Past Meetup

Mapping Oceans and Water bodies + Raffle for O'Reilly Book

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Google / Building 40

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Kiev Training Room · Mountain View, CA

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Alec and Catherine are in the front near the podium.

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We hope everyone is having a nice summer so far. We have two terrific presentations on mapping oceans and water bodies scheduled for the July 20th Meetup. Invite your friends - this should be a great night for all folks who like cool maps.

For the fun of it... we will be raffling off one book from O'Reilly Publishers. O'Reilly is a new sponsor and we're excited to share this new bounty with WebMapSocial members. The raffle winner will get his or her choice of one of the following books:

"Mapping Hacks: Tips & Tools for Electronic Cartography" by Schuyler Erle, Rich Gibson and Jo Walsh
"Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide" by Amy Shuen
"Web 2.0 Architectures" by James Governor, Dion Hinchcliffe and Duane Nicknull.

We will raffle off the remaining books in August and September.

BlooSee: bringing Web 2.0 to the Oceans. Presented by Manuel Maqueda, Vice President of Community and Strategy of BlooSee

Information about the ocean is scattered, out of date, and missing an essential piece: the local knowledge. At the same time, there is a divide between the different ocean communities, which can be grouped in three categories: those who enjoy the ocean (sailors, divers, surfers, etc.), those who monetize the ocean (marinas, merchants, charters, etc.), and those who study and protect the ocean (NOAA, Coast Guard, ocean conservationists, etc.) We will look at how BlooSee has taken on the challenge to create a community-driven online and mobile space that aggregates and geolocates ocean information and user generated content, and hopes to bring the ocean into the online conversation, turning sea lovers into sea mappers - and into stewards of the world's oceans.

Bloosee is a social network and ocean mapping site created for sea-lovers, by sea-lovers. BlooSee's map-based site and mobile app allow sailors and other sea lovers to geotag, find and share information and knowledge about the oceans. . Link to event on BlooSee: .

Manuel Maqueda is the Vice President of Community and Strategy of BlooSee, an online destination and mobile app where sailors and other sea lovers geotag, find and share information and knowledge about the oceans. Manuel is also a sailor, a diver, and a passionate ocean conservationist. Manuel is the cofounder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a worldwide collective of environmental organizations that includes Surfrider, Save the Bay, Greenpeace USA, and dozens more.

Ocean in Google Earth. Presented by Pete Giencke, Ocean in Google Earth team

Pete will be providing an introduction to Ocean in Google Earth, which was launched as part of the Google Earth 5.0 release last year. Additionally, Pete will provide an overview of Earth 5.0+ features and associated KML extensions that help to create better representations of ocean data.

Pete Giencke has 10 years of experience in geographic information systems, including 4 years of experience working with ocean and marine data. He has worked as a GIS Data Engineer on the Google Earth team since 2008, and contributes on the Google Ocean ( and Crisis Response teams in his 20% time. Pete is an advocate for open standards and open source software, with an emphasis on increasing the accessibility and interoperability of geographic data.

Dinner is generously sponsored by Google. Drinks (beer, water, juice) are generously sponsored by Dice.


We meet in Kiev Training Room of Building 40 at Google HQ in Mountain View. To locate our meeting place, use this map ( . If you've never been there, you may need a few extra minutes to navigate through the campus. To get to Kiev Training Room, you must enter through the lobby of Building 40. Once in the lobby, Google requires that you sign an electronic NDA. Please be courteous of their professional space and grant them this request. Security will escort you to Kiev Training Room after you've signed in. Thank you for your understanding.

Thanks always for your support and participation. YOU make this Meetup great.

Catherine and Alec