Friday, January 22, 2010

Slides from my upcoming talk at Berkeley

These are still rough and un-pretty. Feel free to offer suggestions, additions, etc.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ways to Help and Resources in Haiti

This is a sort of dump of things I know about going on, piling on what others have written:

This page contains information on how to donate, satellite imagery, news links, and links to hospitals. We'll probably update this with more resources as they become available.

Google MapMaker is a providing data directly to the UN for relief operations, so data you provide will go directly to them.

Get involved with OpenStreetMaps and contribute data.

Either through #healthmap or directly through their site.

There's a special CrisisCamp on Saturday in Mountain View, getting volunteers together to work on technical projects, including data, maps, and technical assistance to NGOs working in the region.

Well, the title says it all doesn't it?

"Inspired by and started CrisisCamp DC in June, 2009. CrisisCommons is meant to capture knowledge, information, best practices, and tools that support crisis preparedness, prevention, response, and rebuilding"

He's put together a long list of resources and ways to get involved.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Workshop: Working with Geospatial Data Using Open Source Tools

I'm giving the following workshop. Any suggestions for content are welcome. And you are welcome to attend, whether or not you're a UC student.

Title: Working with Geospatial Data Using Open Source Tools

Location: 110 South Hall, UC Berkeley,

Date/Time: Monday, January 25, 2-5pm

There are hundreds of millions of geospatial data files available on the web. Many of these files are in a format that makes it hard to access the data, or combine it with other data sets. This workshop will introduce the basics of geospatial data formats, and using open source tools to work directly with geospatial data. In particular, you will learn about shapefiles, KML, GeoRSS, GeoJSON and other standard formats. And you will learn about using the GDAL/OGR packages, GeoServer, and other tools to work with the data. And finally, you'll learn about some options for displaying the data on a map.