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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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