Web2.0 Expo & Location Intelligence Wrap-up

Andrew Turner & Mikel Maron hacking on something before Web2.0 Expo IgniteFinally back from a week of fun and adventure in the bay area attending Location Intelligence, Web2.0 Expo, American Association of Geographers (last minute addition to attend their geo-science fair) and meeting lots of great people.

A couple of highlights:
Christian Nold is doing cool stuff with BioMapping, where you measure your happiness level and geolocate it using GPS. If you're in the Mission district, stop by Southern Exposure (no, it's not a strip club) to see his demos and try it out.

At Location Intelligence I got a chance to meet and play with the goodies of Placebase, who provides commercial mapping support and datasets for large numbers of markers (where other mapping API's would choke). I also saw MultiMap's new slippy map and API and even walking directions, and map base-layers that match the local country's typical map display (think viewing online maps in the same format you're used to viewing your local paper maps). Weogeo is making the eBay for maps. More on that after they release, but it's very cool, just check out their current front-page to get a flavor for what will be coming.

Web2.0 Expo was almost too huge to encompass. You can read all about Web2.0 Expo here. The first night had Ignite talks - 15 slides/5 minutes, with great presentations from Christy Canida of Instructables on 14-year-olds leading the charge on open-source hardware, Andre Charland on the user-experience utility Robot Replay (he still owes me a beer), and Simon Wardley from Fotango on Commodity Computing (actually 70 slides in 5 minutes, quite a feat).

I also got to see Thomas Vanderwal's talk on "Tagging That Works", Fred von Lohmann's "Licensing User-Generated Content", which was very interesting to hear a lawyer give you a lot of information, without specifically telling you what to do (since he's not your lawyer).

You should also check out Swivel's relaunch of their preview with all the data viewing/statistics goodness you can handle, and then some.

I met a lot more people, saw even more cool projects, and had far too many beers (all these companies just want to sponsor your alchoholism), but it was fun. Look for blog posts on specific companies and projects, particularly that pertain to geospatial applications.

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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.