Speed Mapping – Comes to GeoRabble #2

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.

Final Round of Speakers Confirmed for GeoRabble #2

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.

First Round of Speakers Confirmed!

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.

They are:

  • 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.

Impressions from a night out with the GeoRabble

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

First GeoRabble event Sold Out

With more than a week to go, all the tickets for the first GeoRabble event on 16 March are now sold out. We are looking forward to a full house. If you managed to get a ticket: we’ll see you there. If you missed out: we’re sorry, but watch this space for the next event!

The GeoRabble Team

First GeoRabble Speakers Confirmed

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve confirmed the first five speakers for our inaugural event on March 16th.

The talks will cover a diverse range of topics from citizen self-help in the Queensland Floods, via real-time bus tracking, images in space, and maps for the Facebook generation  to  the “Mr. Men” community.

It promises to be an entertaining line-up – so don’t forget to register, and we’ll see you on the 16th of March!

First GeoRabble event – Wednesday 16 March

The first GeoRabble evening will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2011, in Sydney. It’s free, but you need to register at http://georabble.eventbrite.com/

Come join us for at the Occidental Hotel for an evening of geo-fun and networking.

We are looking for speakers who want to share something they’re passionate about, or just want to entertain. Anything with geo- or location in it.

More details on the evening, how to register or submit a presentation here.

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An open and inclusive forum for GeoGeeks to share, inspire and have fun.