Educational Meeting: NeoGeography

  • Thursday, September 22, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • MTC, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607


  • Special price for members

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Talk #1

Title: Google Mapping Tools for the Neogeographer

Speaker: Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Google Earth Outreach

Abstract: Over the past 5 years, the ability to create a map online easily and quickly has grown with the help of tools like Google Earth, Google My Maps, and Google Fusion Tables. Without any knowledge of traditional GIS, users have been able to create interactive and online maps that have been used to engage colleagues, stakeholders, and the general public. We'll take a look at several examples of this, and how someone working in a private company, governmental agency, nonprofit organization, or education institution might use the same tools with little GIS knowledge, or to interact and bridge the gap with their non-GIS counterparts.

Talk #2

Title: Calflora’s integrated mapping and platform: nimble data collection devices, shared cloud databases, and robust web mappers to serve citizens, scientists, and conservation professionals.

Speaker(s): Dan Gluesenkamp and John Malpas, The Calflora Database.

Abstract: In 2006 Calflora began working with the Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN) to build neoGIS tools for use by conservation professionals reporting and managing harmful invasive plants.  This collaboration has grown into an integrated mapping platform that brings together a great diversity of field data collection methods to move plant occurrence information into the shared cloud database, and then provide users with a growing set of powerful visualization and resource management tools.

This talk will provide an overview of neoGIS tools used by natural resource managers.  We will then present Calflora’s suite of tools, then talk about the process of building these tools.  Tools include android and iPhone mapping apps, geotagged photo submission tools, shapefile upload and display tools, and several other online mapping services that give land managers improved ability to map, manage, and monitor wild plants.  Finally, we will discuss the benefits and the limitations of neoGIS tools for citizen scientists, crowdsourcing, and professionals.

Talk #3:

Speaker: Michal Migurski, Director of Technology, Stamen Design

Title: Data-Driven Neogeography

The people have spoken, and they've asked for data. Open source and NeoGIS tools are a modern response to growing data literacy among non-traditional geographers, and when used well they allow a new audience to participate in geographic data creation and interpreImage courtesy of Shawn Allentation. This talk will explore a few samples of new geography, showing how new software tools and publishing practices bring fresh participants to the practice of mapping. Pulling examples from Stamen's design work and elsewhere on the web, we'll see the exciting result of new, popular expectations for interactivity and co-creation online.
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