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<BR> '''[http://www.ecotrust.org/ Ecotrust's - Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center]'''
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*721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 200
<BR>*721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 200
*Portland, Oregon 97209
<BR>*Portland, Oregon 97209

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Welcome to the Portland, OR Chapter of OSGEO - serving Oregon and SW Washington!


Meeting presentations or topics

posting here to make it easier to work on planning, move if desired


  • August 24: Ecotrust eCatch and bioregion discovery
  • September 28: Jonathan Karon (fightingmonk) is coming to present his OSBridge 2011 session
  • October 26: Lev Tyspin from ThinkShout is coming to talk about some Drupal mapping work they've done
  • November: No meeting due to holidays
  • December: No meeting due to holidays


  • January 25: TBD

About the PDX-OSGEO Local Chapter


PDX-OSGEO is a proposed Local Chapter of OSGeo. PDX-OSGEO has a cachement area equal to the PDX airport, Oregon and SW Washington (Vancouver, WA / Clark County, WA). Monthly meetings are held in Portland.


PDX-OSGEO has been around and meeting in one form or another since before February 2009 under various names. Since September 2010, we have been recognized as an Oregon-URISA Special Interest Group (SIG). Since 2010, the local chapter has coordinated an open source unconference with ORURISA and GIS In Action. There are also deep roots with our sister OSGeo Local Chapter, CUGOS.


The OSGeo PDX-OSGEO Chapter strives to promote the local use of Open Source Geospatial software, particularly new users in the Oregon/SW Washington area. The group hosts monthly meetings providing presentation, discussion, and educational opportunities and focuses on materializing an annual Open Source GIS unconference.


Monthly Meetings, usually totaling 10/year:

  • Presentations (Application and Technical)
  • Chapter business
  • Social gathering

Regional Events:

  • Open Source GIS unconference
  • Conference participation


  • Mailing List
  • Wiki Development
  • Monthly meetings

Legal Status:

  • No real independent legal structure.
  • No real capacity to independently hold funds in other than ad hoc informal manner.
  • Affiliations with OSGeo and ORURISA help us with some of the tasks that require legal recognition as an independent entity.
  • There are currently no plans to seek any independent legal structure in the future.

Getting Involved

The PDX-OSGEO Local Chapter is a flexible organization, join us and help steer.

Mailing List

Please join our mailing list to make sure that you know what's going on. Sign up and participate (or just lurk for a while). You do need to answer the questions (what is your favorite map and something else I think) to the extent needed to demonstrate that you are a person and have the minimal amount of GEO knowledge to not be a random spammer. google email group


We can be found on irc://irc.freenode.net/#osgeo-pdx when there is something to discuss.


Anyone who wants to help support our mission is free to become a member. List yourself on the PDX-OSGEO Member Page and you're in!


To the extent that we think that we need leadership, it is Percy. Mostly we expect everyone to step up and help on most tasks resulting in a light load for all.



We now meet on the 3th Wednesday of every month from 6:00-7:30 PM at

Ecotrust's - Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center
*721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 200
*Portland, Oregon 97209

Still in NW (Old Town) Portland.
No need to RSVP, all are welcome
- our group ranges from the geo-curious to the überhackers.
If our meetings are canceled or changed we will post this in discussions, so
please check there for the most recent information and activity.


How to plan a meeting


March 23, 2011 - Discussion on the unconference.

April 27th 2011 Agenda

May 25th, 2011

August 24th 2011 Agenda Minutes: August 24th, 2011

September 28th 2011 Meeting

October 26th 2011 Meeting


January 25th 2012 Meeting

February 22nd 2012 Meeting

March 28th 2012 Meeting

April 25th 2012 Meeting

May 23rd 2012 Meeting

June 20th 2012 Meeting (3rd Wednesday - New location)

Add next meeting here like [[PDX_OSGEO_YYYYMMDD_Meeting | Month ## #### Meeting]]

July 18th (3rd Wednesday)

August 15th (3rd Wednesday)

September 19th (3rd Wednesday)

October 17th (3rd Wednesday)

November (typically canceled)

December (typically canceled, or Winter Coders Social)


How To Write WIKI

Check out WikiPedia, where else. This is a great resource for many wiki writing tips

Annual Reports

2011 Unconference

The annual Open Source GIS Unconference was coordinated in conjunction with GIS In Action. There was an Open Source GIS Smackdown on Tuesday at 10:30am right after the Keynote. In addition to the Unconference, there was additional presentations on Open Source applications through GIS in Action that were well worth checking out.

2011 GIS in Action Notes

Unconference Sessions
Time Room 328 Room 338
10:00am-11:00am Civic apps, OSM and State / Authoritative data Routing in Open Source
11:00am-noon Crisis Mapping: RDTN.org Can Open Source Replace ESRI?
1:30pm-2:30pm State of OR Services and Standards QGIS Python Extensions
2:30pm-3:30pm Open Street Maps HowTo Getting started with 'R'
3:30pm-4:30pm Building Minecraft Maps with USGS Data Integrating OpenLayers with GeoExt
= (preliminary) unconference lessons learned ===

Some discussion that Fri/Sat is a better day then Thur because more people can attend that are otherwise at work. Worth discussion before next year.

Two rooms was fine for venue was fine

Refreshments were sufficient. Lets see if we can get GIA to donate leftovers again.

Timing was OK once it started; but start time and planning should be tightened up some. Everyone that was going to be there at 9:00 was!

Where are all the notes that people took - please send to the listserv pdxosgis group or plug in here.

Hackathon-Crisis Map session at backspace on Friday averaged between 6-7 people. Lots of education about OSM and Tools. Would have liked to see more people there - maybe same day as main event - could be a 1/2 day tract on un-conference day. It was good to have something to focus on too.

April 1, 2011 April Fools' Hackathon

The Hackathon is OPEN. We're meeting at Backspace from 11am-2p. Submit your ideaz here.

  • Crisis Camp Japan
  • Documenting and How To's
  • For people who don't want to do Hackathon activities, they could help with mapping the (Japan) crisis area for OpenStreetMap. See also, OSM wiki
  • I've got a fairly complete open source GIS stack built as an openSUSE Linux appliance. It consists of R plus the R "Spatial" task view plus all of its dependencies (Proj4, Grass, GDAL, PostGIS) plus QGIS. But not all of us run openSUSE Linux - yet ;-). I'd like to see this stack ported to Windows and MacOS X. I can do Ubuntu and Fedora ports myself if anyone's interested, and I can help with the Windows port. The scripts are on Github at [1] and [2] if anyone wants to get a head start on this.


Thanks to all of you who presented, helped organized, or took a shift at the PDX-OSGeo booth at the events!

Social Media - Following the Unconference

  • Twitter aggregators - suggested tags: #GIA, #pdxosgeo
  • Foursquare
  • Geoloqi - Log in with your Twitter ID or sign up: Geoloqi site

Google Group google email group

Recommended Further Reading

The following websites were mentioned as further reading at the Unconference:

Event Set Up

Event set up notes.



SPRING is a state-of-the-art GIS and remote sensing image processing system with an object-oriented data model which provides for the integration of raster and vector data representations in a single environment. SPRING is a product of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE/DPI (Image Processing Division)...

  • This documentation was translated and written by USFWS. At one point it was downloadable from the internet although I can't find it now.
  • Some seems excellent. Some still has areas that could use polish. It is listed as a draft.
  1. File:0 0 Using SPRING.odt
  2. File:0 1 Main Steps to operate the SPRING.odt
  3. File:1 1 Using Spring for the first time.odt
  4. File:1 1 1 How to Begin Step 1 Activating a databank.odt
  5. File:1 1 2 How to Begin Step 2 Activing a Project.odt
  6. File:1 1 3 How to Begin Step 3 Visualizing an Image.odt
  7. File:1 1 4 How to Begin Step 4 Enhancing a Colored Composition.odt
  8. File:1 1 10 How to Begin Step 6 Visualizing other Categories.odt
  9. File:1 1 13 How to Begin Step 7 Visualize Cadastral Data.odt
  10. File:1 1 14 How to Begin Step 8 Closing SPRING.odt
  11. File:1 2 (part2) Manipulating the Data Bank.odt
  12. File:1 2 Manipulating Data Bank in SPRING.odt
  13. File:1 3 Manipulating a Project.odt
  14. File:1 4 Manipulating a InfoLayer.odt
  15. File:1 5 Defining the Data Model.odt
  16. File:2 3 Conceptual model of SPRING.odt
  17. File:2 4 basic cartographic concept for the use of SPRING.odt
  18. File:2 6 Vectorial data manipulation in the SPRING.odt
  19. File:AllChaptersEnglish.odt
  20. File:SPRINGManual032106p1.odt
  21. File:SPRINGManual032106p2.odt
  22. File:SPRINGManual032106p3.odt
  23. File:SPRINGManual032106p4.odt
  24. File:SPRINGManual032106p5.odt

USDA - NRCS SSURGO Soil Database Migration to PostgreSQL

An example of how to get SURGO soils data into a PostgreSQL database on a GNU/Linux-based OS.

File:SSURGO to PostgreSQL.odt|USDA - NRCS SSURGO Soil Database Migration to PostgreSQL


Thanks to various OSGeo local chapters and other wiki contributors whose work we borrowed and particularly CUGOS.