Welcome to the Portland, OR Chapter of OSGEO - serving Oregon and SW Washington!
- 1 News
- 2 Meetings
- 3 About the PDX-OSGEO Local Chapter
- 4 Getting Involved
- 5 Annual Reports
- 6 2011 Unconference
- 7 Resources
- 8 Acknowledgments
- We now meet on the 3th Wednesday of every month from 6:00-7:30 PM at various locations.
- We were approved as an official OSGeo chapter at the August, 2012 OSGeo board meeting. See the previous notes on this topic.
PDX OSGeo members are encouraged to participate.
- Sun 2012-09-30 - Thu 2012-10-4 URISA GIS-Pro 2012
- Sat 2012-10-13 OpenStreetMap's State of the Map 2012
- Fri 2012-10-12 - Sun 2012-10-14 WhereCampPDX 5
- Wed 2012-10-17 - Fri 2012-10-19 North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS 2012)
Past Events we participated in
- Presentation for PLSO/ORURISA GIS in Action Conference 2012 - Open Source Smackdown - Web Mapping Clients Edition
- Details on 2011 Open Source GIS unconference
- Progress on
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
- Open Source GIS unconference
- Conference participation
- Mailing List
- Wiki Development
- Monthly meetings
- 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.
The PDX-OSGEO Local Chapter is a flexible organization, join us and help steer.
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 or now renamed google email group.
If you want to help on planning meetings, join the planners list.
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.
How To Write WIKI
Check out WikiPedia, where else. This is a great resource for many wiki writing tips
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
- GIS in Action, Tuesday March 29, 2011, 10:30-12:00: GIS Smackdown
- GIS in Action, Tuesday March 29, 2011, 3:30-5:00: Scripting and Beyond
- GIS in Action, Wednesday March 30, 2011, 1:30-3:00: ESRI and Open Source
- GIS in Action, Wednesday March 30, 2011, 3:15-3:24: Update on Japan Crisis Mapping
|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  and  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
- 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.
- File:0 0 Using SPRING.odt
- File:0 1 Main Steps to operate the SPRING.odt
- File:1 1 Using Spring for the first time.odt
- File:1 1 1 How to Begin Step 1 Activating a databank.odt
- File:1 1 2 How to Begin Step 2 Activing a Project.odt
- File:1 1 3 How to Begin Step 3 Visualizing an Image.odt
- File:1 1 4 How to Begin Step 4 Enhancing a Colored Composition.odt
- File:1 1 10 How to Begin Step 6 Visualizing other Categories.odt
- File:1 1 13 How to Begin Step 7 Visualize Cadastral Data.odt
- File:1 1 14 How to Begin Step 8 Closing SPRING.odt
- File:1 2 (part2) Manipulating the Data Bank.odt
- File:1 2 Manipulating Data Bank in SPRING.odt
- File:1 3 Manipulating a Project.odt
- File:1 4 Manipulating a InfoLayer.odt
- File:1 5 Defining the Data Model.odt
- File:2 3 Conceptual model of SPRING.odt
- File:2 4 basic cartographic concept for the use of SPRING.odt
- File:2 6 Vectorial data manipulation in the SPRING.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
The top seven alternatives to the Google Maps API
Wm Leler of the PDX-OSGEO presented this topic and .Net Magazine requested that he write it up at http://www.netmagazine.com/features/top-seven-alternatives-google-maps-api Article date: 2012-06-18.
Thanks to various OSGeo local chapters and other wiki contributors whose work we borrowed and particularly CUGOS.