CUGOS 2011 Spring Fling

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On April 20th, 2011, CUGOS ( will be holding a special all-day "spring fling" event at UW in place of our regular monthly meeting.

The basic idea of this event is to come in the morning to learn something new (tools and real workflows)... stick around and apply it in the afternoon on some semi-structured hack sessions... and then learn some high level stuff in the evening.  As such, the day will be broken up as follows:

  • 9-12: morning session -- workshops
  • 12-1: lunch
  • 1-4: afternoon session -- open hacking
  • 4-6: dinner
  • 6-8: evening session -- regular meeting

Details are given below, but be aware that all agendas and times are approximate -- we'll be loose and agile and nimble and react to changing events and schedules as our whimsies take us.

All skill and interest levels are welcome! -- please join us for as much of the day as you can.

Morning Session: Workshops (9am to 12pm)

Venue: Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall

      • We are overbooked here -- need to work this out, likely move some talks into the evening***

Six 30-minute slots:

  • "OSM in Disaster Response" from Dane Springmeyer
  • "ERMA and the Gulf" from Aaron Racicot
  • "ArcGIS, OpenGeoDa, and R or Why I use the tools I do: the sordid life of a spatial statistics post doc" from Chris Fowler
  • ~OSM stuff from Matt/Greg
  • ~Workflow Migration from ESRI to OS from Allison Bailey
  • Karsten - gvSIG workshop in morning, also if of interest could do web mapping with mapsesrver, postgis + openlayers or even mapbender"
  • RAndre - "1 or 2 things from me,
  • 1 or 2 things from mkenny and bigspoon.
  • Phil Hurvitz - would teach half of a workshop session, ""R, PostgreSQL, and PostGIS: techniques for processing large data sets", if someone would teach first half on install and setup of Postgresql/PostGIS

Meal Session: Lunch (12pm to 1pm)

Venue: Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall

Dr. L. Monika Moskal will be providing supplies for a basic deli-style lunch, with funds courtesy of UW Geospatial Club.

Afternoon Session: Open Hacking (1pm to 4pm)

Venue: Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall

~Lidar stuff from Michael Gerlek *as proposed in email today: "Does
>> the World Need an Open Source Server Framework for Lidar Data, and If
>> So, How Would We Build It?"*

Dinner Session (4pm to 6pm)

We will be walking over to the University Ave for a no-host dinner sometime after 4pm, returning around 6pm.  Exact venue to be determined on the fly; this session might even split into parallel tracks.

Evening Session: Monthly Meeting (6pm to 8pm)

Venue: 121 Raitt Hall

  • Yaw Anokwa of UW wil be presenting on the Open Data Kit project (
  • mpg will be be presenting a short (~5 min) recap of last month's Montreal codesprint
  • mpg will be encoring his "Open Source Lidar State of the Union" talk, if time and interest permit

Directions and Transportation




Bus/Train: and

One person noted that "my personal experience is that one can find street parking north of 50th, west of I-5, and down by University Village shopping center, if one is willing to walk 30 to 45 minutes () . But many of those areas were also being converted to resident restricted zones. Bus is really easy."

Another noted that "There are a ton of routes which stops near Anderson hall (Forest Club Room): (OneBusAway pointing to nearest bus stops north of Anderson)

Maps of event locations:


Local arrangements chair: Matt Dunbar -- dunbar.matt(AT)

Wiki chair: mpg -- mpg^AT^

Olympia carpool chair: Webb Sprague (


Michael P. Gerlek (mpg) - Flaxen Geo

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