This session encompasses speakers and content from the following sessions:
Tiling GeoData with TileStache
Zain Memon, Trulia
TileStache is an open source Python app that serves map tiles. It can create image, vector, or data tiles from sources like a Mapnik config, a PostGIS database, a shapefile, or another Python application. In this talk, I’ll cover some of the ways I’ve used TileStache to trivialize the task of accessing geodata.
Announcing PostGIS 2.0
Javier de la Torre, Vizzuality
PostGIS finally has become 2.0! Lot of new functionalities are now available, specially raster, topology,nearest neighbors, and many more. Join this session to learn about what is new and how you can use it.
Incident Action Plan Project (IAP Project)
Sam Lanier, Ryan Avila, Nick Clayton Syrrist, FireWhat Inc.
In 2009, Wildfires accounted for nearly 3.7 Billion in Federal Disaster Funds. The Incident Action Plan Project moves to automate how Emergency Personnel respond to such catastropic incidents. The project aims to eliminate the antiquated practices and utilize existing data sources to streamline Crisis Mapping for Emergency Responders by use of readily available technology.
Jonathan LeBlanc, X.commerce
ql.io is a declarative, evented, data-retrieval and aggregation gateway for HTTP APIs. Through ql.io, application developers can increase engineering clock speed and improve the end user experience. ql.io can reduce the number of lines of code required to call multiple HTTP APIs while simultaneously bringing down network latency and bandwidth usage in certain use cases.
ql.io consists of a domain-specific language inspired by SQL and JSON, and a node.js-based runtime to process scripts written in that language. ql.io is an open source project available on Github and demos, examples, and docs are available on the main site.
Javier is the lead developer and co-founder of Vizzuality. Over the past 8 years has been working on the field of biodiversity Informatics. First from the educational side, working at different research institutions, and later from the private side. During this time he has gained strong experience in the social and technical aspects of data sharing while setting up the European Biological Collections Access Services. He is coauthor of several biodiversity standards from TDWG.
He is is a recognized expert on Biodiversity Informatics and geospatial technologies applied to Biodiversity. He is frequently invited to speak on those topics and has presented at conferences such as GeoWeb, or TDWG.
Javier earned his master’s degree in Agriculture Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Freie Universität Berlin. He developed his curriculum final project at the Botanic Garden Berlin-Dahlem on the field of conceptual taxonomy. He founded multiple companies and finally co-founded Vizzuality while doing consultancy for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
Javier has a strong interest in the distribution of species on earth, their conservation and mobilizing a community so that human computation and citizen science can compliment the work currently being machine automated. He is a true believer that through innovation on Biodiversity Informatics it will be possible to increase understanding and provide better conservation of Life on Earth.
Sam Lanier is a career Fire Captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE). Sam has spent the better part of 17 years working to better the life of responders. From the age of 15, Sam has dedicated his life to helping others.
While on a two year special assignment to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sam was part of a Firefighter Grant program to provide the basic essential needs to America’s Responders. During this assignment, Sam was fortunate to see the age old problems exist in every community in the Western United States. There is an old saying in the fire service “200 Years of Tradition, Unimpeded by progress!”
This saying does not boed well with Sam. While working for CALFIRE, Sam has been responsible for the deployment and coordination of thousands of Emergency Resources. The experience he remembers the most was taking a phone call from the Oval Office to mobilize 1,000 fire engines to Southern California during the Fire Siege of 2007.
Sam is the Co-Founder and Chief Specialist Officer for FireWhat Inc. FireWhat is a new company, founded in January 2011 by two firefighters and an MIT grad. Their mission is to bridge the gap between the fire service and technology. Firefighters currently receive little to no information prior to arriving at a wildland fire so it’s important “to bring technology into a technology-deprived industry.”
During the Summer of 2011, Sam lead a collaborative effort between local company Pusher Inc and FireWhat Inc to develop the FireWhat Wildland App on the Apple iOS platform.
The Application uses NASA Satellite imagery, Weather Underground and NOAA Weather Services, National Fire Data, and Geo locator services to relay emergency information to the Nations Firefighters.
Sam and his team are committed to developing resources to bring responders home safe!
I am a professional and volunteer firefighter in California and have been in the fire service for 6 years. During the winter I work as a professional ski patroller and I am a member of the National Ski Patrol. I am a teacher’s aid at our local college, where I help with the Associates of Fire Technology degree classes and I am also an instructional aid for our fire academy.
Hello! My name is Nick Clayton-Syrrist. I am a former professional firefighter now working for a small startup in northern California bringing solutions through technology to the firefighting industry. We believe the use of twenty-first century technology allows firefighters to do their jobs safer and more effectively.
Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book “Programming Social Applications”, and the head of Developer Evangelism (North America) at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.
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