GeoPDF Road Show Link
The GeoPDF Road Show link, as promised.
Collaborating in geospatial context since 2000!
Speaking of road shows, Patrick and I made it down to meet Joel Spolsky on the Atlanta leg of the FogBugz World Tour. If you have any interest in the business of software or software development (or doing road shows), you might going to hear him give his spiel. Joel is entertaining. However, FogBugz has embedded with in it some interesting concepts including evidence-based scheduling, and the talk, while a pitch, does invite you to think more deeply about the hows and whys of software development.
For myriad reasons, I haven't had a chance to break down the wonderfulness that was this year's Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference. There are a few items I do want to address before too long, but, to celebrate the re-uppage of the online stash space, let me share with you what I believe to be the best swag of the conference: The Google Fauxleskine!
TerraGo is sending folks on the road to show off GeoPDF.
|Salt Lake||16 September|
|Los Angeles||23 September|
|San Diego||24 September|
|New York City||24 September|
|Washington DC||13 November|
|Las Vegas||15 November|
|Kansas City||27 November|
|St. Louis||29 November|
Tom Patterson's Shaded Relief is chock-full of information for folks interested in cartographic presentation of shaded relief maps, and other stuff as well. Check it out.
From Joe Germuska on the geowanking mailing list:
"The Festival of Maps: Chicago is a citywide celebration that joins over 30 cultural and scientific institutions in a unique collaboration to display humanity's greatest discoveries and the maps that record our boldest explorations."
It's really a "festival" in a more old-fashioned sense, as many of the "events" are themed exhibitions at museums and galleries, many of which last beyond November. That's not to say that there aren't also time-bound events. There's way too much to gloss in an email.
The Google-powered USGS GeoPDF locator map dynamically displays coordinates associated with mouse location, displaying both lat/long and USNG. It's the first time I've seen the dual coordinate display on a web map. TerraGo HQ is at 16S GC 3500 5400. USNG is handy to use with USGS quad sheets and lets you work in linear units rather than lat/lons. Cool!
I was grovelling around for a full-blown GML representation of a spatial reference to stare at in, er, wonder, when what to my great delight did I discover? Spatial Reference-O-Rama! The site slings spatial reference definitions in the format of your choice. It's driven by user submissions, supports commenting, etc. The claim is "Put together in a day or two by Howard Butler and Christopher Schmidt." Very cool!
Many fun and interesting things went down at FOSS4G this year. One of the more interesting was Geoff Zeiss' announcement of Autodesk's acquisition of Mentor. In addition, Autodesk was going to release CS-MAP to OSGeo. Adena's take is worth reading.