- GeoDC Summer Intern Showcase!
Join us for our (mostly) annual summer tradition of GeoDC intern lightning talks! We are inviting a small army of D.C. area summer interns to share their exciting geospatial stories with the community. Each intern will have 2 minutes to present 2 slides, so you can expect a lot of knowledge in a short time frame. Plus, you get to meet and talk to all these smart people after their talks. Below is the current lineup: - Kelly Motzko from Blue Raster will talk about her work with the Jane Goodall Institute, Esri, and the Blue Raster team to create a Story Map on JGI’s conservation approach for the 2019 Esri User Conference. - Joe Nadonley from Blue Raster will present on drone imagery, georeferencing, orthorectification, and supervised classification to highlight the merits of remote sensing for turfgrass analysis and vegetation management at the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. - Aida Ebrahimi from Creative Associates International will talk about creating map template designs for Creative's countries of interest. - Eni Awowale from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) will talk about her Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GDVE), Powerful Geography, and Geography Departmental Affiliations projects with the AAG. - Su-Ah Lee from YouthMappers will talk about how to bridge the gap between beginner to intermediate mappers through OSM. - Drake Long from the Center for Strategic and International Studies will talk about his group's ongoing project on mapping disputed maritime boundaries using disparate datasets, optical character recognition, and Mapbox Studio. - Callum Wayman from the NASA DEVELOP program will talk about the work his group has done to incorporate open source NASA data sets into flood monitoring and disaster mitigation using machine learning. - Adele Birkenes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center will talk about her work equipping scientists without backgrounds in GIS to publish maps of fisheries data to the NOAA GeoPlatform on ArcGIS Online. - Tania Velin from National Geographic will talk about her role in collecting data and designing a digital map displaying the location of moon trees upon the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. - Carlotta Esposito from the Center for Strategic International Studies will be talking about using basic ArcGIS and Esri Storymapping to map Chinese Belt and Road projects in disputed territories, and going over her ongoing project looking at the impact of the Huawei Safe City technology on Nairobi, Kenya. - Zach Slaney and Hannah Underhill from Dewberry will talk about lidar QA/QC methodology and DEM production for flood mapping in Fairfax county. Agenda: - 7:00PM: Networking - 7:30PM: Lightning talks - 8:00PM & onward: More networking! See you Wednesday night, August 7, at Local 16!
- GeoDC 10th Birthday Spectacular
Join us the day before America's birthday for GeoDC's birthday! Ten years ago this month, the first incarnation of GeoDC held its first meetup. It all started... with a tweet: https://twitter.com/geodc/status/2410571773 Then, after meeting sporadically for a while, a fantastic event known as WhereCampDC was held in 2011 (more info: http://kelsocartography.com/blog/?p=4157). WhereCampDC sparked a new level of enthusiasm in the DC geospatial community and led to the regular tradition now known as GeoDC. This July marks our ***102nd*** scheduled event on Meetup since WhereCampDC. We are so proud of this community (you!) and also incredibly grateful to the many individuals who have organized this Meetup over the years. Regulars, first-timers, former regulars... everyone is welcome. We won't have organized lightning talks, but there will definitely be a speech or two. Oh, and lots of fun and networking, too! See you there!
- Think Tank Edition
Think tanks are integral components of the federal city. Many of the ideas for solving big problems facing the U.S. are conceived inside think tanks, and maps play an important role in formulating solutions and communicating ideas to policymakers and the public. We have several great presenters lined up from D.C. area think tanks: David Harshbarger from Brookings will discuss R programming for exploratory data analysis and reproducible research with spatial data. David works in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, studying housing and neighborhood change in American cities and metropolitan areas. Paul Franz from The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will talk about how he creates compelling map-driven stories with video and 3D models. At CSIS, Paul and his team use DigitalGlobe imagery to expose covert military facilities in North Korea, Iran, and Russia. When development resources are more scarce on teams, Paul will share techniques for designers and creatives to create beautiful maps for video. Link to his most recent project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu3i5FJ_iPM Sarah Strochak from the Urban Institute will discuss creating open source mapping tools with R. Last year, researchers at Urban developed urbnmapr, an R package for making mapping in R more accessible for Urban researchers. Sarah is in the Housing Finance Policy Center at Urban, which works to produce timely data analysis to inform discussions on housing affordability, access to credit, and the secondary mortgage market. Link to urbnmapr: https://github.com/UrbanInstitute/urbnmapr Pat Geiger from the Death Penalty Information Center will talk about his research on homeless encampments in Washington, DC, some of which has appeared in local media outlets including the Washington Post and Street Sense Media. He also recently graduated with his master's degree in geography from George Washington University. Link to one of his articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/dcs-homeless-encampment-cleanups-are-only-making-things-worse/2019/04/19/757775da-5262-11e9-88a1-ed346f0ec94f_story.html Agenda: - 7:00PM: Networking - 7:30PM: Lightning talks - 8:00PM & onward: More networking! We hope to see you there! 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.
- Maps in Journalism
This month, we are focused on the news industry. We have several fantastic presenters who will discuss how they use maps and visuals in journalism to tell stories and inform the public. See you there! Lauren Tierney from The Washington Post will talk about mapping the fiery chaos of the 1968 riots. Following the news of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.s’ assassination on April 4, 1968, rioting exploded throughout Washington, D.C., leaving 13 dead and more than 900 businesses damaged. For the 50th anniversary, The Washington Post mapped the extent of the rioting throughout the city, plotting data compiled from declassified Secret Service reports and archival city planning documents. Specific topics in this presentation will include the initial sketch and design steps, the visualization of archival data, and the reworking of the digital piece for print. Link to full story: http://wapo.st/1968-dc-riots Emily Cassidy, a data journalist with the World Resources Institute, will talk about pulling insights from maps and spatial data, including: Where is the pig capital of the world? Is your favorite booze variety threatened by climate change? Emily will also discuss the ultimate goal of WRI’s flagship data platform, Resource Watch, to monitor the pulse of the planet in (near) real-time with openly accessible data. Antonio Cucho, a Web Developer at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, will talk about using mapping tools for breaking news. Mapping tools are one example of resources that enable journalists to create new storytelling formats for breaking news articles. Antonio will share tools (software, sources, formats) and tips to include maps in his reporting and how to mix with web technologies to provide a better user experience. Agenda: - 7:00pm: Networking - 7:30pm: Lightning talks - 8:00pm: Meet and greet presenters, plus more networking! We hope to see you at Local 16! 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.
- The AAG is in town, so let's network!
Join the DC area's largest geospatial professional meetup for a special event! The American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Woodley Park will coincide with GeoDC! That means we are inviting all of our out-of-town geography friends to GeoDC for what will be a fantastic networking event. Obviously our in-town geography friends must attend, too. :) RSVP now and spread the word! 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.
- Disaster Mapping
This month, we are focused on disaster mapping. Numerous disasters occurred in 2018 around the world, ranging from environmental crises such as flooding, hurricanes, and earthquakes, to humanitarian emergencies including mass displacement (refugees/IDPs), conflict, and disease. We have lined up several engaging lightning talks to explore how geospatial data serves a vital role in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and preventing disasters. Sophia B Liu, Innovation Specialist at U.S. Geological Survey, was mission assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help initiate the FEMA Crowdsourcing Unit during the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons. Sophia will talk about how the Crowdsourcing Unit leveraged Digital Volunteer Networks and crowdsourced data from Tech Sector companies like Waze and GasBuddy to create crowdsourced maps that provided situational awareness to the emergency management community. Ilan Segal will talk about using GIS to help restore power after Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, Florence and Michael. By leveraging various geospatial platforms, the UMD grad provided maps on the fly for 24 helicopter pilots coming in from across the country, dispatched 50 sUAV pilots, and mapped out the outages for the utility's central command location. Michael Williams works for Global Parametrics, a company created to provide natural disaster risk transfer products in the developing world. He will discuss a project with Oxfam Philippines to create a financial product that provides funds to vulnerable households in the days before a severe tropical cyclones strikes. Michael will give a quick overview of this project and how it promotes resilience in the face of increasingly stronger natural disasters. Nate Smith will talk about improving data discoverability at the Department of Homeland Security. The Geospatial Concept of Operations or GeoCONOPS is a curated content management system aimed at expediting discovery of all things geospatial for the homeland security enterprise. The site is managed by the Geospatial Management Office of the Department of Homeland Security and contains geospatial resources such as stakeholder, data sources, capabilities, training and best practices supporting all levels of government. It also includes narrative section describing the way these elements come together to support the main mission areas of the department. The challenge here is, in the age of google, how can we continue to evolve this platform to ensure it is continued utility to this community? Agenda: - 7:00pm: Networking - 7:30pm: Lightning talks - 8:00pm: Meet and greet presenters, plus more networking! We hope to see you at Local 16! 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.
- Global Health
It all started with John Snow and his cholera map, right? Appropriately, our topic this month is global health! We have some great lightning talks lined up for you. Afterwards, it’s networking time! Phil Satlof from BlueRaster is going from local to global and talking about fighting disease with GIS. He will demo a few apps his company makes for domestic and international health organizations that have some cool visualizations. Amanda Weber will talk about 'Geographies of the Quarantine Landscape'. Quarantines and their policies come in many shapes and sizes. Due to the complex nature of human-environment interaction, there can never be a universal quarantine. Her work aims to create a typology of quarantine best practices by region and disease to include cultural considerations and human rights. Collin Schwantes will talk about extracting data from public health’s favorite file format, the PDF. Institutions from the World Health Organization to your local public health department provide data to the public in PDF. Collin will demo some techniques for wrangling PDF’s and turning the data into maps and graphics in R. See you at 7PM! 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.
- 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.