U.S. Department of State initiative that encourages and increases volunteer participation in the global mapping community and facilitates the creation of open geographic data to support humanitarian relief and development programs. To better highlight contributions to OpenStreetMap (OSM) projects, the MapGive team has recently launched the MapGive Dashboard as well as update its workflow when creating before & after map swipes. Tom Gertin will present these tools and go over how they were built using existing open source projects. Emily Sin will present on the chronicling of shopping space closures for Retail Blight, a project attempting to better understand challenging economic problems through changes in the retail landscape. She will share the current state of the project and lessons learned while crowdsourcing store closure data.
- Street-Level Imagery
We have another exciting round of lightning talks for you this month! However, instead of looking down from above, we will be looking around our neighborhoods. Street-level imagery is possible thanks to both companies and volunteers collecting millions of images of their surroundings. Besides being fun to view (how many hours have you spent using Google Street View?), there are a multitude of practical applications using this form of location intelligence: Max Grossman will give a quick intro to street level imagery. Dan Joseph from the American Red Cross will talk about how he uses street-level imagery for disaster response and preparedness. Holly Krambeck from the World Bank will discuss using street-level imagery to plan for road investment in Laos. Agenda: - 7:00: networking - 7:30: lightning talks - 8:00-???: more networking! On the first Wednesday of the month, we gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more.
- Conservation Geography! (cohosted with SCGIS)
This month, GeoDC is all about conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage! We are cohosting this special event with our friends at the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) DC chapter (https://www.scgis.org/chapters/pages/washington-dc). Speaker bios for 5-min lightning talks are below! Janet Nackoney from the University of Maryland and President of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) will provide an introduction to SCGIS, whose mission is to build community, provide knowledge, and support individuals using GIS and science for conservation. She will also introduce the Washington, DC Chapter and tell you how you can participate! Healy Hamilton from NatureServe will talk about harnessing species distribution modeling to improve outcomes for threatened species. Eric Ashcroft from Blue Raster will demonstrate Global Forest Watch Pro, a tool that empowers organizations to monitor deforestation by translating geospatial data into actionable insights. Trisha Gopalakrishna from The Nature Conservancy will present how maps are being used to identify areas that can best contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change in India. Agenda: - 7:00: Networking - 7:30: Icebreaker and talks - 8:00-?: More networking, including with our presenters! On the first Wednesday of the month, we gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more. Be there!
- GeoDC September Edition: Floods, Bus Lanes and Machine Learning
Join us for an exciting meetup on a wide range of topics! We have three excellent presenters this month. Lisa Colson will present "Bangladesh flooded again...no really: A remote sensing assessment" Sean Emerson will present on how he created a bus lane design using SketchUP and Google Earth. If you are curious to learn how to quickly integrate satellite machine learning to your geo-workflow, NaNa Yi from Development Seed will present a segmentation deep learning python package, Pixel Decoder, DevSeed has been working with a showcase of road detection. The github repo: https://github.com/Geoyi/pixel-decoder Dan Joseph will present on coming in 4th place in two consecutive Mapillary challenges, and how street-level imagery collection relates to his work at the Red Cross on disaster response. On the first Wednesday of the month, we'll gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more.
- Summer Speed Networking!
It's the middle of summer in DC, which means heat, humidity, and... speed networking! We'll have an exciting event for you folks looking to meet some new colleagues, exchange innovative ideas, and learn about job leads. Stay tuned for details! On the first Wednesday of the month, we'll gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more.
- GeoDC is turning NINE!!! Tech Talks to Celebrate!
This month is extra special for the GeoDC community: we are celebrating our ninth birthday! We hope you can join us to have some fun, network with old friends, meet some new ones, and listen to some great talks. Never attended before? Now's a great time to start! We are one of the largest geospatial networking events in the D.C. metro area, which itself is one of the largest concentrations of geospatial professionals in the world. Our last Meetup had over 80 attendees from industry, government, startups, academia, non-profits, and everything in between. We are a community nine years strong, and with no end in sight! (For your old-timers, try and remember which Meetup you first attended. You may be asked... hint.) Think we're taking a month off because of our birthday? Nope! We have a terrific lineup of presenters: Drew Zachary from the U.S. Census Bureau will talk about The Opportunity Project, an awesome initiative where developers, mappers, and data scientists collaborate with government and communities to solve big problems using open data. Starting in August, she is working on a #GEOCOHORT where she will use geospatial data and tech to solve problems like the opioid epidemic, Puerto Rico recovery efforts and more. Join and participate! https://opportunity.census.gov/ Julian Simioni, co-founder of Cleared for Takeoff and formerly Senior Software Engineer on the geocoding team at Mapzen, will present an amazingly-titled talk: "2, 4, 6, 8, Here's how we Interpolate" about the challenges of global address interpolation. Eric McDonald will present about GeoWave, an open source tool for storing, analyzing, and visualizing large spatiotemporal datasets. https://github.com/locationtech/geowave Agenda: - 7:00: Networking - 7:30-8:00: Lightning talks - 8:00-?: More networking! On the first Wednesday of the month (usually!), we gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more. We hope you can join us!
- Special Edition: YouthMappers!
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Have you liked us on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/geodcmeetup/ This month, we are featuring a set of speakers from YouthMappers (www.youthmappers.org) working on projects around the world. Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies, and a network of universities around the globe, YouthMappers' mission is to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and to define their world by mapping it. We will hear from several students (2 minute talk each) about their projects. These YouthMappers students were competitively selected to participate in a 9 month program designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geospatial data for research on resilience of vulnerable populations around the world. Below are their research topics! - Cross-continental YouthMapping for fighting schistosomiasis in the Senegal River Valley - Using Open Street Mapping to map Incidence of Malaria among Vulnerable People of Luano District, central Zambia - COASTMAP URABA: Humanitarian Mapping of Coastal Wetlands and Fishing Livelihoods for Resilience to Climate Change and Variability, Bocase de Atrato, Colombia - Using and Elucidating OSM (OpenStreetMap) Data in Evacuation Plan during Cyclone Warning to Reduce Vulnerability of Women in Sharankhola, Bagerhat, Bangladesh - Mapping For Community Resilience: A Case Study of Kyaka II Refugee Camp, Uganda - Leveraging open data and Geo-spatial technology for Food security, Nigeria - The Effects of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Activities on Vulnerable Groups in the Tarkwa Mining Community, Ghana Agenda: - 7:00pm: Networking - 7:30pm: Lightning talks - 8:00pm: More networking! We will see you there! (GeoDC meets the first Wednesday of every month at Local 16 in Washington, DC.)
- GeoDC: I'll Take Potpourri for 500 please!
On the first Wednesday of the month, we'll gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more. We're on the second floor at the top of the stairs at Local16! This month is a pop-up month! April had some of the best of all geo-events with the AAG and GEOINT, May has FOSS4GNA around the corner. So come with a recap - come tell us what you learned, or give us a preview of what you'll present. And hey - if you want to talk about mapping graveyards - we all know I'm in! We don't have planned speakers - but we do have planned questions to spark conversation and networking. If you'd like to "pop" in and give a fast talk holler at me!