I have not attended the GeoWeb Conference for the past few years, but the annual international conference in Vancouver has been a highlight event in the years I was able make it.
The conference represents an interesting middle ground between the very much industry dominated conference of Where 2.0 and Location Business Summit and academic conferences where the focus is on published proceedings.
The GeoWeb 2011 Conference covers the broad area of the convergence of information sharing and geographic technology on the Web and the resulting economic, social and technical impact.
For this years conference I have volunteered to sit on the organising committee and am leading the stream on Business and Consumer applications, which is inviting submissions for papers/presentations is the following areas.
Information access for investors and smarter investment
Crowd-sourced data and its impact on commercial services
Standards for information interchange and presentation
What everyone else can learn from social media
Location sharing and Privacy
Smart phones as sensors
Other themes at the event include, Smart Grids and Utilities, Air Traffic Management, Urban Infrastructure and Transportation, Public Safety and Security and Environment and Climate Change.
Next week I will be joining a panel on the “value” of Location at Being-Digital ’09 at Centre Point in London. The topic of course is an interesting one, but for me the event format is perhaps more notable.
Being-Digital is a “conference without PowerPoint’s”, instead there are round-tables of industry experts discussing hot topics and short demos. The focus is much more on debate and discussion; both via traditional questions from the room and via SMS and Twitter feedback (Hashtag is #bde).
This level of interaction is important and in not uncommon in broader web conferences especially those accross the pond, but it’s less common in the UK.
Hopefully the reinvigorated AGI GeoCommunity conference with its new Geoweb stream, will bring some of this different approach to the world of GI conferences.
Written and submitted from Teddington Swimming pool, using my home 3 UMTS modem.
I gave a presentation at the Digital Cities Seminar yesterday and was fascinated by some of the maps Sir Terry Farrell showed as part of his presentation which will be featured in his new book Shaping London.
It is always refreshing to look at how people other than cartographers choose to represent geospatial information, the image below taken from Terry’s presentation show the Thames Gateway, the area of urban redevelopment east of London, and takes its inspiration from Beck’s Underground map.
Beck’s map (or plan ?) is truly iconic and the map of the Thames gateway uses the Circle Line from it both to provide a geographic anchor for the map and to provide relative scale. I always find it amusing to remind people that one of the most famous maps in the world is the product of a graphic designer based on the principles of laying out electrical circuit diagrams.
In my presentation I made the point that we are increasing moving to a time when maps are customised to an individuals needs, and will become task focused delivered on mobile devices and as a result transient. Indeed for many tasks where a map was once needed a location aware application can provide users with the information they need without a map display.
Just step back and think about this one button from the “infamous” National Rail app for the iPhone.
Press it anywhere in the UK, and it will tell you the time of the next train home, and when you would expect to arrive. As a geospatial professional think about all the functionality and data that is hidden behind this simple button, and the analogue sources of information you would need to have access to to provide the answer.
As a Geographer sometimes it hard to accept, but it is still true, that it is often not about the map !!
Written and submitted from the Google Office, London.
Looks like the first conference of next year for me will be a new one, The Geoweb and Digital Mapping Conference 2009 is a new conference for Europe along the lines of Where 2.0 or Location Intelligence, to be held in London, 13-14 January.
It’s great to see a conference like this in Europe, as much innovation in the Geospatial area happens this side if the Atlantic, there is huge interest in free and open source solutions projects including OpenStreetMap, GDAL and gvSIG started in Europe and some of the biggest names in the industry Nokia, Tom-Tom are of course European.
For all those Europeans who make the annual trek to San Francisco every summer, it looks like you now have something to keep you enthusiatic during the long winter, and it’s a great excuse to come to London !
Written and submitted from the Leader Hotel, Taipei using its free in-room internet.
UPDATE : Thanks Michael for pointing out my mistake, of course GDAL in not a project with a European start – my apologies to Frank but at least I did not accuse him of being an American !