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OSGIS 2011 Round-up

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Woefully out of date now, here’s a quick run down on the OSGIS 2011 conference, 3rd in that series, held at the University of Nottingham Centre for Geospatial Sciences in Nottingham over the 21st and 22nd of June.

The 21st was a day of workshops, under the banner of Interoperability and the OGC. My new colleague, Matt, and I did a workshop on using Ordnance Survey Open Data and Mastermap with Mapserver and PostgreSQL, using the OSGeo Live DVD. You can see a slightly edited version of the workshop below, or on slideshare. I have to admit that most of the kudos must go to Matt for creating some super scripts to make the initial data processing much easier, and to some of my other colleagues for their efforts in styling the data once it’s in Mapserver. The scripts and a small subset of the open data are available here– you’ll have to supply your own Mastermap!

Consuming and Publishing Ordnance Survey Open Data with Open Source Software

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Day Two was all about the talks– and I was impressed by the standard. The focus of OSGIS has always leant slightly towards the academic, so the stand-out talks for me were the ones that demonstrated that you can do real spatial analysis with open source GIS. There were also some very good papers on mapping in the developing world. Two of my ex-colleagues from Oxford Archaeology also did a joint paper showing how the use of open source software has progressed there- that was really good to see- it was nice to know that the baton had been passed on when I left! I gave people an introduction to the OSGeo:UK local chapter, which is also available on Slideshare here, and we had the chapter AGM. It’s extremely gratifying to see the numbers of people willing to hear about, and get involved with, the local chapter. I was going back through the reports I’d given in previous years, and the numbers of people signed up to our mailing list steadily creep up, year on year- we’re now well over the 100 people mark! (BTW, if you’re interested, our website is here).

All in all it was a really good couple of days. Next year the conference will be running from the 4th to the 5th of September, so for anyone that can’t make FOSS4G and wants to give OSGIS a try, now’s your chance!

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