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My long dreamed of GDAL/OGR 2.0 grand unification release approaches!  This is an excellent time to try out the beta.  This is approximately the version we are running here at +Planet Labs.  Great work by +Even Rouault and the other GDAL/OGR developers.
[gdal-dev] GDAL/OGR 2.0.0 Beta 1 Available. Even Rouault even.rouault at spatialys.com. Mon May 4 06:20:50 PDT 2015. Previous message: [gdal-dev] gdal_retile not generating alpha band; Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ] ...
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I have been very excited working with folks at +Amazon.com, +MapBox, and +Esri  over the last few months to get some Landsat8 imagery loaded into a public bucket funded by Amazon.  Beyond the utility of this specific imagery, I am getting really jazzed about the concept of highly accessible public imagery available in the cloud (ideally on Amazon) to facilitate use and reduce duplicated efforts by the many organizations using it.  This post is note entirely written by me but has ways to get involved at the bottom.
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With another successful FOSS4G NA (North America) the question is now arising how to formalize this event somewhat so there is a process to select new events and so forth.  I initially leaned to the practice of turning this over to past organizers who are clearly doer's and who have real experience.  But +Andrew Ross  makes some excellent points about a broader approach that has me thinking.
The recent FOSS4G NA conference in Burlingame (March 9-12, 2015) was the third FOSS4G North America. On Monday, I blogged to communicate some of the cities being asked for in the attendee survey &a...
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This is a great post that really gives a sense of how fast satellites are moving as they collect imagery.
Interstate 15 hosts over one million road trips from Los Angeles to Las Vegas every month. Rising over mountains and stretching across broad, open deserts, “the fifteen” brings weekend travelers from the bustling commercial hub of Southern California’s west coast to the ever-popular inland...
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YouTube + Amazon for the win!  Today I was successful replacing the broken screen on +Ying Patithud's Moto G based on this video and a replacement screen from "TheCoolCube" on Amazon.  One thing I love about Amazon is how it makes ordering parts so easy, which dramatically improves the chances I'll actually repair, rather than replace some things.
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This article came out a couple of months ago, but I neglected to repost it then.  I'm amazed at the talent the +The New York Times keeps on staff for cartography - they are definitely the leader in terms of technical sophistication with GIS in the news field.  I've personally chatted with Derek Watkins and +Matthew Bloch (mapshaper) who are both very talented.  And they also employ the amazing Mike Bostock of D3 fame who gave a great talk at FOSS4G in Portland.  
When Malaysia Airlines flight 17 went down over Ukraine in July, the graphics team at The New York Times sprang into action. Because of the ongoing conflict on the ground, they already had lots of maps of the area. But they wanted to show more than just the crash site.
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NOAA is making an effort to get their data out into hosted locations in the cloud, including Amazon - we are already consumers of weather predictions from NOAA, and have an interest in historical atmospheric conditions so this could be quite handy!
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I believe this is a project by Chris Van Arsdale, a past coworker at Google.  Deep image stacks + deep learning for the win!
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This fits perfectly into my business plan for selling fixed-height tarp covers for large above ground oil storage tanks and cardboard car decoys for struggling retail outlets...
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I had a fantastic time at FOSS4G NA this week, learned lots of new things, and met lots of old friends.  Perhaps not surprisingly, my favorite presentation of the week was by +Even Rouault  on GDAL 2.0.  So much has been accomplished including the Grand Unification and curve support.  
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Yes, that's an enormous amount of work over the last couple of years.  (was accidentally embedded in an embedded project and completely missed it)
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Planet Labs is hosting a happy hour on the Monday of FOSS4G NA (March 9th) at our offices.  It is a bit of a hike into the city from the airport, but I hope to see some friends from the conference there, and anyone keen to see what Planet Labs is about.  Free, but a limited number of spaces so RSVP soon if you want to come.
Join us at our new San Francisco headquarters for some post-FOSS4G networking, drinks and snacks. Our office is a short drive or BART ride into the city from the SFO Hyatt Regency. We look forward to hosting you!  March 9, 2015 between 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
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Countries, like India, exempt or soften control of patents around critical medicines in order to ensure that needed medicine can be made available to those that would not normally be able to afford it under the pricing regimes established by the big pharma rights holders.  The generic medicine industry in India has taken this and run with it, producing effective generic versions of many otherwise expensive drugs for the Indian market - and some other markets with similar exemptions. This is not only critical for the sake of those who would otherwise suffer and die, but it is also helpful in containing public health contagion that would otherwise have impacts into the first world.  While I understand why the US is concerned about undermining of "intellectual property" rights, I think this is the absolutely most inhumane and counter productive angle to pursue that fight.  If you agree, consider signing this Avaaz petition. 
Big Pharma is working with the US government to squash the production of cheap medicines, which poor people rely on around the world. Before Obama flies to Delhi let’s stand up for patients, not profits.
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This is one of the most important issues of our age.  Thanks Frank for posting.
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Planet Labs is seeking image analysts to assist reviewing and exploiting our imagery as part of an early access program called "Planet Explorers".  
Be part of our Planet Explorers program.
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sounds fun! :)
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I am a geospatial software developer working for Planet Labs in San Francisco.  I am lead on the GDAL/OGR project, as well as active in the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
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