CartoDB and Quantum GIS (QGIS) Python Scripting

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Hello Geogeeks,

We have two presentations lined up for this month. One is about CartoDB ( and the other one about QGIS (

1.- QGIS and Python scripting by Alex Mandel

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a desktop geospatial tool that's great for data
exploration, manipulation and cartographic preparation. It's also highly
customizable and script-able with Python, and integrates with a
multitude of database and analysis backends (e.g. Postgis, GRASS, R,
etc...). The talk will focus on how to leverage QGIS by writing custom
python plugins and the opportunities provided to integrate QGIS in
geospatial work-flows.

About Alex:

Alex is a geographer and biologist who happens to have a knack for
computing. As a PhD Candidate in geography, he occasionally teaches
courses on spatial databases, QGIS, python GIS programming, Geoweb and
cartography. He's currently a builder for OSGeo-Live, is on the system
administration team for OSGeo, and works at the Information Center for
the Environment @ UC Davis.

2.- Forget Backends, here's CartoDB! by Jacek Grebski

CaertoDB is a cloud powered geospatial engine that allows for the rapid development, creation, and deployment of location aware applications. Our goal is to make the data driven application development, mapping, and analysis as simple as possible. - What is CartoDB and how'd we start. - Using CartoDB for quick manipulation of geospatial data. - Extending CartoDB though the SQL and MAPs API. About Jacek: Jacek heads up strategic initiatives at CartoDB and Vizzuality, he's been in the geospatial game since first trying to get people to plot emotions on a map. He's spoken at whereconf, lectured at Tulane, and made a documentary about southern Africa that no one saw.

Free Pizza and drinks will be available!

Talks will start at 6:45pm, so please get here before then.

6:30pm - 6:45pm People arrive and eat pizza

6:45pm - 7:30pm Forget Backends, here's CartoDB!

7:30pm - 7:40pm Break

7:40pm - 8:40pm QGIS and Python Scripting

See you there,

- Ragi