Nice! Another food and drink (beer, at least) and GIS blogger. It doesn't seem like we'll agree on software at all, but I couldn't agree more about the goodness of Dogfish Head brews. I haven't had the Black and Blue yet, but it seems like it's right up my alley.
All spring, on the FRUGOS list, we've been chatting about having a Front Range geo-unconference. Now, thanks to Tom Churchill, we have a venue and the GeoSummit unconference is on.
When: 16 June, from 0900 MDT until topics and participants are spent.
What: intense and fun discussion at the intersection of geography, location, and technology. Business, science, history, environment, transportation, software development, you name it.
People often report that hallway conversations and debates between (and sometimes instead of) scheduled sessions are the best part of conferences. An unconference is all about eliminating the boring stuff and getting right to these vital discussions.
The GeoSummit is not a BarCamp as such, but BarCamp is the model. Sessions will be created ad-hoc during the sign-in. No spectators. Everyone participates. Absolutely bare minimum sign-up fee. If you're interested, join the GeoSummit Google Group so that we can start to get a feel for numbers, and spread the word.
That's me, Voltron's left fist.
MetaCarta's FeatureServer source is now available. REST or (web-in-name-only) WFS, your choice. FeatureServer groks each.
The Open Archaeology blog writes:
It's encouraging to see that such a large project benefits from free software and, at the same time, gives back to the community.
It would be great if also Pleiades data were available under a free license.
I think Pleiades is producing some nice tools, particularly for Python users. The OWSLib, Quadtree, and Rtree modules are, or have, Pleiades contributions. Our geocoding and slippy map Plone products are also getting playing time. However, to most historians and archaeologists the data is more important than the tools. New Pleiades data will be available under a CC or Science Commons type license, but the negotiation of terms for existing Barrington Atlas data (under similar license) is not quite finished. Fortunately, we're not petitioning solo: people like Eric Kansa, Ross Scaife, and Peter Suber (to name just a few) are making open access to scholarly data a very respectable enterprise.
It's great to see that three of my favorite hobby-horses -- REST over SOAP or WxS, web search over portals and one-stops, and open source over proprietary software -- are coming to the fore at mainstream industry events.
Howard Butler has just uploaded Rtree 0.2.0. Once you've installed the spatial index library on which it depends (no longer distributed with Rtree, see the README), installation should be as simple as:
$ easy_install Rtree
Maybe we can work the dependency into the easy install down the road. I welcome ideas on how to do that.
Persistence of indexes, nearest neighbor lookup, and item deletion are now supported. See the doctests for usage examples.
I spent about 8 hours digging and planting this past weekend. More time in the gym this spring has paid off, and I'm much less sore this morning than the morning after last year. The garden plan is much the same, but with fewer eggplant, English and Armenian salad cucumbers instead of the bitter pickling variety, more green beans (you can never have too many beans), and potatoes. The spuds are an experiment. Our soil isn't ideal, but I think we can amend it sufficiently, and we've been told that our daughter will be greatly entertained by the treasure hunt for new potatoes.
Spring has been mild, and our plum's blossoms escaped the last hard frost for the first time since 2003. The NOAA CPC 3-month outlook for May-June-July has Fort Collins outside the high temperature anomaly, but we expect to have a drier than normal season. Looks like James Fee will be running his air conditioner overtime this summer.