After a very successful GeoRabble #1 & #2, we are hosting another evening to share geo-ideas, full of fun, and free of sales-pitches.
Date: Thursday 22 September, 2011 Time: Doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm Location: Upstairs at the The Shelbourne Hotel, 200 Sussex Street, Sydney Format: A series of short (10 minute) talks, followed by discussion/networking Registration: Attendance is free, but we need you to register here.
The final speaker line-up is now confirmed:
Angela Clark (EveryMap): “Putting Sydney on the Wiki Map”
Mapping is at the heart of the Sydney wiki and the map is the place way for people to explore the City.
Keith Austin (Freelance Journalist): “Looking Back, Going Forward”
In a landscape dominated by high-tech GPS, Keith Austin champions the utility and beauty of an old-fashioned map
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.
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→
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).