CalGIS 2014

Is over!

Did you attend? I did and I’m very glad that I did so. I sat in on the Open Source session on Monday where we were awed by the free (yes, free!) GIS software packages out there, specifically QGIS and MapBox. I’ll be delving more into both in the next month and will post about my experiences with each (both good and bad).

The second day of the conference featured two talks: one by Mike Migurski from Code of America and representative from Google (didn’t catch him name, there was a switch up in the presenters, but I’ll have his name by the time I post again!). Both talks were inspirational, but also a little scary. The industry is moving so far beyond my current skillset, I wasn’t sure where I fit in.

That afternoon we had a “town hall” discussion about geospatial education and whether our current educational programs was meeting the industries needs. Sad to say, but it became clear that geospatial programmers are hot on the list. We were then bombarded with several lightning talks (5 minutes each) from a variety of participates, each showing off their special projects – from Geocortex Web-based GIS to UC Merced’s new service center called SpARC.

The third day started out with a bike ride – which I was unable to participate in – darn allergies! But the day soon got started with several break out sessions. I attended the When People Move In, Data Data Data, and New Tricks and Tools sessions. I’ll discuss more from each in subsequent blog posts.

And lastly, the conference’s final two keynote speakers, Eric Gundersen from MapBox and Jack Dangermond from ESRI, gave some rousing rhetoric about where they each see the future of GIS. Again, very interesting and just a tad bit scary. I’ll explore some of the issues they discussed in subsequent blog posts. Suffice to know that each made me think long and hard about my chosen profession and have made me more committed to the geospatial sciences than ever before.

Until next time, map it!