Reserve the date!
GeoRabble #3 will be coming to Sydney on Thursday 22 September 2011.
Expect another line up of interesting, quirky, and entertaining speakers, and an opportunity to meet likeminded geeks and do some (not so) serious networking.
As before: it will be free to attend, with a cash bar.
We are always looking for interesting talks on anything Geo, so if you have any ideas, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
More details to follow soon, but pencil in the date now!
See you then, the GeoRabble team
Our vision at GeoRabble is for a fun and exciting event celebrating everything Spatial. It should be free to attend, and shouldn’t contain sales pitches or hard-sell.
Let us know how we’re doing by completing our short survey (it’s anonymous and takes less than 90 seconds to complete)
Have a favourite map? Bring it to GeoRabble #2 on Thursday 16th June.
Speed Mapping is our way for everyone to share their passion and geo obsession and to get to know like-minded people.
Bring a copy of a map on your phone, tablet or printed that gets your Geo juices going and during the evening we will ask you to turn to the person next to you and in 2 mins each, share that map and why you love, hate it or just totally respect the science or art of the work.
Here is an example from one of the crew @ciscourbina talking about one of his favourite maps.
I clearly remember attending a GITA conference and at the cocktails having a chat to few of the people on the exhibition floor and having a really vigorous discussion with an old school surveyor that cartography is not about accuracy but communication. I didn’t win him over but I did everyone else.
That is why I really respect the work and art of the Geo-genealogy of Irish Surnames from Kingston University, London. It takes the 1890 census, uses total count by counties to set label size, uses county polygons to restrain labels and some clever label conflict resolution to provide a story about surnames across Ireland at that time. You can see dominate names, population densities and even impact of terrain. Though I can’t seem to find Urbina – go figure!
Not perfect, but a great way of getting people to relearn the art of cartography, combined with software and turning complex information into a story.
Another example is found over at Bill Rankin blog check out his discussion on why dot maps are better.
Of course we couldn’t forget our own GeoRabble crew blog post by Hugh – Map Wins and Map Fails
Don’t forget to register and bring your favourite map to share.
The GeoRabble crew are pleased to confirm the speakers for GeoRabble #2 on June 16th at the Shelbourne Hotel.
With an exciting and diverse range of geo stories we have:
- Lew Short : Mega fires – what happens when it all goes bad
- Lach McCabe : Using geo to reveal the story at the SMH
- Jacqui Kennedy : In Their Honour – Mapping our Anzacs
- Stewart Hay : Losing my religion – An introspective look at GIS
- Anthony Baxter : Random Hacks of Kindness – disaster and crisis mapping
- Cameron Shorter: Memoirs of a Cat Herder – Coordinating open source volunteers
Entry is free, but please register here.
Stayed tuned as we announce some more details and special activties in the coming days.
For the second consecutive year, GeoRabble crew member Maurits van der Vlugt attended O’ Reilly’s 7th Where 2.0 Conference in California. As he mentioned last year, this conference is a Geo-Geek Walhalla. This is where you meet all the big mobile and neo-geography players, and learn about the ‘next big thing’. Continue reading Cool new apps from Where 2.0
We are excited to announce our first round of confirmed speakers for the 2nd GeoRabble event on June the 16th at the Shelbourne Hotel in the City.
- Lew Short (NSW Rural Fire Service) : Mega fires – what happens when it all goes bad
- Lach McCabe (Sydney Morning Herald) : Using geo to reveal the story – online mapping to tell the story of parking fines
- Jacqui Kennedy : In Their Honour – mapping our Anzacs as we approach the 100 year anniversary of World War One
Stayed tuned as we announce more speakers in the coming days and don’t forget to register here
After a near full house and lots of positive feed-back from our inaugural event on 16 March, we are proudly announcing the 2nd GeoRabble night for Thursday 16 June, from 6:30 PM at the Shelbourne Hotel (doors open 5:30 PM).
Read more about the night, and the speakers here, or go straight to the registration page.
See you all on the 16th!
What happens when you get a few like minded people together, talk about an opportunity and do something about it?
Answer: Amazing things.
The GeoRabble call went out and the geo community responded with enthusiasm, laughter an open mind and the general consensus was a call for more. In a packed room on the 2nd floor of the Occidental Hotel during a downpour, the inaugural GeoRabble Meetup was held. The night was a celebration, a chance to make new friends, catch up with old ones and embrace the every expanding community of geo users.
Speakers, the fuel to the evening had dedicated their time, passion and energy to tell their stories of working with geo in all its form.
Continue reading Impressions from a night out with the GeoRabble
Here’s the list of our favourite and not so favourite examples of modern cartography, in no particular order…
1. Fox News (US)
Fox News in the US lives by the motto “We Report; You Decide”. Well, we have decided your attempt at Middle Eastern geography is a FAIL!
Continue reading Map Wins and Map Fails