Harnessing the Spatial Data Explosion
Thursday, October 24, 2013
NYPL (5th Ave & 42nd Street)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
We live in a world where vast troves of new information are being captured every day: smartphones double as data collection devices; social media applications aggregate geographically encoded mood swings; collectively tagged photos lead to new spatial data; global volunteers charting unmapped cities in the face of disasters or create new historical climate models from old ship logs; and cheap hardware is hacked to monitor trees, air quality or collect new aerial photography sets. This information is increasingly being put to the test in disaster relief, scientific analysis, historical research, government and private sector planning and operations support as well as environmental and social advocacy.
But can we conceive a situation where all of this data is vetted and validated for accuracy, flows freely and transparently among volunteers, expert users, government agency staff, and private sector servers? What would that take? Is it even possible or desirable? This conversation features speakers representing four different corners of the crowdsourcing geo data world including crisis responders, social media data crunchers, hardware hackers and sensor data collectors and citizen science enablers. They will talk about some of their experiences with collecting data, extolling lessons learned, warnings, upshots, pitfalls in their processes and how their data can be better operationalized by more and more users in both known and unanticipated ways.
Colin Reilly, Director of GIS/Mapping for NYC´s Department of Information and Telecommunications Technology, will talk about NYC's new relationship with Openstreetmap.
Joe Saavedra, of Parsons School of Design, will talk about citizen science hardware hacks and environmental sensor data collection.
Aaron Straup Cope, web designer and internet typist at Cooper Hewitt Museum (formerly of Flickr & Stamen Design) will talk about generating geodata (alphashapes) from Flickr tags.
Georgia Bullen, Field Technologist at the Open Technology Institute (OTI) of the New America Foundation, will talk about civic hacking and citizen science in Red Hook.
South Court Auditorium
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The New York Public Library
5th Avenue & 42nd Street
This event is co-sponsored by The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division and Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Operations (GISMO)
Registration for the 2013 NYGeoCON is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 2013 NYGeoCON being held on November 12th-13th in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY!
The early registration rate is $185 for the entire event and $120 for one day. You can register by going to: http://www.nysgis.net/nygeocon2013/register/. Also, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Saratoga Hilton at the government rate of $104/night. To reserve a room, simply go to: http://www.nysgis.net/nygeocon2013/lodging/ and click on "Reserve now."
NYGeoCON begins on the evening of November 11th with a networking reception at 7 pm. The first full day of the conference features a keynote presentation by Jack Levis of UPS. Jack appeared in the Penn State´s "Geospatial Revolution" series? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nMrhuKoE3cI
Jack serves as the Senior Director of Process Management for UPS. Jack will talk about the process of integration of technology (GIS) into their operations systems and how that has improved their service as well as reduced their costs. In this era of having to justify the role GIS can play in your organization, we thought that Jack would provide some unique insights for the attendees.
Also, that morning´s plenary session will feature NY´s first Geographic Information Officer (Bill Johnson) providing input on what´s happening around New York through his State of the State presentation. This will give everyone a chance to see who is doing what around the State and then network with the professionals involved afterward to find out the details on their projects.
The remainder of the day will be divided into two multi-track sessions with invited speakers. Topics under consideration now include GIS in the cloud, use of UAV´, crowd sourcing data, enhanced LiDAR, and web mapping services. That evening will be highlighted by a net working reception and numerous other after hours activities.
Day two will feature presentations submitted by GIS professionals around the State. In addition, networking opportunities with your peer GIS professionals from around the State will be provided throughout the conference as well as after hours as you walk through one of New York's most beautiful cities.
As the 2013 NYGeoCON is the only statewide GIS conference in New York this year, we encourage you to take advantage of it. It is easily accessible via I-87 (exit 15) or via the Amtrak Saratoga Springs station; it provides great opportunities to network with your peers from around New York; and it has great content to meet your training needs!
GISMO is now affiliated with the NYS GIS Association - please show your support by joining as a *dual* member ($20/year professional; $10 student) by filling out the membership application. Click here to join.
Note: Membership to the gismonyc / GISMO-GIS user group / Virtual GISMO / GISMO listerv continues to be free. To join this group, visit our Yahoo! groups website at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/gismonyc/ and click on the button to "Join This Group!". To attend a GISMO meeting is also free, unless otherwise specified.
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