Proposed Sessions

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Birth of the 3D Elevation Program: How a Map Factory became a Big Data Producer

For over 130 years, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has been the nation’s premier governmental map making organization. Gone are the days of producing maps from topographic surveys, artistic sketches and printing on copper plates. Today’s topographic maps are derived from high resolution digital data designed to be consumed on a variety platforms. The need for high resolution elevation data is vast and increasing demand has led to the creation of the 3D Elevation Program.

Experience level: 
Intermediate

Adding weather data to your geospatial applications using Open Source tools (sponsored by IBM)

Weather is something that affects everybody's daily life and is closely tied to the geographic location. In the session, you will learn how to integrate weather data from IBM Weather Company in your geospatial application using open source technologies such as Python, Spark and Mapbox GL JS that leverages IBM Watson data and AI platform. Weather Company provides most accurate weather forecast and is used by over 100 million users.

Experience level: 
Intermediate

Data Science Mapping in Jupyter Notebooks with Pixiedust: the sequel (sponsored by IBM)

The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. The Jupyter stack is built from the ground up to be extensible and hackable. The Developer Advocacy team at IBM Analytics has developed an open source library of useful time-saving and anxiety reducing tools we call “PixieDust”. It was designed to ease the pain of charting, saving data to the cloud and exposing Python data structures to Scala code.

Experience level: 
Intermediate

New maps in the new medium: Teaching web cartography for a distributed workforce

Discussions of online education often center on pervasive media, which allow for immersive and distributed education. However, when the curriculum is explicitly designed to train students in the expert use of software and systems for web cartography, how might educators best realize these opportunities in online education? We discuss two challenges: 1.) how to teach distance learners a technologically-demanding, yet cartographically-focused curriculum, and 2.) how to design and implement this curriculum within a quickly shifting landscape of workforce needs?

Experience level: 
Intermediate
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Geospatial Innovation and the Rules of Engagement (Closing Session - Salon C & D)

This year’s keynotes carry notions of impending change for our industry: from "reaching a wide audience"(Julia Wolfe) and a need for "alliances between different open source communities" (Mark Munsell) to a "tsunami of spatial data" (Chris Holmes). We are urged to appeal to more demanding users, engage with other disciplines, and prepare for challenging technical demands. It is a call to arms for innovation. But how do we go about it?

Experience level: 
Beginner
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Towards a Queryable Earth (Salon C & D)

Despite the incredible power of geospatial information, only a small group of people historically have been able to leverage it for informed decision-making. This situation has been exacerbated by the exponential explosion of data from satellites, drones, and Internet of Things sensors, exposing how traditional GIS and remote sensing techniques are not equipped to handle this tsunami of spatial data.

Experience level: 
Beginner
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MAPPING INTERACTIVE GEOSPATIAL LINKED DATA

Linked Data (LD) for geospatial data systems benefit from map interfaces for visualization. Although map interface capabilities such as plotting geographic coordinates retrieved with SPARQL queries are widely used, these forfeit the advantages LD offer for browsing a graph. The described project explores the challenges and initial solutions for developing and using a map interface to browse triple data.

Experience level: 
Intermediate
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Map Like a Journalist (Salon C & D)

You've cleaned a 20,000 row csv, merged it with the strange propriety data format, and miraculously rendered the result into an interactive map. To you, every data point and zoom-level is fascinating. To a casual reader, it's overwhelming and opaque.

Experience level: 
Beginner
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The Boundless Web SDK, Powering OpenLayers with React and Redux (sponsored by Boundless)

React and Redux provide an awesome front-end development framework!
But what about making maps? OpenLayers provides an excellent map
rendering engine but doesn't play nice with React + Redux.
MapBox styles provide a clean JSON style definition.
But how to put them together? Learn how the Boundless Web SDK uses
MapBox styles, OpenLayers, React, and Redux to provide a modern
ES6 SDK for making maps.

Experience level: 
Beginner

Building an Image Processing Pipeline at Scale using Open Source (sponsored by Boundless)

Farmers Edge provides innovative agricultural practices that help growers boost crop production and improve sustainability.  After recently acquiring an exclusive industry wide redistribution agreement for Planet data, Farmers turned to Boundless and Open Source GIS to build an image processing pipeline capable of handling the throughput of such a large collection.  Come hear how Spark, GeoTrellis, GeoServer, Elastic and Azure were used to build a first class processing pipeline

Experience level: 
Intermediate

Introducing Mapbox Style for Boundless Products

Boundless is pleased to introduce MapBox style to our ecosystem! Using the same configuration for client and server styling is a wonderful improvement providing a consistent visual presentation. Boundless is actively developing and promoting MapBox style, and building support with the open source community as part of the OSGeo projects GeoServer and OpenLayers.

Experience level: 
Beginner

Using MapBox style with the Boundless Ecosystem (workshop)

Clear cartography is integral to effective communication with maps. We are pleased to make great cartography more accessible with support for the Mapbox Style open standard.

This workshop is a great visual introduction to foss4g for GIS professionals. Offering hands on experience with both server and client technologies. For those new to GIS there is a quick introduction to cartographic design concepts, before we dive into using these ideas when styling layers.

This hands on introduction to the mapbox style standard covers:

Experience level: 
Beginner

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