End of Summer Events

It has been an incredibly busy and interesting summer in DC and the geo-community. In the past few months I spoke at Reboot11 in Copenhagen, was wowed by the progress of the OpenStreetMap community, tools, and data at State of the Map, and did a little preparatory GIS tête-à-tête at GeoWeb.

This was perhaps most summarized by the experience at Gov2.0 Summit. The conference, held in DC but led by O'Reilly and TechWeb saw the convergence of technorati with government agencies, and beltway consultants. There was Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sitting next to Vint Cerf - old and new, talking about government leveraging social and internet tools - and then the White House's Macon Phillips, Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra talking about revolutions within the agencies themselves.

I was fortunate to share my thoughts and our work with various agencies and their ability to leverage location and geospatial tools as a common collaboration point between citizens and government agencies and municipalities. Besides, it's always fun to follow Jack Dangermond on stage.

Upcoming Events

Of course, summer isn't over. Next Monday I am speaking about geospatial search at the EPA Search Summit here in DC. Then heading over to UK to AGI Geocommunity'09 to really discuss the current state, and possible futures of geospatial technologies.

In general, AGI Geocommunity looks like a great lineup of talks. The different perspectives of problems (UK postcodes & MasterMap anyone?) and solutions (OpenStreetMap did emerge from the UK) is very enlightening.

While in England - I just may hop up to Oxford Geek night on Saturday, September 26 and try and foment some more interest in CrisisCommons and CrisisCampUK. Let me know if you're around - it would be great to meetup.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.