For two and a half days last week, Location Intelligence 2014 took place in Washington DC. The conference was hosted by Directions Magazine, Oracle, Here (a Nokia business) and the Eclipse Foundation’s LocationTech initiative. The result was a diverse mix representing our industry and a strong outreach to the Business Intelligence community.
The first ‘half day’ of the conference started with workshops.
David Winslow and Juan Marin from Boundless offered a tag team introduction to GeoGig (formerly GeoGit) called Redefining Geospatial Data Versioning: The GeoGig Approach. The highlight of this workshop was a live demonstration of GeoGit plugin for QGIS. My contribution was a series of illustrations showing each step of the workshop and running around the room to assist as needed.
Next up was a workshop with Ivan Lucena from the Oracle Raster team called Developing Geospatial Applications with uDig and Oracle Spatial. Ivan has been working on integrating Oracle Raster with GeoTools and uDig. I was quite pleased with the workshop participation, and there was a great Q&A session with Xavier Lopez covering Oracle’s involvement in open source.
High performance computing at LocationTech: Xavier Lopez went over Oracle’s interest in open source spatial technologies and their support of LocationTech to facilitate this direction.
Open Data straight from the Source: Andrew Turner of Esri provided a straight-forward perspective on his recent open data efforts. I quite enjoyed the cross-linking from GeoJSON files on GitHub to browsable map and spreadsheet display. Watch on YouTube.
Redefining Geospatial data versioning: The GeoGig approach: Juan Marin from Boundless provided a well received GeoGig presentation, resulting in a much discussion, some of which is creeping out onto the internet in the form of a blog post by Geoff Zeiss — thanks Geoff! Watch on YouTube.
Collaborative Mapping using GeoGig: Scott Clark from LMN Solutions with GeoGig success story. I was impressed with how far they have come using technology from all over the OpenGeo stack. Scott previewed a live demo server if you would like to check how they are doing. One aspect of Scott’s presentation I appreciated was the emphasis that you can use GeoGig today by making use of the tools (and desktop apps) you are familiar with. Watch on YouTube.
Real-time Raster Processing with GeoTrellis: Robert Cheetham was back with the details this time around. I was a bit taken by surprise with the scope of GeoTrellis as it moves beyond cloud raster work, and starts to look into network analysis. They have a demo up if you would like to take a look. Watch on YouTube.
Fusing Structured and Unstructured Data for Geospatial Insights in Lumify: A polished presentation from Altamira. The open source project clavin.io is responsble for figuring out the location information from otherwise innocent text documents. Watch on YouTube.
The last “from data to action” session provided a series of inspirational stories:
Erek Dyskant from Bluelabs described using the usual suspects (PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers, QGIS) in their talk. The take-home for me was the reduction in labor from a 150 analytic team in 2012, down to 8 in 2013. How? By focusing on up-to-date data, rather than being distracted by a BI tool.
The talk on Red Hook Wifi was great at a technical buzzword bingo level (wifi mesh network!) and human level (enabling communication after Hurricane Sandy hit).
All in all, the LocationTech Summit was a great addition to the event. It offered a wide range of technology, data, and human stories for those who attended. On a technical front, I was quite pleased with the number of teams using GeoServer and happy to see GeoServer WPS being used in production.
The final day was devoted to the Oracle community, resulting in some great conversations at the Boundless booth.
I was pleased to meet up with a fellow Australian, Simon Greener who was (as always) focused on Oracle performance.
Thanks to the conference organisers for an entertaining venue to talk about the technologies we know and love.